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#21 of 56 OFFLINE   Tim Glover

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Posted December 18 2006 - 05:59 PM

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No particular order here but these are my favorites. Unfortunately, I usually can't squeeze them all in every Christmas Holiday but these are must haves in the Glover home.

1. It's A Wonderful Life
2. The Bishop's Wife
3. Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
4. The Santa Clause (Tim Allen)
5. Christmas Vacation
6. The Bell's Of St. Mary's
7. Holiday Inn
8. Home Alone
9. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (animated classic)
10. Charlie Brown Christmas

So far this year I've only had the chance to see Xmas Vacation! Got to get more of these in!

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#22 of 56 OFFLINE   Eric Peterson

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Posted December 19 2006 - 01:03 AM

I'll go with 6 since it's a nice Christmas number.

6. Tim Burton's "A Nightmare Before Christmas"
5. Rankin/Bass Christmas Specials (All of them)
4. It's a Wonderful Life
3. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
2. The Shop Around the Corner
1. A Christmas Story

Considering that I'm a classic buff, I still have never seen "The Bishop's Wife", "White Christmas", "The Bells of St. Marys", or "Holiday Inn". I've got to get crackin'

#23 of 56 OFFLINE   Chris Atkins

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Posted December 19 2006 - 01:15 AM

1. A Charlie Brown Christmas
2. The Polar Express
3. A Christmas Story
4. NL's Christmas Vacation
5. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

BTW--I just saw "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" last night (the 1970 Rankin/Bass TV special) and I was blown away...it was very good and very moving!

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Posted December 19 2006 - 01:18 AM

I like Bad Santa


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Posted December 19 2006 - 01:42 AM

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Apparently if I wanted to watch the original, I would have had to be around last night at 7/6 c, before primetime proper even started...

I have also heard that broadcasts of A Charlie Brown Christmas have been edited over the years to make time for more commercials. If true, it's a very dark irony considering what the special is about.
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Posted December 19 2006 - 02:15 AM

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I have also heard that broadcasts of A Charlie Brown Christmas have been edited over the years to make time for more commercials
That may have once been true, but not any more. They've expanded the broadcast to a full hour, with some new material (that I don't bother to watch) that follows the original program. This allows them to put in more commercials and still keep the original program intact.

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Posted December 19 2006 - 02:47 AM

Great list.

There is one that I always loved as a kid and if I were to see it now I'd probably be time-warped back to the late 70's watching it with my sisters next to the fireplace.

I think it is called "The town that Santa forgot" or something like that. The main characters are these mice living in a clock shop and one of them sends a note to Santa that offended him and he decides to blow off their town.
It was always my favorite as a kid and I think there was actually a quick spoof of it in a South Park episode where Santa is captured by the Iraqis or something like that.

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Posted December 19 2006 - 04:03 AM

How did I forget the Polar Express....

I saw it last year on IMAX (3D) and I was blown away. Add it to my original list.

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Posted December 19 2006 - 04:52 AM

Last weekend I saw It's a Wonderful Life for the first time on my 40th birthday. An amazing film! I'll buy it for next year.

My fav Christmas or wintery movies:

1. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa conquers the Martians. Actually, we like the non-MST3K version too.
2. Rankin/Bass (everything)
3. Charlie Brown
4. Rich Little's A Christmas Carol (on DVD now! visit www.richlittle.com)
5. Emmit Otter's Jug band Christmas
6. Miracle on 34th Street
7. Home Alone/Home Alone 2
8. A Christmas Story (when the dogs come and take what they want Posted Image )
9. Christmas Vacation (bashing thru the "TREES ==>" sign Posted Image )
10. Grinch-animated (can't stand that Ron Howard/Jim Carrey monstrosity)
11. Oliver! (yep, the musical)
12. It's a Wonderful Life
13. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jack Frost & (Mexican) Santa.
14. Scrooged
15. Trading Places

I'll probably have to come back and update my list with ones I forgot.

I've heard a lot of good things about A Muppet Christmas Carol. I plan to pick that one up by next Christmas.

I didn't really like Polar Express. If I was 28 years younger I'm sure I'd be different. I'm just not a fan of cgi animation in general. I failed to find magic in it. Posted Image

I disliked Elf too. Speaking of no Christmas magic. The Rankin/Bass homages were nice.
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Posted December 19 2006 - 05:19 AM

Dave, I was born in 1980 and my mom taped that off TV when I was a kid. It is Twas the Night Before Christmas. It is actually available on DVD as an extra feature on the Frosty's Winter Wonderland disc. I picked that up just for that reason. Posted Image

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Great list.

There is one that I always loved as a kid and if I were to see it now I'd probably be time-warped back to the late 70's watching it with my sisters next to the fireplace.

I think it is called "The town that Santa forgot" or something like that. The main characters are these mice living in a clock shop and one of them sends a note to Santa that offended him and he decides to blow off their town.
It was always my favorite as a kid and I think there was actually a quick spoof of it in a South Park episode where Santa is captured by the Iraqis or something like that.

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Posted December 19 2006 - 05:39 AM

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I've heard a lot of good things about A Muppet Christmas Carol. I plan to pick that one up by next Christmas.
That's my annual fave. I just watched it last week. I also enjoy, in no particular order:

--Rankin/Bass specials (fave is "The Year Without a Santa Claus")
--A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart & George C Scott)
--Christmas Vacation
--Santa Clause (& Part 2)
--Gremlins
--How the Grinch....(animated, though the Carrey film is OK too)
--Charlie Brown (though I like the later specials better than the original "CB Christmas")
--A Christmas Story

I've spent my life avoiding "It's a Wonderful Life" for many of the reasons previously mentioned. Posted Image
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Posted December 19 2006 - 06:07 AM

I've heard a lot of good things about A Muppet Christmas Carol.
So have I. However, I've heard a lot of bad things about the dvd, and so have been reluctant to check it out.
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Posted December 19 2006 - 08:34 AM

My favorites are:

It's a Wonderful Life ( I don't see how anyone could dislike this movie)

Charlie Brown Christmas

The Santa Clause

Scrooge

Home alone

#34 of 56 OFFLINE   Bob_S.

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Posted December 19 2006 - 11:43 AM

A couple of others that I enjoyed watching in my youth:

-The Man In The Santa Claus Suit (w/Fred Astaire)
-Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

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Posted December 19 2006 - 12:11 PM

While it's not the best by any stretch of the imagination my favorite is Beavis and Butthead Do Christmas. here lies beavis, he never scored..... always puts a smile on my face Posted Image

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Posted December 19 2006 - 12:48 PM

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That's my annual fave. I just watched it last week.
Awesome. Now, I've seen the Muppet Wizard of Oz and kind of liked it. The prawn character was a new one for me and I really enjoyed that. anyway, hopefully it's at least as good.

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I've heard a lot of good things about A Muppet Christmas Carol.
So have I. However, I've heard a lot of bad things about the dvd, and so have been reluctant to check it out.
I noticed there are 2 different versions. An oop and a Kermit's 50th Anniversary edition.
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Posted December 19 2006 - 01:32 PM

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Awesome. Now, I've seen the Muppet Wizard of Oz and kind of liked it. The prawn character was a new one for me and I really enjoyed that. anyway, hopefully it's at least as good.
I think it's better. I really didn't care for "Muppets Wizard of Oz." And it's pre-Pepe, so there's no prawn in "Christmas Carol" (possibly part of why I like it more, I'm not a fan of the prawn). Posted Image
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#38 of 56 OFFLINE   PattyFraser

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Posted December 19 2006 - 04:40 PM

Has anybody seen/does anybody enjoy "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Special?" Or is that older than anybody here?

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Posted December 19 2006 - 07:44 PM

My favorites, in no particular order:

All the Rankin/Bass stuff, but especially Frosty the Snowman
A Garfield Christmas
It's a Wonderful Life
Elf
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
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Posted December 19 2006 - 10:28 PM

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I think it's better. I really didn't care for "Muppets Wizard of Oz." And it's pre-Pepe, so there's no prawn in "Christmas Carol" (possibly part of why I like it more, I'm not a fan of the prawn). Posted Image
Pepe! That's it. I couldn't remember. Anyway, I can see him getting annoying after a while. Maybe after "the new" wears off. Anything Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland would have to be toe-smashed-against-chair-leg painfully bad for me not to like it.

Oh, I forgot about these...

Monty Python's Life of Brian. D'oh! Posted Image
Fat Albert's Christmas Special is pretty good.
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