Animated Wednesdays | December 23, 2020 | Scene-It Streaming Guide
Animated Christmas Movie:
Klaus (2019) – Netflix
I saw this movie for the first time this year and I was really surprised with how much I loved it. Besides the animation being gorgeous, the story is heartwarming and wholesome. Rather than make the Santa Claus magical figure the main character, this movie really focuses on how small acts of kindness by everyday people can make a real and lasting difference. For a modern take on the Santa Claus story and some much-needed kindness, check this one out. Fair warning though – you may find that ninjas are cutting onions in your place by the end of this movie.
- Happy Feet (2006) – AMC Plus (added on to Amazon Prime)
This incredibly beautiful, animated movie starring the voice talents of Elijah Wood, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Robin Williams tells the story of a young penguin who doesn’t have a song in his heart like all the other penguins but has the unique ability to dance. Besides having a great score, this movie’s message is loud and clear – its ok if you are different and everyone has their own special ability.
- Beauty and The Beast (1991) – Disney+
This one is a personal favorite. Not only was the animation groundbreaking at the time, but the score is absolutely superb, having been lovingly crafted by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. When you hear Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts singing “Beauty and the Beast” while Belle and the Beast dance, you may also feel your winter heart melt just a little.
- Megamind (2010) – Amazon Prime
We all love a great hero vs. the bad guy story and naturally the hero always wins. But what happens if the bad guy won? What happens next? Does a villain have a purpose if there is no hero to fight against? These are the questions Megamind sets out to explore in a unique way. Starring the voice talents of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill Megamind is a fun take on the superhero genre we all love.
Animated Christmas Special TV Hour:
- Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas (1999) – Disney+
A classic Disney special featuring Mickey Mouse and all your favorite sidekicks (Minnie, Donald Duck, etc). These are 3 separate short Christmas stories narrated by Kelsey Grammar.
- Christmas Cartoons: 14 Christmas Cartoon Classics – 2 Hours of Holiday Classics (2016) – Amazon Prime
I know that’s a long name, but that’s the exact title so you can find it. Don’t let the year fool you – this was put together in 2016 but it’s a collection of classic Max Fleisher cartoons. Now fair warning, there’s some outdated representation issues here, but if you can look past that, there’s some really classic stories here with that beautiful old school animation.
- Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017) – Disney+
Now this one is only about 24 minutes, which makes it perfect to hold young attention spans. I am a fan of the Frozen characters and this short is just adorable. Josh Gad as Olaf is a real treat, and this animated special is great for the holiday season.