Planes, Trains, and Snowmobiles: A peek at our family’s movie collection

Alright guys, my family’s arguing about when to see Moana and if we should go in the hot tub this year, so it’s clearly time for me to go through all of the holiday-esque movies we own and talk about each one.

Alright, I’ve got a stack of 14 movies here, but actually 13 since one of them isn’t really suitable for kids, so let’s do this, yeehaw

First in the hellstack is Barbie: A Perfect Christmas.

barbie_a_perfect_christmas_digital_copyJoin Barbie™ and her sisters Skipper™, Stacie™ and Chelsea™ as their holiday vacation plans turn into a most unexpected adventure and heartwarming lesson. After a snowstorm diverts their plane, the girls find themselves far from their New York destination and their holiday dreams. Now stranded at a remote inn in the tiny town of Tannenbaum, the sisters are welcomed by new friends and magical experiences. In appreciation for the wonderful hospitality they receive, they use their musical talents to put on a performance for the whole town. Barbie™ and her sisters realize the joy of being together is what really makes A Perfect Christmas!

It was… alright, I suppose. Not the best. Not the worst. I usually don’t watch it every year. It’s a musical, so that’s a heads-up. Some songs are better than others.

Next is Arthur Christmas.

onesheetHow CAN Santa deliver billions of presents to the whole world in just one night? With an army of one million combat-style Field Elves and a vast, state-of-the-art control center under the ice of the North Pole! So how could this incredible operations have MISSED one child?! To Santa’s young son, Arthur, it threatens to end the magic of Christmas. With retired Grandsanta, a rebellious young elf, an old sleigh and some untrained reindeer, Arthur sets out on a crazy mission to deliver the last present! Deck the halls with excitement, fun and wonder in this new Christmas classic!

We’ve watched this one as a family every year since it came out in 2011. The characters are likeable and funny, it’s a fun way of exploring how the legend of Santa Claus possibly works in this day and age, and it’s just a fun ride all the way through. As you may see on that sticker on the cover, it unfortunately features Beiber singing “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town” in the credits, but other than that I think this movie is pretty much perfect.

Next in the stack is… The Wiggles: Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas?

51ghcfwqpnlSanta may make you giggle, but here’s a group who’s guaranteed to make you wiggle! All the way from down under comes The Wiggles®, the happiest band in the land singing and dancing their way through their first ever Christmas video. Join Murray, Jeff, Anthony, Greg and friends as they take you on a sleigh-riding Yuletide sing-along with new holiday tunes and old festive favorites. It’s 40 minutes of your favorite Christmas music presented in a unique style that is enjoyable for all ages. So what are you waiting for? Have a Merry Christmas and let the wiggling begin!

Well I think I’m a bit out of the age range for this one based on the box. At any rate, I haven’t watched this since I was in that age range. Most of what I remember from this is an octopus dancing to the lyrics “wiggly wiggly Christmas”. Uh, if you’re in the proper age range, feel free to watch this? At any rate there’s new Wiggles these days but for some reason Anthony is still part of the group. He seems kind of out of place. Poor blue Wiggle.

Oh boy. Next is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & The Island of Misfit Toys.

mv5bmtmxndixotiwm15bml5banbnxkftztywmduzmzu5-_v1_uy268_cr30182268_al_When the mysterious Toy Taker grabs all of Santa’s toys, it looks like the children will miss out on Christmas. But everyone’s favorite reindeer, Rudolph, comes to the rescue with his lovable friends: Hermey the elf, Yukon Cornelius the grizzly prospector, the abominable snow monster Bumbles and Rudolph’s very special friend Clarice. Together, they promise Santa they’ll track down Toy Taker and rescue Santa’s toys. Their incredible quest takes them on a wild adventure with Rudolph’s red nose leading the way! This new family holiday favorite features the voices of Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Dreyfuss and Rick Moranis. The soundtrack includes seven new holiday songs and features the classic original song performed by Tony Bennett. WIth amazing state-of-the-art animation and great new songs, kids of all ages will treasure this musical adventure forever.

Well maybe the animation was “state-of-the-art” when it came out in 2001, but it hasn’t aged well. At all. On the other hand, apparently Rudolph aged extremely well, since he’s a kid again in this one. Also there’s a singing hippo. Avoid this sequel like the plague, it’s so bad, oh my gosh, it’s so bad, oh wow boy howdy it’s terrible

Now we’ve got Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas.

ultimatechristmasThomas and his friends would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. In this special collection of seasonal favorites, you’ll experience first hand the joy and magic the holiday season brings to the Island of Sodor. See if Percy’s snow-covered face tricks James and the rest of the engines into thinking they have seen the very scary Jack Frost. Cheer on Thomas, Harold, Percy, and Terence as they shovel out the stranded villagers just in time for Christmas. Happy Holidays!!!

Maybe my brother got this as a present one year? I dunno. At any rate, I don’t think I’ve watched it. But it’s probably better than whatever the current creepy CGI stuff is.

Next up is Barbie in A Christmas Carol.

mv5bmtq0odezmtcwm15bml5banbnxkftztgwnzm5mja2mde-_v1_uy268_cr90182268_al_Barbie™ in A Christmas Carol is a heartwarming adaption of the classic Dickens story filled with cherished Christmas carols, fabulous fashions and lots of laughs! The tale stars Barbie™ as Eden Starling™, the glamorous singing diva of a theatre in Victorian London. Along with her snooty cat, Chuzzlewit, Eden selfishly plans to make all of the theatre performers stay and rehearse on Christmas Day! Not even Eden’s costume designer and childhood friend, Catherine, can talk Eden out of her self-centered tantrum.

It’s up to three very unusual Christmas Spirits to take Eden on a fantastical holiday journey that will open her heart to the spirit of the season and the joy of giving. Barbie™ in A Christmas Carol is a family favorite to enjoy every holiday season!

As you might be able to tell, this takes quite a few liberties with the original classic, but I think it works well. Got quite a few good songs and is an entertaining movie that simultaneously keeps the creepy atmosphere of the original story while keeping it lighthearted for the children. I should probably watch it every year, not sure if I do though.

Next up is Alvin and the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Christmas.

61jwr756d4lIn this tune-filled animated favorite, Dave Seville has managed to book Alvin for a harmonica solo at the famed Carnegie Hall! But there’s a slight problem – swept up into the holiday spirit, Alvin has given his beloved harmonica away to a sick little boy. Will Alvin, Simon, and Theodore find a replacement, without Dave finding out? Will Alvin be able to keep his date at Carnegie Hall? Will Dave go ballistic as the big night grows closer? The whole family will treasure this Christmas Classic, in which The Chipmunks perform “Jingle Bells”, “Deck the Halls,” and that perennial holiday favorite, “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late).” Here’s to the holidays … and A Chipmunk Christmas!

I think mom got this one for us because back in the day, us kids liked the Alvin and the Chipmunks live action films. We stopped after the sequel, though. Probably a good thing. I think I’ve only watched this one only once as well, but I think it’s actually three different episodes and the back only describes one of them? I dunno.

Aight, I’m over halfway done and want to drag my brother over with me to Starbucks for that danged Eggnog Frappuccino I’ve been wanting. BRB.

Eggnog Frappuccino and Epsom salt obtained, time to continue with the list with Bob the Builder: A Christmas to Remember.

bobthebuilderchristmastoremember01Merry Christmas from Bob the Builder! Bob’s can-do crew is busy decorating for the holidays and building a concert stage for rock stars Lennie and the Lazers. And guess who’s coming home for Christmas! Bob’s twin brother, Tom – all the way from the Arctic Circle! Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned. Spud is up to his usual pranks, Lennie can’t sing, and Bob forgot his Santa costume. And it seems Tom won’t be home after all. Much to Bob’s surprise, Elton John and a mysterious Santa make it a Christmas to remember!

Think I watched this only once. Don’t remember it too much, but apparently it has Elton John in it? Huh. Also at first glance I thought the snowmobile was a minion. Wow I hate those little yellow blobs. Also Bob has a twin brother? Why would he be given a twin brother? And who names twins Bob and Tom? Anyways.

Hang on, I’ve gotta check the rating real quickly on this one. Yep, it’s PG. Fair warning, it’s the 80’s version of PG, not the 21st century version of PG, so… might actually need some parental guidance on this one. Anyways, up next is A Christmas Story.

2204_16170The Christmas spirit isn’t served up with more heartfelt warmth or observant hilarity than in this beloved adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s holiday story. In 1940s Indiana, nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) dreams of his ideal Christmas gift: a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. But when gruff dad (Darren McGavin) and doting mom (Melinda Dillon) regularly respond with “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Ralphie mounts a full-scale, hint-dropping, Santa-begging campaign. He also endures all kinds of childhood calamities from snowsuit paralysis to the yellow-eyed Scotty Farkus affair to the dreaded tongue-on-a-frozen-flagpole gambit. We triple-dog-dare you to unwrap a more welcome Yuletide classic!

Yes, all of those bolded bits are bolded on the back of the DVD box. Don’t ask me why. My mom had this one on when I was in elementary school. Well, I saw a part near the end of it, screamed in despair over what Ralphie did at one point, and have been too self-embarassed about it to ever watch it again. On the other hand, the rest of my family watches it every year. But at any rate, I remember it definitely deserves that PG rating. I’d suggest asking your parents first before watching.
Don’t talk to me about the sequel.

Next up is another pretty great classic: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

51mqgjkdtmlRemember when Santa called upon Rudolph to guide his sleigh that foggy Christmas night? Relive the adventures of Rudolph and friends as they help save Christmas and have some fun along the way. Told and sung by Burl Ives. This Original Christmas Classic is a must-have for the holidays!

Everyone should probably watch this one at least once, since it’s a pretty big classic. Our family watches it every year, often nit-picking at some plot holes but mostly having a good time. I recommend it a lot.
Don’t talk to me about the sequel.

Next up is Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

5247dr_seuss_how_the_grinch_stole_christmas“Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot.” And every family likes How the Grinch Stole Christmas! a lot! This joyous, heart-tickling holiday event based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved book and featuring the voice of Boris Karloff has delighted viewers of all ages since its 1966 debut. The fun begins when the grumpy, grouchy, yule-hating Grinch plots to ruin the Whos Christmas. Can he steal their holiday spirit by stealing their holiday treats? Or does Christmas…perhaps…mean a little bit more? Bring home this glorious Remastered Delux Edition that includes Horton Hears a Who! plus a sleigh load of more bonus goodies – and let the green meanie Grinch take his rightful place alongside Ebeneezer Scrooge and George Bailey (It’s a Wonderful Life) as a timeless symbol of the season to be jolly. Merry Grinchmas!

I’ve never ever watched the Horton Hears a Who! part of this DVD, but we watch this movie every single year without fail. A great whimsical retelling of the book with excellent animation.
Don’t talk to me about the live-action version.

Hang on, gotta check the rating on this one as well… also PG, but a 21st century PG. It’s Elf.

vrsdh0jsmnm-movieposterOnce upon a Christmas Eve, an orphan baby crawled into Santa’s bag of gifts and was taken to the North Pole. Raised by Papa Elf (Bob Newhard), Buddy (Will Ferrell) comes to realize he doesn’t fit in with the other elves. Determined to find a place where he belongs, Buddy searches for his real dad – in New York City!

In the Big Apple, Buddy finds out why his dad (James Caan) is on the naughty list! But most importantly, he sees that the world is seriously lacking in Christmas spirit, which causes Santa all kinds of problems!

So with the help of a beautiful department store elf (Zooey Deschanel), Buddy tries to teach his dad and the world the true meaning of Christmas spirit and to prove to everyone that Santa (Ed Asner) really exists!

This one’s pretty funny. Too bad it gives me a lot of second-hand embarrassment, which usually leads to me skipping out on the family viewings.

We’ve reached the bottom of the hellstack! It’s Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town!

scictt_coverRemember when the Burgemeister outlawed toys and the legend of Kris Kringle was born? Relive the story of Santa Claus and his adventures in the North Pole. Told and sung by Fred Astaire, this Original Christmas Classic is a must-have for the holidays!

Similarly to Rudolph, we watch this one annually and love laughing at all the plotholes, along with that kid’s pronunciation of the reindeer Blister – I mean Blitzen. Another good holiday classic, but probablynot quite as big as Rudolph, but still an important one to see.

Another one that isn’t in our holiday movie collection perse is Barbie in the Nutcracker, because well it’s part of the main Barbie movies, though it does take place on Christmas.

Anyways, that’s enough of me rambling about whatever this was. I still don’t really know what I’m doing here. Happy holidays gang!



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