Disneyland 2k17 Day 3: I wish this cold sore would just GO AWAY

So uh, looks like I slipped, again, yesterday, that was the day I slipped. My excuse is that it was a long day of Disneyland’ing and traveling. But I’m here to post now so yippee!

Alright, so yesterday morning I woke up feeling mostly better – turns out my father and sister had gotten sick as well though! Bleh. At any rate I continued getting up – got myself some juice, took some painkillers, went to head over to eat cereal and then suddenly I was lying on the bed. Wasn’t quite as ready as I thought. So after a bit more of that and a bit more of playing my 3DS, I did get up in time for me to eat breakfast and the like before we had to evacuate the hotel room (my sister and mom were staying for a few more days, so we just needed to shove the luggage over there and then bring it with us on the airplane later).

I then went out into the park to do the last event I really needed to do by during this trip: meet Moana. So I headed over to Adventureland where she hung out, but I had to wait for a bit because my mom wanted to be my photographer and she wasn’t out yet. So I sat out for a while, enjoying the rain (I was still kinda sick, still got that fever, so I was actually sweating in the cold rainy weather, believe it or don’t) and just sitting there. Eventually it got a bit too much so I hid in a nearby shop.

My mom completed her ride on Snow White, Moana arrived, and we were in line to meet her! Huzzah!

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Pictured: An awkward teenager and a girl who lost her grandmother.

She said she liked my shirt because it reminded her of the flowers on her island – she said I should visit (trust me, I’d love to!). Surprised she didn’t comment on my hair though.

Seriously though, Moana is gorgeous! So glad I got to meet her!

After that we headed over to Starbucks to have a snack and take refuge from the rain (if it wasn’t raining we would’ve gone to Jolly!). It was hecka crowded, we were lucky to find any table at all, heh. I enjoyed a nice apple juice beverage while my brother got a hot chocolate (it’s a good thing I didn’t get it, probably wouldn’t have tasted good to me with the then-current state of my taste buds).

I then went with my dad to hit a bunch of the dark rides. Dark rides is a term used to refer to four rides behind Sleeping Beauty Castle that have been there since the park opened and all take place in the dark, consist mostly of practical effects, run single cars rather than long trains, and are all short rides (about 2 minutes long). The four dark rides are Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and Peter Pan’s Flight. My brother also likes to refer to Alice in Wonderland as a dark ride, but it… technically isn’t. Uh wait I just looked it up and it turns out I’m a LIAR! Pinocchio’s Daring Journey wasn’t there the day the park opened! All the other three were though. So I guess it’s a dark ride since it’s just right there next to the others? But so is Alice… Hmm, I’ll have to get back to you on this.

Anyways, we went on Snow White’s Scary Adventures, or as I like to call it, Snow White and the Seven Hags. Seriously. There are SO many hags on that ride! And by “so many” I mean five. That’s still a ludicrous amount! That’s more times than any other character shows up! What’s the big deal with her anyways?! Anyways, it’s a ride, can be a little spooky for young’uns (all of those HAGS, also the forest is SUPER creepy, no wonder my sister was scarred as a kid), but it’s fun enough. Also has a turtle, so that automatically makes it awesome. Fun fact: The apple the queen holds is a hologram! Not because they wanted to use new technology or update the ride, oh no – it’s because it was the most popular free souvenir to take from the park! Kids please don’t steal it’s illegal.

We then went on Pinocchio’s Daring Journey. This one is also a little spooky, but also just a lot more weird in my brain-mind memory database thing. I dunno. Might just be because the movie’s kinda weird to me. This ride uses holograms too, actually – it’s how they do the blue fairy trick at the end! Less significant since this ride was added later, heh. Keep an eye out for the Hidden Mickey by the popcorn cart.

Next up was Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride! This one is much more wild and fast than the other two. The other two are creepy, this one is, well, a wild ride! You even end up going to hell! It has some hard-to-spot Hidden Mickeys and it’s really fun. Unless you’re afraid of getting hit by trains. This ride has the second-longest line of the dark rides (Pinocchio and Snow White are usually about the same length) – when I went on the wait was about 30 minutes, which is about average (as long as you’re not going when it’s super crowded).

We then went to parkhop since my mom got my dad a pass for Soarin’ over California, since he wanted to try it again. So I called up my ol’ buddy my pal my brother to be my partner on Midway Mania as I used up the Universal Fastpass I got yesterday. Midway Mania is really fun. The games are challenging, the designs are neat, and it’s not impossible to aim like Astro Blasters! Ha! There’s also a really clever Hidden Mickey in one of the levels. In the end we both got Beaver level with both of us landing between 100k and 130k points (he beat me, both in points and accuracy) and he headed off to California Screamin’ and I headed off to do a round of Radiator Springs Racers.

I also highly recommend Radiator Springs Racers – the ride does a really good job of getting the feel of Radiator Springs down, the animatronics are great, and the end racing part is really fun! Doesn’t hurt that I won the race this round. >:3c Uh, but if you are going to do it, and you’re okay with being split up from your party, do single rider. The stand-by wait line is waaay too long to bother with.

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Uh, I suppose you could now use that number to purchase this photo of me on the ride. If… if you really want to spend your money on that, go ahead. It’s kinda creepy but… I can’t really stop you.

I then parkhopped back over to the Magic Kingdom and entered the Alice in Wonderland ride. My mom joined me in line, and soon we were on a caterpillar heading into Wonderland.

A few years ago they added little updates here and there to the ride, and boy do they add up! It’s mostly just a lot of little screens everywhere to add some animations, but they don’t feel tacky or out of place – heck, they often blend right in! It just makes the ride look that much better. As a sidenote, near the end of the ride I mentioned that the ride broke down when I was right in front of the whistling teapots near the end to my mom – and then the ride seemed to slow down for a bit, right in front of the whistling teapots. I almost thought history was going to repeat itself and I was going to have to walk through the mad tea party again! It didn’t though, thank goodness.

The two of us then went over to the ride with the worst wait-time to ride-length ratio: Peter Pan’s Flight. The line is consistently around 40 minutes, while the ride is only about 2. It’s definitely the most popular out of the dark rides. So after waiting for a while and my brother joining the two of us, we rode a flying pirate ship and we went to Neverland.

Like Alice in Wonderland, they also updated this ride a fair amount. It also helps a lot here, but the change I personally dislike is the new London-flying layout, since the Big Ben Hidden Mickey is a little less hidden now. Oh well. The ride continues to look amazing, even though it is short. I recommend it if you have a large chunk of time to wait in line or if you’re prepared to gate-crash.

After that my brother and I each got a popcorn container from our mom (thank you for indulging our bad habits), left the park, had dinner, packed up our belongings, got in an Uber, spent two hours doing nothing at the airport (we’re much more used to the constant busy stream SFO is – meanwhile, this ride was more of a “walk-on”), rode the airplane, took another Uber home, said hello to our cats, and went to sleep.

Then I had to get up today to get to school. Bleh!

So that’s pretty much what happened. My sister and mom are still in Disneyland (my sister was actually so sick that she threw up last night – hope you get well soon sis!), but my dad, my brother, and I are back home and back into the swing of things. Going back to civilization after Disneyland can be rough, man.

Anyways that’s about it from me! We’ll see what I talk about tomorrow, heh. (I mean, it’s probably going to be about the BIG THING that happened in the Poptropica fandom, but hey you never know!)

-Ylimegirl

Disneyland 2k17 Day 2: I lied yesterday, I’m not fine, please let this fever pass quickly

So today’s post is going to be shorter than yesterday’s because my time in the park today was shorter than yesterday’s because I woke up with a fever I thought I was developing last night, which apparently I was.

So I woke up at around eight and then stayed in bed for another few hours, told my mom that I probably had a fever and then dinked around while trying to keep cool (I was fluctuating between being too cold and too hot, at this point I was too hot). After a little bit of time of trying to keep cool by simply taking off my pajama top, I decided the next obvious step was to take a nice cold shower. It was better than sex. (note: this claim comes from the fact that it was better than using the foot massager, which my sister said was better than Hyperspace Mountain, which someone commented somewhere was better than sex.) I then figured out how to turn on the room fan, had a banana, and lay around the room for a while.

I started feeling a little bit better, so I decided to head into the park. After having to double-back to grab my lunch, I arrived in DCA at around 12:30 and went on Mike & Sully to the Rescue!

Not only is it one of the two attractions in Hollywood Land untainted by Frozen, it’s really fun. It’s just a little meandering trip through Monstropolis with some of my personal favorite Hidden Mickeys.

Afterwards I decided to try to go to Toy Story Midway Mania, with the ride line allegedly being only 30 minutes (usually it’s around an hour). After waiting for a little bit, I ended up at the front of the line and was next to board – only to have the ride breakdown. They gave us a universal fastpass as compensation though.

That was around the time I realized I wasn’t as park-ready as I thought.

So I just sat like a idiot outside Midway Mania until I went to meet up with my mom by Ariel, where we double-checked that the universal fastpass was good for tomorrow, since I was going back to the hotel at this point. My mom picked up some apple juice from a Starbucks and I hung out around the room for the rest of the day, watching some anime and chilling.

Well since this post is pretty short, I suppose I should talk about the Attractions We’ve Lost due to Commercialization over in Hollywood Land:

  • MuppetVision 3D – replaced by an Anna & Elsa sing-along, since we definitely needed more of that. My mom tried to watch it but after about 15 minutes of the princesses being MIA she came to her senses and abandoned the idea.
  • Empty building by MuppetVision – filled up with an Olaf snow play area. I met Olaf. Wasn’t too great.
  • Aladdin Musical – replaced by the Frozen musical. I have no intention of ever watching it.
  • Ursula’s Sea Grotto / Toy Story Zoetrope (in the Animation Building) – latter replaced with area to meet Anna & Elsa, former became their changing room. It really sucks since now the Lotus Casino Animation Building is full of bratty kids.
  • Tower of Terror – going to be replaced with some dumb Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.

Alright time for me to yell about the last bullet point. I only went on Tower of Terror once as part of a deal with my brother (I got him on Gadget’s Go Coaster in return, heh). It wasn’t my idea of a favorite ride but was perfectly themed, from the queue to the pre-show to the ride itself. And Disney, being the brilliant company they are, decide that they’re going to replace this perfectly-themed icon of California Adventure with some Marvel-themed ride. Don’t get me wrong, I think Guardians of the Galaxy was a great film, but it’s going to fade into obscurity with time. The Twilight Zone, on the other hand, is iconic – it was a wonderfully creepy TV show (that I only ever saw one episode of) that has become a classic with time. Look, Disney, you’re already doing the cash-grab with Space Nazi Land Star Wars Land, so why would you do this? Terrible idea 0/10.

Alright that’s enough of that, I’m still sicko so I need to go to bed, hopefully I’ll get into the park and get to hit the one other big thing I want to do, which is meet Moana. Fingers crossed!

-Ylimegirl

Moana Review: Why do I have to go to school tomorrow?

Uh, so I didn’t post yesterday. The thing is, usually we go out to the theatre in the morning or afternoon, so even though I knew we were going at 7 PM, I thought I could definitely post after the movie!

I was wrong. Pbbt.

Anyways, time for a review of Moana, I guess! I’ll try to be spoiler-free at first, then I’ll add a cut and go into the SPOILER ZONE. (Terrifying!)

Plot: Well, the basic plot is certainly nothing new, but that can definitely be argued about pretty much everything. The way it’s executed is certainly a wild ride though!

Setting: It was really refreshing to see an animated movie set in a place that isn’t Europe or America. As far as I know they tried to make sure everything’s pretty accurate to pacific islander culture, and it seems to be that way to me! I’ve been to Hawaii thrice by now and it felt like I was actually there. Basically it has a nice amount of scenery porn for my sister to enjoy.

Animation: The animation is GORGEOUS. Everything is a nice combination of realistic and cartoony, and it was beautiful to watch. The water looked super realistic, and the way characters moved seemed super realistic. I also really enjoyed the hand-drawn animation of Maui’s tattoos – it was the first time hand-drawn animation has appeared in a Disney movie since 2011’s Winnie the Pooh! Also the characters were super diverse! They had skinny people and large people and tall people and short people, it was amazing. It’s funny how diverse bodies can be without changing the race, wonder if we’ll ever see that in all-white movies. But I digress.

Music: The music was mostly composed by Hamilton star/director/author/everything else Manuel Lin-Miranda, and it sounds gorgeous! The songs are obnoxiously catchy honestly, and the instrumentals are beautiful.

Alright, so that’s about all I can say without going into spoiler territory. Hit the “read more” or whatever below if you’ve seen the movie or you just don’t care about spoilers.

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I Forgot The Title Again: I need to remember to type this out before I hit publish goshdarnit

I almost went TWO WHOLE DAYS without updating y’all on this blog. How horrible!

Anyways, happy new year folks! 2016, at long last, is finally dead. Let’s just hope 2017 is somewhat better…

At any rate, my New Year’s Eve wasn’t terribly exciting. I played some Monopoly Deal, ate some “triple-threat” brownies, and finished an anime. I did come on voice chat on the PHC for a little bit around midnight though. Sidenote, I stayed in bed until after noon today. I think the rest of my family members’ New Years Eves were a little more exciting – my brother was in Palm Springs with our cousin and grandparents, my mom and dad both got a little buzzed, and my sister woke up to find a classmate of hers drunk texted a nude to a group chat. (She deleted it.) Fun times.

Uh, New Years Resolutions! That’s a thing people do, right? Haven’t really made an official list before, so now you can dangle these over my head in the future when I inevitably fail them.

  • Do more Wii Fit Plus / try and be active at some point daily.
  • Be able to do a jackknife, or a push-up, or some other exercise I can’t properly do at the moment.
  • Do well in school.
  • Eat less sweets.
  • Make some friends.
  • Catch up on my various shows.
  • Draw more.
  • Write more.
  • Smile more.
  • Spend more time with my family.
  • Be nicer.
  • Play the new Pokémon games.
  • Clean out my closet.
  • Play more Poptropica.

And one more secret one for myself alone to know 👀.

I think that’s about it for today? I’m. I’m very bad at keeping a schedule for this blog, aren’t I? Hah. Uh, so tomorrow I’m seeing Moana? Guess I can talk about that. Maybe I’ll start playing Pokémon eventually soon probably, and also start going through Journal 3 again. And I’m going to Disneyland this Saturday (school? why should I have to go to that) so there’s that. And I also still need to teach y’all K/Cabo(o) some time!

Oh, last thing! PHB did a recap thing-a-ma-doohicker, and I got a nice little tribute!

There are only two words to describe Ylime as an author overall: simple & cool. Her nickname may be tricky to pronounce (ee-lime; ye-lime?), but that doesn’t matter. Ylimegirl has made a decent legacy for herself, and besides blogging, she is known for standing up for what she believes in and even making it humorous at times. She is always on the PHC ready to chat, and is now blogging on her own site.

Thanks Slip (and whoever else inevitably contributed to the post), I appreciate it! And if you ever need a pronunciation guide for my nickname, I have the most basic and simple one right over here on my Gravatar! Makes perfect sense, right?

Uh, see you tomorrow when I’ll probably review Moana!

-Ylimegirl

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!

-Ylimegirl