Top 10 Christmas Cartoons Of All Time [Videos]
This is the time of year when as adults, we get excited for the nostalgia of reliving our youth a little bit by making time and sitting down and watching Christmas cartoons on tv. No, kids it’ not just easier to pop in the dvd and watch it whenever you want. It’s all about making it to the tv by 8pm to watch your favorite cartoon on network tv. Watching these cartoons was something when we were kids, we used to wait all year long for, just for a 1/2 hour show. If we were lucky, they played 2 back to back so you’d have an hour of fun.
Here’s a list of the top 10 Christmas cartoons.
'Twas The Night Before Christmas
'Twas the Night Before Christmas was one that everyone might not remember but it somehow made it on tv every year. It was the story of a mouse who almost ruined Christmas for a whole town because he didn't believe in Santa.
Nestor The Long Eared Christmas Donkey
Nestor was the original 'helper' of Mary & Joseph many years before a bright nosed Reindeer named Rudolph came along to help Santa. But the parallel between Nestor and Rudolph is very similar. If the claymation looks familiar, Nestor was designed by Rankin & Bass, the same creators of Rudolph & A Year Without a Santa Claus.
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol
Tom & Jerry- The Night Before Christmas
Although this cartoon was shorter in length than the rest of the list, this special was only about 10 minutes long but Tom & Jerry were a staple of Christmas programming on WPIX Channel 11 in New York every year just as much as the yule log. Even the Christmas spirit can bring together natural enemies like Tom & Jerry and make them into friends for one day.
Frosty The Snowman
Another Rankin/Bass Production, narrated by Jimmy Durante, it was a classic that we got to enjoy watching the famous snowman coming to life every year when the winter wind blows. Frosty would come back to life proclaiming 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY,' to himself every time but no matter how many times he said it, we still loved his jolly old soul nonetheless.
A Year Without a Santa Claus
A Year Without a Santa Claus is one that sometimes seems to get lost in the shuffle but belongs on this list of classics. Santa wants to pass on Christmas because he believes no one has the Christmas spirit any longer. Santa takes a back seat though as the real stars of this cartoon are the brothers, The Snow & Heat Misers.
Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas
From Muppets creator Jim Henson, this is the story of life in Frog Town Hollow during Christmas time. Emmett Otter was originally only broadcast on HBO during Christmas time for the first few years of its existence and then finally made its way onto national tv in 1980. The animation and sets are amazing for its time and other than creating Kermit himself, this may have been the best work Jim Henson ever accomplished.
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
Way before Jim Carrey & Ron Howard ever decided to take it to the big screen, every year the Dr. Seuss classic graced our living rooms. Even though the big green Grinch tried to steal Whovilles' Christmas, we forgave him every year. Who's heart didn't grow a little bit from watching this Christmas favorite?
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Our favorite stop animation Red nosed Reindeer has been broadcasting on our television sets every year since 1964. Rudolph has taken us with him on a journey to the Island of Misfit Toys and became a must see every year. With Burl Ives narrating as the loveable snowman, the show is adorned with so may memorable characters including Yukon Cornelius, The Bumble of the North and Hermie the Elf just to name a few.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
We all could learn a little bit about the Christmas season from watching this one. Watching a Charlie Brown Christmas can even warm the hearts of the biggest naysayers. We've all stressed about this or that around the holidays much like Charlie Brown and when it comes down to it, we should remember the true meaning of Christmas and enjoy the time with family and friends.