Christmas Programs

by potophanatic | created - 13 Dec 2015 | updated - 10 Nov 2016 | Public

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1. The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas (1973 TV Short)

Unrated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Family

While the rest of the world is getting ready for Christmas, all the bears in Bearbank are getting ready to sleep... except for Ted E. Bear. Ted gets curious about Christmas so he learns the meaning from Santa Claus himself.

Directors: Gerry Chiniquy, Hawley Pratt | Stars: Bob Holt, Kelly Lange, Michael Bell, Casey Kasem

Votes: 196

2. Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol (1979 TV Short)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Yosemite Sam is miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in this spoof of Charles Dickens' classic tale. Porky Pig, as Scrooge's clerk, Bob Cratchit, is fired on Christmas eve for the unpardonable act of ... See full summary »

Director: Friz Freleng | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 272

3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 28,608

4. Frosty the Snowman (1969 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family

A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante, Paul Frees

Votes: 13,710

5. Frosty Returns (1992 TV Short)

TV-G | 24 min | Animation, Short, Family

The continuing exploits of the famous snowman as he goes up against a more powerful force which threatens all of Christmas.

Directors: Evert Brown, Bill Melendez | Stars: Jonathan Winters, Jan Hooks, Andrea Martin, Brian Doyle-Murray

Votes: 2,765

6. A Garfield Christmas Special (1987 TV Short)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Garfield, Jon, and Odie go to Jon's grandmother's house for Christmas, where Garfield finds a present for Grandma.

Directors: Phil Roman, George Singer | Stars: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Pat Carroll

Votes: 2,388

7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 41,503

8. Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962 TV Movie)

Approved | 53 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the ... See full summary »

Director: Abe Levitow | Stars: Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano

Votes: 2,283

9. Noël (1992 TV Short)

23 min | Animation, Short, Family

The story of Noel, a cheerful Christmas ornament with a certain "happiness" that rubs off on the families he lives with.

Director: Masaki Îzuka | Stars: Charlton Heston, Larissa Auble, Roscoe Lee Browne, John Crenshaw

Votes: 165

10. Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999 TV Short)

G | 45 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When Santa cancels his annual flight because of a hurt reindeer, a young Christmas loving dog named Olive is convinced she has what it takes to get Santa's flight off the ground and save Christmas.

Director: Steve Moore | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Dan Castellaneta, Joe Pantoliano, Edward Asner

Votes: 1,985

11. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family

When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver, George Gobel

Votes: 2,380

12. Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too (1991 TV Short)

26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When Christopher Robin writes a letter to Santa and forgets to add what Pooh wanted for Christmas, Pooh tries to get the letter back, and subsequently redeliver the letter to the North Pole.

Director: Jamie Mitchell | Stars: Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen, John Fiedler, Michael Gough

Votes: 1,083

13. The Wish That Changed Christmas (1991 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Family

Ivy, an orphan wants a grandmother and a doll for Christmas. She mistakes a sign greeting her into a town, she jumps off a bus and shouts, "It's me, Ivy!". In the cold she looks for a ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Margerin | Stars: Jonathan Winters, Paul Winfield, Brittany Thornton, Lea Floden

Votes: 87

14. Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (1974 TV Short)

25 min | Animation, Family, Short

Partly based on a true story, a little girl writes to the editor of a newspaper concerning the existence of Santa Claus.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Jim Backus, Susan Silo, Courtney Lemmon, Billy Green

Votes: 141

15. The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (1985 TV Movie)

G | 50 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

At a council convened by The Great Ak, the forest being tells the story of Santa Claus to explain why he deserves to be made immortal.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Earl Hammond, Earle Hyman, Larry Kenney, Lynne Lipton

Votes: 892

16. The Little Drummer Boy (1968 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Family

An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr., Takeya Nakamura | Stars: José Ferrer, Paul Frees, June Foray, Ted Eccles

Votes: 4,018

17. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977 TV Movie)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

An outcast donkey in Roman era Judea with overlong ears finds his destiny on the way to Bethlehem.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Roger Miller, Brenda Vaccaro, Paul Frees, Don Messick

Votes: 1,628

18. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)

TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer | Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Paul Soles

Votes: 23,495

19. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)

TV-G | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving

Votes: 7,067

20. A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987 TV Special)

24 min | Animation, Short, Family

Two hosting prehistoric dinosaurs, Rex and Herb, guide you along a typical small town's Christmas choral celebration. There's just one catch, the entire town population is made out of clay. Special guest stars: the California Raisins.

Director: Will Vinton | Stars: Tim Conner, Johnny Counterfit, Greg Black, Bernadette Coughlin

Votes: 653

21. Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree (1995 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Comedy

A single Christmas tree becomes the source of cheer for the people and animals living around Mr. Willowby's estate. Based on the children's book of the same name.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Stockard Channing, Leslie Nielsen, Kevin Clash

Votes: 179

22. It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The Peanuts gang prepares for the holidays in their own unique ways.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Jamie E. Smith, John Christian Graas, Marnette Patterson, Mindy Ann Martin

Votes: 2,004

23. Tiny Toon Adventures (1990–1995)
Episode: It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special (1992)

Unrated | 22 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Buster Bunny is trying to produce and direct the Tiny Toons Holiday Special, but it is not working. Montana max, makes him look bad, and then bribes the network executives into firing ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon McClenahan, Rich Arons, Michael Gerard, Byron Vaughns | Stars: Tress MacNeille, John Kassir, Joe Alaskey, Danny Cooksey

Votes: 110

24. Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (1982 TV Short)

Not Rated | 24 min | Animation, Short

In this Christmas Special, Yogi escapes from Jellystone and hides out in a department store, posing as the Store's Santa. He helps a little girl to rediscover her faith in Christmas.

Director: Steve Lumley | Stars: Daws Butler, Mel Blanc, Henry Corden, Georgi Irene

Votes: 138

25. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Directors: Burny Mattinson, Richard Rich | Stars: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan

Votes: 9,096 | Gross: $21.00M

26. The Night the Animals Talked (1970 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Family

Common farm animals in the stable of Christ's birth begin to talk and communicate for the first time upon Mary and Joseph's arrival. They realize a miracle is about to take place, but lose ... See full summary »

Director: Shamus Culhane | Stars: Frank Porretta, Joe Silver, Patricia Bright, Len Maxwell

Votes: 82

27. The Forgotten Toys (1995)

25 min | Animation, Short, Family

Teddy the cuddly toy bear realizes only after jesting, ranting and threatening to hold his breath that the children have dumped him, just like a rag-doll in the neighbors' bin, to be ... See full summary »

Director: Graham Ralph | Stars: Bob Sessions, Clement Freud, Bob Hoskins, Joanna Lumley

Votes: 333

28. The Nutcracker Prince (1990)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

An adaption of the classic tale of a girl's dreams turned reality when her new toy turns out to be a young man placed under a curse.

Director: Paul Schibli | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Megan Follows, Peter O'Toole, Mike MacDonald

Votes: 1,994 | Gross: $1.78M

29. Santa and the Three Bears (1970)

G | 46 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

When a park ranger tells two bear cubs about Christmas and Santa Claus, they want to skip hibernation to celebrate, but their mother doesn't believe in Saint Nick and wants them to sleep.

Directors: Tony Benedict, Barry Mahon | Stars: Hal Smith, Jean Vander Pyl, Chris Gilmore, Bobby Riha

Votes: 532

30. The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1975 TV Short)

Not Rated | 22 min | Animation, Short, Family

A young shepherd, Lucas, is blinded by lightening, and some kindly nuns at a nearby abbey take him in. Sister Catherine describes snow to Lucas, who has never seen it. Lucas gets chosen to ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Cyril Ritchard, David Kelley, Dina Lynn

Votes: 357

31. Pinocchio's Christmas (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

It's Pinocchio's first Christmas, and he sells the book Geppetto gives him for present money, but Cat and Fox trick him out of it. So, Pinocchio becomes part of a (Christmas) Marionette ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Alan King, George S. Irving, Bob McFadden, Patricia Bright

Votes: 490

32. The Little Drummer Boy Book II (1976 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Aaron, the drummer boy, struggles to protect a bellmaker's great silver bells from seizure by Roman soldiers.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Greer Garson, Zero Mostel, David Jay, Bob McFadden

Votes: 499

33. The Small One (1978)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Family

A young Judean boy tries to sell his beloved old donkey to someone who would care for him as much as he does.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Sean Marshall, William Woodson, Olan Soule, Hal Smith

Votes: 1,147

34. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970 TV Movie)

TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Votes: 10,765



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