Track Santa Here On Christmas Eve

Track Santa Here On Christmas Eve

Track Santa Here On Christmas Eve

Track Santa Here On Christmas Eve

Track Santa Here On Christmas Eve

 

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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
This 53-minute, 1970 animated film may be the most delightful of those sundry, stop-motion animated Christmas perennials that show up on television during the holidays. The clay animation production, boasting a wonderful musical score and art direction that occasionally underscores the flower-power era in which it was born, tells the story of Santa's origins, in which Kris Kringle decides to get toys into the hands of poor children in gloomy Sombertown. Charmingly narrated by Fred Astaire and featuring voices by Mickey Rooney and Keenan Wynn.

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Santa Claus: The Movie
After creating a batch of lousy toys in Santa's workshop, an embarrassed elf exiles himself to Manhattan, where he goes to work for an evil toy tycoon. Can Santa save the elf (and Christmas) in the nick of time?  Dudley Moore stars as an eager-to-please elf who teams up with Santa Claus to save the spirit of Christmas from the evil influence of a villainous toy tycoon who wants to flood the world with dangerous play things.
 

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The Santa Clause
This film stars Tim Allen as a divorced dad who accidentally knocks Santa off the roof.   Taking on Santa's holiday duties (the Santa Clause), Allen begins to take on Santa's physical attributes as well.  The story is heart-warming and funny. Tim Allen is terrific.  The special effects and North Pole set are the stars. 

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Scrooge, 1935
The first Scrooge is NOT 1951- it is the 1935 British version starring Sir Seymour Hicks.   Being a Scrooge junkie and never caring much for the 1951 version, I recommend this one- if you can find a good copy of it.  It is short (excellent for younger audiences) and has some wonderful scenes of Victorian Christmas traditions.  This cozy B&W Christmas Carol is an absolute Christmas treasure. 

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Scrooge, 1951
It wouldn't be fair to compare this musical version of Dickens' novel to the 1951 classic, "A Christmas Carol," because it can never measure up.  But Albert Finney is a satisfying Scrooge--miserly, cantankerous, and full of humbug.  Alec Guiness, Edith Evans, and Kenneth More also star.  An enjoyable musical adaptation.

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Scrooged
Bill Murray stars in yet another update, this time a 1988 film without music.  Murray is a mean-spirited television executive, and in some decidedly bizarre casting, Bobcat Goldthwait is the 80's embodiment of Bob Cratchet and the always original Carol Kane is the very weird Ghost of Christmas Present.  A few good moments. 

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Teletubbies - Christmas in the Snow (1998)
Caregivers looking to keep the littlest kids occupied while they wrap a present or two this Christmas season have lucked out: Teletubbies: Christmas in the Snow is a two-volume, 90-minute jumble of the usual near-mindless meanderings of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po mixed with a handful of visits to Christmas celebrations in faraway lands. More fascinating to the target audience than the traditional Finnish Christmas carol sung by a roomful of elves in stocking feet, of course, will be the Tubbies' brisk-weather escapades. Something's changed in the Astroturfed kingdom where bunnies, flowers, and the funny-looking foursome frolic in every episode--the place has been doused with snow. First it's just a sugary dusting, but a downright deluge follows, and the Tubbies get busy making sense of it all. In the first episode, Po wipes out on her scooter; Tinky Winky's not careful and, to his delight, slides helplessly down a hill; and the gang plays a guessing game to figure out what's under the snow (either Laa-Laa's ball or Dipsy's hat). More of the same follows in the second episode--along with Christmas cutaways to the U.K. and Spain, we tag along as Po makes Po prints in the snow and the Tubbies team up to make a snow-Tubby, complete with snazzy hat and red patent-leather purse. This is harmless, semi-educational fun for kids under 4; Tubby tolerators everywhere can tuck it under their trees with confidence. One day in Teletubbyland, it began to snow. It snows and snows until everything is covered, even the Teletubbies' favorite things! Join in the fun as Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po build a snow tubby and take a peek into how children around the world celebrate Christmas in this special limited-edition holiday presentation.

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Teletubbies: Merry Christmas Teletubbies! (1998)
Everything is aglitter in the delightful land of the beloved Teletubbies! Light up your favorite child's holiday with five enchanting holiday episodes featuring stars Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po.  Sure to put a twinkle in your eye and a smile in your heart when you see your tiny tot giggle and laugh and roar with delight. In "Christmas Tree," our colorful characters are overjoyed at the arrival of their very own Christmas tree. "Making Christmas Cards" has the jolly mischief-makers learning how to make holiday cards and when Laa-Laa gets some decorations as a present they keep Noo-Noo busy busy. Fun continues to flow when Dipsy discovers that party favors that go "pop" are barrels of fun and Teletubbyland rings with excitement when the sweet sounds of carols fill the air. Plus, an avalanche of fun and frolic awaits as the Teletubby pals discover snow! Pure Teletubby fun packs every video, captivating young tikes as they foster creativity, imagination and confidence.

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Thomas & Friends - Christmas Wonderland (2000)
PEEP! PEEP!

ALL ABOARD!!! Thomas and his friends would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. In this special collection of both new stories and seasonal favorites, you'll experience first hand the joy and magic the holiday season brings to the Island of Sodor. In the All-New story "Snow", join in on the fun as Rusty tells the story of when Skarloey was up to his funnel in snow. Cheer on Thomas, Harold, Percy and Terence as they shovel out stranded villagers just in time for Christmas, and help the engines find Thomas just in the nick of time for the big Yuletide celebration. Happy Holidays!!!

Our Story Stops Are: Snow, Thomas' Christmas Party, Thomas & the Missing Christmas Tree, Terence the Tractor, Thomas & Percy's Christmas Adventure, Special Funnel and The Snow Song.

Storyteller - George Carlin.  (Yes, it's a kid's video.)

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To Grandmother's House We Go
When they overhear their stressed-out single mom (Northern Exposure's Cynthia Geary) calling them "a handful," twins Julie and Sarah decide to give mom a break and go to grandma's for Christmas. So they stuff their backpacks and stow away on a city bus, beginning an odyssey that will first find them in a delivery van operated by Roy Rogers-obsessed driver Eddie (soap opera veteran J. Eddie Peck).  Then a karate chop to Eddie's head later, they're at the mercy of a happily married pair of thieves (Rhea Perlman, Jerry Van Dyke) and, ultimately, a team of spooked runaway horses posing as reindeer. Luckily Eddie already has a crush on Mom, who manages his favorite mini-mart, and together the pair track down the missing twins, who, meanwhile, are having the ride of their lives. The Olsen twins are in their Full House bloom in this 89-minute made-for-TV movie, which means their brand of innocuous brattiness is still more charming than annoying. Perlman and Van Dyke get to ham it up as lovable criminals, and Geary and Peck find G-rated romance once he adjusts to the idea that his mini-mart sweetie has kids and he learns to share his Lotto winnings. (Suitable for all ages.) 

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We're No Angels, 1955 
A funny oldie with Bogard, Aldo Ray, and Peter Ustinov.  The three criminals bring Christmas to a family in need. . . with humor.  A must see. 

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The Wiggles - Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas (2000)
Christmas! The mere word inspires shrieks and wiggles in the 1- to 6-year-old crowd. Treat the kiddies to a tuneful outlet for their holiday excitement with this festive, 45-minute video from Australia's award-winning children's group, the Wiggles. Main vocalist Greg Page (in yellow) teams up with cohorts Murray Cook (guitar), Anthony Field (guitar and trumpet), and Jeff Fatt (accordion and keyboard) to deliver over a dozen delightful Christmas favorites--some old, many new, and almost all with a boppin' beat. What makes this holiday sing-along superior to other, similar tapes is the genuine joy the performers emit while they dance, play, and smile throughout each one- to two-minute tune. Simple yet eye-catching sets for songs including "Felice Navidad" and "Jingle Bells" never upstage the foursome and their boyish glee. Many performances include equally wiggly children, dressed as elves or reindeer, who appear every bit as genuine as Greg, Murray, Anthony, and Jeff. In a favorite segment, Anthony introduces and chats with some of the kids before they perform a musical nativity play. The final few minutes features a live performance of the "Wiggly Christmas Medley" from The Wiggles Big Show. A packed audience full of happy, dancing little ones presents a visual testament to this wonderful group's popularity.

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White Christmas
This semi-remake of Holiday Inn (the first movie in which Irving Berlin's perennial, Oscar-winning holiday anthem was featured) doesn't have much of a story, but what it does have is choice: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, an all-Irving Berlin song score, classy direction by Hollywood vet Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood), VistaVision (the very first feature ever shot in that widescreen format), and ultrafestive Technicolor! Crosby and Kaye are song-and-dance men who hook up, romantically and professionally, with a "sister" act (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to put on a Big Show to benefit the struggling ski-resort lodge run by the beloved old retired general (Dean Jagger) of their WWII Army outfit. Crosby is cool, Clooney is warm, Kaye is goofy, and Vera-Ellen is leggy. Songs include: "Sisters" (Crosby and Kaye do their own drag version, too), "Snow," "We'll Follow the Old Man," "Mandy," "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," and more. Christmas would be unthinkable without White Christmas.

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The Year Without a Santa Claus
Even Santa can suffer a case of the holiday blues. In this 1974 stop- motion holiday family favorite, a sparkly eyed Mrs. Claus (voiced by Shirley Booth) sings and tells about the year her hubby felt too weary and too unappreciated to prepare for his annual Christmas rounds. Mickey Rooney stars as the voice of Santa, a rosy-nosed puppet who travels incognito to Southtown in search of his tiniest reindeer, Vixen, and two well-meaning elves. Seems Mrs. Santa sent them to find proof of Christmas spirit--but all they've discovered is ambivalence about Santa's year off. Luckily, when Santa arrives and befriends a buck-toothed lad named Ignatius Thistlewhite, spirits begin to lift rapidly. Adult fans of this cousin to the 1970 television special Santa Claus Is Coming to Town will remember it as the Heat and Snow Miser movie--their vaudevillian theme songs, complete with trombone and piano riffs, are hard to forget; but other treasured musical moments include "I Believe in Santa Claus," "I'll Have a Blue Christmas Without You," and "Here Comes Santa Claus.  When Santa Claus decides to take a year off, Mrs. Claus and the elves must convince him that he is very important to children all around the world. Starring the voices of Shirley Booth and Mickey Rooney.

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Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper
Yogi escapes from Jellystone Park and poses as a store Santa, helping a little girl restore her faith in the meaning of Christmas. Holiday songbook included.

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