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 a couple of them back to back so you'd have an hour of fun.
Here's a list of the top 10 Christmas cartoons.
Mickey's Christmas CarolOriginal air date: 1984
Scrooge McDuck is the perfect character as Ebeneezer Scrooge and Mickey Mouse is the loveable Bob Cratchit in Disney’s great version of the Charles Dickens’ holiday classic.
Mister Magoo even took a shot at Charles Dickens' classic, playing the loveable Scrooge. If Mister Magoo's voice sounds vaguely familiar, it's because Jim Backus, otherwise known as Thurston Howell III from Gilligan's Island, was the voice of Mr Magoo.
Twas the Night Before ChristmasOriginal air date: 1974
Joel Gray stars as the character voice of Joshua Trundle, a struggling clockmaker who's assigned to create a special clock tower to win back Santa Claus after an anonymous letter has the town banned from his list. Things go awry when a brainiac kid mouse (Tammy Grimes) meddles with the gears and breaks the clock. The father mouse steps in and teaches the kid mouse a lesson and helps save Christmas fir the town
This holiday special features an animated Fred Astaire as our narrator, as well as the voices of Mickey Rooney (as Kris Kringle), Keenan Wynn (as the Winter Warlock), and Paul Frees (as seemingly all of the remaining characters). The story takes a look at how Santa came to be and also features his battle with Mayor Meisterburger and the Winter Wizard.
Frosty The SnowmanOriginal air date: 1969
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.
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.
A Year Without a Santa ClausOriginal air date: 1974
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.
A Charlie Brown ChristmasOriginal air date: 1965
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.
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.
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?