13 New Animated Specials and Movies to Watch in December

The Christmas 2022 season is in full swing and along with that comes with bringing out the DVDs and Blu-rays of our favorite classic Christmas movies and specials, whether they are animated or not. Or maybe you are the type of person to go to your preferred streaming services to watch your yearly favorites instead. On top of re-watching our favorites, it’s also a great time to watch new things too. On this page I have gathered a list of new animated specials and movies that have come out since December 1st, or will be coming out up to almost Christmas. I am sticking with animation just because it’s what I personally love watching more of instead of live action (though I do enjoy live action, animation is my first love in terms of watching shows and movies). There’s something for everyone to enjoy on this list. I have also included a few non-holiday specials and movies at the end, as it could be a fun new movie or show to enjoy during the Christmas season.

The Nutcracker and the Magic Flute

The Nutcracker and the Magic Flute is a new re-imagining of two classic stories in one. This Russian animated film is available to watch digitally for rent or buy from Amazon Prime, Apple+, and Google/Youtube Movies. It will be available on DVD next year.

In this thrilling twist on the beloved musical fairy tale, Marie follows her toy Nutcracker into the enchanted Land of Flowers to conquer a rat queen and break an evil curse.

Wrap Party Pups/Fixing Santa’s Sleigh

As part of the 5th season of the Puppy Dog Pals TV series, Disney Junior aired this special episode on Disney Junior on December 1st. It is now available to watch on Disney+ through Puppy Dog Pals 5th season show listing.

When Playcare hosts a wrap party, Grace accidentally drops her homemade present into a box that gets shipped out. When the sleigh breaks down mid-delivery, the pets fix it.

LEGO Friends: Holiday Special

Lego Friends: Holiday Special originally premiered on Lego’s official YouTube channel, but as of December 1st it is now available to watch on Netflix, under the title of Lego Friends: Heartlake Stories (2021).

Sesame Street’s The Nutcracker

Sesame Street’s The Nutcracker is now available to watch on HBO Max as of December 1st.

It’s Tango’s first Christmas and Elmo is so excited to show him all of the fun and festive things him and his family and friends get to do every year!

Batwheels Holiday Special: Holidays on Ice

Batwheels Holiday Special: Holidays on Ice became available to watch on HBO Max as of December 1st.

Sesame Street Mecha Builders Holiday Special: Yip Yip Tree Tree/The Snowman Scarecrow

Season one of Sesame Street Mecha Builders holiday episode is available to watch on HBO Max as of December 1st.

Bugs Bunny Builders Holiday Special

Bugs Bunny Builders Holiday Special: Looneyburg Lights is available on HBO Max as of December 1st.

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol became available to watch on Netflix as of December 2nd. See the trailer here:

The Boss Baby

The Boss Baby: Christmas Bonus is available to watch on Netflix as of December 6th.

Christmas Eve takes a twisty turn when the Boss Baby accidentally swaps places with one of Santa’s elves and gets stranded at the North Pole!

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse

Based on the internationally best-selling book of the same name by Charlie Mackesy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, in partnership with BBC, will be available to watch on Apple+ on December 25th. The art style will mimic the distinct style from the book.

A story of kindness, friendship, courage and hope for viewers of all ages, the poignant and heartfelt journey follows the unlikely friendship of a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse traveling together in the boy’s search for home.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

The long-anticipated stop-motion animated movie is finally coming to Netflix tomorrow, December 9th on Netflix.

People are sometimes afraid of what they don’t know… From the mind of Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and award-winning stop-motion legend Mark Gustafson, Guillermo del Toro‘s Pinocchio is a story you think you may know… but you don’t.

Sonic Prime

The Sonic Prime animated series is available to watch on Netflix on December 15th. See the trailer below.

The adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog go into overdrive when a run-in with Dr. Eggman results in a literal universe-shattering event. Sonic races through the Shatter-verse, discovering strange worlds and enlisting new friends in the epic adventure of a lifetime! Sonic Prime is dashing.

Puss In Boots

After the first 2011 movie, the daring outlaw feline returns in the newest movie Puss In Boots: The Last Wish, which will be in theaters nationwide on Wednesday December 21. The film showcases a similar animation style that animators for Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) and The Bad Guys (2022) used, deciding to move away from the realistic side of animation. The filmmakers used the 1966 Western film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as inspiration for the new Puss in Boots movie. Producer Mark Swift stated this is, “at the end of the day, also the story of outlaws circling one another in search for the same pot of gold. They’re going after this ultimate fairy tale prize, because there’s one wish that can be granted when you reach that wishing star. There’s a great momentum because everybody feels like they have to have this wish, which really just leads to a great kind of action adventure.”

Daring outlaw Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for peril and disregard for safety have taken their toll.
See the trailer here:

Will you be watching any of these movies or specials? Or maybe sharing them with your kids? Or another family member or friend? Let us know what you think!

Sarah Leone

An independent artist who loves to mix things up between traditional and digital art. She has a love for all things anime, animation, and manga. Oh, and cats. Can't forget the cats.

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