Christmas Holiday Specials to Check Out

The holiday season is finally upon us in full swing. It’s time to revisit old favorite movies and possibly discover some new favorites to add to your early Watch List. Most of these will comprise of new animated specials and movies.

November 24th:

This is not animated, clearly, but it seems to have a magical Christmas and Narnia feel to it. A Boy Called Christmas came out on Netflix today.

Robin Robin, from Aardman Animation, creators of Shaun the Sheep. This half hour special uses needle felt instead of the usual plasticine puppets or CG animation. It is available to watch on Netflix.

8-Bit travels back in time. to the 1980s for the kid in us who experience the excitement of being a kid around Christmastime. Starring Neil Patrick Harris, this movie is now available to watch on HBO Max.

On Friday November 26th, NBC will air a Trolls Holiday in Harmony special at 9pm PT/ET:

If you’re the type of person who likes the more spooky kind of Christmas movies, this one might be your kind of style. Elves is on Netflix on Sunday, November 28th.

For a more mature animated movie, check out Santa Inc, starring Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogan. It will be on HBO Max December 2nd.

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas, another Aardman Animation special, premieres on Netflix December 3rd.

Here are some honorable mentions. These are Christmas ads that tends to tell a special story for a typical advertisement.

The Stepdad Disney Christmas Advert:

Boots Bags of Joy:

Aldi Amazing Christmas:

Macy’s Tiptoe and the Flying Machine:

Barbour Paddington Bear:

And although this one is from 2020, I thought it was worth sharing. A simple, heartfelt story told in just over 2 minutes. It could almost be a Pixar movie or even a Pixar Short.

What do you think of the newest specials? Do any of them look interesting to you?

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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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