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Top five

Isaac Lorton | Thursday, December 6, 2012

Whether you’re on Team Ticket or Team No-Ticket, here is the top five greatest animated Christmas films that everyone can watch and be happy about.

5. “The Year Without Santa Claus”

The  stop-motion movie is the story of how two brave elves, Jingle and Jangle, must attempt to find people who believe in Santa because Santa feels unappreciated and wants to take a holiday. Jingle and Jangle hit a few bumps along the way and are forced to deal with Heat Miser and Snow Miser, who are brothers at war with each other, and their stern mother, Mother Nature (naturally), in order to make Christmas happen.

4. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

When was the last time you said roast beef normally? I always say “roast beast” and it is because of this Dr. Seuss Christmas classic. The grumpy Grinch attempts to ruin the Christmas of Whoville, but eventually has a change of heart. The Grinch details how we should all act generously during the holiday season. The movie is great because Dr. Seuss drops rhymes about Christmas, what could be cooler?

3. “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Like many of us, Charlie Brown has a problem with the commercialization of Christmas (even in the year 1965) and wants to have a traditional Christmas. We all have holiday traditions with our family and, however small, these traditions are what matter most to our Christmas experience.

2. “The Polar Express”

For all of you non-believers out there, this is the perfect movie for you. Tom Hanks, playing everyone, and a great musical score by Alan Silvestri, entrance the audience into believing in Christmas again. Christmas seemed to lose a bit of its magic when you found out Santa Claus was also the Easter Bunny and was married to the Tooth Fairy. However, the Polar Express takes people back to that great feeling of believing again.

1. “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”      

Say Burgermeister Meisterburger five times fast. Everyone wants to know how Santa got his gig as the greatest person ever, and this movie explains how. The orphan, Kris, is raised by the Kringle family of toymakers and eventually wants to deliver all of these toys to overworked and unhappy children of Sombertown, However, Sombertown is ruled by the alliterative antagonist Burgermeister Meisterburger, who hates fun. So, the movie is about the underdog story of the orphan, Kris, who overcomes overwhelming odds and becomes the most popular, classiest and sharpest dressed man ever. Who doesn’t love an underdog story? You just have to put one foot in front of the other . . .