While there is certainly no shortage of holiday movies to play around the holidays, there may be fewer music Holiday movies you have to put down are more than you think.
Yes, there are the standard Christmas movies like It’s a wonderful life And the Christmas storyBut what about those movies that feature songs?
Fortunately, you are in luck! Here at American Songwriter, we’ve put together a list of the best holiday musicals for you to enjoy.
1. The nightmare before christmas
The genius hybrid of a Halloween movie and a Christmas movie, this animated show with characters created by Tim Burton and music by Danny Elfman has only grown in legacy over the years. As the film’s protagonist, Jack Skellington, discovers the world of Christmas, he sings, What’s This? What is that!? A snowy wonderland unfolds before his eyes. But watch out for Santa! Jack will kidnap you and take you to the Halloween world!
2. Christmas carol doll
A faithful rendering of Charles Dickens’ classic story has become a regular viewing for families everywhere. It features original songs by Paul Williams, a longtime Muppets collaborator, and the film stars legendary actor Michael Caine. Kermit sings, the Lettuce Heads sing, the spirit of Christmas present sings, and so does Jacob and Bob (get it?) Marley. It’s one of the best Christmas movies ever.
3. John Denver and the Muppets: Christmas Together
Where else can you find one of the best songwriters in the world singing songs with the best collection of dolls in the world? Thank you for your question. You can find John Denver with Muppets in it Christmas together From 1979. It’s almost like a triple dream. See your whole below.
4. Emmet Otter Birthday Pitcher Band
If one thing is clear when looking at this list, it’s that Jim Henson knows how to make Christmas special. Whether talking about pairing John Denver with the Muppets or reviving a classic children’s book, Emmet Otter Birthday Pitcher BandHenson and his legion of mates know what they’re doing. In this case, the TV special was so heartwarming that it garnered a cult following in later years. Watch young Emmet trying to win money at the talent show for his Ma piano. And watch Ma try to win enough for a new guitar for Emmet at the same talent show. Hosted by Kermit, this is pure joy.
5. all I Want for Christmas Is You
Based on Mariah Carey’s ubiquitous song this time of year, this animated holiday special features Carey as the main voice actor. While the film may not be a work of art Emmet Otter Birthday Pitcher Band It is a wonderful and relaxing cartoon for children or for background music while preparing a feast.
6. Dolly Parton Mountain Magic Christmas
Another comforting show, Parton, who often shares the Christmas queen crown with Carrie, released her latest holiday movie this year, Dolly Parton Mountain Magic Christmas. Movie meta – It’s about making a movie on vacation. But while the plot isn’t surprising, it’s warm and comforting and the movie features guest stars from big names like Jimmy Fallon, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, and more.
The original when it comes to pairing Christmas music and acting prowess, Nutcracker is one of the best holiday albums and a lush work to watch on stage or on the big or silver screen. Sugarplum Fairies, Mouse Kings – What’s Not to Love? Watch the 1993 show below, starring Macaulay Culkin.
8. Babe in Toyland
When humans are lost in a world of games. This animated feature from 1997 is based on the 1903 operetta of the same name by Victor Herbert. There have been several renditions of the two, including one starring Drew Barrymore and Keanu Reeves. Check out the animated musical version below, which features Humpty Dumpty as a train conductor.
9. Christmas at Pee Wee’s Theatre
Made for TV, this just under an hour special features big names, from Charro and Grace Jones to The Del Rubio Triplets, kd lang, Dinah Shore and Little Richard. There are a lot of songs on this weird favorite. Besides the big musical numbers, guest stars also include Oprah, Magic Johnson, Joan Rivers, Laurence Fishburne, and Whoopi Goldberg.
10. How do The Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss’ storybook about the Green Grinch evilly stealing town’s Christmas gifts and decorations. This 1966 animated movie is as charming as anything on holiday TV. The lead single, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” is a popular song on Christmas radio during the season. It was also sung by the voice actor who provided the voice for Kellog’s Tony the Tiger (fun fact).
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