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Monday, November 22, 2010
List of Streaming Christmas Movies on Netflix
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This is what I call an act of love…
Here are all of the Christmas movies I could find on Netflix – don’t hold the awful ones against me, I decided not to make any value judgments about your choice to watch Barney celebrating Christmas – ‘tis the season to love, not mock your child’s awful taste… 12 Dates of Christmas - Do you love Christmas and miss Saved by the Bell? Or maybe just one of those two? Come on, this is an ABC Family Christmas movie - if you like one, you like them all. Watch it here before it airs this December! 12 Dogs of Christmas, The - Back in 2005, when this movie came out, I received this DVD for Christmas from my mother. I ended up with the flu that year, and watched this in bed on the portable DVD player my daughter had gotten. This is an adorable Great Depression period piece with cute kids, and dogs. This one is great for all ages. All I Want for Christmas - What's the best way to get your divorced parents back together? Why, kidnap Santa, of course. Perhaps this isn't the best movie to show your children if you are currently going through some marriage problems. All She Wants for Christmas - I'm pretty sure I saw this one on Lifetime last year. It's about the girl who is trying to save the Christmas Ornament factory. Does that sound familiar? I admit it, it's not a great movie. But it's good enough for Lifetime, and that's good enough for me.
Alpha Bots Christmas - Flying robots waiting for Santa? Well, if I were Santa, I'd catch them all in a net, and use them instead of the elves - imagine how many toys THEY could make!!
Angel for Christmas, An - Mid-1990s cartoon with a talking wolf. I haven't seen it, but it looks like good ol' sentimental stuff.
Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet - Angelina Ballerina has the privilege of being the Sugar Plum Fairy in a performance of the Nucracker, but she eats too much candy, and is sick the night of the show! What will she do? Angelina Ballerina: The Show Must Go On: Christmas in Mouseland - When you were a young mouse did you ever get cast as the ugly step mom when you wanted to be the princess? You'll know just how Angelina feels. ATM - I just watched this, and was surprised to discover that, while not technically a "Christmas Movie" in the realm of classics like White Christmas and Rudolph - this movie starts out at a big ol' Christmas party, and runs its course through that night. This is an "eh" horror movie. I'm not a huge fan, but since it was Christmastime, I couldn't help but watch the whole thing.
Babes in Toyland - The live action version is no longer available, but now there is a cartoon version from 1997 for your viewing pleasure. Sadly, this version doesn't include the indomitable Drew Barrymore.
Bah Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas - Not to be left on the side of the road by the Disney train - Looney Tunes made their own version of "A Christmas Carol" starring Daffy Duck as the Scrooge character.
Bush Christmas - Hmmm - a band of outlaws - Australian siblings - Dad cancels Christmas - color me excited!!!
Carried Away - This is one I'd never heard of, it's a cool little Indie Christmastime movie! Mix together the drama of a Grandma being put into a home with a dysfunctional Texas family including one movie star member. I'm looking forward to this!
Casper's Haunted Christmas - poor Casper, that annoyingly friendly ghost has to scare someone before the big day. I'm not even referred to as a friendly ghost, and I would feel bad messing with someone this time of year.
Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales - Note: this does not include the original A Charlie Brown Christmas, but does have other cutesy Charlie Brown Christmas stories.
Children’s Favorites: Christmas Treasure – Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, and some other cartoon character all celebrating Christmas – hooray! Christmas Angel - Fact: I would love it if all of my Christmas wishes would come true. I would be rocking a size six bod, baking in my oven that would not burn all of my cranberry bread, and not stepping over the messy debris I ignore in my house. Additional Fact: all of my Christmas wishes DON'T come true - but in this movie, they do for Olivia Mead!
Christmas Carol, The Movie - This has a lot going for it - Kate Winslet is the main thing, but you've got Nic Cage, etc. This is animated with some live action scenes.
Christmas Classics: Vol 1 - contains the world's greatest Christmas song - "Somewhere in Dreamland" (I apologize to anyone who got really excited there, it's straight up awful - but I have a real soft spot for it).
Christmas Cupid – this is a new (2010) made for TV Christmas movie. A woman is haunted by a client who is trying to make her find true love by Christmas. Christmas Kiss, A - Reviewers seem pretty split on this ABC-Family/Lifetime style Chick Flick. A woman who has trouble with her boss, for some reason kisses a random gent on an elevator, only to discover that he is the boss's boyfriend. Christmas Lodge - A woman returns to the family lodge where she spent many happy Christmases. Note: according to some reviewers, this movie is pretty heavy with religious/scripture references.
Christmas Puppy - Here's a little something you might not have known: puppies fix everything. Are you a single parent about to lose your job? Get a puppy - or, you know, watch this movie instead.
Christmas Town - I've never seen this relatively new made-for-tv looking gem. A single mother visits her father, whose town is "Totally Consumed with Christmas" - my kind of place!
Christmas with a Capital C - A town has to fight with a lawyer who wants to take any religious references out of their holiday celebrations. Cinnamon (Alt Title: My Dog's Christmas Miracle) - I have never seen this - but from what I could gather on Netflix, Wikipedia, and Imdb (do you see what kind of research lengths I go to??) - this is about a dog whose single owner falls for someone - and the dog breaks them up, learns a lesson, then tries to get them together. I can't verify that it's Christmasey, but the alternate title leads me to believe it!.
Crazy for Christmas - I'm pretty sure this was ABC Family, or Lifetime movie. A poor single mother gets stuck chauffeuring around a rich man who is handing out cash to everyone. I'm sure there's a lesson here...
Dead, The - This is an adaptation of a short story by James Joyce. The story surrounds a holiday dinner party. This is an Irish period piece, and stars Anjelica Huston - what more do you want?
Dear Santa - I believe this is from Hallmark, I know that I saw it in a hotel room last month, and it was just the kind of cheesy, sappy, stuff I enjoy to watch/listen to while doing other things.
Desperately Seeking Santa - Three words: Sexy Santa Contest. I strongly suspect this one was made for TV, as I don't really see the box office draw.
Dreamworks Holiday Classics - while the word "classic" might be pushing it - only time will tell! Four holiday tales involving your favorite (?) Dreamworks' stars - the digital casts of Madagascar, Shrek, and How to Train Your Dragon. Dreamworks Shrek's Swamp Stories - time to join everyone's favorite ogre in some fun holiday theme adventures. Not only does this have Christmas - but Halloween as well!
*Eight Crazy Nights - *Hanukkah* - Adam Sandler's animated alter ego takes a Scrooge-like journey of redemption in this not-for-young-children affair.
Elf Bowling: The Movie - From what I've heard/read - this movie that was developed from an old flash computer game is really not worth watching. Consider yourself warned.
Exit Speed - a really over the top looking action movie about bus passengers being forced off the road by bikers (according to Netflix this is an "unpleasant Christmas surprise"). Someone ought to watch it and find out for me.
Extreme Christmas Trees - If you can have extreme makeovers (home AND body editions!!!) then you should be able to have extreme Christmas Trees. Soon enough, TLC will have a special on Black Friday: Extreme Shopping Bloodlust.
Fanny, Annie & Danny - Several reviewers noted that this is a dark comedy - combine a cup of family dysfunction with a few tablespoons of Holiday reunion, and you get this flick!
From Time to Time - What's better than going to stay at your ancestral home for Christmas? If your Grandmother is Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter (okay, technically, the actress Maggie Smith who played Professor McGonagall).
Golden Christmas 2, A: The Second Tail - The golden retrievers are back - and this time they're playing matchmaker! Golden Winter - You guessed it - it's those little golden retrievers again. I wonder when the grown up retrievers are going to show up on Dr. Phil, talking about what it's like to be a former child star.
Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas - This looks like a 2011 Version of a Full House Christmas (not the plot, but the family friendly TV show made movie length silliness), the ratings are actually quite good - I've never seen the show, but I just might have to watch the movie!
Happy, Happy - A Norwegian black comedy about infidelity at Christmas time. I'm a happy, happy person, so I think this is probably right up my alley.
Happy Naked Christmas - Hmmmm - I'm not really sure what to think of this import. I suppose sometimes Subtitles are a good thing?
Heart of Christmas, The - Aw man, a cute little kid is diagnosed with cancer before Christmas? I'm SUPER DUPER hoping this one ends with an awesome Christmas miracle (but I haven't watched it yet, so don't get mad at me if it's one of those 'life lessons' type of movies)
Hercules Saves Christmas – I’m getting more and more excited about watching this (incredibly ridiculous sounding) movie as I type the description. When you think Christmas what comes to mind: Presents? Jesus’ birth? A talking dog whose job it is to write Santa’s “nice list,” and has the ability to act as an orphan boy’s lawyer? If your answer was number three – I promise you’ll love this movie!
Holiday Engagement - This one reminds me of 'The Wedding Date' (with Debra Messing - you probably didn't see it, I think I'm one of the only people who did), except it's Christmas!!! This is fluffy Christmas made for TV magic at its best/worst (is there really a difference). I can't wait to watch it!
Holiday Favorites: Volume 1 - If they number the volumes, you know it has to be good. My thought is that they'll really want to wow us in Volume 1 - get us interested in the next four...
Holiday Favorites: Volume 2 - An assortment of animated Christmas shows from 1952. I'm most interested in "The Shanty Where Santy Lives," and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Holiday Favorites: Volume 3 - This one is dated 1954, but the shows date back to the 1940s - I think the top choice from this bunch has got to be "Jerky Turkey" - seriously, I can't think of a more appealing name.
Holiday Favorites: Volume 4 - Are you excited yet? I guess Santa trades in the pipe for a cigar, and while he's not the posterboy for healthy life choices, I'm still planning on watching.
Holiday Favorites: Volume 5 - One of these holiday favorites is "Santa Claus's Punch & Judy" - I have my fingers crossed that this is not a cautionary tale about Judy taking punch from strangers...
Holiday in Handcuffs – Poor Trudie – she has terrible hair, an awful job, and now she’s kidnapped a man to make him pose as her boyfriend for her terrible family Christmas. This movie puts the Fun back in Felony!
How About You - A younger sister takes care of a retirement home in Ireland or something - check it out - on the cover she looks REALLY excited
How the Toys Saved Christmas - This is another inexpensive animated Christmas movie. This movie, however, has a couple of things the rest don't: Mary Tyler Moore and Tony Randall!
I'll be Home for Christmas - I remember back in 1999, my daughter's Daycare seemed to have this movie on the VCR (yep, that's right - cassette time) running pretty much every time I went to pick her up or drop her off. This stars the formerly (maybe currently?) adorable Jonathan Taylor Thomas
In Search of Santa – Penguin princesses go in search of Santa! Wrong pole, sillies!! Jack Frost - This is a bizarre movie - Michael Keaton dies in a winter car accident, and is reincarnated as a CGI snow man. It's a heartwarming comedy too - I should mention that. Jingle All the Way - Awww, hi there, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad! Oh! I almost didn't see you there, Phil Hartman! This is a really awful movie that has a fuzzy little spot in my heart. You should probably watch it.
Kipper: Let it Snow – Super cute little puppy gets into the snow and Christmas time! What could be better?
Kung Fu Panda: Holiday - Here is one of those newer "holiday" movies; it's winter, it's a special, meaningful holiday, etc. etc. etc. In this new arrival, Po has to deal with some wackiness, and then learn the meaning of Chris- Oops - I mean - the meaning of "Winter Feast."
Last Holiday - Starring LL Cool J and Queen Latifah, this is one I can't help but recommend. It's cheesy, but cute. QL stars as a sweet woman who's constantly being walked all over by everyone, and pines away for the cute guy at work. She is diagnosed with a terminal illness, and decides to live it up and do all the things she'd always been too afraid to. Gorgeous Christmasey scenery and decorations.
Littlest Angel, The – Poor little angel is torn between heaven and earth. Bonus: he has a dog who also is rocking a halo. Love Actually - I am SOOOO glad to see this back available for streaming! I hope it holds out through the holiday! This is definitely one of the best "recent" Christmas movies. Do be warned that this is not for young children - definitely super duper sweet adult themes.
Magic Gift of the Snowman - Now, this is more like Frosty the Snowman, in that it's not technically a Christmas movie - but it's an animated movie about a snowman, so I think I can get away with it. Magical Cartoon Christmas, A - This is a compilation of "classic" Christmas cartoons - including a favorite from a cheap-o VHS we had when I was a little girl "Somewhere in Dreamland."
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas - Three cute Disney cartoons: Mickey & Minnie play out one of my favorite O. Henry stories: Gift of the Magi; Donald's three wacky nephews play out a Christmas version of the movie Groundhog Day; and Goofy and his son Max figure out that Santa is real. *Most disturbing part: when all of the ducks at the table get excited about eating a beautifully roast turkey.
Midnight Clear - Stephen Baldwin? Hmm. Despair? Hmmmm. I'm not sure about this - seems a bit dark (and not the fun, scary kind, but the sad, I can't get out of bed for months kind).
Miracle on 34th Street - Apparently this was a made-for-tv version of the 1947 movie, made in 1955 - I'm withholding judgment until I see it.
Mistle-Tones, The - Time for a Christmas Sing-Off! I think the most exciting thing about this movie would be its cast: Tia Mowry and Tori Spelling? Yes, Please!
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - Come along for the most entertaining Christmas adventure with the Griswold family clan. This is, without question, the greatest Christmas Comedy in existence. This movie is the crowning achievement of every person associated with it. While I was only ten or eleven when I first watched it, be warned that it has some adult themes.
Nightmare Before Christmas, The - This is one of my absolute favorites (my daughter's numero uno) - This fantastic Tim Burton movie is the story of Jack Skellington, whose intentions are good, but efforts to take over Christmas are just awful. I am so excited to see this available on Netflix!!
Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble - This looks pretty cute - a reindeer has to accept his mom's new boyfriend and his new stepbrother (so would that be mom's new boyfriend or new husband?). One ridiculous reviewer was horrified by the idea of a divorced parent getting remarried; so if you like this, make sure to leave a positive review.
Not So Silent Night, A - Documentary of a gathering for a holiday concert in New York City. Reviews are mixed, but if you like musicians like Emmylou Harris, Lou Reed, and Rufus Wainwright, I'd recommend checking it out.
Nutcracker: The Motion Picture – This is, without fail, the best recorded version of the ballet I’ve seen. If you don’t have a chance to get to see it performed live this year, I’d recommend queuing this up.
One Magic Christmas - Here is a previously unknown (to me) movie from 1985 about a stressed out Mama experiencing some sort of Christmas miracle. I have to say - the cast honestly has me intrigued - Mary Steenburgen, Henry Dean Stanton, and a very young Sarah Polley.
Perfect Gift, The - Ruben Studdard is that really you? Yes! The headliner on this holiday gem is none other than one of the previous winners of American Idol. This movie is about the madness that ensues when both sets of in-laws arrive for the same holiday.
Polar Express, The - I know reviews are mixed on how successful the animation is. For me, the animation is an absolute success in creating a moving visual that matches the illustrations in the story. I recommend getting a copy of the book (bell and all), and reading it before watching the movie. Be sure to have a nice mug of hot chocolate on hand.
Power Rangers Samurai: Christmas Together, Friends Forever - I admit that the Power Rangers have never really grown on me. I will also admit that I sat through countless hours of them when I was a babysitter to a family with four young sons. I might even sit through them for 23 more minutes to see this special!
Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The – If you’ve not had the opportunity to see these incredible women perform in person – I think you should jump at any chance you’re afforded (we saw them for the first time last winter in Boston – they are AMAZING). Luckily for everyone, those who have, and haven’t seen the Rockettes perform – you can watch the show on your TV or computer – seriously – this is awesome stuff!! Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale - Get ready for horror, subtitles, and Jingle Bells! This NR import is not for the faint of heart.
Russell Peters Christmas, A - This 2011 movie was filmed in the style of a 1970s variety show. Guests range from Michael Buble to Pamela Anderson. I've not seen it, so I'm hoping someone will be able to give me a good review.
Saint Nick - this is a super evil looking (and, by all reports horribly dubbed) horror movie - not a pleasant tale of our favorite Catholic saint!
Santa and the Three Bears - Naughty bear cubs decide to skip the big sleep, and keep an eye out for the big guy. I suspect they deserve coal, but instead will get a heart warming lesson.
Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe – Santa’s daughter (Jenny McCarthy) is tapped by her old pops to take over the family business, but is torn between her awesome life in NYC and making millions of children happy.
Santa Claus (1959): A dark take on the classic story - with appearances by the Devil, a demon named Pitch, and, of course, Santa Claus (did I mention he's from outer Space?).
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians – It sounds like the martians are fed up with kids being so into Santa so they get the idea of kidnapping him (and a couple of kids) and bringing them back to Mars.
Santa Claus: The Movie – One of the elves defects and starts working for an evil toy baron who wants to put Santa out of business (how dare he!!?!?!?). Search for Santa Paws, The - If you liked Santa Buddies, you definitely want to watch this prequel! If your children like Santa Buddies, and you need an hour and a half to enjoy a couple of glasses of wine, then they definitely need to watch this!
Tokyo Godfathers - This is an edgy, animated holiday special. I really can't think of anything more interesting to say than the netflix description: "When an alcoholic, a transvestite and a young runaway happen upon an abandoned baby in a dumpster on Christmas Eve, they go in search of the child's parents, encountering an assortment of oddball characters along the way."
Traveler, The - I'm not sure if Christmas is anything more than a setting in this very poorly rated movie starring Val Kilmer. One of us should watch it - I'm nominating you.
Very Barry Christmas, A – Barry Buckley’s bad luck leads him to trade lives with Santa. Vicar of Dibley Christmas Specials, The - I've never seen the show - but the photo looks quite British. Walk a Mile in my Pradas - If I'm reading the description correctly, it goes a little something like this: A magical Christmas ornament switches the sexual orientation of two men: the homophobic ladies-man starts to prefer the company of gentlemen, and the previously Gay coworker becomes a ladies man. Did I mention it has Tom Armold in it? I'm totally watching. Warning: both my sister and mother tried to watch this and they both hated it enough to turn it off.
White Christmas - Quite possibly the greatest movie ever made. Fact: my sister and I can perform the "Sisters" routine in its entirety, and sing the song together on a regular basis. If you've never seen it - watch it! If you've already seen it, why aren't you watching it again??? Winter Wonderland - Our dear friends Bob the Builder, Kipper, and the other animated folks I have the joy of not watching (my baby isn't a baby anymore!) - celebrate the holidays!.
Yes, Virginia – this is an adorable animated version of the true story of a little girl who wrote to the newspaper asking if Santa was real because "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." I’m really excited about this new addition to the Netflix streaming Christmas library!