Hello, everyone. Cloverfield monster here back again to present another list. Well, Christmas is coming. It's practically here. And because of this, I feel it's a perfect time to tell you my personal favorite Christmas specials and films. So, get the presents and fruitcake out. Because, it's time for my list of favorite Christmas specials.
The Grinch is a classic tale created by Dr. Seuss about a sour green creature that lives on a mountain that decides to ruin Christmas by stealing everything related to it because he despises the holiday. This book has been adapted twice for the screen. One animated for television in the 1960's with Boris Karloff as the Grinch, and again in the 2000's with Jim Carrey assuming the green role, and a third attempt possibly coming out by Illumination Studios. So, yeah, the special and film are both great. The animated special was created by none other than Chuck Jones, who also did a Tom and Jerry series in the 60's. He does a great job at conveying the Grinch's moods and sour attitude through the animation. The Jim Carrey film has the advantage of great set pieces like the Whoville and town and Jim Carrey's zany antics while playing the Grinch. I enjoy watching them every Christmas whenever I can and they're just nice fun little films that I hope to watch again this year.
Elf needs no introduction. This tale was created by Jon Favreau, who also directed the first 2 Iron Man films and is directing the upcoming live-action Jungle Book film. It tells the story of a human who was raised by elves who goes off to find his true dad in New York City, spreading Christmas cheer in a world full of cynics. Will Ferrel was the perfect casting for Buddy. His charm and innocence is sure to make you giggle. If you are looking for a laugh with a lot of heart this Christmas, Elf is the way to go.
Now I don't know if you've heard of this one. Bah! Humduck is a re-telling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Daffy Duck playing the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge. Now, I haven't really seen it in a while, but I plan to see it again this year. What I remember is that I really loved this special. Daffy Duck has always been my favorite Looney Tunes character, I dare say, I like him even more than Bugs, actually. In my opinion, I think Daffy is funnier. So, having a special starring him where he plays Scrooge was pretty much sure to be a winning formula in my opinion. So, I'm going to try and watch it again this year and I suggest you do, too (if you want to of course).
Are you kidding? You cannot do a favorite Christmas film list without mentioning a Charlie Brown Christmas. This is considered by many to be a timeless classic and a holiday tradition. Featuring a group of already beloved comic strip characters becoming more so after this, plus them getting a resurgence in popularity due to the movie that came out last month. What made this film the classic that is is the fact that it is not afraid to go beyond what typical Christmas specials do. It slams the commercialization of Christmas and even mentions a verse from the Bible. Stuff that you would not expect from your average Christmas special or even Peanuts for that matter. While it may not be my favorite Christmas special, it's easy to see why it is for so many.
At first, I didn't get what the hype was all about with this movie. It played all day on actual Christmas Day and so many people talk about how great and timeless it is. While I personally think it's a bit overhyped, I still very much enjoy watching the film. It tells the tale of how young boy Ralphie wants a toy gun for Christmas, but everyone does not want him to have it because they think he'll shoot his eye out. My favorite part of the movie was when the Mall Santa pushes him down the slide. I find that funnier than it should be. I don't know why. So, yeah, despite the overhype, Christmas Story is a movie I do like to watch on Christmas.
That's my list. Do you agree with my choices? If not, what would you add? Tell me in the comments below.
Oh, and Happy Halloween, I mean, Christmas to all and to all a good night.