Now that it is December, that means that is now socially acceptable to watch films related to the holidays. What better place to look for holiday cheer and entertainment than Disney. Though Disney may not have holiday classics such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman,” there are many holiday specials owned by Disney that can give to others this holiday season.
Here is a list of the films you can watch now on Disney+.
The Home Alone Trilogy
Acquired from their deal with Fox, the “Home Alone” trilogy is back on Disney+ once again after being taken off for a bit.
In the first film, it follows Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, who is left behind by accident after family leaves for their holiday trip to Paris, France. While Kevin is left alone, he must face off against a pair of burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, who plan to rob his home.
“Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” continues the story of the McCallisters with Kevin accidentally boarding a flight for New York after getting separated from his family in the airport. As Kevin explores the city, he will run into the burglars who tried to rob his home from the last movie who know have a personal vendetta against Kevin.
The third film, simply titled “Home Alone 3,” moves away from the McCallister family and focuses on a new family, the Pruitts. In this film, Alex Pruitt, played by Alex D. Linz, must fight off a group of international spies after him for unknowingly possessing a microchip hidden within a remote controlled car.
Though the quality of the films arguably drop after the first one, “Home Alone” is a series that focuses on the importance of family during the holidays all while mixing a good dose of slapstick humor.
The Santa Clause Trilogy
Confusing children for decades on the correct spelling of Santa Claus (guilty of this myself), the “Santa Clause” films are another trilogy that can bring a ton of holiday enjoyment for the family this holiday season.
In the first film, Scott Calvin, played by Tim Allen, is a divorced dad who is looking after his son Charlie, played by Eric Lloyd, for Christmas. However, everything will change for them whenever Santa Claus falls off of their roof killing him. Scott puts on the suit and soon discovers that he is now obligated to become Santa.
The next film, “The Santa Clause 2,” takes the concept even further with Scott finding out that he must now get married before Christmas to keep his position as Santa Claus. Returning home, Scott soon begins to fall for Charlie’s principal, played by Elizabeth Mitchell. All the while, a toy version of Santa begins to take over the North Pole declaring every child naughty.
The final film in the trilogy, “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause,” introduces a villain in the way of Jack Frost, played by Martin Short. As Santa deals with the pressures of preparing for Christmas, awaiting the birth of his next son and dealing with his in-laws, Jack Frost attempts to trick Santa into quitting being Santa for himself to take over.
“The Santa Clause” films present yet another trilogy of holiday entertainment with a nice mix of humor and lessons of how important the holidays are.
A Christmas Carol (2009)
With many adaptations of the Charles Dickens tale out there, 2009’s “A Christmas Carol” brings an animated version of the story together from director Robert Zemeckis, who previously directed other Christmas film, “The Polar Express.”
Ebenezer Scrooge, voiced by Jim Carrey, is an old businessman who has a special contempt for the holiday season yet a particular fondness for money. Visited by a set of three ghosts, all also voiced by Carrey, Scrooge will have to consider the harshness of his ways and find if he can be saved from himself.
With an interesting and unique CGI animation style reminiscent of “The Polar Express,” this version of “A Christmas Carol” tells the story once again in a unique way with an amazing voice cast.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Combining three different stories with different lessons, “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” provides both holiday cheers and tears focusing on the families of Mickey, Donald and Goofy.
In Donald’s story, his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, get their wish of having Christmas every day. The trio however gets caught in a “Groundhog Day” situation causing them to look more critically at the holiday and what is enjoyable about it.
In Goofy’s story, Goofy and his son Max debate the existence of Santa Claus with Goofy believing and Max being more skeptical. This leads to both eventually trying to impact the other’s belief by going out of their way to show their love.
In Mickey’s story, Mickey and Minnie plan to get each other a special gift to compliment their most prized possessions despite not being in a good financial situation. The two work though to get a worthy gift for their loved one in a story based on “The Gift of the Magi.”
Though this special has a sequel, it doesn’t hold a candle to “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” which presents valuable lessons through these stories along with providing heartwarming stories.
With the honor of being one of the Hanukkah films out there, “Full-Court Miracle” shows a story of overcoming challenges inspired by a true story.
At an all-Jewish school, Alex Schlotsky, played by Alex D. Linz, and his friends are a part of their school basketball team which has been struggling to win games. Inspired by the tale of Hanukkah, Alex believes he has found his own Judah Macabee in former college basketball star Lamont Carr, played by Richard T. Jones. Alex convinces Lamont to become their coach as both grow to influence one another.
Showing a story revolving around a holiday otherwise foreign to many, “Full-Court Miracle” combines a sports story with a holiday story to tell the story of Hanukkah in a more modern way.
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