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In which I tell you about six festive-themed films guaranteed to get even the most cold-hearted Scrooges into a celebratory mood this Christmas.

Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)
Director: Henry Selick
Written by: Michael McDowell and Caroline Thompson
Production companies: Touchstone Pictures, Skellington Productions, Tim Burton Productions, Walt Disney Productions

Main cast (voice only): Danny Elfman (Jack Skellington – singing voice), Chris Sarandon (Jack Skellington), Catherine O’Hara (Sally/Shock), William Hickey (Evil Scientist), Clenn Shadix (Mayor), Paul Reubens (Lock), Ken Page (Oogie Boogie).

“Anastasia” (1997)
Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Written by: Susan Gauthier, Bruce Graham, Bob Tzudiker and Noni White
Production companies: Twentieth Century Fox Animation Studios

Main cast (voice only): Meg Ryan (Anastasia), John Cusak (Dimitri), Kelsey Grammer (Vladimir), Christopher Lloyd (Rasputin), Hank Azaria (Bartok), Bernadette Peters (Sophie), Kirsten Dunst (Young Anastasia), Angela Lansbury (Dowager Empress Marie).

“The Shop Around the Corner” (1940)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Written by: Samson Raphselson
Production companies: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Main cast: Margaret Sullavan (Klara Novak), James Stewart (Alfred Kralik), Frank Morgan (Hugo Matuschek), Joseph Schildkraut (Ferencz Vadas), Sara Haden (Flora), Felix Bressart (Pirovitch), William Tracy (Pepi Katona), Inez Coutney (Ilona).

“Edward Scissorhands” (1990)
Director: Tim Burton
Written by: Caroline Thompson
Production companies: Twentieth Century Fox

Main cast: Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands), Winona Ryder (Kim), Dianne Weist (Peg), Anthony Michael Hall (Jim), Kathy Baker (Joyce), Conchata Ferrell (helen), Caroline Aaron (Marge), Vincent Price (The Inventor).

“The Holiday” (2006)
Director: Nancy Meyers
Written by: Nancy Meyers
Production companies: Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures, Relativity Media

Main cast: Cameron Diaz (Amanda), Kate Winslet (Iris), Jude Law (Graham), Jack Black (Miles), Eli Wallach (Arthur), Edward Burns (Ethan), Rufus Sewell (Jasper).

“The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992)
Director: Brian Henson
Written by: Jerry Juhl
Production companies:

Main cast: Michael Caine (Scrooge), Dave Goelz (Great Gonzo/Charles Dickens), Steve Whitmire (Kermit the Frog/Bob Cratchit, Rizzo the Rat), Meredith Braun (Belle), Frank Oz (Miss Piggy/Emily Cratchit)


“Waltz of the Snowflake” and “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com/)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Photo – DncnH (Flickr)
Christmas Background – Sebiche Argentino
Key words: christmas, holiday, celebration, animation, disney, classic, you’ve got mail, halloween, russia, romanov, charles dickens, romantic comedy, family film