Why Rankin/Bass Holiday Movies are the Best Holiday Movies

Most of us grew up with them. Those strange little claymation movies that our parents always seemed to play as Christmas grew near. My  personal favorite Christmas movie is a Rankin and Bass classic. These movies made up my childhood and although nostalgia is a big reason I believe these films to be the best Holiday films, it is not the only one.


1) Nostalgia

    As I said above, nostalgia is a huge part of why I believe these films to be so popular. I grew up watching these movies as a kid and so did my parents. When I watch them now I am hit with a huge sense of nostalgia and I am reminded of all of those times my parents sat and watched these movies with me during the holiday season.

2) Claymation

    In the age of CGI and massive technology advancements we don’t see all that much Claymation anymore. Sure these movies may look dated, but who said that it’s a bad thing. The claymation aspect of them gives them character in my opinion.

3) They keep things in Universe from movie to movie

    I have noticed this the most between the movies “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town” and “The Year Without a Santa Claus”. For starters, Mickey Rooney voices Santa Claus in both films. On top of that, in “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” Mrs. Claus has red hair when she is younger, and in “The Year Without a Santa Claus” we see Mrs. Claus older, but she still has some red streaks in her hair. I know these are two very small things but I love the small touches of trying to keep the movies in universe.

4) They are just timeless

    I am turning 23 this March and I enjoy these films just as much as I did when I was 6 and when I was 13. My parents still enjoy watching them, as do my grandparents. I think that these movies have a timeless air about them and will be popular for a long time to come.


Let me know your favorite Rankin/Bass movie in the comments below!!!