One of the greatest and most enduring names in entertainment is Walt Disney. From our earliest years, we're enthralled by Mickey Mouse and the dozens of other beloved characters who have joined him over the decades since the founding of The Walt Disney Company. We love Disney's movies all year round, but somehow, Disney's magic is heightened at the holiday season.
The "man behind the mouse," Walt Disney himself, was born 111 years ago today. In honor of the December baby's birthday, we're watching a few of Disney's greatest Christmas movies. Join us as we celebrate with Mickey and all his friends…
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
has only been around since 1999, but its Christmas cheer, and the many favorite Disney characters involved, give it the makings of a classic.
Another modern classic is The Santa Clause and its two sequels. A whole generation of kids has grown up thinking Santa just might look a little like Tim Allen.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is as much about Halloween as it is about Christmas, and that might make it a bit too scary for the littlest Disney fans… but Jack Skellington's discovery of Christmas is as magical as any Mickey tale.
There must be some Disney fans for whom Ernest Saves Christmas is the all-time greatest holiday classic. And for everyone, it's goofy Christmas fun.
Lady and the Tramp and One Hundred and One Dalmations aren't Christmas-themed movies, but with their prominent Christmas scenes, they certainly put us in a holiday mood.
Similarly, both Bambi and Beauty and the Beast have lovely wintry scenes that make us feel like it's December, even if we watch them in July.
In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Disney's adaptation of C.S. Lewis's classic novel, we visit a magical land where it's always winter and never Christmas… at least, not until good triumphs over evil.
Then there are the films that combine a tried-and-true Christmas story with the characters we know and love – Mickey's Christmas Carol and A Muppet Christmas Carol. Whether you watched them as an excited kid when they were new in 1983 and 1992, or you're just now discovering them and sharing them with your own children or grandchildren, they're sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.
Written by Linnea Crowther