10 Iconic Christmas Cartoons You Need to Watch This Holidays

It’s the time of the year when we, adults, can’t help but relive the nostalgia of our youth. I know it sound corny. But admit it guys, all of us feel like we want to be kids again when the holidays come.

In fact, everyone has their unique annual holiday rituals that we have grown to love since our youth. Some decorate their homes with gaudy Christmas decors. Others trek to nearby ski resorts armed with the best twin tip skis in search for freezing adventures. Many still go on caroling.

Well, for someone who loves cartoons – Super Ted and all his gang – I make sure that I find time to sit down and watch my favorite Christmas cartoons. Don’t laugh at me guys! But that’s an annual thing that I can’t live without.

Back in the days, we needed to go home early, tune in to our favorite cartoon channel and wait for these shows to be played. Usually, it’s a half-hour show but if we’re lucky enough, we can watch back-to-back episodes.

Here are my favorite Christmas cartoons of all time!

  1. Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas, 1977

This one’s from the creator of Muppets, Jim Henson. The story revolves around the holidays at Frog Town Hollow. The animation and sets are fascinating for its period and many consider it the best work of Henson.

  1. Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol, 1962

A classic cartoon that I have seen several times, Mister Magoo pokes fun on the loveable Christmas icon – Scrooge.

  1. Mickey’s Christmas Carol, 1984

Another animated version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, Mickey plays the loveable Bob Cratchit while Scrooge McDuck is Ebeneezer Scrooge.

  1. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, 1974

In this cartoon show, a struggling clockmaker needs to build a special clock that will bring Santa back to town after it has been stricken off his list. Things become topsy-turvy when a nerdy little mouse meddles with clock’s gears and breaks it.

  1. Frosty the Snowman, 1969

Long before the numerous versions of this classic Christmas character, this classic cartoon show about Frosty the Snowman has already been enjoyed by countless kids.

  1. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, 1970

Voice actors Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, Mickey Rooney and Fred Astaire lend their voices to the characters in this cartoon show. The story revolves around how Santa became Santa. It also features the battle with the Winter Wizard and Mayor Meisterburger.

  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965

Everyone can learn a thing or two about the Christmas season with this cartoon. This animated movie lets you realize the real meaning of the holidays which is to spend time and enjoy with family and friends.

  1. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, 1966

Before the unruly Jim Carrey version of the Grinch was shown on the big screen, this iconic cartoon character has already graced countless television sets. It’s a laughable animated movie, featuring the many misadventures and attempts of this green creature to steal the season. In one of the scenes, the Grinch rides horribly in a ski that is akin to those found at http://winterbadass.com/.

  1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, 1942

We’ve always been fascinated with this Red Nosed Reindeer. In this animated show, Rudolph takes us to a journey in an island of misfit toys. Memorable characters can also be seen in this movie.

  1. A Year Without A Santa Claus, 1974

This movie imagines a Christmas without holiday. Santa mulls on passing on Christmas because he thinks no one cares about the spirit of the season.

With all these iconic cartoon shows, who wouldn’t love Christmas? Did I miss out on any of your favorite animated shows?

Cartoons Then and Now: How Have They Changed

I was scanning the TV last night looking for some news, when suddenly… He-Man, She-Ra and the Care Bears were flashed. Whoa! These are my superheroes.

Expecting that the channel would be showing at least an episode, I stayed for a while, but I was wrong. It was just part of their commercial. The channel must have been revisiting memory lane – showing some of their defunct shows. But it felt good seeing some of the 80’s and 90’s cartoon shows on TV, it’s nostalgic.

I stayed watching the kids channel and was surprised to see how much animated shows have changed since my childhood. For a kid who grew up during the heyday of cartoons and animated television series, I find today’s cartoons very different.

We’ve seen a lot of developments especially in the world of animation. New techniques enabled better graphics for modern animated shows. Unlike in the 80’s- or 90’s-produced animations, today’s cartoons are more realistic and have better visual appeal. Some cartoon shows even look realistic.

But aside from the obvious visual changes, modern cartoons have undergone hefty sanitation thanks to government regulations. Animated shows during our time (talking about 80s to 90s kids) were crude and were pervaded by slapstick. We all watched and loved the funny antics in cartoons but we seemed never really to understand what the creator’s motives were. I can say that our cartoons were all just for laugh.

The other types of cartoons, on the other hand, were pervaded with imaginary worlds, characters and superpowers. They showcased heroism and violence all at the same time. We had animals as heroes, ranging from cats, dogs, bears and a mouse. These talking creatures have pervaded our wild imaginations as kids and they never fail to make us smile. On the other hand, evil villains scared us in our dreams. Who would forget the villains donned with hideous costumes or fighting combat suits (follow this link to see what I mean) or guised as fancy aliens.

Cartoons nowadays have deeper story lines, settings, character description, morals, and more realistic comedy. With such stringent rules, I don’t think slapstick antics or violence in cartoons can get away without some bashing. Although some cartoon shows are able to slip with some sarcasm and adult-themed jokes, majority of today’s animated series have been sanitized to appeal the modern day kids.

I’ve also seen how cartoon shows’ story lines have been diversified and have become more intricate. The differences between SpongeBob Squarepants and Tom & Jerry are very obvious. The former shows real world values and morals as depicted creatively in an undersea setting. On the other hand, Tom & Jerry is all about a cat relentlessly chasing a squeaky mouse.

There are also a lot of children’s shows today that are more educational in nature. Science Kids and Dora the Explorer teach kids about letters, shapes, numbers and other basic stuff. These cartoon shows are very educational that some teachers even use them as teaching aides.

If you grew during our time, when cartoons were just for laughs, you might not love cartoon shows of today. For myself, I didn’t really enjoy watching and digesting the deep storylines of modern animated shows. You may not agree with me but I guess kids and adults alike should watch cartoons for fun.

Why Kids Need to Watch Cartoons? Here are 5 Great Excuses

Why Kids Need to Watch Cartoons? Here are 5 Great Excuses

For the 80’s kids, like me, we are lucky that computers were just on its infancy during our childhood days. We enjoyed the best toys, the best comics, the best games, and the best cartoon shows ever.

Our generation may not be as techy as the kids of this generation but we weren’t as primitive as our parents. We played with action figures and outdoor games. We rode bike, played skates, and pretty much active sports.

Today’s kids live in the virtual world. High-tech gadgets, tablets, computers and other geeky stuff are the toys of the future. I’ve also seen how technology has crept into old hobbies. There are electricity-powered skates and bikes. I heard some action figures are now equipped with AI, even drum sets now come with techy accessories, like those I’ve read here.

And it’s not only with toys or games that we see significant changes. Cartoons have also changed a lot. Ours were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Flintstones, Simpsons, Super Ted, Looney Toons, Tom and Gerry, and Garfield. Today, they have Phineas and Ferb, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Pokemon and the Powerpuff Girls. The quality, story and plot may have changed but I guess both the classic and modern cartoon shows still instill the same values.

Yes. There are values that can be learned from watching cartoons and they are enough reasons why kids need to watch cartoons. Here are some lessons I’ve learned from watching my favorite cartoon classics.

  1. Friendship

The cuddly bears in the Care Bears cartoon show depicted what friendship truly meant. They were there to help out each other, shared light moments and showed respect to each other. Although they may have had some misunderstandings, they always found a way to mend those issues thus keeping their bond stronger.

  1. Defending the oppressed

He-Man showed how it is important to help those who are oppressed and needy. He used his superpowers not for his personal gains but to protect those around him.

  1. Everyone can be a hero

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proved that anyone can be a hero, no matter what kind of creature you are. It also showed that we can love others even if we are not of the same species or standing in life.

  1. Size doesn’t matter

In the classic cartoon series, Tom & Jerry, we see that size doesn’t really matter if we want to succeed in life. We see how Jerry can think of clever ways to evade his arch-nemesis. It seems to encourage us to think out of the box at all times, which is very helpful especially when dealing with life problems.

  1. Bravery

Every superhero cartoon show depicts bravery and heroism. Ultimately, these animated shows have a recurring plot that underscores how the good always triumphs.

For some adults, cartoons may seem senseless but you have to admit it – you once also fell in love with these animated characters. So, the next time you see kids watching cartoons, please don’t interrupt and let them learn some values in life.