I am so thrilled to have been able to review the Santa’s Magical Stories. Growing up, every year is was such a pleasure to sit down as a family and watch the classic Christmas movies. Now, as a mother, it is just as much a tradition to sit down and watch them with my kids.
This set of Santa’s Magical Stories will provide you with many hours of Christmas classic stories. There are three DVDs, each loaded with feature movies and bonus materials. There is plenty of material in just these 3 DVDs to last you throughout the Christmas season.
Disk one is the all time favorite Christmas classic story of Dr. Seuss “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”. Christmas is just not Christmas without watching this classic that originated in 1967. A classic is something that stands the test of time, and I believe this Dr. Seuss story of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” is the epitome of Christmas classic story. It has entertained children and adults alike for many years.
The Grinch is a despicable creature who would like nothing more than to ruin Christmas for the Whos’ in Whoville. What he finds is that Christmas isn’t in the presents, feast or decorations. It is in the heart, and being with family. It is love, and it is not something that can be stolen. I remember watching this as a child and the picture was grainy and the colors muted. Thanks to technology, the picture is crisp, vibrant and updated without changing the feel. The narration sounds the same. Very nostalgic and brings back the Christmases of my childhood.
As fantastic as Dr. Seuss “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” is, there are two bonus movies that my kids and I haven’t seen before, and we were truly impressed. The first one was The Leprechaun’ Christmas Gold. This was a stop motion picture and it is a tale of a first mate who was ordered to go to an island to dig up a pine tree. While digging he sees a leprechaun family. He finally gets the tree dug up and a witch appears out of the ground. A rainbow appears in the sky and at the end is a treasure. It is just a really neat story that is about 25 minutes long. The second is Pinocchio’s Christmas. It, too, is a stop motion film. Some not so nice characters steal Pinocchio and the story just blossoms from there. This was my daughter’s favorite. Great story and kid friendly characters make this 49 min feature film a blast for the kids.
Disk 1 extras include:
- The Grinch song with commentary from children. There is even a new rap rendition about the movie.
Grinch Pencil Test
- Making Animation and Bringing It To Life (Commentary from the original Cindy Lou Who- June Foray and animator Phil Romen)
- Who’s Who in Whoville (This is bio of the animators, directors and Cindy Lou Who).
Disk Two is A Christmas Without Santa. This is a stop motion film filled with bright characters and fun to sing a long to tunes. Each film has the caption turned on, which we loved, because it is great for new readers to be able to read along and also it is so fun to be able to sing along to the songs.
As Mrs. Clause tells it, it was a curious, furious, fidgety year when Santa unhitched his sleigh and vowed he was talking a holiday. Mrs. Clause and Santa’s trusty elves, Jingle and Jangle, and a newly made friend Issy set out to find help for Santa to get his holiday. The Miser Brothers and Mother Nature are brought in to help in the cause, too. I am not going to tell the whole story, but I can tell you kids are really going to enjoy this movie. Tons of songs and bright characters fill each scene. There are also two feature films on this disk too. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (This is a sequel to Rudolph the red nose reindeer film) and Nestor, The Long Eared Christmas Donkey, which my daughter claimed a new favorite. Nestor is just so adorable and pulls at the heart strings.
Disk 2 extras include:
- We Are Santa’s Elves (This is a commentary on the Christmas Classics)
- Stop Motion 101 (I just love the stop motion films)
Disk Three, Jack Frost, is chock full of Christmas stories galore. My daughter has watched this one over since I watched it with her. There are two featured films and one bonus film. The two featured films are Jack Frost and A Miser Brothers’ Christmas. Jack Frost is a tale of Jack Frost who is a immortal who falls in love with a mortal girl named Elisa. Jack petitions Father Time to let him become human. Father time final agrees, but only if Jack can prove himself worthy of being human. The colors and the scenes in this movie are so spot on, that they are chilling and make the atmosphere almost frosty. I found that my kids and I were up to our necks in snuggies, blankets and pillows. We thoroughly enjoyed these movies.
The next feature film was A Miser Brothers’ Christmas. I believe I liked this one best. I love the punchy lines that the Miser Brothers (Heat Miser and Snow Miser) deliver. Mother Nature gathers her children to the table to check her childrens’ (Earthquake, Lightening and Thunder, Northern Wind, the Miser Brothers and others) progress and to let them know they must make sure Santa is able to carry out Christmas, for all the children. One of the siblings wants nothing more than to thwart Santa’s journey, but, the Miser Brothers must make sure that Santa’s mission is completed, thus making them work together.
The Bonus movie is Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July. It runs 96 minutes, of just as appealing scenes and characters as Jack Frost. We have never seen this particular movie, so I didn’t know what to expect. It was a bit darker of a movie. Winterbolt, the creature that awakens, the two snow dragons and slithery snake scared her. She wasn’t sure she wanted to continue to watch it and put the covers over her head. But when Rodulph and Frosty were on, I saw her peeking from the covers. She was happy when Winterbolt meet his demise, though. Ha ha.
Disk 3 extras include:
- Totally Cool Crafty Creations (My daughter made the snowflake and the snow globe) Taught by Flakey
- Snip’s Snowy Sing-a-long
- What Make Stop Motion Go
- Happiness is Peanuts Snow Days
This is one set that you will want to grab because these films are classic Christmas stories that your children and their children will want to watch for years to come.
Purchase your copy of Santa’s Magical Stories at Amazon.com for $20.49.
This post was written for Warner Home Video who provided the complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
My name is Cheryl Wilson and I have 4 children, 21 through 7. I am a homemaker and wife to my husband of 21 years. Plain and simple, that is me.