On The 12th Day of Christmas, Freeform Gave to Me…


Jacob Durbin | Staff Writer | jd250217@ohio.edu

Freeform, owned by the Disney—ABC Television Group division of The Walt Disney Company, contributes to the Christmas season by hosting their “25 Days of Christmas” movie marathon. The lineup has varied over years, with several movies acting as regulars in the lineup and some that have exited the stage for the time being. FANGLE is here to help with what’s hot and what’s not this Christmas season. 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss’s, How the Grinch Stole Christmas has been an icon of the Christmas season for over 50 years. In 1957, it first appeared as a children’s book, and in 1966 it was adapted to a television special.

The most current adaptation, which released in 2000, stars beloved actor, Jim Carrey. In the movie, Carrey combines his lively and animated performances from his previous works into a memorable and comical character that is still loved decades after the character was first introduced.  

The film is very well executed, with an extremely immersive setting and theme. Every frame is filled with a work of Who art that Seuss himself would be proud of and that millions of people look forward to every Christmas season.   

Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups

Disney’s Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups, is the sequel to Santa Paws, released in 2010. Since the sequel’s release in 2012, it has not reached “classic” movie status yet, and for some, it may never will.

The film hits all the essentials of a Disney movie with numerous musical numbers, cutesy talking animals and a fair message for kids. However, one thing to consider before watching is that this is a movie for young kids, and unless they want you to watch it with them, a different movie may be more favorable. It can get repetitive with the musical numbers and the obvious message that the film is trying to communicate.

The Nightmare Before Christmas 

The Nightmare Before Christmas has been a classic Christmas movie since its debut in 1993. Tim Burton’s talents of stop motion animation help set this film apart from the computer animated Disney films that were released during the same time period. 

The combination of the worlds of Halloween and Christmas, both extremely popular holidays, is unique among movies as a whole, let alone the Christmas movie genre. Memorable songs like “This is Halloween” and unforgettable characters like Jack Skellington will keep the viewer interested long after the movie ends.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas 

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas has remained a part of the holiday movie lineup for millions since its release in 1999. Each of the three segments that make up the film’s 66-minute run time features classic Disney characters that have been beloved for generations. Each of the segments revolves around a main theme, which caters to the young audience. The beautiful Disney animation is ever present here, and that alone is a fair reason to watch this classic.

Change is an integral part of life, and television is no exception. The network has added and removed movies in their lineup over the years. Audiences expressed their opinions of such change vocally. While some continual favorites such as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone 1 and 2 and The Polar Express have been removed from the lineup for the 2018 season, other classics such as The Grinch and The Nightmare Before Christmas have stepped up to fill those slots. 

One major complaint of viewers is the addition of non-Christmas movies to the lineup, movies that have little connection to the holiday season and act as filler for what would be Christmas movies.

Finding Nemo has been a regular children’s movie since its 2003 release, and it has grown an enormous fan base, garnering repeated viewings year after year. In 2018, it was added to the lineup, but not without its criticism. It is one of the several non-Christmas movies, and it does not mesh well with the rest of the lineup. The film does not mention the word Christmas or portray any of the imagery associated with the holiday once during its run time, leaving audiences puzzled as to why it was added in the first place.