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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

“The real Santa was totally different.  The Coca-Cola Santa is just a hoax,” says Pietari Kontio. There have been many films involving the mythical holiday figure Santa Claus, ranging from the original classic Miracle On 34th Street to the awful Santa Claus … Continue reading

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Home Alone (1990)

“Where did he go?” asks Harry.  Marv responds, “Maybe he committed suicide.”  Kevin McCallister yells out, “I’m over here you big horse’s ass!  Come and get me before I call the police.” Some films have become required viewing over the years … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol (2009)

“What do you want with me?” asks Ebenezer Scrooge.  Jacob Marley replies, “You will be haunted by three spirits.”  Scrooge responds, “I’d rather not.” There have been several feature-length adaptations of Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol.  The most … Continue reading

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The Polar Express (2004)

“This bell is a wonderful symbol of the spirit of Christmas; as am I.  Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart,” says Santa Claus to the boy. In 1985, Chris Van Allsburg published a short children’s … Continue reading

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‘The Polar Express’ & ‘A Christmas Carol’

Robert Zemeckis is a writer, producer, and director who first desired to go to film school not long after seeing Bonnie and Clyde with his father when it came out in 1967.  Zemeckis attended USC, where he met Bob Gale … Continue reading

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‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ & ‘Arthur Christmas’

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Santa Claus is an essential part of Christmas.  Who hasn’t sat by the TV and watched the Rankin/Bass classic holiday special Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town?  There have been many interpretations of Kris Kringle on the big screen, ranging … Continue reading

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‘Monster House’ & ‘ParaNorman’

Halloween is almost upon us.  It was tough finding the eight appropriate animated films for these Halloween-themed installments of Animation Corner, but I managed to not only find the eight I needed but several more.  Some weren’t used this month … Continue reading