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The 10 Best Christmas Claymation Movies (2022)

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This year, let’s celebrate the magic of Christmas by watching some of the best claymation movies ever made!

The following list contains the ten best Christmas claymation movies. They’re all must-sees for anyone who loves this time of year, and they’re sure to get you in the spirit!

1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

The 10 Best Christmas Claymation Movies (2022)

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, was a television special first broadcast in 1964. Rankin/Bass Productions produced the special based on the song of the same name.

The movie tells us about a reindeer named Rudolph with a red nose and how he became Santa’s most favored reindeer for delivering presents to children around Christmas time. But before that, Rudolph had to endure bullying at school, led by another reindeer named Hermey, who wanted to be a dentist instead of delivering gifts.

He later meets Yukon Cornelius, who teaches him that being different isn’t bad! This is one of the best Christmas claymation movies.

2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

The 10 Best Christmas Claymation Movies (2022)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a 1966 American animated musical comedy film directed by Chuck Jones, based on the 1957 book of the same title, written by Dr. Seuss. It follows the Grinch who lives in a cave near Mount Crumpit and plots to steal Christmas from Whoville.

The film stars Boris Karloff as the voice of The Grinch, who narrates his own story; Cindy-Lousie Selph provides his singing voice.

Other performers include Arthur Burghardt as Jim Crow/the narrator; Thurl Ravenscroft as Santa Claus; June Foray as Cindy Lou Who; and Paul Frees and John McGiver as Mr. & Mrs. Who.

In November 2000, Ron Howard’s live-action version was released starring Jim Carrey as The Grinch with narration by Michael Horton (who played Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas).

This version featured many of Seuss’ original characters besides The Grinch, such as Cindy Lou Who (Zooey Deschanel) and Max (Christopher Lloyd). This show is also one of the best Christmas claymation movies.

3. Frosty the Snowman (1969)

The 10 Best Christmas Claymation Movies (2022)

Frosty the Snowman is a 1969 American stop-motion animated television special directed by Art Clokey and produced by Rankin/Bass Productions.

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The show was first broadcast on December 7, 1969, on CBS and has aired yearly since then. It tells the story of a magical snowman that comes to life after a young boy named Jimmy accidentally wishes for him to be honest with his magical snowflake hat on Christmas Eve.

This causes problems for Jimmy’s brother, who is jealous of Frosty’s popularity until he learns that you should never forget your family at Christmas time!

This movie adds an element of dance into its claymation with songs like “We’re Having A Party In Our Stockings” and “Happy Winter Wish.” This is also one of the best Christmas claymation movies.

4. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970)

The 10 Best Christmas Claymation Movies (2022)

Rankin/Bass Productions produced this movie, and it was based on the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore. The narrator is Fred Astaire, who also sings two of the songs in this film.

The production is done in stop motion animation, which gives it a unique look that makes it stand out among other Christmas movies.

This movie was released in 1970 and was picked as one of the best Christmas claymation movies on our list, so if you’re looking for something more modern that came out recently, check out our next pick! This movie is also considered one of the best Christmas claymation movies.

5. The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

The 10 Best Christmas Claymation Movies (2022)

The Little Drummer Boy is a classic and an excellent choice for the whole family. It’s got some good claymation scenes! The little drummer boy is one of the top claymation Christmas movies.

6. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

The 10 Best Christmas Claymation Movies (2022)

It’s the first animated Peanuts special and the first Christmas special. It’s also one of the most famous television specials in history; it was ranked No. 3 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest Cartoon Specials, and Entertainment Weekly named it one of the 25 greatest Christmas claymation movies ever made.

It’s a simple story: Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. Along with Snoopy, Linus van Pelt, Pigpen, and Woodstock, he discovers that what matters is having friends who care about you and love you for who you are—not material things or money that can’t buy happiness!

7. A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987)

A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987)

This claymation Christmas special was directed by Will Vinton, the creator of the California Raisins. It features a claymation version of the “12 Days of Christmas,” sung by Vinton and his team.

The special also features the voices of Bill Scott and Frank Welker, both well-known for their roles in Scooby-Doo as Fred Jones and Shaggy Rogers, respectively. This is one of the best Christmas claymation movies.

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8. The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1975)

The First Christmas - The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1975)

The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow is a 1975 claymation film, the first of its kind to be nominated for an Academy Award.

It was also nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe. This movie was also reviewed and selected as one of the best Christmas claymation movies.

9. Jack Frost (1979)

Jack Frost (1979)

Jack Frost is a 1979 Canadian/American fantasy-comedy film. It was the first animated film produced by the National Film Board of Canada and was followed by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 1984.

The film is based on an original story written by Louis Pelletier and directed by Norman McLaren, who would later win an Academy Award for his animation of Hallelujah.

Jack Frost revolves around a snowman named Jack Frost (voiced by David Tomlinson), who has magical powers to make snowflakes appear from his fingers that can act as snowballs if thrown at someone. One day, he gets lost in some woods after having an argument with Santa Claus (voiced by Peter Ustinov).

He meets two children named Max and Bethany (voiced respectively by Christopher Plummer and Glynnis O’Connor) who are looking for their father on Christmas Eve; they take him back home, but Santa Claus then decides to keep him so he can be part of Christmas forever.

10. Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Plus Halloween & Easter Celebrations!

Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Plus Halloween & Easter Celebrations! is a claymation television special and the final episode of Will Vinton’s Claymation Show. The special was released in 1989 and was produced by Will Vinton Studios. It features a stop-motion animation created by Will Vinton and his wife, Nancy.

The film won an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour) at the 35th Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony in 1990, making it one of only two claymation specials to receive an Emmy nomination. This is one of the best Christmas claymation movies.

Bottom Line

The list of claymation Christmas movies is long, and we hope these ten have helped you find the perfect Christmas movie for your family this holiday season.

There are many great choices, from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to Frosty the Snowman!

If none of these seem like they would work well for your family, try looking up a few others from our list (or even better yet: check out some of our other lists!)

Unyime Anthony is a gaming enthusiast specializing in first-in-class gaming content, including PS4, Xbox, Nintendo, and Movies, to educate and inform readers.

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