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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

December 2009



Elf (2003)


Rated PG

A man, mistakenly raised as an elf, travels from the North Pole to New York City in search of his real family in this charming and funny Christmas story.





The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


Rated PG


Pumpkin King Jack Skellington of Halloween Town longs to take over Christmas, but first he has to kidnap Santa Claus! Creepy, crawly, and fun, a crazy clash of Halloween and Christmas-- with some rollicking musical numbers. Also, while watching, remember that it took 24 manually posed shots to make just ONE second of film!






Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)


[Not Rated]


An old-time classic that puts Santa on trial to prove he is the real Kris Kringle.


-Barbara and Mrs. Kennedy




How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)


[Rated PG]


The 2000 remake of the classic cartoon based on the Dr. Seuss book is my December pick. This is the story of a mean, green hermit who wants to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. This entertaining holiday film has a message for all about the true meaning of Christmas. The Grinch-- like Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol-- ultimately has a change of heart (actually his small heart expands!). He becomes filled with love as he learns the true spirit of Christmas.


-Mrs. Weicher



It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)


[Not Rated]

James Stewart stars in the timeless story of George Bailey, a small-town banker who wishes he'd never been born, and an angel named Clarence, who shows him that he's truly had a wonderful life. This film is required viewing every December in the Jarombek house!

-Mrs. Jarombek



The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)


[Not Rated]

There are many great film versions of this popular Dickens classic, but the Muppets make this one fun for both kids and adults. Michael Caine plays Scrooge and Muppets fill all of the other roles--including Charles Dickens himself, played hilariously by Gonzo. Enjoy this one with your whole family!




Pocketful of Miracles

Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

[Not Rated]

This little-heard-of gem stars Bette Davis as an apple-selling bag lady who must convince her grown daughter, coming home from Europe for the first time, that she is a wealthy socialite. She gets some help from her friends who work at a luxury hotel in New York City.




March of the Wooden Soldiers

March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)


[Not Rated]

This was a film that I waited to see on TV every holiday season as a child. Now my children and I wait together. Laurel and Hardy live in Toyland and work at Santa's Workshop. All of your favorite Mother Goose characters live in Toyland too, but beware of some creepy characters. Anyone who breaks the law in Toyland is banished to Bogeyland, which is very scary place. Tom Tom the Piper's son is wrongly sent there for stealing one of the Three Pigs. Laurel and Hardy find a way to save him and Bo Peep from Bogeyland and bring back joy and happiness to Toyland.

Suitable for families with children 7 and up.




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