From ‘Appointment in St. Louis’ to ‘Fifteen Days of Pleasure’: 10 Great Christmas Musicals in Film History
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What would Christmas be without music? Something much more boring, that’s for sure.. And the cinema has always known this, which is why it has promoted on so many occasions the almost always happy union between the melody and the image, the chorus and the scene under the snow, the dances next to the tree full of gifts. The closest thing to happiness in one of its purest states, forever uniting two arts that, at the very moment they connect, cause authentic bursts of light.
10 must-see Christmas musicals
1 ‘The forest of no return’
Although it is not a 100% Christmas-themed tape, it is radiant ‘The Forest of No Return’ It has ended up becoming a true classic for almost mandatory viewing at this stage of the year. Something understandable if we take into account its enthusiastic musical numbers, its contagious charm and the potential to remain in the memory of several generations of sequences as delicious as the march of the wooden soldiers, one of those scenes that completely justify an entire movie.
two ‘Appointment in Saint Louis’
Judy Garland singing ‘Have yourself a merry little christmas’. One of the most beautiful, emotional and memorable cinematic moments that combine Christmas and music in the history of cinema. And it is only one of the many brilliant scenes that we can find in a masterpiece that does not lose a bit of its power to amaze over the years and viewings. Mandatory at Christmas, yes, but also at any other time of the year.
3 ‘The magical Christmas of the Jangle’
Written and directed by David E. Talbert, who got what is, without a doubt, the most interesting film of his career here, ‘The Magical Christmas of the Jangles’ has nothing extraordinary, but it is one of those Christmas and musical entertainments that can brighten your day. With a cast dedicated to the cause and some really inspired numbers, here we have one of the latest proposals in the genre that reach the notable without too much effort.
4 ‘The Muppets in Christmas Carols’
The stainless novel by Charles Dickens has had multiple and varied journeys towards the big screen, in fact, we will recover another brilliant adaptation later, but Few have captured its essence in such a special way as ‘The Muppets in Christmas Carols’. Respecting the literary origin, increasing the dose of humor, presenting a set of magnificent songs and counting on the invaluable help of the great Michael Caine, this is a wonderful film from its dazzling beginning to its always emotional ending. A real gem.
The Muppets in Christmas tales at eCartelera
5 ‘Ana and the apocalypse’
It has comedy.
He is terrified.
It has action.
He has Christmas.
It has zombies.
And it has snowmen in bloody and dangerous villain mode.
It was impossible that the surprising and wild ‘Ana and the apocalypse’.
Ana and the apocalypse at eCartelera
6 ‘Fifteen days of pleasure’
If Fred Astaire dances, even for a second, it’s already worth sitting down to enjoy the movie, whatever it is. If, in addition, as is the case, it is a small classic of musical and Christmas cinema such as ‘Fifteen days of pleasure’, well, the recommendation becomes ‘order’. Smiles, unforgettable classics like ‘White Christmas’, the voice of Bing Crosby and the charisma of Virginia Dale round off an irresistible film.
7 ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’
Turned over time into one of the classics in Tim Burton’s catalogue, despite being directed by the great Henry Selick, the most gloomy and original tale ever written about Christmas continues to be a cinematic and musical experience full of rewards for millions. of spectators who continue to fall for Jack Skellington, one of the most unforgettable characters ever created with the stop-motion technique. A contemporary classic that, for many, continues to be the inescapable movie date of every Christmas.
Nightmare before Christmas at eCartelera
8 ‘White Christmas’
Directed by the essential Michael Curtiz, an exceptional filmmaker who shows his immense talent here in practically all the scenes, ‘White Christmas’ is a real feast for lovers of the musical genre and, of course, of the aforementioned time of year. Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen give it their all in top-notch family entertainment filled with big numbers, good sentiments and beautiful songs. A joy.
9 ‘Thank you very much, Mr. Scrooge’
Nominated for four Oscars and winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical for Albert Finney, more than deserved, ‘Thank you very much, Mr. Scrooge’ is another of the most successful adaptations of the inexhaustible classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. An eternal novel to which Ronald Neame’s film shows absolute respect and affection, keeping alive the most characteristic flame of its essence and accompanying it with a good number of stupendous musical numbers. An endearing proposal that is enjoyed effortlessly from start to finish.
10 ‘Petty Red’
Thirty minutes. That’s the (brief) time it took writer-directors Dan Ojari and Michael Please to give those of us who love Christmas and the musical ‘Peti Roja’ a diamond in the rough. Using the stop-motion technique in an admirable way, the artistic duo offers here one of those tales that move, captivate, amuse and conquer you with the same ease. And all its characters, without exception, you would want to take home.
Thus, there are several examples of films framed in the Christmas season that have embraced the musical genre to finish completing their main and most outstanding mission: captivate audiences of all ages through charm, tenderness, illusion and that special capacity to amaze and excite that this season of the year adheres to your skin.
In this special, we review 10 great musicals set at Christmas that, in addition to making us laugh as much as tears, offer a really high artistic level, thus becoming classics from practically the first viewing. The Christmas spirit singing a good number of unforgettable songsImpossible to ask for more for those of us who devoutly love these dates marked by fire, or snow, on the calendar.