12 Days of Netflix (Christmas movies)
Staff Reporter | On 05, Dec 2013Reading time: 6 mins
On the first day of Netflix, we saw on VOD…
We love Christmas. It’s a time to give gifts, see family, eat food, and – of course – watch lots of movies. For those with a Netflix account, it’s a chance to catch up with TV series they’ve missed during the year, or dive right into the seasonal cheer with one of the service’s Christmas films. You open up their library, mince pie in hand, and start browsing for anything to do with Christmas…
There’s just one problem. Where are all the Christmas movies?
Here’s the thing: there are Christmas movies on Netflix UK. They just might not be the ones you were expecting. There’s Muppet Christmas Carol, great. The Santa Clause 3, OK. That Jim Carrey version of A Christmas Carol, fine. And then there’s, erm, Holiday in Handcuffs? Franklin’s Magic Christmas? Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble?
Let’s be honest. It’s not exactly Die Hard.
So, in an attempt to solve any seasonal confusion, we’re going to watch all of Netflix UK’s Christmas films for you. In a row. Starting on Thursday 5th December and ending on Monday 16th December with The Muppet Christmas Carol.
It’s easier than it sounds – as luck (or fate) would have it, there are currently only 12 of them (not including festive episodes of TV shows, such as Power Rangers: Stuck on Christmas, which Netflix includes in its seasonal collection to make it appear more impressive).
So that’s one movie per evening, picked randomly from the below list of festive favourites. We use the term “favourites” very loosely.
How to join in 12 Days of Netflix
We’ll be live-tweeting the best bits from @VODzillaMag (follow the hashtag #12DaysofNetflix) every night for you to enjoy our suffering – or join in and watch along at the same time. For those not on Twitter, we’re also posting reviews the morning after:
Day 12: Monday 16th December – The Muppets Christmas Carol.
List of Christmas movies on Netflix UK (2013)
Holiday in Handcuffs
When her boyfriend dumps her just before the holidays, aspiring artist Trudie desperately kidnaps a handsome stranger named David.
“Its one redeeming feature? It makes you look forward to the rest of Christmas – because it can’t possibly be as bad as this.” Our review.
A Christmas Carol
Jim Carrey morphs his voice into that of miserable miser Ebenezer Scrooge in this computer-animated adaption of Charles Dickens’s iconic holiday tale about the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
“Breathes enough new life into A Christmas Carol to allow for a pleasing ride.” Our review.
Santa Clause 3
Tim Allen stars in the third installment of his Santa Clause franchise, which finds Scott Calvin (Allen) — alias Santa — trying to balance the birth of a new baby Claus with threats from evil Jack Frost (Martin Short), who’s scheming to take over the Christmas holiday.
“In the North Pole, it would seem the entire place is run by children – the film was too, judging by the quality of it. ” Our review.
The Christmas Bunny
The holiday spirit warms forlorn hearts in this touching family drama about Julia, a young foster child who finds a wounded rabbit on Christmas Eve and takes it to the Bunny Lady, a lonely woman who runs an animal shelter on her farm.
“It’s charmless, tasteless and mostly set in the New Year, so technically isn’t Christmassy at all.” Our review.
Franklin’s Magic Christmas
When Franklin and his little sister Harriet journey to Faraway Farm to spend Christmas with their grandparents, they discover that the season’s festivities include fixing up an old-fashioned sleigh and encountering a magical reindeer.
An unassuming, harmless tale for the littl’uns. Our review.
Dreamworks Holiday Classics
“A mixed selection box of seasonal favourites. Come for the Madagascar Penguins, stay for the Dragons. (Burn the Shreks.)” Our review.
Tooth: Do You Believe in Fairies
When Tooth (Yasmin Paige) the rebel tooth fairy gives all the money belonging to her fellow fairies away to young Tolly (Maisie Preston) and Tom (Rory Copus), she accidentally jeopardizes the upcoming Christmas holiday.
“Not really a Christmas cracker, more like pulling teeth.” Our review.
The Swan Princess Christmas
Disney vet Richard Rich helms his fourth feature based on characters from the ballet “Swan Lake,” who this time around must save Christmas. Despite some wizardly interference, Princess Odette and Prince Derek are determined to enjoy the holiday.
“If you’re a bored masochist with 84 minutes to kill, maybe you’ll find something, anything, to enjoy in this weird, weird film.” Our review.
What does it take to be Santa Claus? Jack finds out in this documentary, going through all the physical changes needed – but there’s an emotional transformation as well. During a season of wishes and faith, Jack works the sidewalk, visits homes and spreads cheer.
“By debunking the secrets of Santa, Becoming Santa makes Father Christmas seem magical all over again. Just don’t show it to your kids.” Our review.
Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble
With Christmas approaching, young reindeer Niko’s world is turned upside down after his mother announces plans to get remarried. When his new stepbrother gets kidnapped, Niko must save the day while learning about the importance of family.
“A surprisingly strong animation, with great visuals, a good script and an exciting adventure.” Our review.
Cold-hearted TV exec Bill Murray is about to discover the true meaning of Christmas — the hard way. Director Richard Donner’s wild, woolly spin on Dickens’s A Christmas Carol sees Murray visited by three high-spirited spirits.
“Bill Murray does some of his finest work.” Our review.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
UPDATE: The Muppet Christmas Carol is no longer available on Netflix UK. Here is a list of other Christmas movies on the service.
The beloved Muppets put a musical twist on the Charles Dickens classic, as dedicated employee Bob Cratchit (played by Kermit) begs his boss, Ebenezer Scrooge, to give him a day off on Christmas.
Quite possibly the greatest Christmas movie ever made. Our review.
12 Days of Netflix – so next time you’re browsing the seasonal streams, you don’t get a nasty surprise gift.