Holiday Music Rundown: Where’s My Kwanzaa CD???

As we all know, holiday music ranges from the traditional to the contemporary. Whether it’s the endless tunes on radio stations after Thanksgiving, or the holiday harmonies pumped into malls, grocery stores, or other public places, you can’t go anywhere without knowing what time of year it is. Continue reading “Holiday Music Rundown: Where’s My Kwanzaa CD???”

Shrek The Halls – DVD review

Shrek being an ogre… knows nothing about Christmas. Welcome to “Shrek the Halls”, a short half hour X-mas special about learning the ways of the holidays. Shrek takes quick lessons about Christmas to try and give his family the holiday they deserve. Donkey and Puss in Boots show up to add to the fun and screw things up a bit. Its exactly what you’d expect when you think of Shrek + holidays.

This is the same holiday special that ran on TV a year ago, it runs a little over 23 minutes, but this time no commercials! The original cast from the films is back to reprise their character roles which is nice, since typically this sort of thing would feature a bunch of horrible sound-a-likes. The animation is pretty solid quality as well, almost on par with the films themselves.

Surprisingly, the DVD has a variety of features considering it is just a TV holiday special. There are several sing a longs, a couple interactive games, and a video jukebox. The DVD also features widescreen and fullscreen formats which is nice and 5.1 surround.

It’s worth a watch to get into the holiday spirit. However, being a holiday movie it’s really only good for about 2 months out of the year. Overall worth picking up for the Shrek fans in your family or just renting to have some Christmas cheer to pass the time.

Jack Frost: A Christmas Classic, Remastered

Jack Frost (1979)
Warner Bros./Rankin-Bass Productions
Starring Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, and Larry Storch
Running Time= 49 minutes
Now Available

I’ll be honest. I’m a huge fan of the Rankin-Bass classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. There’s something about Burl Ives as a friendly snowman, the Island of Misfit Toys, and an Abominable Snowman that put me in the holiday spirit. And now, Continue reading “Jack Frost: A Christmas Classic, Remastered”

“It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” a Must-See

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)/ It’s Magic, Charlie Brown (1981)
Warner Bros.
25 minutes (each episode)

Ah, the joy of watching holiday-themed animated classics. Whether it’s Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Frosty the Snowman or A Charlie Brown Christmas, most of us have grown-up seeing these specials on TV or now on DVD. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a Halloween-themed Peanuts special that presents a number of Continue reading ““It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” a Must-See”