Hey guys, Fenrir here trying to spread some holiday cheer with finals winding down and the onslaught of holiday-themed programing clogging up the channels — yet never fret, because while there’s some sub-par stuff thrown up nowadays, there will always be a special place for the stop-motion seasonal epics crafted by Rankin/Bass. Rankin/Bass is actually responsible for such greats as the old animated Hobbit, The Flight of Dragons, and even The Last Unicorn, but arguably the studio is most well-known for its holiday-themed shorts. From the 70s to the 80s–and with the help of some Japanese animators who would go on to work for companies such as Studio Ghibli–Rankin/Bass dominated seasonal airwaves with their holiday offerings, which are now regarded with a fair bit of nostalgia but for good reason.
Despite what you might think at first glance, these shorts are actually pretty solid examples of stop-motion animation, and are still a (relatively) entertaining holiday staple. Now without further ado, here are some of Rankin/Bass’s top five holiday movies that are sure to satisfy anyone with their rose-tinted nostalgia goggles on.