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Updated: December 6, 2012 9:30 AM | By Tom DiChiara
Our 10 Favourite TV Christmas Specials of All Time

Count down our picks for the shows that bring joy to the world



Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) (© Classic Media 1962)
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  • The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) (© Rankin/Bass Productions)
  • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974) (© Rankin/Bass Productions)
  • The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) (© CBS/Landov)
  • Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (1970) (© Rankin/Bass Productions)
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) (© Walt Disney Productions)
  • Frosty the Snowman (1969) (© Classic Media)
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) (© CBS Broadcasting)
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10. 'Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol' (1962)
This musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' novella was the first animated holiday special ever when it first aired in 1962 - but it still holds up almost 50 years later. That probably has something to do with the fact that the musical numbers were composed by famed Broadway duo Jule Styne (book) and Bob Merrill (lyrics), who collaborated on the hit play Funny Girl shortly afterward. And casting the legendarily nearsighted Mr. Magoo (Jim Backus) as Scrooge was - and still is - a stroke of comic Christmas genius.

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Dec 7, 2012 2:13PM
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Such a classic that when I see a little scrappy Christmas tree, I call (affectionately) it a Charlie Brown!
Dec 7, 2012 6:59PM
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What about Babes in Toyland 1986, with Drew Barrymore and Keanu Reeves! Not Only is it the best Christmas Movie of all time, but is one of the best Movies ever made! Even though it is a Christmas Movie You can watch it any time of the Year and still enjoy it!
Dec 7, 2012 1:16PM
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The Message isnt being different is good. It is that its ok to make fun of people and exclude them from activities until they do something that helps you
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