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Top 5 animated holiday movies

In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, he really is as cuddly as a cactus, as charming as an eel.

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In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, he really is as cuddly as a cactus, as charming as an eel.

Top 5 animated holiday movies

Christmastime is here and that means it's time to set the DVR for all the animated specials. Wait a minute — you're still using a VCR to record shows? Do you ride a horse to work, too? Scribble this on top of your holiday wish list: "Santa, please bring me one of those newfangled digital recording thingamabobs and allow me to finally arrive in the 21st century." While you wait to unpack that precious gift, start circling dates on the calendar because the holiday TV season begins heating up tonight. So dust off Uncle Larry's infamous eggnog recipe, pretend that it's snowing outside and gather the family around the tube. Here are five great animated Christmas specials to watch this week.

1DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (1965): Who can resist the delicious growl of Boris Karloff giving voice to the mean old Grinch? And the songs performed by Thurl Ravenscroft are as much a part of the holidays as those hideous reindeer socks that Aunt Shirley sends every year.

On TV: 8 p.m. tonight, ABC.

2SHREK THE HALLS (2007): The ogre and his crew put their spin on Christmas as Shrek tries to plan the perfect holiday for his family. Sure, it's not as vintage as other shows on the list, but sometimes you need a little Eddie Murphy to lighten the yuletide mood.

On TV: 8:30 p.m. tonight, ABC.

3A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (1965): Admit it — you've seen it a million times and still you get goose pimples when the gang sings Hark! The Herald Angels Sing around the blockhead's tree.

On TV: 8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC.

4RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1964): This hourlong special is packed with everything: a parent ashamed of his child, bullies, runaways, a threat of Christmas being canceled and, finally, acceptance. Not to mention a nasally reindeer with a nose only the late Karl Malden could appreciate.

On TV: 8 p.m. Wednesday, CBS.

5FROSTY'S WINTER WONDERLAND (1976): The original 1969 version of the snowman's tale isn't on until Dec. 18. Until then, this story of Frosty getting married will have to do.

On TV: 7 p.m. Friday, ABC Family.

Top 5 animated holiday movies 11/29/09 [Last modified: Sunday, November 29, 2009 7:22pm]

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