Colder days and longer nights mean a much more appreciated time spent inside and with the holiday season upon us, what better way to celebrate than to curl up with your cat or dog for a very pets themed movie? Below is a list of holiday inspired favorites featuring our favorite furry friends.
Lady and the Tramp
Definitely a movie to be considered a Disney classic, Lady and the Tramp is a must see for the holiday season. Beginning and ending on Christmas, Lady and the Tramp depicts the romantic adventures that ensue when Lady, a sophisticated Cocker Spaniel living in with a middle class family, meets Tramp, a male mutt wandering the streets. This heartwarming tale connects two star crossed lovers that were never meant to be and sets a definite fire in our hearts. If for no other reason, this movie gets credit for its iconic spaghetti scene, seen recreated in so many other movies and television shows. A must see for the holidays. Tissue box not included.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Whether it’s the Jim Carrey version or the original animated classic, this movie always guarantees to be a treat. As the devious Grinch plots his Christmas debauchery, his lovable dog Max unwittingly gets dragged into his dastardly plans. However, despite all his master’s shortcomings, Max stays by his side until his “change of heart.” Live action or animated, Max is sure to warm the hearts of pet owners everywhere.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
A different take on the holidays, The Nightmare Before Christmas stars Jack Skellington, a resident of Halloween Town who unwittingly stumbles through a portal to Christmas Town. This family friendly musical includes Jack’s ghostly yet friendly pup, Zero. Zero brings joy to this film and helps Jack throughout, cheering him up and even playing fetch with one of his ribs! This movie is sure to give you and your family a new take on Christmas and is easily a new age Disney classic for any holiday season.
A Dog Named Christmas
In this heartwarming Hallmark movie, a special needs boy fosters and names a dog, Christmas. Ensuing is the age old tale of grumpy, dog-skeptic Father turned mushy-hearted Dad. What can be likened to the holiday version of My Dog Skip, A Dog Named Christmas is sure to put a smile on your face and an occasional tear in your eye.
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
The big guy is back in this Christmas family classic. Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure is sure to inspire and entrance kids of all ages. A talking dog, a magic toy, and greedy villains all combine to make this Christmas classic. Watch as Beethoven gets into more mischief and captivates more hearts in his adventure to save Christmas.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Though technically not pets (and some aren’t even animals), The Muppet Christmas Carol is a delightfully pleasant take on a written classic. Starring favorites like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and Gonzo, these muppets shape this Dickens tale in a new fashion. Light, fun, and chock full of musical interlude, The Muppet Christmas Carol is a classic of a classic.