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Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962, Classic Media, not rated, DVD+Blu-ray, $24) - TV's first-ever animated Christmas special celebrates its 50th anniversary. The near-sighted Magoo (voiced by the late Jim Backus) stars as miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in this musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.
Arthur Christmas (2012, Sony, PG, Blu-ray/DVD+digital copy, $40) - Santa's bumbling son Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy) goes on a mission to make things right when he learns that his dad failed to deliver one girl's present in this 3-D computer-animated comedy. Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent and Imelda Stauton also provide voices.
Prep & Landing/Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (2011, Disney, not rated, $20) - On Christmas Eve, elves from the elite unit Prep & Landing make sure Santa's ride goes smoothly. It's a challenging job, especially for hilarious elves Lanny and Wayne. In the second animated feature, the pair try to recover classified North Pole technology from a naughty computer hacker.
The Santa Clause 3-Movie Collection (1994, 2002, 2006, Disney, PG, $40; Blu-ray, $50) - Santa skeptic Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) accidentally causes the demise of the real St. Nick and winds up contractually obligated to fill the job in this trio of hit films out on Blu-ray for the first time.
The Christmas Pageant (2012, Sonar Entertainment, not rated, $15) - Vera Parks (Melissa Gilbert), a temperamental Broadway director, is forced to take a job running a small town Christmas pageant in this Hallmark Channel movie. She initially struggles to adjust to the slow-paced town but discovers that directing the pageant and rekindling an old flame are the best things that could have happened to her.
The Muppet Christmas Carol - 20th Anniversary Edition (1992, Disney, G, Blu-ray, $27) - Michael Caine stars as Scrooge as this film comes to Blu-ray for the first time. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are Bob and Emily Cratchit and there is music from Oscar-winner Paul Williams.
Annie Claus Is Coming to Town (2012, Sonar Entertainment, not rated, $15) - Santa's daughter (Maria Thayer) has to figure out whether she wants to follow in her dad's footsteps. She goes to Los Angeles, spreads some Christmas spirit and, maybe, finds love. But will she fall for the young toy salesman or the imposter hired by the Senior Elf who wants to take over the holiday? A new friend (Vivica A. Fox) will help her sort it out.
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012, Disney, not rated, $20; Blu-ray, $30) - A frisky new litter of Great Pyrenees pups gets into mischief at the North Pole, but when an unhappy boy's wish that Christmas would go away is fulfilled, they try to reverse the spell with the help of Mrs. Claus.
The Heart of Christmas (2011, Image Entertainment, not rated, $28) - This GMC original movie tells the story a family faced with losing their son to a rare form of leukemia and the outpouring of support they received from their community in Washington, Ill. Starting in October neighbors put up Christmas lights because the boy wasn't expected to see the holiday. The story made national headlines and inspired the hit Matthew West song One Last Christmas.
Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Holiday Chills and Thrills (2012, Warner Bros., $20) - An all-new 22-minute Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays, in which the gang tries to solve the mystery of a sinister snowman, highlights this collection. Other tales find them investigating a snow monster in Tibet and a store where the toys have come to life.
An American Christmas Carol (1979, Shout! Factory, not rated, $21) - Henry Winkler stars as mean old Benedict Slade, a finance company president who takes joy in repossessing his debtors most prized goods. He learns the true meaning of Christmas from three ghosts that visit him in the night.
Silent Night (2012, Anchor Bay, R, $25; Blu-ray, $30) - This one should be saved for after the kids go to bed. The remake of the 1984 horror film Silent Night, Deadly Night finds a sheriff (Malcolm McDowell) trying to stop a Santa Claus who is killing people on Christmas Eve. Men in Santa suits are all over the place, so picking out the murderer won't be easy.
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