“Home for Christmas: A Golden Christmas 3” (Gaiam/Marvista, 2012, $14.93). Three golden retrievers assist in bringing together an unlikely couple during the holidays in this TV movie.
“Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure” (Lionsgate, 2013, $26.98, featurettes, trailers). Animated feature about a young deer whose little brother goes missing on Christmas Eve.
“Rise of the Guardians” (Dreamworks, 2012, PG, $19.99, featurettes; toy marching elf). Re-release of the theatrical animated film about Santa Claus, Jack Frost, the Tooth Fairy, Sandman and the Easter Bunny coming together to stop evil Pitch Black, the boogeyman, from destroying the faith of children. Last Easter several DVD and Blu-ray versions featured Easter egg toys; this one has a Christmas elf.
“It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!” (Nickelodeon/Paramount/Blu-ray, 2012, $26.99; Blu-ray, DVD, digital versions; 11 episodes, featurettes, music video, two MP3 songs). This Christmas show from last year leads a collection of “SpongeBob SquarePants episodes. (A Walmart exclusive.)
“Care Bears: The Great Giving Holiday” (Lionsgate, 2013, $14.98, new movie, vintage episode). The title cartoon is a new straight-to-video movie about Beastly trying to spoil the holidays.
“The Secret World of Santa Claus: Elves in Toyland” (Cinedigm, 1997, $14.95, 13 episodes).
“The Secret World of Santa Claus: A Present for Santa” (Cinedigm, 1997, $14.95, 13 episodes). French animated series (dubbed in English) about Santa and his elves working at getting Christmas ready and meddlesome Gruzzlebeard making mischief for them.
“My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas” (Shout! Kids/Hasbro, 2005, $9.99, sing-alongs). Animated straight-to-video 44-minute holiday movie with Santa visiting Ponyville.
“Bubble Guppies/Team Umizoomi: Into the Snow We Go!” (Nickelodeon/Paramount, 2013, $14.99, three episodes). Holiday episodes from the animated kids shows of the title.
“Thomas & Friends: Santa’s Little Engine” (HIT/Lionsgate, 2013, $14.98, five episodes, interactive games). Holiday-themed episodes of the animated series for children about the anthropomorphic train and his pals.
“Bratz Babyz Save Christmas: The Movie” (Lionsgate, 2013, $14.98, five episodes). Straight-to-DVD animated movie based on the dolls (spun off of the Bratz line), plus five episodes from the TV series.
“Holiday Gifts From Nickelodeon: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!” (Nickelodeon/Paramount, 2013, $19.99).
“Holiday Gifts From Nickelodeon: Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure” (Nickelodeon/Paramount, 2013, $19.99).
“Holiday Gifts From Nickelodeon: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the Turtles” (Nickelodeon/Paramount, 2013, $19.99). Each of these box sets features the title DVD, along with a coloring book, four crayons, a poster and a sticker sheet. For ages 3 and up.
Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." His website is www.hicksflicks.com
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