5 Christmas Movies That Deserve A Sequel (& 5 Great Sequels You Didn’t Know About)
Christmas rolls around at the end of every year, and with it comes a long list of joyous movies all about this jolly holiday season. From Buddy the elf to the mean Mr. Grinch, fans love watching how different characters get together to celebrate Christmas with their friends and families.
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Some characters have had the privilege of coming back in second and even third movies. While some films have been just as popular as their original counterparts, other sequels have slid between the cracks and are not well known. There are also many Christmas movies that deserve to make a comeback with a brand new story! Here are five sequels that fans would love to see and five that you need to see right now!
10 Deserves A Sequel: Elf (2003)
Poor Buddy the elf found out that he is not actually an elf, and what’s worse, his biological father is on the naughty list this year! Thankfully, Buddy and his new brother help bring back the Christmas spirit in the aptly titled film Elf. At the end of the movie, Papa Elf talks a bit about the future. He mentions that Buddy’s father started a new company and published Buddy’s story. It’s also said that Buddy comes to visit Papa Elf from time to time, so it can be assumed that Buddy stayed in New York with his biological family. Elf fanatics would love to spend another Christmas with Buddy and learn more about his life as he gets used to humans and living in the Big Apple. For now, they’ll have to settle for Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (2014), an animated television short that combines the events from the first movie with the musical adaptation of the film.
9 Sequels: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys (2001)
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and all of Santa’s reindeer, but Rudolph is arguably the most essential, as he showed in the 1964 special Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rudy has had not one but three sequels since his original movie came out, including Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976) and Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979).
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In the 2001 film, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph goes with Hermey the dentist back to the island of misfit toys where they face a root canal, a nasty Toy Taker, and even a potential plastic surgery to make Rudolph’s famous nose look more normal!
8 Deserves A Sequel: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
When it comes to unconventional Christmas movies, The Nightmare Before Christmas is high up on the list of favorites. Jack the lovable pumpkin king gets to celebrate Christmas in Halloween Town just like he’s always dreamed, but fans are hungry for more. This classic tale covers two holidays, Halloween and Christmas, but there are so many more to be explored! Easter, Valentine’s Day, New Years’, and even St. Patrick’s Day all have their stories to tell in their respective towns, and audiences can’t wait to hear them. Unfortunately, a sequel will probably never see the light, as Tim Burton is against the idea and has talked Disney out of it before.
7 Sequels: A Christmas Story 2 (2012)
In 1983, one of the most popular Christmas films, A Christmas Story, was introduced to audiences everywhere. The story of Ralphie and his desperate desire for a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle took the world by storm, and the film has been a staple of the holiday season ever since. A Christmas Story is so well loved that it has even been featured in back-to-back 24-hour marathons on Christmas Eve to Christmas Day for over twenty years. The film actually has two sequels, My Summer Story (1994) and A Christmas Story 2 (2012). In the second sequel, Ralphie has an obsessive need once again, this time for a car that he accidentally damages.
6 Deserves A Sequel: The Polar Express (2004)
The Polar Express was a film adaptation of a beloved book, and viewers loved seeing the pages come to life on the big screen. The children learned how to believe, not only in Santa but in themselves and each other as well. However, there are still some details that could be explained in a sequel.
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For example, did the main character, known only as “Hero Boy” in the credits, actually have a name? Did he ever get to see the other children again? A sequel could even bring about new characters who board the Polar Express next Christmas, and audiences could be introduced to a whole new set of adventures.
5 Sequel: Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (1976)
In 1969, the famous snowman Frosty came to life in the special entitled Frosty the Snowman after a group of children build him from snow and save him from melting in the sun. At the end of the film, Frosty finishes his famous song by saying that he’ll be back again to visit the children once more. That’s exactly what he does in his second film, Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, and the children are overjoyed to have their pal back. However, they soon face trouble when the jealous Jack Frost decides that he is going to steal Frosty’s magic hat, the one that brought him to life in the first place.
4 Deserves A Sequel: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Good old George Bailey had a tough Christmas in It’s A Wonderful Life when he was suddenly missing several thousand dollars in his loan business. Thankfully his friends and family rallied together to bail him out of trouble and prove to him that his life truly is wonderful.
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While the ending was very touching, fans can’t help but wonder what happened after Christmas was over. Was the true culprit of the money mistake ever revealed? What’s Clarance up to now that he has his wings? Did George ever get himself some therapy? A sequel was rumored to be released five years ago, but it was unfortunately canceled.
3 Sequel: Mr. Scrooge To See You (2013)
Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, and since then, it has been adapted to television and film dozens of times. Two popular versions include The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) with Michael Caine as Scrooge and Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009) starring Jim Carrey. In 2013, Scrooge was given a brand new story, which takes place a year after the events of the original tale. In Mr. Scrooge to See You, Jacob Marley comes to see Ebenezer, sending Scrooge on another time-traveling adventure to see Timothy Cratchit the VI, Bob Cratchit’s great-great-great-grandson. After learning the true meaning of Christmas last year, it’s now up to Scrooge to share it with others.
2 Deserves A Sequel: Christmas With The Kranks (2004)
In Christmas with the Kranks, Tim Allen plays a man named Luther who, along with his wife, decides to skip Christmas to go on a cruise. However, their plans change when their daughter announces that she is coming home for Christmas. Tim Allen fans love seeing him in Christmas films, as he has also starred in four others, including The Santa Clause (1994), its two sequels (2002, 2006), and El Camino Christmas (2017).
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Viewers want to see him in one more, a Christmas with the Kranks sequel! At the end of the original film, Nora jokes that she and Luther should skip Christmas next year, since they didn’t get to this year. That’s the story that needs to be told next!
1 Sequel: The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat (1982)
Kids met the grouchy green Grinch in the 1957 Dr. Seuss book How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, and since then, he has made his way onto the screen several times. First was with an animated special in 1966 and then as a live-action film in 2000. The most recent version was with The Grinch in 2018. Each time, fans watched the Grinch learn to love Christmas as his heart grows three sizes, but what they may not know is that the Grinch was also featured in other stories. In 1977, the Grinch starred in a prequel entitled Halloween is Grinch Night, in which the Grinch takes over the October holiday. The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat is a 1982 musical animation special that combines evil with silly when the Grinch meets another Seuss favorite, the Cat in the Hat.
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