5 Vintage Max Fleischer Christmas Cartoons to Put You in the Holiday Mood

While the kids today don’t know who Max Fleischer was, his contributions to the advancement of animated family entertainment are pretty important.  Betty Boop, Popeye, and Superman are just a few of the many characters he brought to the big screen, along with some pretty significant creative and technical innovations.  His characters possess distinctly more human qualities than others of the time and are brought to beautifully detailed life through masterfully crafted animated sequence.  What I most remember and appreciate Fleischer for are his fantastic Christmas themed cartoons (I had on VHS) that I watched on repeat every year growing up.  Thanks to the internet, I can present all of these vintage holiday animated shorts to you now and watch them whenever I want (instead of just when my mom would get the Christmas box out of the closet)!  So without further ado, please enjoy the laughs, music, joy, and Christmas spirit in these five fantastic Fleisher holiday cartoons.

[box_dark]Christmas Comes But Once a Year – 1936[/box_dark]

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[box_dark] Somewhere in Dreamland – 1936[/box_dark]

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[box_dark] Peeping Penguins – 1937[/box_dark]

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[box_dark] Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – 1944[/box_dark]

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[box_dark] Toys Will Be Toys – 1949[/box_dark]

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I hope these cartoons put a smile on your face and you enjoyed this little trip through yesteryear with me.  May your holiday season be merry and bright!

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Brian Rudloff

Brian Rudloff

Brian loves two things: movies and vacations. He has a B.S. in Cinema/Television Production and an M.S. in Recreation and Tourism Management. While he certainly anticipates the latest releases, he is more often found dancing on flying sarapes through the ether of yesteryear and wistfully prancing on clouds of nostalgia. He does not understand kids these days or the entertainment they consume.