The season to draw up Christmas shopping lists is upon us and children's videos are popular items. The season's offerings are plentiful and include:
The new "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas," a 70-minute film narrated by Kelsey Grammer, features Disney's biggest and cherished animated star, Mickey Mouse, along with Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald and Daisy Duck celebrating the joy, laughter and friendship of the season.
Disney has two other feature-length Christmas releases, "Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving," and, new to video,
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Each lists for $22.99.
Warner Home Video is filling Christmas shelves with 42 old favorites, including "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "A Christmas Story" and "The Year Without a Santa Claus," each priced at $14.95. And to pump up the mil-looney-um, there's the trio of "The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie," "Bugs Bunny: Big Top Bunny" and "Marvin the Martian." Warner also is releasing the movie "Jack Frost" with Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston at $19.96.
Barney, too, can be under the tree. Lyrick's holiday release is "Barney's Night Before Christmas" ($14.95), a successor to the purple dinosaur's best-selling "Waiting for Santa."
Christmastime favorites from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment include Edmund Gwenn's "Miracle on 34th Street" ($14.95), Ed Asner's "The Story of Santa Claus" ($14.95), Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Jingle All the Way" ($29.98) and the 1938 version of "A Christmas Carol" ($29.98).
Golden Books Entertainment has three favorites, "Frosty the Snowman," "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." Each is $9.98.
Franklin, the lovable turtle from Nick Jr., has "Franklin's Christmas" among his $12.95 holiday releases. Warner Home Video is distributing a 90-minute special "Merry Christmas, Teletubbies!" ($29.98), and Columbia TriStar Home Video has released "The Nuttiest Nutcracker," a computer-animated story featuring the voices of Cheech Marin, Jim Belushi and Phyllis Diller ($12.95).
Paramount has shipped the Christmas titles from the Charlie Brown series, plus television favorites "Little Bear," "Gullah Gullah Island," "Allegra's Window," "Doug," "Rocko's Modern Life," "Ren & Stimpy" and "Hey Arnold!"
Anchor Bay spreads its holiday cheer with the re-release of "Baby Songs Christmas," $12.98. Call 1-800-745-1145.
Other new releases that make excellent Christmas gifts are "Bartok the Magnificent," featuring the sidekick from "Anastasia"; BBC Video's "Mouse House"; Disney's fully restored 60th anniversary edition of "Pinocchio"; Golden Books' "Madeline and the Pirates" and "Madeline in Hollywood"; Paramount's "Donkey Kong Country" and "The Iron Giant." "Madame Blueberry" has been added to the VeggieTales series; the Olsen twins have "Passport to Paris"; and HBO Home Video has "Babar: King of the Elephants." Lyrick Studios has released "Yummy Yummy" and "Wiggle Time," from the Australian children's show "The Wiggles," which came to Fox Family Channel this spring.