Four Christmas Films That Deserve a Sequel

Photo Credit: New Line Cinema
December 19th, 2012

Four Christmas Films That Deserve a Sequel

When "A Christmas Story 2" landed on store shelves just in time for the 2012 holiday shopping season, some fans were appalled. The straight-to-DVD release had little in common with the original, and it even featured a brand new cast. While some holiday classics are perfect standalone films, others are worthy of a sequel to continue the story.

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" remains a top choice for fans of comedies during the holidays. The chemistry between Clark (Chevy Chase, "Community") and Helen (Beverly D'Angelo, "The House Bunny") is believable, and nearly everyone can relate to the problems Clark faces as the clan gathers over the holidays. Clark gets a laugh no matter what he does, from knocking out the power when stringing lights to overreacting when he discovers he won't get a cash bonus at work. In 2003, NBC released "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure," which focused on Eddie (Randy Quaid) from the original movie. However, most fans do not consider the film to be part of the series because it did not include the main characters. The film's stars recent appearance in a series of commercials for Old Navy shows the movie has had an impact on popular culture and deserves a sequel.

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" When Tim Burton announced that he intended to make a Christmas film, some moviegoers were surprised. The director is best known for his dark and edgy films like "Edward Scissorhands," but he had a hit on his hands with "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Set in Halloween Town where everything always has a dark edge, Jack Skellington discovers a portal that leads him to Christmas Town. After seeing the joy and merriment of the residents, he decides to bring Christmas to Halloween Town. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" still has a large number of fans, and Disney originally wanted to make a sequel. Burton convinced the studio to abandon those plans, arguing it was perfect as a standalone film and a sequel wouldn't benefit the story. Disney did release "The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge," a video game that focused on some of the characters after the film ended.

With the continuing popularity of the story and the characters, the present seems like a good time to introduce a sequel. "Elf" Will Ferrell ("Talladega Nights") is the type of actor who people either love or hate, and a large number of people loved him in the 2003 holiday film "Elf." The film follows an orphan named Buddy (Ferrell), who Santa (Ed Asner, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show") raises after accidentally taking him home from an orphanage. When Buddy reaches adulthood, Santa finally admits that he isn't an elf, which leads Buddy on a quest to find his biological father in New York City. "Elf" grossed more than $200 million at the box office, making it one of the top films of the year and one of the highest-grossing Christmas films of all time. Ferrell continued his career, with roles in comedies and dramas, but few of those films were as successful as "Elf." Producers turned the film into a Broadway show called "Elf The Musical," which ran each holiday season between 2010 and 2012. The success of this live-action production proves that fans want to see more of Buddy and his adventures after the film's conclusion.

"The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" Tim Allen's portrayal of Santa in "The Santa Clause" and "The Santa Clause 2" was immensely successful. Disney hoped to capitalize on that fame with "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause," which focused on the character of Jack Frost (Martin Short, "Father of the Bride"). Frost tricks Santa into giving up his title, making Frost the new Santa. The film also introduced other new characters, including the Tooth Fairy and Father Time. This outing disappointed many eager fans. Allen appeared in several scenes, but the film primarily focused on Frost. The film grossed more than $100 million at the box office, but many fans wanted more of Allen. Now is the perfect time for Disney to bounce back with "The Santa Clause 4." Everyone has a favorite holiday movie, but not all of those films would benefit from a sequel. Although some stories are so iconic that a sequel would damage the original, these four films are holiday favorites that deserve a sequel.

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