Miracle On 34th St. vs. The Santa Clause
Miracle on 34th Street did an admirable job remaking the 1947 classic, and even used young Hollywood star Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda) to generate buzz, but in 1994 the Santa Clause went from new Christmas movie to immediate classic. They take this one.
I'll Be Home For Christmas vs. Home Alone 2
While MaCaulay Culkin was an enormous childhood star, Jonathan Taylor Thomas was a huge star in his own right, thanks to the success of Home Improvement. In an attempt to take advantage of this he was thrust into a Christmas movie that has some decent rewatch ability, but is a far cry from the Home Alone franchise. Home Alone 2 moves on.
Jack Frost vs. Home Alone
There’s not a whole lot of discussion needed here. Home Alone is into the semi’s.
A Muppets Christmas Carol vs. Jingle All The Way
Arnold and Sinbad in one movie against Kermit and the Muppet gang. Arnold was one of the biggest action stars back then, but he’s still no match for the Muppets. Jingle All The Way is eliminated.
The Santa Clause vs. Home Alone 2
Kevin McCallister lost in New York vs. Scott Calvin navigating his way through becoming Santa Clause. Equally great classics, equally great movies.
Home Alone does a fantastic job capturing the essence of New York City at Christmas time and has since added staying at the Plaza Hotel for Christmas to every one of our bucket lists.
It also features the late John Candy which will immediately raise the comedic value of any movie.
The only thing tipping the scales in the Santa Clause’s favour is its originality.
Personally, Home Alone 2 is one of my favourite Christmas movies, but it was following the same formula from the first film. The Santa Clause was a new concept and is deserving of a spot in the finals.
Home Alone vs. A Muppets Christmas Carol
Home Alone was the benchmark for every Christmas movie that came after it. It was a colossal success. But the Muppets have their star power and reputation that keeps them in the conversation. They adapt their brilliant take on Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and constantly bring the laughs throughout the whole film.
Home Alone, however, reinvented the Christmas movie, and proved that they could become blockbuster hits.
A completely original film that is almost always listed in everyone’s top 3 best holiday movies. They’re into the finals.
The Santa Clause vs. Home Alone
The Santa Clause
Released: November 11th, 1994
Box Office: $189 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 74% fresh
Starring: Tim Allen, Eric Lloyd, Wendy Crewson, Judge Reinhold
Funniest Quote: “Plain milk’s fine…” –Charlie, depressed at Denny’s.
Released: November 16th, 1990
Box Office: $476.7 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 65% fresh
Starring: MaCaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O’Hara
Funniest Quote: “I am upstairs, dummy.” –Kevin to Kate McCallister
Christmas is the most nostalgic season of the year, so to decide this based on numbers would be a crime, but there’s no disputing what a juggernaut Home Alone was. When a Christmas movie makes that much money, it’s something special.
It’s also a holiday classic for almost everyone who’s ever seen it and is scored by the legendary John Williams.
Everything about this movie screams Christmas and it is worthy of the #1 spot.
Your champion – Home Alone.