Netflix’s The Holiday Movies That Made Us Review: Behind The Making Of Two Timeless Christmas Classics

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The Holiday Movies That Made Us premiered on 1st December 2020 on Netflix. Directed by Brian Volk-Weiss, the series is a spinoff to The Toys That Made Us and S2 of The Movies That Made Us franchise that premiered 29th November 2019.

Timeless and Heartfelt

If you were ever wondering about how timeless Christmas classics Elf and The Nightmare Before Christmas were made and what went into their entire inception and production, The Holiday Movies That Made Us is your chance. The docuseries is 2-episodes-long amounting to around 90-minutes of infotainment. Episode 1 takes us back to the 2003 American Christmas comedy film Elf directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum and Episode 2 takes us to the 1993 American stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy film The Nightmare Before Christmas directed by Henry Selick and produced and conceived by Tim Burton.

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One thing that stands common in both the episodes, other than the entire Christmasy feeling, is the belief that was put in by David Berenbaum and Tim Burton in their ideas even though eventually it all seemed to go downhill. If you’re questioning what is interesting about 2-episodes of movie history, it is the way it has been narrated and presented. You get behind-the-scenes footage, real-life experiences, heartfelt stories, downfalls, and more. The series captures the heart of Christmas and focuses on how the Christmas season is close to a few makers wherein they aim to create something more than just a commercial movie, something heartfelt and memorable.

The Holiday Movies That Made Us

The jump cuts in the narrative are excellent. Noted that the directors aim at creating something heartfelt and timeless, every movie has a journey of its own, different from the other of its kind and the series brings that journey forth with brilliance. Talking about a series that is completely invested in movies, it is obvious to expect a lot of conversation and praise to run around the cast. However, the main focus here is on the crew – the writer, directors, producers, animators, and technical talent, and the blood and sweat it costs to bring one movie on-screen. It’s no piece of cake, my friend. And this works surprisingly well for the series and the audiences.

Stream It or Skip It

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STREAM IT! The idea behind The Holiday Movies That Made Us might sound uninteresting or non-engaging but once you start watching it you realize the beauty of it and its engaging narrative that cuts like crazy-conversational fun! By the end of episode 2, you would wish there were more episodes and that is the only lacking here! Furthermore, the series is different from any other movies/series that are heading to Netflix this season and is light on the head with Christmas spirits embedded in it. And with Elf now added to my watch list, I progress to the holiday wishlist!

Additionally, the happiness on their faces as they watch their dreams and hardwork come through is just timeless!

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The Holiday Movies That Made Us is now streaming on Netflix.

Read our other reviews here.

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'The Holiday Movies That Made Us' is around the Christmas spirit but in a different way! Netflix offers the stories behind timeless classics and not those classics straight-up, Interesting! Stream It or Skip It? Read Here!

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