Cartoon Dogs of Christmas Classics

Won't you come over and watch a movie with me? [Photo credit: Gloria Yarina]

Won’t you come over and watch a movie with me? [Photo credit: Gloria Yarina]

When Christmas time rolls around each year, there are probably a few movies you pull out to watch especially if there are children in your household. Of course these holiday-themed movies provide a festive sampling of Christmas images, but look closer and you will notice many of them feature a dog as well. There are the attempts at creating entire movies around the dog, like The 12 Dogs of Christmas or Santa Paws, and there are others that aren’t about the dog specifically, but the dog steals the show nonetheless.


Snoopy from Charles Schulz’ Peanuts cartoon characters is featured in A Charlie Brown Christmas. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the half-hour animated television special that has come to be cherished as a childhood classic. In the show, Snoopy often draws the attention of viewers as he decorates his dog house, joins in the laughter at Charlie Brown’s selection of a tiny, sparse Christmas tree, or tackles adventures as the WWI Flying Ace. Regardless of what style of antics, Snoopy often steals the show or at least makes it extremely enjoyable for dog lovers.


Max on How The Grinch Stole Christmas creates feelings of tenderness and empathy as the Grinch straps him to the sleigh and tries to turn him into a reindeer so the two can go down to Whoville and “steal” Christmas. Of course, Max’s expressions reveal the dog’s true feelings about his unkind master. While loyal to the end, the dog is filled with love. Thankfully, the Grinch is reformed in the end, repents, and changes his ways as he discovers the true Spirit of Christmas doesn’t come wrapped under the tree.


Even a cartoon short that dates back to 1932 and includes scenes that would probably be cut from today’s cartoons, features Mickey Mouse and his good deed which involves a dog, Pluto. When a spoiled rich child demands that he have Pluto the dog, Mickey refuses until he comes across a family of cats who have absolutely nothing to give the small kittens on Christmas morning. Mickey sells his dog to the horrible little boy to pay for a nice Christmas for the cats. Meanwhile, poor Pluto is undergoing all kinds of unthinkable abuse at the hands of the spoiled rich kid, but he is eventually thrown out into the snow and the child is disciplined 1930’s style. The ending reunites Mickey and Pluto with a nice surprise. To see this short, sweet video, click here: Mickey Mouse and His Good Deed.


My Magic Dog wishes all our faithful readers and dog-lovers everywhere:

A Very Happy Howl-a-Day!

Credit and Thanks to our Photographer: Gloria Yarina

Credit and Thanks to our Photographer: Gloria Yarina


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4 Responses to Cartoon Dogs of Christmas Classics

  1. Norman W Wilson December 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    Great time for some delightful reminders. Loved Max.

  2. Mary E. Trimble December 23, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

    Fun, Christmas dog stories. A recent blog of yours discussed foods harmful to dogs. Yesterday a neighbor told us that her small dog drank water from the Christmas tree stand and became very ill, vomiting and diarrhea. She called their vet and the vet confirmed that the sap in the water can make dogs quite ill. Perhaps covering the container with foil would prevent this from happening.

  3. Kathleen Kaska December 23, 2015 at 11:32 pm #

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas is my favorite! Every time I see that little dog wearing the Santa cap, I get all teary-eyed.

  4. Patti cole December 23, 2015 at 11:55 pm #

    Loved the pictures!

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