Christmas season is in full swing. You’ve probably done some shopping, maybe on Black Friday, or maybe you haven’t done any shopping, and you’re panicking (relax, you’ve still got tons of time). You might have gotten a tree, and you may have also gotten around to decorating it (gotta find those ornaments!).
So now’s the time to start watching A Christmas Story on repeat every single day until December 25. It’s not really Christmas until you’ve seen the kid in the movie get his tongue stuck to the pole. And while you’re at it, why not re-watch some other Christmas classics, like A Charlie Brown Christmas, the old standard It’s a Wonderful Life, and the perfectly hilarious Elf? Break out the wrapping paper, the eggnog and candy canes, and immerse yourself in Christmas. But first, check out these behind-the-scenes facts about the films and see the movies in a whole different light.
1.In Elf, all of the elaborate Christmas decorations in the store took the art department weeks to build, so the fight between Buddy and the mall Santa had to be done in one take.
2.In The Polar Express, Josh Hutcherson did all the motion-capture work for Hero Boy, while Daryl Sabara provided the voice.
3.In Love Actually, they originally shot an additional (and heartbreaking) storyline that included the school’s headmistress and her partner, who was battling a terminal illness.
4.In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, both Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson were originally considered for the role of the Grinch.
5.In Home Alone, the prop department originally created a fake tarantula to put on Daniel Stern’s face, but the director made them use a real one.
6.In The Nightmare Before Christmas, one single minute of footage took about a week to shoot, and the whole stop motion movie took three years to make.
7.In It’s a Wonderful Life, writer-director Frank Capra helped create a new type of artificial snow because the current movie method (using Cornflakes that were painted white) was too noisy when the actors had to walk in scenes.
8.In Miracle on 34th Street, the parade scenes were shot on location during the 1946 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which meant they only got one morning to film everything.
9.In How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Jim Carrey had to complete torture-endurance training from the CIA to help him get through the daily 8.5 hours of Grinch makeup.
10.In Four Christmases, the ticket agent was actually played by Peter Billingsley, aka Ming Ming from Elf and Ralphie from A Christmas Story.
11.In A Charlie Brown Christmas, one of the producers wasn’t thrilled with a cut of the Christmas special and suggested that they add a laugh track, causing Charles M. Schulz to walk out of the room.
12.In Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Donald Trump would only give the production team a permit to film in the Plaza Hotel, which he owned at the time, if they wrote him into the movie.