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The Movie Challenge

Did you find 23 movies in our word play?
Hover or scroll to reveal the movie and a little fun fact.
We hope you enjoyed the challenge!

Happy Holidays from The MCC!




While most Rankin/Bass specials are stop motion "Animagic", this was traditionally cell animated. The reason was because Rankin and Bass wanted it to have the feel of a Christmas card come to life.  



While You Were Sleeping.

The role of Lucy was written for Demi Moore. Sandra Bullock took the role, saying she could relate to it, having just broken up from a four-year relationship.

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Meet Me In St. Louis

Judy Garland recorded "The Trolley Song" in a single take.

Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli met during the production of this film and married soon after.




The set for Kingston Falls is the same one used for Back to the Future (1985). Both movies were filmed on the Universal Studios backlot.

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Better Watch Out

Of the seven key cast, only Patrick Warburton and Virginia Madsen are from the US. The rest are Australian actors.

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Happiest Season

Clea DuVall wrote the film as an autobiography. She has said that she wrote it so she could see her own experiences play out on screen..




Director Jon Favreau used a remote control to trigger the Jack in the Box toys to get the startled reactions from Will Ferrell.

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When he's unable to remember Tiny Tim's name, Present suggests "Little Larry," which actually WAS one of the names Dickens considered for the character.


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Polar Express

When the engineer and fireman try to grab the pin necessary for the trains throttle, a working flux capacitor is visible in the background. It's a reference to Back to The Future, and could mean the Polar Express is a functioning time machine.

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Die Hard

The costume department had 17 undershirts in various stages of degradation on hand for Bruce Willis.



Remember the Night

This film was completed eight days ahead of schedule and $50,000 under budget. Director Mitchell Leisen attributed this to the professionalism of Barbara Stanwyck.

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The Night Before

There are many references to Die Hard (1988), including a character who likes to imitate Hans Gruber, the music to Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and characters singing Run-D.M.C.'s "Christmas in Hollis."




Released in 2019, Klaus is an animated Christmas film that tells the story of a postman named Jesper who befriends a toymaker named Klaus. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards, receiving recognition for its stunning animation.

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

A $27 million budget, to be exact. Which was particularly high considering that the film had no special effects  "Ghostbusters" (which was made for $30 million). It had no trouble making its budget back; the film’s final gross was $71,319,526.

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