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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!

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Frosty

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.  

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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.

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Gremlins

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..

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Elf

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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Spirited

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.

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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."

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Klaus

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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