question of the day: Why are there no Christmas movies this year?
“Is Hollywood mounting a war on Christmas?” asked Steven Zeitchik at 24 Frames last week. He’s being only a little hyperbolic:
It’s hard to know how much is cultural, how much is financial and how much is cyclical. But whatever the reason, there isn’t a single Christmas movie on studios’ calendar this December.
There are, of course, a number of movies meant to appeal to family audiences: the Jack Black adaptation of “Gulliver’s Travels,” the latest “Chronicles of Narnia” installment, a “Tron” sequel. But movies having to do with snow, reindeer, Santa or anything else holiday are nowhere to be found.
There isn’t even a darkly comic anti-Christmas movie, like a “Bad Santa” or “Christmas with the Kranks.” (The lone Christmas release of any kind, Elle Fanning’s “Nutcracker in 3-D,” wasn’t released by a studio and is a holiday turkey; about seven people have seen it since it came out two weeks ago.)
Things don’t change much next year, either. There’s only one major holiday release scheduled for 2011, the animated movie “Arthur Christmas” — and that comes from the U.K.
In an accompanying piece in the Los Angeles Times, Zeitchik and Dawn C. Chmielewski offer a few possible explanations, from an overload of Christmas movies in recent years to the long wait to release a Christmas-themed movie on DVD, till the next Christmas.
What do you think? Why are there no Christmas movies this year?
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