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The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Specials

Christmas TV specials, limited series and movies are bigger than ever these days from now until the New Year, you’ll be able to find some festive yule-tide programming every night of the week. From the traditional viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the different versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to baking shows and live music specials, we’ve got them all listed on the new Christmas TV Specials page. (Since not all of the networks list their specials early, this list will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so check back often for new additions!)

‘The Star’ Now Available on Blu-ray and DVD

The Star (Sony Picture Animation)

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For those who believe that Christmas should be celebrated all year long, Affirm Films and Sony Picture Animation have made that goal a little easier to achieve with the release of The Star. Available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, The Star is an animated tale of the classic nativity story as soon through those who were there…the animals.

A small but brave donkey named Bow yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. (Who can’t relate to that?) One day he finds the courage to break free and goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations, along with three wisecracking camels.

The all-star voice cast includes: Steven Yeun as Bow, Aidy Bryant as Ruth the sheep, Keegan-Michael Key as Dave the dove, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey as three camels, Gina Rodriguez as Mary, Zachary Levi as Joseph, Kelly Clarkson as Leah the horse, Anthony Anderson as Zach the goat, Ving Rhames as Thaddeus the dog, Gabriel Iglesias as Rufus the dog, Patricia Heaton as Edith the cow, Kristin Chenoweth as Abby the mouse, and Christopher Plummer as King Herod.

The new release comes with more than a hour of bonus materials including:

  • Star-aoke: Sing-Along with Bo & Friends: In this all new song, sing along with your favorite characters including Bo, Dave, Ruth and the unforgettable camels.
  • "Life Is Good" Dance-Along: Shake your tail feathers and move your hooves in this fun dance-along.
  • Lyric Sing-Along Videos: Enjoy the eclectic and inspiring music of The Star with these colorful lyric videos that allow you to sing along with your favorite recording artists: “The Star” by Mariah Carey, “Can You See” by Fifth Harmony, “Children Go Where I Send You” by Kelsea Ballerini, “We Three Kings” by Kirk Franklin and “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World
  • Sweet and Sparkly Stars: Create star-themed cookies to be enjoyed year round.
  • Star Mason Jar Votives: Let the light of The Star shine with this simple yet stunning craft.
  • Faith All Year Round with DeVon Franklin: A children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film and how to keep the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day. (It is supposed to be interactive and super engaging! You can check it out here.
  • An All-Star Cast: Meet the stars of the film and explore the exciting voice cast who bring these amazing characters to life.


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