Christmas is just a couple of days away and with so much to watch on television, we’ve decided to take a look at five of the biggest and best movies available for you to see this holiday season…

1) Despicable Me – 11.20am – ITV – Christmas Eve

Is there any day that can’t be made better with the addition of those little yellow minions, (former) evil mastermind Gru and the most adorable three orphans that find their new home in the original Despicable Me movie? We don’t think so! Put smiles on the faces of all those you’re spending Christmas Eve morning with this year as Despicable Me airs on ITV for your viewing pleasure…

2) The Lion King – 3.10pm – BBC One – Christmas Day

The Lion King is one of the best Disney classic movies ever made. Telling the story of young Simba, who loses his father thanks to his evil uncle Scar’s actions, this is a sad tale, but one where many lessons can be learned. Of course, there’s always a happy ending. If you’ve never seen The Lion King before, you’ve now got no excuse! Put aside the turkey for a couple of hours and enjoy the adventures of Pride Rock.

3) Brave – 2.40pm – BBC One – Boxing Day

Walt Disney Pixar brought a red-haired Scottish princess named Merida to the big screen for the first time with Brave, and the story told is one that’s managed to entertain audiences for the past four years. Completely rewriting their animation system for the first time in 25 years ahead of Brave, Pixar managed to deliver their most gorgeous production, even utilising the Dolby Atmos sound format for the first time. It’s a movie that has to be seen to be appreciated – settle down on Boxing Day and get the kids away from their presents for a couple of hours; you won’t regret it.

4) Chicken Run – 10.50am – BBC One – December 29

This stop-motion comedy-drama is actually very unsettling at times, but that doesn’t mean it’s not one for the whole family. When a farm decide that selling their chicken’s eggs isn’t making them enough money, they decide to move onto making chicken pies – and the lives of all of the coop are immediately put in danger. Grossing over $224 million, it’s easy to see why Chicken Run became the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time.

5) Wreck-It Ralph – 4.10pm – BBC One – December 30

Disney returned in 2012 with their 52nd animated feature film (which is now gearing up for the release of its sequel in 2018), delving into the world of video-game characters that come to life and travel to various other video games when the arcade they reside in closes at night. Of course, there’s always some sort of danger or antagonist in the world of Disney movies… Tune in on December 30 if you’ve not seen it yet!

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