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Home Alone Named Britain's Favourite Festive Family Film

15th December 2008

Home Alone has been named as the nation’s favourite family festive film by a new survey which also reveals that the average British family has viewed the Oscar nominated movie starring the ten year old Macaulay Culkin a whopping ten times and counting!

More than 3,000 parents took part in the survey which asked participants to select their favourite festive movies to celebrate the launch of the new premium family movie channel Disney Cinemagic HD.

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Home Alone scored top marks with British families thanks to its ‘feel good’ storyline and association with the festive season. Other classic big screen gems which rated highly in the research include the 1982 animated tale of The Snowman and Disney's 1964 musical Mary Poppins whose Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventures have made it a seasonal classic.

The Nation’s Favourite Festive Family Movies

Home Alone is  Britains favourite Christmas movie.

  1. Home Alone
  2. The Snowman
  3. It's A Wonderful Life
  4. Miracle On 34th Street
  5. Mary Poppins
  6. Santa Claus - The Movie
  7. The Wizard Of Oz
  8. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  9. Back To The Future
  10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Nation’s Festive Family Flops

When it comes to the films that are considered festive turkeys, the 1996 offering from the former WWF wrestler Hulk Hogan, Santa with Muscles, tops the list with 13% of the votes followed by the 1964 cult movie Santa Claus Conquers the Martians which picked up 8% of the votes.

Santa with Muscles, starring Hulk Hogan was voted worst festive film ever.

  1. Santa With Muscles
  2. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
  3. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  4. Love Actually
  5. Bad Santa

The Nation’s Favourite Santas

In looking for the nation’s favourite actor who has played Santa Claus, Lord Richard Attenborough’s performance in Miracle on 34th Street is the clear winner with 35% of the votes. Tim Allen’s portrayal in The Santa Clause comes in second place with 17% of the votes.

A Miracle on 34th Street has the UK's favourite film Santa - Richard Attenborough.

  1. Richard Attenborough in Miracle On 34th Street (1994 version)
  2. Tim Allen in The Santa Clause
  3. David Huddleston in Santa Claus - The Movie
  4. Tom Hanks in The Polar Express
  5. Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa

The findings of the Disney Cinemagic HD survey also reveal that settling down to watch a festive movie as a family is considered an integral part of Christmas for 30% of the parents surveyed. Families tend to watch an average of three movies together during the yuletide season and nearly half (43%) cite this as one of the most relaxing times spent in an otherwise busy and chaotic few days of entertaining family, friends and children.

In fact, 28% say that 3-4pm is the most relaxed part of Christmas Day as it’s the first opportunity they get to sit down to see their first film together.

As for modern day films that look set to become festive family classics in years to come, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Finding Nemo and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl all make it into the top five.

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