I first found out about The Hogfather series of four videos based on the books by Terry Pratchett on the Experimental Pagan blog and finally got to watch all of them (total 4 part running time around 4+ hours) and I Loved them!
These are of British production with Brit actors and are pre-HarryPotter so they are a little darker but are still for children and adults. People are killed in these movies, but not in a gory way. I personally never clicked with the Harry Potter movies thinking them a little too politically correct and for an American audience where “our children must be protected” from realism within magical stories, even though it is OK for American kids to watch live CNN broadcasts of mass shootings at schools. Go figure.
Not to give away too much but the bad guy(s) are trying to rid humans of their higher beliefs like truth, justice and hope by chipping away at children’s beliefs in such things as the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus etc. In this one the Hogfather, who is a pagan version of Santa who rides on a sleigh pulled by wild boars, is made ill and Death himself steps into the role which is funny as shit. Deeper in the myth it goes back to the winter solstice and the need for sacrifice to ensure that the Sun comes up the next day. The heroine is Death’s granddaughter who has a long nasty sword and death dealing fire poker, much more impressive that HP’s wimpy wand, lol.
I have embedded Part 1 below with links to Parts 2-4 below it. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!