‘8-Bit Christmas’ Trailer: Neil Patrick Harris Wants A Nintendo Under The Christmas Tree In HBO Max’s Holiday Comedy

The Nintendo Entertainment System was released in 1985, and if you were an 8-year-old kid like me, obsessed with video games, it was an absolute must have.  Think my parents agreed? Or even had a fucking clue what a “Nintendoo” (my Dad always pronounced it this way) was? Well, the upcoming HBO Max holiday film 8-Bit Christmas might have been taken from aspects of my own life, and that of millions of other kids.

Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Winslow Fegley, June Diane Raphael, and Steve Zahn, the simple premise centers on a boy who really wants the latest video game system for Christmas, but his parents absolutely forbid it.

The film is directed by Michael Dowse, best known for Take Me Home Tonight, Goon, Stuber, and most recently Coffee & Kareem which was just awful. Kevin Jakubowski wrote the script adapted from his own novel.

8-Bit Christmas hit HBO Max on November 24th.

From New Line Cinema and HBO Max comes “8-Bit Christmas,” a humorous and heartfelt look back at the adventures of childhood. Set in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s, the story centers on ten-year-old Jake Doyle’s herculean quest to get the latest and greatest video game system for Christmas.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.