25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 20
Appropriately, adaptation 20 features our good friend Alastair Sims reprises the role that made him famous twenty years earlier, in 1971’s animated feature A Christmas Carol. I’m surprised this late into the experiment to make this statement: this is the best adaptation I’ve seen yet. The animation has a strange feel to it that I found very appealing. It felt less like a cartoon and more like a piece of moving art. From its vibrant closeups to its minimalistic scenes of solitude, the film is an absolute treat to watch. While Sims sounds more than a bit under the weather this time around, he still pulls off a strong, yet not as energetic, performance as Scrooge.
Words are hardly enough to express the joy this version gave me, so I’ve provided a link to the video below for you all to see for yourself.