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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 25

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 25

Finally the day has come for adaptation 25, and I chose to make this one extra special.  Before this experiment, I had seen maybe a total of 4 film adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and The Muppet Christmas Carol was always one I kept coming back to.  The blend of Michael Caine and an assortment […]

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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 24

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 24

It’s Christmas Eve, time for adaptation 24, and I hit a snag.  I already had plans for the last two days of this experiment (tune in tomorrow to see which version I watch on Christmas!), and today was supposed to be when I went to the theater and saw the newest adaptation of A Christmas […]

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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 23

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 23

Adaptation 23 is either something you love or you hate, the Rankin/Bass Productions TV movie The Stingiest Man in Town.  If you know what you’re getting yourself into, it can be a very entertaining movie with great musical numbers, otherwise you may just see them as dicking around the story.  The unique Rankin/Bass animation style […]

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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 22

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 22

Adaptation 22 is 1988’s comedic take on the Dickens story, Scrooged, starring Bill Murray.  Scrooged can best be described as a movie within a movie, as Murray plays a self centered television executive named Frank Cross working on a live TV version of the story while he himself is being visited by three spirits.  This […]

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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 21

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 21

When I started this experiment, I knew this day would come.  I tried to delay the inevitable, pushing this movie back as far as I could.  But today was the day, the day I watched adaptation number 21, Barbie in A Christmas Carol. The first thing that hit me was the abnormally bad CG animation.  […]

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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 20

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 […]

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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 19

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 19

Adaptation 19 is Blackadder’s Christmas Carol a one-off TV special taking place between seasons three and four.  Contrary to prior generations of Blackadders, Ebenezer is a kind and generous (but still quite snarky) man from the get go.  In fact, when he’s visited by the Spirit of Christmas, its to congratulate him instead of of […]

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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 18

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 18

Its back to basics with adaptation 18, the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol.  This version is a pure translation of the story, taking very few creative liberties from its source.  Darker aspects of the story have been removed, such as Scrooge’s romantic past, The Ghost of Christmas Past’s two robe children, and the ransacking […]

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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 17

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 17

No stranger to beating a dead horse, adaptation 17 is Bah Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas, a second adaptation featuring Looney Tunes characters made 27 years later.  This time, Yosemite Sam switches roles, taking the character of The Ghost of Christmas Present, with Daffy Duck taking his place as our Scrooge.  At 45 minutes, this […]

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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 16

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 16

Today, I look back at my childhood with adaptation 16, A Christmas Plotz, an episode of Animaniacs that aired when I was only six years old.  With a WB executive taking the Scrooge role and the Warner children taking on the three ghosts.  The episode is full of musical numbers, self-aware puns, and not so […]

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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 15

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 15

Adaptation 15 is A Jetson Christmas Carol, a TV adaptation starring Hanna Barbera’s “Flintstones in space”.  While keeping the basic plot points of A Christmas Carol, it seems to have completely neglected all its meaning.  Perhaps this is because everyone in the Jetson future is a greedy son of a bitch.  Though the story tries […]

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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 14

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 14

Stubbing your toe, eating a handful of bees, playing “got your nose” with a bear.  All of these are less painful than adaptation number 14, An American Carol, a parody film by director David Zucker.  Once responsible for such greats as Airplane!, Top Secret, and The Naked Gun, it’s sad to see a former great […]

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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 13

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 13

Adaptation number 13 is one of many Star Wars fan tribute videos from 2002, Star Wars: A Christmas Carol.  Darth Vader takes the role of Scrooge this time around, with Jar Jar Binks, Jabba the Hutt, and Boba Fett playing the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future respectively.  The animation feels very amateur, the […]

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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 12

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 12

How I came to be in possession of adaptation 12, A Solstice Carol, was a complete fluke.  It was a 1998 theatrical production by a long forgotten Unix company, SCO (Santa Cruz Operation), known mainly for their versions of Xenix and UnixWare.  As a morale booster for their employees, the company would hold an annual […]

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25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 11

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 11

Adaptation number 11 is a short Merrie Melodies film named Bugs Bunny’s Christmas Carol.  Starring Yosemite Sam as Scrooge, Porky Pig as Crachit, and Bugs Bunny as himself, this cartoon is nothing more than your typical Bugs Bunny vs. rival cartoon, just with a basic Christmas flair added to it.  The Ghost of Christmas are […]