A Christmas Carol
Director Henry Edwards; writer H. Fowler Mear; featuring Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop, Oscar Asche
Director Edwin L. Marin; writ. Hugo Butler; featuring Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Ann Rutherford, Leo G. Carroll
Also called A Christmas Carol
Director Brian Desmond Hurst; writ. Noel Langley; featuring Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Michael Hordern
Director Ronald Neame Hurst; writ Leslie Bricusse; featuring Albert Finney, Edith Adams, Kenneth Moore, David Collings, Alec Guinness
Animated film: director Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.; writ. Romeo Muller; voices Walter Matthau, Tom Bosley, Theodore Bikel, Dennis Day
Director Clive Donner; writer Roger O. Hirson; featuring George C. Scott, David Warner, Roger Rees, Edward Woodward
Director Richard Donner; writ. Mitch Glazer, Michael O'Donoghue; featuring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Robert Mitchum
Director Richard Boden; writer Richard Curtis, Ben Elton; featuring Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Robbie Coltrane
A Chistmas Carol (1997)
Animated film: director San Phillips; writer Jymn Magon; voices Tim Curry, Whoopie Goldberg, Michael York, Ed Asner
Tim Curry turns his unique voice to good effect as Scrooge in this 1997 animation.
A Chistmas Carol
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Sit through this Scrooge with the kids
The animated 1997 version of A Christmas Carol isn't as bad as you might expect after watching for a few minutes.
Yes, it uses a rather flat cartoon style, reminiscent of old Saturday-morning TV, and it wastes time with some cartoonish episodes, such as Scrooge interacting with a comical bulldog, added as his constant companion, and a ridiculous bit involving a mouse in Scrooge's office.
And there are three or four goofy songs—the most over-the-top and catchy being "Santa's Sooty Suit".
But the story is told as well and as completely as in some of the live-action flicks and the actors providing the voices are first-rate: Tim Curry as Scrooge, Michael York as Bob Cratchit and Ed Asner as Marley.
And Whoopi Goldberg does a weird, unrecognizable turn as the voice of Christmas Present—a large black woman with a put-on British accent and who ages before our eyes.
The film works despite those initial caveats. The reformation scene at the end is especially effective.
It's nothing spectacular but I imagine young kids would appreciate this animated film while adults could certainly manage to sit through it.
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