A Christmas Carol (1971)

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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.

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Joan Sims ...
Mrs. Cratchit (voice)
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
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David Tate ...
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Felix Felton ...
Annie West ...
Melvyn Hayes ...
Bob Cratchit (voice)
Mary Ellen Ray ...
Mrs. Dilber (voice)
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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.

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The word "humbug" is misunderstood by many people, which is a pity since the word provides a key insight into Scrooge's hatred of Christmas. The word "humbug" describes deceitful efforts to fool people by pretending to a fake loftiness or false sincerity. So when Scrooge calls Christmas a humbug, he is claiming that people only pretend to charity and kindness in an scoundrel effort to delude him, each other, and themselves. In Scrooge's eyes, he is the one man honest enough to admit that no one really cares about anyone else, so for him, every wish for a Merry Christmas is one more deceitful effort to fool him and take advantage of him. This is a man who has turned to profit because he honestly believes everyone else will someday betray him or abandon him the moment he trusts them. See more »

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Marley's Ghost says the third spirit will come "when the last stroke of twelve has ceased to vibrate." However, he actually appears on the FIRST stroke of twelve. See more »

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The best animated version? Yes!
29 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I do concur with those who say this 1971 film is the best animated version. Not only that, alongside the 1951 Alastair Sim film, the 1984 George C.Scott film and 1992's Muppet Christmas Carol this is one of my favourite versions of the timeless story.

Including this film which is outstanding, I have seen four animated versions. The others are the 1969 version which is excellent, the 1997 one which is decent and the 2001 one which is pretty bad and my least ever favourite of the story thus far. There's also one from 1994 I think that I haven't seen in years, but I remember not being that fond or impressed.

The story itself is timeless, not just in the characters but also in its evocation of the period it's set and the magical feel you get when reading or talking about it. This does exactly that. The story sticks faithfully in spirit to the timeless story we know and love today, with an enchanting atmosphere, some very well done scenes including the touching scenes with the Cratchits, the intense sequence with Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come and the marvellous ending and a literate script.

The animation is lovely, with the backgrounds especially impressive while the colours are easy on the eyes and the characters apart from the occasional entirely excusable stiff movement are drawn well. The music is wonderful as well, not just in how its composed but also in how effective it is in putting us into the Christmas spirit, while all the characters are very memorable and the voice acting particularly from Alastair Sim and Michael Hordern, both men splendid, is very good.

Overall, outstanding and for me it is by far the best of the animated versions. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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