An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

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Marley's Ghost (voice)
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Joan Sims ...
Mrs. Cratchit (voice)
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Ragpicker / Fezziwig (voice)
David Tate ...
Scrooge's Nephew / Charity Man (voice)
Felix Felton ...
Annie West ...
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Bob Cratchit (voice)
Mary Ellen Ray ...
Mrs. Dilber (voice)
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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

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21 December 1971 (USA)  »

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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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Version of Scrooge (1970) See more »

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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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An excellent adaptation of the Dickens classic
30 December 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This short, which won an Academy Award, is the best animated adaptation that I've yet seen and is better than a couple of the live-action versions. Everything is top-notch-animation, voice-casting (particularly Sim reprising his performance as Scrooge), production values. The adaptation is quite true to the tone and spirit of the original work, even with the necessary truncation imposed by the brief length. Good to have it in print. Most recommended.


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