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A Christmas Carol (1997)

PG | | Animation, Drama, Fantasy | Video
Misanthropic miser Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. Marley's ghost is followed by three more spirits from Christmases Past, Present and Future. Each has a lesson Scrooge must learn.

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Misanthropic miser Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. Marley's ghost is followed by three more spirits from Christmases Past, Present and Future. Each has a lesson Scrooge must learn.

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This animated production is the first film adaptation to have Scrooge's shrouded body and the opportunists be in the same scene. In other adaptations as in the book, the shrouded body scene occurs after the Ghost of Christmas Future points the Opportunists out to Scrooge. It occurred before the Opportunists scene in the live action 1984 television film of A Christmas Carol (1984) which starred George C. Scott. The only opportunists in both of these films are Mrs. Dilber and Old Joe. See more »

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Version of The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) See more »

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Sweet And Entertaining
1 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Sweet, entertaining, and underrated are the three words I would use to describe this Christmas Carol. The story itself is so famous that I won't bother with summarizing it and I highly recommend that the eight or so people who don't know it watch this film (if you can't find a copy, it's on YouTube). While there have been animated versions before and musical versions before, this is the only version I know of that is an animated musical (if you know of any other such versions, let me know), and I think it does both of these aspects very well, especially since I had an extremely hard time getting Santa's Sooty Suit out of my brain. Likewise with the animation, which is crisp and bright without being too bright. This movie sticks pretty close to the original and the few changes it does make actually work, such as Scrooge having an equally grouchy dog and Tiny Tim accompanying his father to work. The ghosts are very good as well, especially the ghost of Christmas Future, who reminds me somewhat of the Grim Reaper. The duet between a young Scrooge and Belle is very touching and bittersweet.


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