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The Energy Carol (1975)

An unconventional version of The Christmas Carol. In this one, Ebenezer Stooge runs a power company, and he's actually nice to his employee, Bob Scratchet. But he's also incredibly wasteful... See full summary »

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Les Drew

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Les Drew (story)
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Complete credited cast:
Grant Munro Grant Munro ... (voice)
George Geertsen George Geertsen ... (voice)
Gerald Budner Gerald Budner ... (voice)
Don Arioli Don Arioli ... (voice)
Les Drew Les Drew ... (voice)
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An unconventional version of The Christmas Carol. In this one, Ebenezer Stooge runs a power company, and he's actually nice to his employee, Bob Scratchet. But he's also incredibly wasteful of all kinds of energy. Eb goes home on Christmas Eve and turns in, leaving the lights on but when he closes the electric drapes on his bed, the lights go out, and the ghosts visit. Jacob Morelights enters, chained to a giant toaster as penance for his wasteful ways. Energy past (a candle) shows grandpa's turnip farm, bristling with oil wells. Energy present shows off his various bits of profligacy. Energy future shows a dark, empty city, with no more fossil fuel. On the hill, the cemetery, where Stooge is in deep freeze, but the power goes out and he won't be able to be thawed out. He changes: when he visits the Scratchets, instead of the usual energy-wasting presents, he brings some rather excessively frugal gifts, like a porcupine-fur coat for Bob and turkey flavored gruel. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Canada

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English

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Subtle, it ain't!
10 August 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a film sponsored by The National Film Board of Canada. This governmental organization has sponsored many Oscar-nominated films over the years but they also have sponsored some amazingly preachy films--three of which I watched tonight. I have just seen one about the evils of smoking, one about the misuse of fire and this one about wasting energy. It's obvious Big Brother cares about us and wants to look out for our best interests! THE ENERGY CAROL is a take off on the classic Dickens story, "A Christmas Carol". However, in this case, Scrooge is a nice guy who loves to waste energy. He wastes it so much that the ghost of energy come and preach incessantly about a need to conserve energy. While this was made in the midst of the Energy Crisis of the 1970s and it did make a good point, it also comes off as amazingly preachy and not particularly fun--though I did like the cute ending.


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