A Christmas Carol

Richard Williams Oscar winning animated version of the Dickens Christmas Classic. An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.

The complete film is divided into four parts (below) and placed on Youtube for our delicious consumption by ‘astroboy1960’s Channel’. So special thanks to him.

A Christmas Carol (1971) (TV)

This version of the story was actually a made-for-television film, and premiered as a TV special, but was thought to be so excellent that it was released theatrically and pronounced eligible for Oscar consideration.

Alastair Sim & Michael Hordern reprise their roles as Scrooge and Marley from the classic British film version of Scrooge (1951).

  • Alastair Sim     …     Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Michael Hordern    …     Marley’s Ghost
  • Melvyn Hayes    …     Bob Cratchit
  • Joan Sims    …     Mrs. Cratchit
  • Paul Whitsun-Jones    …     Ragpicker / Fezziwig
  • David Tate    …     Scrooge’s Nephew / Charity Man
  • Diana Quick    …     Ghost of Christmas Past
  • Felix Felton    …     Ghost of Christmas Present
  • Annie West    …     Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
  • Mary Ellen Ray    …     Mrs. Dilber
  • Alexander Williams    …     Tiny Tim
  • Michael Redgrave    …     Narrator

The only film version of “A Christmas Carol” to win an Oscar.

After this film won the Oscar, the Academy changed its rules so that a made-for-TV cartoon could never again win this honor, even if it was shown theatrically.

The animation is based on John Leech’s illustrations for the original edition of the novel “A Christmas Carol.”

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.

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