Saturday, 7 March 2015
108 A Christmas Carol
First watched : 24 December 1972
This 1971 adaptation of Charles Dickens's seasonal novella was actually made in the US even though it mainly featured British stalwarts like Alistair Sim and Michael Hordern doing the voices. Richard Williams who made his name doing animated title sequences was the director and the style was painstakingly modelled on the original illustrations in Dickens's first edition. It actually won the Oscar for Best Animated Short in 1972 even though it was made for and originally shown on television; a rule change prevented this happening thereafter. It was shown three times here, 1972,1974 and 1978.
Parts of it are genuinely terrifying , particularly the appearance of Scrooge's damned former partner Jacob Marley ( above ) although the harrowing Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come sequence is truncated to fit the 25 minute format and that's my only gripe with the adaptation . It's simply not long enough to do the story justice.