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March 22, 2010


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"A blue furry Charles Dickens who hangs out with a rat?" I love that movie. :-)

Excellent post Christy! I agree, the Anton Lesser performance was amazing.

Great comparison of these, Christy! I've only seen two versions - The Muppet one and then the 2009 animated one - and I really enjoyed the Muppet one a lot. I agree that Michael Caine's Scrooge was perfect!

Incidentally, your other favorite (the Patrick Stewart version) is from the same Hallmark series as the Hugh Dancy David Copperfield! Who says Hallmark can't make good films?

Hallmark makes very, very excellent films indeed. They tell *stories* and aren't constrained by the need to be impressive, as in Hollywood.

I didn't do the 2009 animated version because it's been half a year since I watched it and because we already had discussion on it here. But if I could have remembered all my ideas about it, it would have been interesting to do a comparison with it.

P.S. Thanks for the opportunity to write, Gina!

Thank you for writing!!

I must admit that the 1984 version is my favorite. There are so many things I love about that movie - Fred and Janet, the scenery, especially in the countryside, and of course the spirits. I also really like the Muppets version and other cartoon versions, like Bah Humduck! :) I really love A Christmas Carol, and I'm glad you have written this lovely post!

No one seems to pay much attention to the 1938 Reginald Owens version. The studio had done David Copperfield already and had a great feel for Dickens. The Sims version is the one that was always on TV when I was younger - I heard Sim's portrayal described as "neurotic." Owens is better in my book, less mannered, more likeable in the ending scenes. Gene Lockhart is a definitive Cratchit. His wife played Mrs. Cratchit and if you look hard to can catch a very young June Lockhart in an uncredited role as one of the Cratchit kids.

I used to watch the 1938 version as a child every Christmas season, so it has sentimental attraction for me. I agree with Bill regarding Owens. I have to disagree with you on the 1984 version, as I found George C. Scott's performance compelling-especially after the transformation when he humbly approaches the two gentlemen seeking aid for the poor, and again with the nephew and his wife. Watch it again and I think you'll see what I mean.

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