A Christmas Carol Challenge

My favorite story of all time is Charles Dickens’ 1843 A CHRISTMAS CAROL. I hear some of you groaning. But hear me out. Have you read the book? While there is sentiment, there is also a brutal portrayal of the times. The themes of selfishness and redemption transcend generations. Dickens balances light and dark beautifully,…

FLINTSTONES CHRISTMAS CAROL

This version was new to me, but the Flintstones themselves have been in my life forever. I have such fondness for the cartoon–I loved the imagination about how everyday things were reinvented for stone age┬ásensibilities. I also loved the Fred/Wilma and Barney/Betty dynamic. Of course as an adult I can still enjoy them, but on…

CHRISTMAS CAROL with Fredric March

This 1954 version was a┬átelevision┬áversion. I have absolutely no doubt that it is a favorite of many, mostly from memory. It is charming, and Fredric March is always fun to watch. That said, it is a loose adaptation that relies on people knowing A CHRISTMAS CAROL to fill it in. They only had an hour…

DIVA’S CHRISTMAS CAROL

When you mention DIVA’S CHRISTMAS CAROL to people they nod, smile and stay silent. But not the “I have nothing to say” sort of silent. Instead it is the “you first” silence. The “I don’t want to go out this limb, but I hate to admit it but I like it” silence. Vanessa Williams is…

CHRISTMAS CAROL: The Movie (2001)

Rewatching CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MOVIE with my critical eye was an experience. Every other time I’ve seen it my nieces have been with me, and I don’t know that I’ve paid close attention. This time I was alone, and because of this blog I was focussed. First, this is an animated version with an unbelievable…

Some Mid Month CHRISTMAS CAROL Musings

Well, the month is halfway over, as is my Christmas Carol Challenge. I’ve watched a lot of versions of the story, and have several more queued up. But I thought it would be helpful to come up with some benchmarks for what I look for in A CHRISTMAS CAROL adaptation. All of these elements don’t…