December 8, 2006

Time for Christmas Ghosts!

I managed to get my hands on a rare copy of Richards Williams' Academy Award winning animated short, "A Christmas Carol" from 1971! This 28 minute long animation was first aired on American TV on December 21, 1971, and only aired once or twice afterwards, probably due to the rather horrifying depictions of some of the spirits.

The art and animation of this production is stunning and beautiful, using a hand-drawn pen and ink style that gives a ghostly shimmer to every scene. I saw this program once, when I was 8 years old and I NEVER forgot it! I started to doubt whether my childhood memories were true, and that maybe I made up the whole thing. As it turns out, my memories were amazingly accurate!

Scrooge is voiced by everybody's favorite Ebenezer. Alastair Sim!
This production is universally regarded as the best animated version of the Dickens classic ever, and it is a crime that networks have neglected it all these years!

Who do you have to call to get this thing back on TV?!

If you are as big a fan of "A Christmas Carol" as I am, I recommend getting