|John Leach illustration of the Ghost of Marley visiting Scrooge (1843)|
February 2012 marked the bicentennial of Charles Dickens, one of the greatest authors who ever lived and referred to by some as "the man who invented Christmas."
This review begins
"Dickensfest 2012." We will watch and review as many adaptations of A
Christmas Carol as possible during this Holiday season.
that if you read this blog, you have some familiarity with the story of the Charles Dickens novella which was first published in 1843. A
miser named Ebenezer Scrooge terrorizes his employee and has little
regard for his fellow human beings, until he is visited by three spirits
who show him the error of his ways, causing Scrooge to wake up a changed man
on Christmas morning. We plan to point out differences in adaptations,
what changes are made to the story, who plays a better Scrooge, etc.
|Charles Dickens (1812-1870) - "The Man Who Invented Christmas"|
|The Ghost of Christmas Present comes to call on Scrooge - John Leach (1843)|
|Patrick Stewart as Scrooge (1999)|
|Mr. Magoo as Scrooge with Gerald McBoing-Boing as Tiny Tim (1962)|
|Reginald Owen's Scrooge meets Marley's ghost in this 1938 film adaptation|
|Ebenezer Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) and Mr. Baldrick (Tony Robinson) in "Blackadder's Christmas Carol" (1988)|
So we'll be breaking from our usual format in these Dickensfest reviews.
|The Real Ghostbusters meet some Dickensian spirits in "Xmas Marks The Spot" (1986)|
|Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) meets the Ghost of Christmas Past in a 1975 episode of Sanford and Son|
|A Dickensian Christmas Cricket (Rankin Bass, 1967)|
|The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and Charles Dickens (Simon Callow) in "The Unquiet Dead" episode of Doctor Who (2005)|
|Henry Winkler in An American Christmas Carol (1979)|
|Bill Murray and Carol Kane in Scrooged (1988)|
|Edward Woodward and George C. Scott in a 1984 adaptation of A Christmas Carol|