We Watched Several Adaptations of A Christmas Carol

Scrooge (1970)

This musical is pretty easily my least favorite Christmas Carol adaptation of the ones I’ve seen. It’s way too long, the songs are thoroughly not great, and I really don’t like the performance of the guy playing Scrooge.

(D-Rank)

A Jetson Christmas Carol (1985)

The Jetsons was one of my favorite cartoons when I was very little, but every time I revisit it I get the impression that it’s one of those kids cartoons that just doesn’t work at all for entertaining adults. Which is fine! Not everything has to appeal to adults. But, yeah. Not really fun to watch now.

(D-Rank)

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

The only truly indispensable Christmas movie. And now that I’ve finally read it I can say the best adaptation of the only Charles Dickens book I like. (In fairness I have only Great Expectations to compare it to, but I’m not exactly desperate to read more of him after that.)

Michael Caine’s Scrooge is the definitive Scrooge. His only competition of the ones I’ve seen so far is Patrick Stewart’s. It’s just unreal how good this is. It’s truly one of the greatest book adaptations of all time, and I just can’t imagine that’s what audiences were prepared for at the time.

Also like… I’m not usually the biggest musical fan, but the songs in this all rule? One More Sleep ’til Christmas is probably the best, especially with that amazing shot with the shooting star that I’m told was a tribute to Jim Henson. But the opening and ending songs are also stunningly good.

Anyway, let’s keep building worker power on the off chance that three ghosts of prodigious power don’t bully the fuck out of every capitalist sometime in the next few Christmases.

(S-Rank)

A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994)

This… stuck surprisingly close to the source material! I was genuinely impressed. Also it’s funny that most cartoons that adapt Christmas Carol have to have their protagonist play Cratchit or somebody because their protagonist isn’t enough of an asshole to play Scrooge, but the Flintstones is like “nah this chucklefuck’s a pretty believable asshole.”

(B-Rank)

A Christmas Carol (1999)

Patrick Stewart is a phenomenal Scrooge. Like, if it weren’t for Michael Caine, I could easily see his being the definitive version. I also really liked this adaptation in general! And it’s the one that made Scrooge and Marley seem the most gay for each other, so that’s always good.

(B-Rank)

Bah, Humduck!: A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006)

Kinda figured the ghosts would just be Bugs bullying the fuck out of Daffy himself in different outfits, which I honestly might’ve slightly preferred (… FOR INNOCENT REASONS, STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT), but honestly this was a pretty terrific adaptation! It hit on all the important themes of the book while still having a very distinct Looney Tunes brand of humor/etc!

(B-Rank)

Barbie in ‘A Christmas Carol’ (2008)

Kelly: I hate Christmas!
Barbie: I see.

(C-Rank)

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