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A Christmas Carol (1971)

Animation | Short | Drama
Rayting:   7.8/10 1.6K votes
Country: United States
Language: English
Release date: December 21, 1971

An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

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Christmas-Reviewer 26 March 2018

Review Date 3/26/2018

I Have Reviewed OVER 400 Christmas MOVIES. On all Christmas movies BEWARE OF FAKE REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. Many reviewers have only have ONE REVIEW. When it's a POSITIVE REVIEW chances are that the reviewer was involved with the production. If its a negative review then they may have a huge grudge against the film for whatever reason. I am fare about these films.

I review them is to keep track of what "I have seen".

This adaptation of A Christmas Carol has a distinctive look, created by multiple pans and zooms and by innovative, unexpected scene transitions. The visual style, which is unusually powerful, is inspired by 19th century engraved illustrations of the original story by John Leech and the pen and ink renderings by illustrator Milo Winter that graced 1930s editions of the book. The intended audience does not include young children, and the film's bleak mood and emphasis on darkness and shadows lead some to consider it the most frightening of the many dramatizations of the Dickens classic

This is a well made cartoon version of the story. Small children will be afraid. This one of the animated adaptations of the Dickens Story. Worth seeking out!

jacobjohntaylor1 13 December 2016

This is a great movie. It has a great story line. It is very scary. It has acting. It also has great animation. 7.7 is a good rating. But this is such a great movie 7.7 is underrating it. I give it 10 out of 10. It is a great movie. See it. A Christmas carol (1951) is better. A Christmas carol (1986) is better. A Christmas carol (2009) is better. But still this a great movie. It is scarier then The Shinning. If it dose not scary you then no movie will. This is one of the best ghost stories of all time. See this movie it is great. I need more lines and I am running out of things to say. Great movie great movie great movie great movie. See it.

llltdesq 30 December 2001

This short, which won an Academy Award, is the best animated adaptation that I've yet seen and is better than a couple of the live-action versions. Everything is top-notch-animation, voice-casting (particularly Sim reprising his performance as Scrooge), production values. The adaptation is quite true to the tone and spirit of the original work, even with the necessary truncation imposed by the brief length. Good to have it in print. Most recommended.

Vincentiu 29 December 2012

as letter from a good friend. as web of a fisherman. as drawing of a child. this short version was seed of a revolution. for its science to remember the Christmas deep beauty. for the honest way to present a well-known story. and for the grace of each line. so, each new watching is an event. out of definitions or nice words but really touching. its charm is special. because it is a form of remember. without great ambitions only to be a hello for the people in middle of little daily circles. sure, the implication of great actors is important. but theirs voices are part of game. because, like flavor of a flower or taste of a food from childhood, this film makes difference.

Bunuel1976 24 January 2010

I was not aware of this 24-minute animated version of the Charles Dickens classic/Yuletide perennial but was obviously drawn to the film given Williams' stature in the field. Its biggest coup – that is, apart from the rigorous yet effective compression of the source material (thanks to extremely fast transitions between one scene and the next, characterized by admirably mobile tracking shots!), while maintaining the essence of the tale (abetted by the narration of Sir Michael Redgrave) – is to have Alastair Sim and Michael Hordern reprise their roles of Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley respectively from the definitive screen adaptation of 20 years previously!! Indeed, the whole seems to draw upon the 1951 SCROOGE above all: from the script, which it sometimes quotes verbatim, to the style of animation, deliberately evoking the remarkable detail of Dickensian London – not forgetting the superbly-realized fantasy sequences – which was that particular production's trump card! And, herein, lies perhaps this film's ultimate dilemma: while certainly not a perfunctory or redundant effort, one is not likely to forsake the earlier cinematic rendition because of it

tavm 16 December 2006

I just saw Richard Williams' Oscar-winning but made-for-TV version of A Christmas Carol on Google Video. Having seen and heard so many versions over the years, I find this the most beautifully animated version with its illustration-style renderings of London and its people in the 19th century. As compelling as the drawings are though, I find the story at 24 minutes a little too short for my tastes so the transformation of Scrooge at the end is not as complete as I would like it to be. That said, it was nice to hear Alastair Sim once again portray the lead character as he had done in the 1951 version. As the Cratchit family and Tiny Tim have said over and over again, "God bless us everyone."

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