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And the best ghosts in any version of A Christmas Carol was in Chuck Jones’s 1971 tv special, which you can watch here:

If the embed doesn’t play you can watch it on YouTube. I don’t care much for this version of Ebenezer, and at only 25 minutes the story is obviously extremely short–the big change at the end barely feels earned.

However, as someone who already knows the story very well, I appreciate the abbreviated version of it, especially since it’s so fucking gorgeous. Seriously, there are so many amazing choices being made here, from the candle-lit darkness of Scrooge’s stair to the zooming POV to the inclusion of Ignorance and Want (which I screencapped for my holiday Twitter avatar).

I watched this as a little kid and there was a lot I didn’t understand: What contract did Scrooge have with the sad young woman? What was the big deal about the lunch and the bed curtains? Still, those ghosts scared the naughty out of me.

Of course, if you just can’t bear another version of Dickens’s story, there’s always Ernest Saves Christmas.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here but not there.



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Dec. 18th, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
Chuck Jones’s 1971 tv special

For values of "Chuck Jones" that include "Richard Williams." (Jones is credited as executive producer, but Williams is director and the first word that appear on screen are "Richard Williams Production of A Christmas Carol."

I haven't seen much of Williams's stuff, but he seems to be legendary among animation buffs. I should probably sit down and watch this. Thanks.
Dec. 18th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
Like you, I've heard praise for Williams but I'm not familiar with his other stuff. I attribute it to Jones in part because I know and like Jones's work (I found this show by Googling his name plus the story title) and also as a thumb in the eye to auteur theory.

I hope you do watch it. It's pretty amazing.
Dec. 20th, 2013 05:15 am (UTC)
Williams won the Oscar for this, as I remember.
It is also one of the reasons that animation fans tend to go into incoherent ranting if "The Thief and the Cobbler" is mentioned. Williams spent 20+ years on it, a completion bond outfit turned it over to a hack, and, well... Since Disney owns Mirimar, who released it, and since at least one of the Disney family wants a less crappy version, there are hopes that a DVD release of a partial restoration may happen someday.
Dec. 20th, 2013 05:23 am (UTC)
Re: Williams won the Oscar for this, as I remember.
I went to look it up on imdb, and I saw that the one-sheet said "The Thief and the Cobbler" but the page said "The Princess of the Cobbler."

Something is screwed up there.
Dec. 20th, 2013 05:28 am (UTC)
Re: Williams won the Oscar for this, as I remember.
And it's on Netflix Streaming. Added to list.
Dec. 21st, 2013 07:00 am (UTC)
Re: Williams won the Oscar for this, as I remember.
One thing before you watch the Netflix version: it's not going to be very good. One of the key elements was that the Thief was to be silent throughout the film. Completion Bond Guy hired Jonathan Winters for an afternoon' s add-libbing and spliced it it in. CBG hired a cheap Korean animation house to animate sones in because every animated feature had to have songs In it... If you're really interested, there's a version that's everything folks around the world could find of the Wiliams footage with as little of CBG's stuff as possible--a web search for "The Thief Uncobbled" should pay off. (Some of the footage is from work prints and is shakey quality, but it is still considered superior to the theatrical release.)

Edited at 2013-12-21 07:02 am (UTC)
Dec. 21st, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Williams won the Oscar for this, as I remember.
Dec. 21st, 2013 07:06 am (UTC)
I think you've seen at least one project he was on: *all* the animation in "Who Framed Rodger Rabbit."
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