By Daniel F.
“A Christmas Carol” is an iconic film with many adaptations. Based off of Charles Dickens’ book of the same name, the story revolves around Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve. These ghosts, his former business partner Jacob Marley, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, all try and change Scrooge’s greedy ways.
“Scrooged” is a modernization of the novel. It follows Frank Cross (Bill Murray), IBC Television’s president, as he plans to broadcast a live performance of “A Christmas Carol.” Frank is visited by the ghost of his mentor Lew Hayward (John Forsythe), who tells him he will be visited by three ghosts. These include the Ghost of Christmas Past (David Johansen), a cab driver with a Brooklyn accent, the Ghost of Christmas Present, a passive-aggressive fairy, and the Ghost of Christmas Future, the Grim Reaper.
4. “An American Christmas Carol”
“An American Christmas Carol” is an American take on the book. Benedict Slade (Henry Winkler) is a businessman who is met by three ghosts who represent people he has wronged in the town. The film is set in Depression-era New England.
3. “A Christmas Carol (2009)”
Disney tackled “A Christmas Carol” in 2009. With Jim Carrey as Scrooge and the Ghosts, Disney made the tale animated and darker. Gary Oldman plays both Bob Cratchit and Jacob Marley. The Ghost of Christmas Past is depicted as a candle, the Ghost of Christmas Present is a big man with red hair and an English accent, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is a shadowy figure. The ghost follows Scrooge as his own shadow at times.
2. “A Christmas Carol (1999)”
This TV movie has Patrick Stewart take over as Ebenezer Scrooge.This movie focuses more on the grimness of the story. The Ghost of Christmas Past (Joel Grey) is an angelic man, the Ghost of Christmas Present (Desmond Barrit) is a jolly man, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (Tim Potter) is a tall, cloaked figure with small eyes coming from its hood.
1. “A Christmas Carol (1984)”
George C. Scott plays Scrooge in this 1984 classic. This movie focuses on the cheeriness of the book. The Ghost of Christmas Past (Angela Pleasance) is childlike, the Ghost of Christmas Present (Edward Woodward) shows Scrooge the joys of Christmas, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (Michael Carter) is a cloaked figure who does not speak. Scott was nominated for an Emmy award for his portrayal of Scrooge.
Feature image by John Leech. Image in the public domain.
“Scrooged” trailer from YouTube Movies.
“An American Christmas Carol” video from Shout! Factory on YouTube.
“A Christmas Carol (2009” trailer from Disney Movie Trailers on YouTube.
“A Christmas Carol (1999)” trailer from londonforchristmas on YouTube.
“A Christmas Carol (1984)” from Tue Nguyen on YouTube.