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Which version of A Christmas Carol is your favorite?

Asked by filmfann (48265points) December 23rd, 2011

I have just watched the Patrick Stewart version, and it might be my favorite. Many versions have been done, from Bill Murray to Jim Carrey to Alistar Sim to George C. Scott to Albert Finney.
Which is your favorite, and which ones failed to move you?

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cookieman's avatar

I love the Albert Finney musical version. LOVE IT

I like life, life likes me…

Thank ya very much, thank ya very much, that’s the nicest thing that anyone’s ever done for me…

the_overthinker's avatar

You’re making me pick?... I sort of like them all~


I still like Alistair Sim’s portrayal of Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” the most. The black and white version of this 1951 movie is both memorable and haunting.

Berserker's avatar

The Beavis and Butthead one lol.

’‘Dammit, what the hell is going on here? I’m trying to watch a porno, and you fartknockers keep interrupting me! ’’

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I don’t have a favorite, but I only just recently saw the one with Jim Carrey, and I really enjoyed it… though, they should have called it “A Christmas in the Uncanny Valley.”

muppetish's avatar

This is easy for me: A Muppet Christmas Carol of course :) Gonzo as Charles Dickens? Michael Caine as Scrooge? Hell yes. The story is no less moving when performed with puppets and the music is amazing.

Kardamom's avatar

Patrick Stewart

Mickey Mouse

This Richard Williams Animated Oscar Winning Version,

I would love to see Alan Rickman as Scrooge, with Anthony Hopkins as Marlely’s ghost, Emma Thompson as the ghost of Christmas Past, John Goodman as the ghost of Christmas present and Alan Rickman again, as a Snape-like ghost of Christmas yet to be. Chris Colfer and Lea Michelle from Glee would be good as Bob and Mrs. Cratchit, or dare I say it, Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslett. Alan Cummings would be a great Fezziwig, and Anne Hathaway would make a great Belle along with James McAvoy as a young Scrooge.

And in my sick and twisted Nanny fantasy, Charles Shaughnessy would be Scrooge, Fran Drescher would be the ghost of Christmas/Hanukkah past (as well as Belle) and Daniel Davis (aka Niles) would be the ghost of Christmas/Hanukkah present and Lauren Lane (aka C.C. Babcock) would be the ghost of Christmas/Hanukkah yet to be, and because Lauren plays “Maxwell’s Partner” on The Nanny, she will stand in for Jacob Marley. Daniel and Lauren would also stand in and Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig. Yetta (aka , Ann Guilbert) Daniel and Lauren would be the Charwoman, Laundress and Undertaker that retrieve the items from Scrooge’s home, including the bedcurtains with the rings still attached.

Sorry to be so descriptive. I just watched 3 versions last night, including the one with Mr. Magoo! I love this story and most of the versions that I’ve seen, but Patrick Stewart wins, so far.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Bill Murray’s – Scrooged. A contemporary rewrite of the classic.

The older ones are too sappy and the look and feel are too invented. In Scrooged, the setting is modern-day and the whole mise-en-scene is more relevant.

I would also say that the Gilligan’s Island subplot is classic.

ucme's avatar

This is probably certainly going to sound “uncool”, but far & away my favourite is the recent animated version, with the voice talents of Jim Carrey/Gary Oldman.
Not sophisticated, nor will it be remembered as a classic, but definitely the best….in my humble opinion of course.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Without a doubt it’s the Muppets version!

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TheIntern55's avatar

Scrooge is great, but I just saw the Alistar Sim version and now I can’t decide:(

Buttonstc's avatar

the Muppets. The best.

filmfann's avatar

While I enjoy most of his movies, I found the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol lacking. His Scrooge is barely repentant. In the end, he just isn’t filled with the proper Christmas spirit.

bea2345's avatar

My favourite is the one that Dickens wrote.

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