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  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part XL -- "Bah, Humduck ! " tries to toon up this classic holiday tale

    I have to tell you that " Bah, Humduck ! A Looney Tunes Christmas " caused a considerable rift in the Hill household this holiday season. Copyright 2006 Warner Home Entertainment My daughter Alice just hated this Christmas special. After catching "Bah, Humduck !" after it originally...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U: Part XXXIX -- "A Sesame Street Christmas Carol" regifts footage from earlier Xmas specials

    First of all, don't let the title fool you. " A Sesame Street Christmas Carol " really doesn't have a whole lot to do with Charles Dickens. Copyright 2006 Sony Wonder Oh, sure. This 2006 Sony Wonder release does borrow a few key concepts from that classic holiday tale. In that -- on...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U: Part XXXVI -- GoodTimes Home Video delivers a very bad "Christmas Carol"

    Does the name " GoodTimes Home Video " sound familiar to you? If you're an animation fan, it probably should. Given that this is the infamous production company that churned out all of those cheap Disney knock-offs. With the hope that consumers might then get confused and accidentally buy...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U: Part XXXIV -- "Brer Rabbit's Christmas Carol" is almost unbrer ... er ... unbearable

    You know, if things had just gone a little bit differently, all us Disney dweebs would have had something truly spectacular to celebrate this holiday season. You see, 2006 was supposed to be the year that Walt Disney Home Entertainment finally released " Song of the South " on DVD. This limited...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part XXXIII -- "Christmas Carol -- The Movie" beefs up Belle

    Belle has always been one of the more intriguing characters in Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale. The woman who gave Ebenezer Scrooge back his engagement ring because she was the first to see how hard his heart was becoming. Whatever became of Belle after she walked out of Ebenezer's life...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U: Part XXXII -- "Maxine's Christmas Carol" is a tart holiday treat

    You know, sometimes the very best presents are the ones that you weren't expecting. Those tiny little surprises that you sometimes find tucked under the tree. That's sort of what happened with " Maxine's Christmas Carol ." This animated holiday special wasn't originally on the...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part XXIX -- "An All Dogs Christmas Carol" is mutt ado about nothing

    Well, at least there's some truth-in-advertising to be found in this 1998 home premiere. For -- though " An All Dogs Christmas Carol " may not actually be an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale -- this holiday special is definitely a dog. Copyright 1998 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U: Part XXVII -- A kid-friendly "Christmas Carol"

    To be honest, I don't know quite how to feel yet about this particular animated version of " A Christmas Carol ." By that I mean: I've watched this DIC Entertainment production back-to-front twice now. And there are aspects of this 1997 holiday special that I have to admit I find incredibly...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part XXIII -- Beavis & Butt-Head says "Huh-Huh-Humbug"

    Few would argue that "A Christmas Carol" is a story about redemption. But what happens when you try to retell Charles Dickens' timeless tale with characters that are utterly irredeemable? Well, you'd probably end up with something like that special Beavis & Butt-Head episode that...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U: Part XXII -- Beware of the Bedrock Bug

    There's nothing wrong with " A Flintstones Christmas Carol " that a sharp pair of scissors couldn't take care of. Copyright 1999 Turner Home Entertainment To explain: In its heart of hearts, this William Hanna, Joseph Barbera & Buzz Potamkin production really wants to be a faithful...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U: Part XXI -- Yakko, Wakko & Dot deliver "A Christmas Plotz"

    I got notes from a number of JHM readers yesterday who said that I was far too hard on " Alvin's Christmas Carol ." Though one in particular -- an e-mail from Trendy Trudy -- really stuck out. She said. What did you expect? This was an episode of an animated television series. You know...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U: Part XX -- A "Christmas Carol" in name only

    Over the past few days, we've talked about some of the different forms that "A Christmas Carol" can take. There's the fairly faithful adaptation (I.E. " The Muppet Christmas Carol "), the out-right parody (" Blackadder's Christmas Carol ") as well as that truly...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part VIII -- Williams wins an Oscar

    Okay. I know. We all love those moments in "A Christmas Carol" after Scrooge has been redeemed. When the old skinflint tries to make amends to all those he's wronged over the years. That's when Dickens' classic holiday tale becomes truly heart-warming. But -- prior to this point...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part VI -- Magoo's a musical miser

    Remember how I talked yesterday about how the CBS " Shower of Stars " version of " Scrooge " should have worked? What with a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright handling the adaptation of Dickens' classic holiday tale, a two-time Academy Award-winner performing the title role and...
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