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  • 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 XIX -- Missing scene mars "Muppet Christmas Carol"

    Just how good is The Muppet Christmas Carol "? Well, to be honest, that depends on whether or not you saw the version that ran in theaters back in 1992 OR the version of this Brian Henson film that now runs on television and/or is currently available for sale on DVD. "What's the difference...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part XVIII -- Rowan Atkinson dicks around with Dickens

    During this special time of year, when we're reminded (over & over & over again) about how we must be kind to our fellow man ... How nice it is to have Rowan Atkinson on hand to give us a bit of mean-spirited fun. To cut through all of the saccharine of this season. I guess (to be fair) I...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U: Part XVII -- "Scrooged" puts satirical spin on holiday favorite

    You know, when you think about it, "A Christmas Carol" has contributed many memorable phrases to our holiday vernacular. These include: "Bah, Humbug!" "God bless us, every one! " And, of course, my personal favorite: "The b*tch hit me with a toaster." Wait a minute...
  • Blog Post: Your JHM Holiday Bonus: An up-close look at the IBC version of "A Christmas Carol"

    For "A Christmas Carol" fans, it's one of the guilty pleasures of watching " Scrooged ." Those brief glimpses you get of that totally ridiculous version of "Scrooge" that Bill Murray & Co. were struggling to get on the air. Copyright 1999 Paramount Home Entertainment...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U: Part XII -- Bugs Bunny battles Yosemite Scrooge

    First of all, I want to thank all of you JHM readers who have sent nice notes my way, saying how much you've been enjoying the site's new series. A fairly typical example of these e-mails comes from Katie G. Who wrote in to say: Dear Mr. Hill, I'm a longtime lurker at your website and ,up...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part X -- A second chance fumbled

    I don't really need to explain who Basil Rathbone was, right? I mean, we're talking about the acclaimed actor who crossed swords with Errol Flynn in " The Adventures of Robin Hood ," traded quips with Danny Kaye in " The Court Jester " and even served as the narrator of the...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part IX -- Little's special is a lot of fun

    It is one of my favorite Hollywood "What If" stories. And -- appropriately enough -- you can read a full-blown account of this tale over on one of my favorite blogs, Mark Evanier's great " newsfromme.com ." Here's the Reader's Digest version: W.C. Fields (Who was a Dickens...
  • 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 VII -- Finney is fine, but ...

    Picking up where we left off yesterday ... You know that somewhat queasy, bloated feeling that you sometimes feel on Christmas Day? After you've made a little too merry, maybe had one too many glasses of eggnog? Well, 1970's " Scrooge " is the cinematic equivalent of that feeling. Copyright...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part V -- A Very Chrysler Christmas

    Picking up where we left off yesterday ... By the middle of the 1950s, Hollywood was ready to take yet another stab at "A Christmas Carol". Only this time around, it was a TV network (CBS, to be exact ) that rode herd on the next adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale. And...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part IV -- Sim is Supreme

    Picking up where we left off yesterday ... Following MGM's good looking if somewhat heartless " A Christmas Carol ," leave it to English filmmakers to deliver what many consider to be the very best movie version of Charles Dickens' holiday tale. Copyright 1999 United Home What is it...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part III -- Barrymoore No More

    Picking up where we left off yesterday ... Most of you Disney dweebs out there will probably be able to identify this character. Copyright 1964 Walt Disney Productions That's right. Admiral Boom from Walt Disney Productions' 1964 release, " Mary Poppins ." Naming this next character...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part II -- Tiny Tim Talks

    Picking up where we left off yesterday ... Though sound would arrive in Hollywood in 1928, it wouldn't be until 1935 'til someone made the first full-length "talking picture" version of "A Christmas Carol." Copyright 2005 Delta Entertainment Corporation Produced in the U.K...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part I -- Have a Short & Silent Night

    Here in the U.S., Thanksgiving officially ushers in the holiday season. Between now and New Year's Day, you won't be able to turn your television on without encountering some holiday special. Which brings us to the subject of today's article. Which (I should warn you) is the first installment...
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