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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...
30 Dec 2006
Scrooge U: Part XXXVIII -- Ballet version of "A Christmas Carol" has two left feet
Over the past 37 installments of JHM's " Scrooge U " series, we've shown that "A Christmas Carol" is a surprisingly flexible property. That even when you change Ebenezer Scrooge's race , sex & nationality or shift this holiday tale's setting from 1840s London to...
29 Dec 2006
Scrooge U: Part XXXVII -- Ahrens & Menken deliver delightful "A Christmas Carol: The Musical"
"Tell the truth. You're getting kind of tired of writing about ' A Christmas Carol ,' aren't you?" No, this wasn't an e-mail that some disgruntled JHM reader sent me. But -- rather -- the ever-wise & patient Nancy (Who -- FYI -- has been formatting each & every one...
28 Dec 2006
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...
27 Dec 2006
Scrooge U: Part XXXV -- How "A Carol Christmas" kick-started William Shatner's career
Are you a fan of William Shatner 's Emmy Award-winning work on ABC 's " Boston Legal "? If so, then you should be aware that one of the main reasons that William was cast as daffy Denny Crane was because " The Practice " creator David E. Kelley supposedly caught Shatner's...
26 Dec 2006
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...
25 Dec 2006
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...
24 Dec 2006
Scrooge U: Part XXXI -- "A Diva's Christmas Carol" puts a silly but cynical spin on the season
Some adaptations of "A Christmas Carol" are like a huge holiday meal. Rich, meaty, memorable. Really stick-to-your-ribs kind of shows. And then there are those holiday specials like " A Diva's Christmas Caro l." Which are the television equivalent of Chinese food. Don't get...
22 Dec 2006
Scrooge U : Part XXX -- Patrick Stewart makes a stellar Ebenezer Scrooge
There seems to be a wide variety of opinion when it comes to the Patrick Stewart version of " A Christmas Carol ." Some Dickens fans find this 1999 TV movie to be rather cold and joyless, while still others admire this adaptation for the extremely naturalistic approach that Stewart takes toward...
21 Dec 2006
Scrooge U: Part XXVIII -- "Ms. Scrooge" is kind of hit & ms. ... er ... miss
As I mentioned in this past Sunday's review of " Ebbie ," " A Christmas Carol " is a surprisingly resilient story. It can survive a change of location or time period. Even giving Ebenezer Scrooge a sex change operation doesn't necessarily undercut the emotional effectiveness...
19 Dec 2006
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