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  • Blog Post: Scrooge U: Part XXIV -- How Xena saves Xmas ... er ... the Winter Solstice

    How exactly do you tell a story that's inspired by "A Christmas Carol" on a television program that's set in a time period that predates the birth of Christ? That was the challenge facing Chris Manheim , a writer for " Xena: Warrior Princess ." But to add to the fun of this...
  • 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 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 XVI -- Jettison "A Jetson Christmas Carol"

    There's really no polite way to say this. So I'm just going to say it: " A Jetson Christmas Carol " is lousy. I don't know how familiar you folks are with this animated sitcom, so let me give you a quick history of the show: " The Jetsons " was produced by Hanna-Barbera with the hopes that this program...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U: Part XV -- Great Scott!

    When you've seen as many versions of "A Christmas Carol" as I have recently, you begin to notice that there's this pattern to the way a lot of actors portray Ebenezer Scrooge. That they tend to employ the same sorts of acting tricks in order to keep their performances entertaining & emotionally effective...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part XIII -- Guthrie stages spirited "Carol"

    In ballet circles, " The Nutcracker " is now considered a lucrative cliché. Meaning that it's a show that most companies HAVE TO produce each year. Given that many people nowadays just don't consider it Christmas unless they're able to: Get dressed up. Go to the theater. Nod off while Clara & her...
  • 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...
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