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  • 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 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 XIV -- How Alan Young became a lucky McDuck

    You want to hear something ironic? It was an act of generosity that -- in a roundabout way -- led to Alan Young being cast as the world's most miserly duck. Copyright 2004 Disney Enterprises, Inc. I'm serious, folks. Back in the 1960s, this " Mr. Ed " star helped a young man who was just getting started...
  • 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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