This 25-Minute Cartoon Is the Greatest Christmas Carol Adaptation Ever Made
Few stories have been adapted to other media as often as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The novella has been adapted so often that we often refer to individual versions of it by the person playing miser Ebenezer Scrooge, rather than the director. The 1951 version (the best full-length feature telling of the story) is the “Alastair Sim version,” while the 1984 made-for-TV movie is the “George C. Scott version.”
But if you’re only going to watch one Christmas Carol this holiday season, make it this one. It’s just 25 minutes long and debuted as a TV special in 1971, before going on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Short Subject (still the only TV special and the only Christmas Carol adaptation to manage such a feat).