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A Christmas Carol (1971)

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Ebenezer Scrooge as he appears in this special.

A Christmas Carol is a 25-minute animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story of the same name, directed by Richard Williams and originally shown on ABC on December 21, 1971.

The special starred Alastair Sim as the voice of Ebenezer Scrooge (a role Sim had previously performed in the 1951 live-action film Scrooge). Michael Hordern likewise reprised his 1951 performance as Marley's Ghost. Veteran animator Chuck Jones served as executive producer.


Originally produced as a television special, A Christmas Carol won an Academy Award for best animated short subject in 1973; it remains the only film adaptation of the story to date to be so honored. Many industry insiders were unhappy that a short originally shown on TV was awarded the Academy Award, which led to the Academy changing its policy, disqualifying any shorts that were shown on television first.


Voice actor Character
Michael Redgrave Narrator
Alastair Sim Ebenezer Scrooge
Michael Hordern Jacob Marley
Melvyn Hayes Bob Cratchit
Joan Sims Mrs. Cratchit

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