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.
|Alastair Sim||Ebenezer Scrooge|
|Michael Hordern||Jacob Marley|
|Melvyn Hayes||Bob Cratchit|
|Joan Sims||Mrs. Cratchit|
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