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Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig dance in a vision the Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge.

Mr. Fezziwig is a character from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. He is a seemingly prosperous London businessman to whom both the young Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley were apprenticed. A jovial and in most versions rotund fellow, he serves as an odd counterpoint to Scrooge. On the one hand, he embodies all the lessons about life Scrooge has lost and rejected. On the other hand, when Scrooge sees him in the vision provided by The Ghost of Christmas Past, he is clearly delighted and overjoyed, and in most versions makes it clear that his beloved former employer has passed on. In some versions, young Scrooge briefly bemoans the expense of the party, but quickly becomes just as eager to get to what even older Scrooge readily admits was a wondrous event, Fezziwig's Christmas party. Unlike his time as a young boy, there is no misery or loneliness here, and he even has a best friend in Dick Wilkins, whom he says he was inseparable from. It is at one of Fezziwig's Christmas parties that he meets the love of his life, usually named Belle.

Fezziwig's physical description and demeanor again seems almost a point-by-point inversion of Scrooge's description as the story begins. Some versions add why and how Scrooge left his employ, but in most it is simply implied that this was after all an apprenticeship, and that Scrooge was expected to go his own way eventually. Even without acrimony between the two, it is shown how Scrooge in the name of greed ended up forgetting what he plainly saw as the best part of his life, and the reminder of the Ghost is a major step in his path to redemption.

Portrayals

Picture Performer Production Year Notes
Forrester Harvey A Christmas Carol 1938
Fezziwig-Magoo
Voiced by
Paul Frees
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol 1962
Laurence Naismith Scrooge 1970
Mr.Toad
J. Thaddeus Toad Mickey's Christmas Carol 1983
Timothy Bateson A Christmas Carol 1984
Fozziwig
Fozzie Bear
(voiced by Frank Oz)
The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 This version of the character is named Fozziwig.
Barney as Fezziwig
Barney Rubble
(voiced by Frank Welker)
A Flintstones' Christmas Carol 1994
Bob Hoskins A Christmas Carol 2009

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