There are few tales of redemption, forgiveness, and changed hearts and lives like the class Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol”. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge is a cautionary tale to be sure that we are focused on relationships in life. As the Gospel writer Matthew said it “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” Scrooge had everything and nothing all at once and when his transformation comes he becomes as passionate about charity as he once was about wealth.
The story has been told and retold several times on television and in movies. Here are my three favorite retellings of the Dickens classic.
#3. “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” – This is the version of my childhood. It was filled with that early Disney charm. To this day it is still a great version of the story.
#2. “Muppets Christmas Carol” – Back to back versions featuring inanimate actors? Yup. But I’d like to remind you that this one has Michael Cain in it. Cain’s Scrooge brings an air of legitimacy to the goofiness of the Muppets and the soundtrack is stellar. Through in Gonzo as Dickens and you’ve got a felt covered masterpiece of a retelling.
#1. Edging out the Muppets is the Bill Murray classic (sorry if that’s redundant) “Scrooged”. It’s one of the many versions that modernizes the story and retells it with a more contemporary angle. The difference between this one and all others is Bill Murray himself. This might be his funniest starring role except for possibly his role in “Groundhog Day”. Either way, “Scrooged” is epic and my favorite of all the Christmas Carol retellings.
Agree or disagree with the list? What is your favorite version?