I want to wish all the readers of this blog a very Merry Christmas!
Below is the famous animated version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in its entirety. This award winning animation was done in 1971 and is, as far as I know, the only version of A Christmas Carol that hews verbatim to the Dickens’ story. When Richard Williams and Chuck Jones laid out the script, they discovered that telling the story in its entirety took 43 minutes. Since the film was to be made for television it had to either stick to a one hour or a half hour format. They decided that filling in with extraneous material to stretch it to an hour would be less preferable to cutting 13 minutes, which is what they did.
The animators (before the days of 3-D animation) drew more frames per second for this film than for typical animated films, giving it a much more lifelike and better quality. The loss of detail in the transfer to YouTube caused some fall off of the terrific quality, but the brilliance of the animation can still be seen. And, no one can improve upon the language of Dickens.
Enjoy. As Tiny Tim says, “God bless us everyone.”
Merry Christmas from the Eades household to yours.