Advent Calendar 2017! - Day 14


Version: Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983, dir. Burny Mattinson)

Today's analysis of a shot-reverse-shot Scrooge/urchin dialogue scene from a screen adaptation of A Christmas Carol is a bit of an odd one. On the one hand, we absolutely have to cover this version because it's one of the famous ones. On the other, this one lacks a shot-reverse-shot Scrooge/urchin dialogue scene. In this version, Scrooge opens the window, senses that it's Christmas day, has his reaction, and closes the window again. There's no urchin and all the dialogue is Scrooge talking to himself. It's especially annoying because you can clearly see that this is the gap in the film where a version of the iconic Scrooge/urchin scene would go. And just isn't here.

The most noteworthy thing I can say about it is that being released in 1983, it may well be the origin point for fun animal sidekick characters in animated adaptations of A Christmas Carol, like the dog in the 1997 Stan Philips version or the mice in the 2001 Jimmy T. Murakami version. I'm interested to see if this holds true as we continue on to other animated versions.

Framing 8 out of 10.
Scrooge's Reaction To The Date 7 out of 10.
Urchin Accent 0 out of 10.
Window Height 9 out of 10.
Scrooge Nightgown Quality 6 out of 10.
Urchin Cap Quality 0 out of 10.
Final Score 5 out of 10. An impressively high score for a scene that technically doesn't exist.