Advent Calendar 2017! - Day 16

 

 

Version: A Christmas Carol (1982, dir. Jean Tych)

My theory that Mickey's Christmas Carol was the introduction point of whimsical animal characters into the 2D animated Scrooge lexicon holds firm. This version is from the year before Mickey's Christmas Carol and it lacks any comical mice or dogs. It lacks any sort of flair at all to be honest. The only real addition to the Scrooge/urchin conversation scene formula it makes is making the urchin one of many kids outside Scrooge's window. It's nice to see the urchin getting a bit more character development with the addition of a social circle. Clearly this is a much richer and more fully-formed interpretation of the character. The background art is quite nice in this version, as are the character designs, which have a lot more colour and life to them than some of the other animated versions we've seen, like the 3D Jim Carrey version. This one takes full advantage of the fact that it's a cartoon and gives us things like Scrooge in a bright blue robe with pink shirt and cap. The biggest critique I have is that the action is framed in a pretty standard and boring way that feels limited by the animation quality/budget. Still, this is a decent adaptation.

Framing 6 out of 10.
Scrooge's Reaction To The Date 7 out of 10.
Urchin Accent 7 out of 10.
Window Height 9 out of 10.
Scrooge Nightgown Quality 7 out of 10.
Urchin Cap Quality 8 out of 10.
   
Final Score 7.3 out of 10. A strong version of the scene. Also, wow, the same exact final score as yesterday's.