Version: A Christmas Carol (2004, dir. Arthur Allan Seidelman)
Hallmark made a musical version of A Christmas Carol with Frasier as Scrooge. I don't know what else to say really. The initial pitch is such a shocker that I'm not even all too fussed about the fact that, like the Albert Finney version, the conversation with the urchin is being had on ground level rather than from an upper-storey window. Now that I think about it, the Albert Finney version is also a musical. I wonder why live action musical versions of A Christmas Carol feel the need to have Scrooge and the urchin face-to-face. It's not as if it's to make a duet easier or anything as in neither version is the urchin sequence included in a song. Huh.
The urchin gives an okay performance in this version, but what makes him exceptional is the dramatic reveal of the cap. Just when you think he doesn't have one, Frasier puts it on him. It's more of a top hat than a proper floppy Dickensian urchin cap but the fact we're made to wait for it makes up for the cap itself being kinda meh.
|Framing||8 out of 10.|
|Scrooge's Reaction To The Date||7 out of 10.|
|Urchin Accent||8 out of 10.|
|Window Height||0 out of 10.|
|Scrooge Nightgown Quality||6 out of 10.|
|Urchin Cap Quality||9 out of 10.|
|Final Score||6.3 out of 10. I know it has nothing to do with this scene but, holy shit, Frasier can sing.|