453. A Christmas Carol – Richard Williams

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SUMMARY: An animated version of Charles Dickens’ famous festive tale.

WHY IT’S HERE: Not only is ‘A Christmas Carol’ one of my favourite stories of all time but Richard Williams’ stunning animated adaptation is my favourite version, even beating out the great Alistair Sim live-action version. Sim, always the definitive Scrooge, reprises his role here in voice-over but he is upstaged (possibly for the only time in his glorious career) by the eye-popping animation style. This is a move away from the limited animation style if ever there was one. A stunning mix of pans and zooms with artwork based on 19th century engraved illustrations, ‘A Christmas Carol’ is a true masterwork.

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