Years I ago when I was a kid I received my first TV as a Christmas gift during a magical time called the “nineties.” The first thing I ever watched on that TV and the only thing I ever watched on that TV was the Flintstone’s version of “A Christmas Carol.” Fred was obviously Scrooge and so on. This made me think about how many times has this book been adapted because I feel like everyone and their mother knows this story, yet I have never ever read or was even inclined to read this novel ever in my life. This prompted to question how many adaptations of this novel and its various different forms, also the inclusion of pastiches, parodies and other uses.
Scrooge adaptations have been adapted in various formats from theatre, cartoons and various films. I did some research and it seems that the 1951 version “A Christmas Carol/ Scrooge has been rated from different sites as the best adaptation because of the darkness that the movie brings to the original story. The portrayal of Scrooge by the English actor “Alastair Sim” takes the cake as far the all-time Scrooges. The movie also has acclaimed notoriety because it includes a Marely death scene that adds to the overall dark undertone of the narrative. The movie was actually shot in England and maintains authenticity all throughout the film; which has helped the movie maintain it status.
The most recent adaptation that has reached mass success is Jim Carrey’s star driven “A Christmas Carol which amassed over 318 million dollars. It was a modern adaptation using CGI in order to recreate the story and also passing down the story to a newer generation of children. This film is also lauded for its scary nature and its honest adaptation of Scrooge’s character; which never comprises Dickens’ classic in order to fulfill its desire to match the production costs of modern day Hollywood.
I guess the question is at this point, is what exactly is so amazing about a story of old man who does not care about charity and is an asshole? I think it is because we all at certain times embody scrooge at different parts of our lives. We all tend to get very obsessed in our personal endeavors and fail to see the simple beauties of life that surround us and focus on the negatives. This is also a result of aging as well, as we become more jaded and paranoid and lose our childlike sensibilities because we believe have to behave more “professional” and “responsible” in order to gain respect in the different aspects that of our lives that we pursue. I remember as child, I would do anything for most everyone in need but as an adult I have looked away at various homeless people and changed the channel on the feed the needy commercials because I simply did not care for whatever reason. Scrooge continues to exist and will always exist because at certain times we need to be reminded to relax and think about other people instead our struggles in life. Or else ghosts will threaten you and small children will die because of your selfish actions.