Alexander Buzos'
A Christmas Carol (1982):
Review by
William Mortensen Vaughan
As of: 10:40 a.m. E.S.T., Monday, April 10, 2017

A Christmas Carol (1982)
Title:   A Christmas Carol

My Rating:  **

Adaptation: 1972 adaptation, by
Alexander Buzo, featuring the voice of
Phillip Hinton
as Bob Cratchit

Year Released: 1982, in Australia

Format Reviewed: animated film, on DVD

Is this adaptation reverent?: Yes, this adaptation is reverent, and includes the hymns "O, Come, All Ye Faithful!" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."

Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."? Yes.

What does my wife think of it? She is not impressed.

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens? This adaptation follows the original novel fairly well. It even includes the tavern scene, and a lighthouse scene.

What dialect is used? Plain English.

When and where does this adaptation take place? Victorian London.

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel? No.

Is this adaptation supernatural? Yes, this adaptation is supernatural, with ghosts and time travel.

Is this adaptation "framed"? No.

What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included? There is background music, and there are a couple scenes in which characters (Tiny Tim, Scrooge and Fred's wife, and beggars) sing, in this adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Their favorite songs seem to be "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "O, Come, All Ye Faithful!"

How attractive is the visual art? The visual art is poorly done. One of the gentlemen seeking a charitable donation from Scrooge looks ill, even though there is no other indication that he's sick.

Jacob Marley looks like Gene Simmons with his exagerated, demonic, black eyelashes painted on.

How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another? The transitions are adequate. The Spirits of Christmas Past and Present gesture, a musical sound is heard, and their surroundings change. Sometimes they fly through the air with Scrooge, like Superman with Lois Lane. The Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come leads the way, leaving Scrooge to walk and/or run to catch up, if he wants, and the surroundings mysteriously change as they go.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation? The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, how unattractive the art is. This is obviously a low budget animation, since the only voice actor credited with a specific role, on IMDb, is Phillip Hinton. None of them are credited with specific roles in the credits at the end of the film.

What extras are included on the DVD? Scene selection and audio tracks in Spanish and French are available on the DVD. There are also three animated music videos:

"Deck the Halls"

"Silent Night"

"Joy to the World"

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