William Mortensen Vaughan
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My Dad Is Scrooge
Title:  My Dad Is Scrooge

Date Released:  Monday, November 10, 2014

Adaptation:  starring Brian Cook as "the Scrooge"

My Rating:  **

because it makes mention of "our gay barber," and features an effeminate, presumably homosexual man.

Dove Foundation Rating:  [NOT RATED]

M.P.A.A. Rating:  "Unrated"

Format Reviewed:  DVD

Is this adaptation reverent?:  

Not particularly; it makes a mockery of heaven, as Manny (Keith Cooper), thinking he's dead and en route to heaven, asks if he's going to need a tuxedo, because he doesn't have one.

Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."?  Yes, uttered by a puppy.

What does my wife think of it?  

She watched it, and, although she doesn't particularly like talking animals, she said she would give it three of five Stars.

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens?  

This adaptation is a modernized adaptation of the original novel, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, with several major changes.

To start with, "the Scrooge" is named "E.B.," and he apparently hates Christmas because his mother died at Christmastime. He no longer has a business partner, because his partner, Manny, who is still alive, was too charitable, and not thrifty enough. This "Scrooge" does, however, have a wife named Heather (Laurie Campbell), and they have two children:  a young man named Oliver, "Ollie," or "Ollywood," played by Christian Laurian Kerr, and his little, redheaded sister, June, played by Eva Greig.

This "Scrooge," E.B., has a father who is still alive, whom he goes to see every month, in this adaptation, to give a check, presumably because he would otherwise be indigent. E.B.'s father seems unhappy, however, because he never sees his grandchildren anymore.

This adaptation is several adaptations of A Christmas Carol in one, because E.B.'s wife is directing a group of children in a live, theatrical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, rewritten by Pam Woodsley (Peggy Calvert), who reads an adaptation from a book, to her farm animals, whom she and her husband, Bill (Brian Nettleford) tend and heal.

These animals can talk, since Santa Claus sprinkled some magic dust on them nine years previously, when the Woodsleys healed one of his flying reindeer. A rabbit named Connie (Bonnie Wright) finishes reading or reciting an adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the end of this film, except for the final line, "God bless us, everyone!" which a puppy (Grey Cooper) utters.

Meanwhile, E.B. is a wealthy lender who takes his children to the farm so they can watch and learn while he informs the elderly couple that he is foreclosing on their farm, and they have two weeks to remove their belongings, or they'll be sold, as well as the farm.

The farm animals enlist the help of E.B.'s children to save their farm, so they recreate Christmases past, present, and future for E.B., by knocking him out, and hypnotizing him. This form of adaptation is similar to the one in Brer Rabbit's Christmas Carol.

The animals and children also let Manny, the "Marley," assume that he has died and is a ghost, so he can "haunt" E.B.

[SPOILER ALERT!] The play doesn't turn out as planned, when E.B. snaps out of a hypnotic trance and wanders out on stage, but the "crashed" production is a big hit with its adult audience anyway. Angry at first, upon discovering that his children have been playing tricks on him, he decides to turn the farm into a charity and keep it running indefinitely, so the Woodsleys can continue to heal and tend needy animals.

What dialect is used?  English.

When and where does this adaptation take place?  

This adaptation takes places in an English speaking country, circa 2015.

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel?  No.

Is this adaptation supernatural?  

Yes, this adaptation is supernatural, with talking animals, who whose ability to speak was facilitated by Santa Claus sprinkling magic dust.

Is this adaptation "framed"?

It seems to be several adaptations, framed within the story of E.B. learning to enjoy Christmas again.

What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included?  

This film includes background music, such as "Sounds Like Christmas to Me." It also has two of the worst "Silent Night" cameos I've ever heard, first by a child, and then by a llama.

How attractive is the visual art?  

The set and wardrobe are acceptable. Personally, my favorite part of the visual art is Brian Cooper's hair, which no one bothered to dye, leaving white spots in several places. When I first saw it, I thought it was snow from a snowball a child hit him with. Then, as it continued to appear in every scene, I wondered if he'd been painting something white and missed a few spots when he took a shower.

What use is made of background extras?  

Dozens of background extras are included in and credited for restaurant and theater scenes.

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, if corny. The llama keeps knocking E.B. out. Once, a rat hypnotizes and puts him to sleep by speaking to him through a baby monitor, and they dragon him to the theater in a wagon.

What nap-of-the-Earth footage, if any, is included?  None.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation?  

The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, that it's a live-action film featuring talking animals. It's also one of the most disgusting adaptations I've ever seen, with a boy who doesn't change his stinky socks, and a girl who urinates on the floor.

What extras are included on the DVD?  

Bloopers appear at the end, as the final credits roll. No subtitles or scene selections are available.

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