A Trump Christmas Carol:
Review by
William Mortensen Vaughan
As of:  6:10 p.m. E.S.T., Sunday, September 9, 2018

Title:  "Late Night With Seth Meyers":  A Trump Christmas Carol"

My Rating:  *  I cannot recommend this adaptation of A Christmas Carol, in good faith, to anyone, because I find so offensive I regret watching it; it has homosexual humor and it is mean-spirited.

Adaptation:  Starring Seth Meyers as the host

Date Released:  Thursday, December 21, 2017

Format Reviewed:  animated, television episode, on YouTube

Is this adaptation reverent?:  No, this adaptation is not reverent. It is a series of mean-spirited jokes, at the expense of Donald J. Trump, who was the President of the United States of America when this adaptation was first released.

Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."? No.

What does my wife think of it?  She thought it was "stupid."

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens?  This adaptation is one of the loosest adaptations of A Christmas Carol that I've ever seen. Characters include fictionalized versions of Donald J. Trump; his golf caddy, Bob; Vladimir Putin; Betsy DeVos; and Kim Jong-un.

What dialect is used?  American English

When and where does this adaptation take place?  Washington, D.C., December, 2017

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel?  No

Is this adaptation supernatural?  This adaptation is supernatural, involving the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

Is this adaptation "framed"?  Yes, this story is framed, as an animated storybook, with pages turned by an unseen hand, as a narrator's voice is heard reading the text.

How many original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included?  Festive music is heard in the background, but there are no song or dance routines in this adaptation.

How attractive is the visual art?  The visual art is unimpressive, as if created by unskilled artists and video editors in a hurry.

How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another?  The transitions are well done; the page turning is effective.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation?  The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, how mean-spirited it is, especially with regard to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, who was in Office at the time this adaptation first aired.

What extras are included on the DVD?  [Not applicable, since I saw this on YouTube, and did not possess a copy of this episode on DVD when I wrote this review.]

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