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December 19, 2005

Bah Humbug

by @ 10:43 am. Filed under Archived, Pop Culture

Today is the 162nd anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” (1843). The popularity of this story is most evidenced by its numerous interpretations. It has been adapted to theatre, film, radio and television (and I am sure shortly there will be a Podcast). Today’s anniversary made me reflect on the many versions I have seen: Scrooged starring Bill Murray; An American Christmas Carol starring Henry Winkler (Fonzi); Scrooge- a musical starring Albert Finney; A Christmas Carol: The Musical starring Kelsey Grammer; A Christmas Carol starring George C Scott…but despite all of these there are many versions I haven’t seen… and some of these…well…I am not sure I want to see:

“Ghostbusters in London”- In this version Dan Ackroyd and the rest of the ghostbusters accidental capture the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future on the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Sales are down and mall owners are furious. The ghostbusters have to find a way to release the good ghosts while keeping the bad.

Back to Christmas Future- Scrooge, played by Michael J Fox travels into the future. He finds the ghost of Christmas Future is now the ghost of Christmas Present and the ghost of Christmas Present has become the Past…And the original Past is the also the Past…well, it is a little confusing but…it’s funny.

“A David Copperfield Christmas Carol”- The astounding magician makes Jacob Marley(Scrooge’s partner) disappear before he gets a chance to visit the miser on Christmas Eve. Without his partner’s visit Scrooge is ultimately sent to the fires of eternal damnation (which Copperfield shoots directly from his own mouth).

“It Ain’t me Babe”- In this version Scrooge is the next door neighbor to superstar Cher…in this humor version the three ghosts visit the wrong house(Cher’s) and end up becoming back-up singers for the pop star.

“GoodCarolers”- In this gangster version of the story Ray Liotta plays Scrooge. In a twist on the original, the story starts with only one ghost, Christmas Present, played by Robert Deniro…Of course, Christmas Present can’t “do the job alone”…The most quotable line in the story comes from Joe Pesce who plays Tiny Tim …”don’t worry” he tells the ghost of Christmas Present… “I’m a ghost maker”…BANG!, BANG!…”there’s past and there’s future”.

“Scroogesky and Cratchit”- This version is based on the popular TV show/movie Starsky and Hutch. The dim witted Cratchit is played by Ben Stiller. Catchit and the drawling Scrooge are chased around by three bumbling ghosts who can’t catch them.

but… this year I think I will settle for the 1999 version starring Patrick Stewart. It is saved on my DVR. I can’t wait to see it.

One Response to “Bah Humbug”

  1. Dick Says:

    Do we have the comments feature working now?

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