A one-minute version of ‘A Christmas Carol’
How would Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic, “A Christmas Carol” look if assembled with noted versions of each role? Stephen J. Beard/IndyStar
How many adaptations of Charles Dickens’ Yuletide classic, “A Christmas Carol,” have been produced since the book’s debut in 1843?
It’s tough to say, but a Wikipedia article on the subject attempts to enumerate the hundreds of stage, radio, television and film versions of the story, and the list is dizzying.
Throw in the obligatory “Christmas Carol” episode that’s worked into nearly every television series (even Beavis and Butt-head has one), and there shouldn’t be a person alive who doesn’t know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge.
Ever wonder what an abbreviated adaptation with your favorite versions of each character would look like? Watch the video above for a mash-up of the story told with notable interpretations of each role.
As a refresher, the book tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man whose love of money has left him cold and devoid of any generosity. He abuses his assistant, Bob Cratchit. He dismisses Fred, his nephew and only living relative. He turns away two charity collectors.
On Christmas Eve, the ghost of Scrooge’s late business partner, Jacob Marley, visits to warn him of three spirits who will visit him that night — the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.
The spirits take Scrooge on a trip through his past, present and — if he doesn’t change his ways and embrace the Christmas spirit — future.
Spoiler alert: Scrooge changes with ways and embraces the Christmas spirit.
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Stephen Beard is video and graphics editor at IndyStar. Follow him on Twitter or find him somewhere watching “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”
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