The 11 Best Adaptations of A Christmas Carol That You Need to Revisit This Holiday Season
There’s a rendition of the classic tale for everyone
Christmas is a time for family traditions and reunions, grand feasts and gift giving. On a more serious note, it is also a time when we are implored to hit pause on the merriment to do a little introspection.
Were your days this year marked with generosity? Did you show kindness even to those who didn’t reciprocate it? Did you choose kindness over pettiness every day?
You need not sit alone in a quiet room to get this done; a movie can be just as effective—seriously. And one that is so good at helping us through this journey of self-actualization is A Christmas Carol. So good, in fact, it’s a tale that’s been passed on from generation to generation, retold as theatre performances, musicals, transformed into films and cartoons, TV movies and show episodes. It’s on the radio, the opera, spaces for public readings, etc.. To date, there are over 220 known versions of this classic tale.
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A Christmas Carol manages to encompass the themes by which a quality life can be measured. With Christmas right around the corner, why not help yourself to a quaint movie marathon with films that stay true to the storyline, whether a spin-off or a modern take. Here, 11 Best Adaptations of A Christmas Carol That You Need to Revisit This Holiday!
A Christmas Carol (1938)
Starring: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Terry Kilburn, Barry MacKay, Lynne Carver, Leo G. Carroll, Ann Rutherford and Ronald Sinclair.
The Next Touching Remake:
A Christmas Carol (1951)
Starring: Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Michael Hordern, George Cole, Kathleen Harrison, John Charlesworth, Francis De Wolff and Rona Anderson.
A Fun Smurf Adaptation for the Kiddos:
The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol (2011)
Starring: George Lopez, Melissa Sturm, Jack Angel, Fred Armisen, Hank Azaria, Gary Basaraba and Anton Yelchin.
A Very Murray Comedy:
Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover, Bobcat Goldthwait, David Johansen and Carol Kane.
A Throwback to the ‘90s for the Kids at Heart:
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Starring: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson and Frank Oz.
The Chick Flick Spin on A Christmas Carol:
A Carol Christmas (2003)
Starring: Tori Spelling, William Shatner, Gary Coleman, Michael Landes, Dinah Manoff, Paula Trickey, Nina Siemaszko and Jason Brooks.
Let’s Get Musical:
A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004)
Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jane Krakowski, Jesse L. Martin, Geraldine Chaplin and Jason Alexander.
A Tale of A Serial Womanizer:
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas, Breckin Meyer, Lacey Chabert, Emma Stone and Robert Forster.
The Latest in Animated:
A Christmas Carol (2009)
Starring: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Robin Wright, Steve Valentine, Daryl Sabara and Bob Hoskins.
The Best of TV Movie Versions:
A Christmas Carol (1999)
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey, Ian McNeice, Saskia Reeves, Desmond Barrit, Bernard Lloyd, Dominic West and Trevor Peacock.
The Classic Cartoon:
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)
Starring: Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano, Paul Frees, John Hart and Jane Kean.
You can also gather your family ‘round for the live musical extravaganza this Christmas! A Christmas Carol: The Musical returns to the Globe Iconic Store Bonifacio High Street Ampitheater in Bonifacio Global City this holiday season for a month-long show run starting December 7, Thursday.
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