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Book Vs Movie: "A Christmas Carol" Plus, Top 5 Favorite "Scrooge" Adaptations

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Release Date: 12/13/2019

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"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens

the 2009 Jim Carey Animated Movie

Plus, the Margos Pick Their "Top 5 Scrooge Performances"

The Margos continue their holiday celebrations with the all-time classic "A Christmas Carol"  by Charles Dickens. There have been hundreds of adaptations on the theme of Scrooge and is ultimate salvation but only one features stop-motion animation and Jim Carey so we pair the discussion with Disney's A Christmas Carol directed by Book Vs Movie favorite Robert Zemeckis.

We had SO much fun recording this episode!  

Topics we cover here:

  • The Margos each pick our favorite "Scrooge" adaptation
  • The incredible life story of Charles Dickens and the reasons he wrote A Christmas Carol
  • How England changed how they celebrate Christmas after the publication
  • Our favorite adaptations of the work
  • Jim Carey’s frenetic performance

Clips used:

Sir Patrick Stewart reading

Jim Carey as the Ghost of Christmas past & Scrooge

Vanessa WilliamsSleigh Ride”

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