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Ebenezer Scrooge as he appears in this special.

A Christmas Carol is a ABC animated primetime special that is a adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story of the same name, executive produced by Chuck Jones , and directed by Richard Williams, and originally premiered on December 21, 1971.

As the special's animation style said to have been inspired by 19th Century wopd-carving images, it starred Alastair Sim as the voice of Ebenezer Scrooge (a role Sim had previously performed in the 1951 live-action film Scrooge). Likewise, Michael Hordern reprised his 1951 performance as Marley's Ghost. The animation style was said to have been inspired by 19th Century wood-carving images.


Voice actor/actressCharacter(s)
Alastair SimEbenezer Scrooge
Michael RedgraveNarrator
Michael HordernMarley's Ghost
Diana QuickGhost of Christmas Past
Joan SimsMrs. Cratchit
Paul Whitsun-JonesRagpicker
David TateScrooge's Nephew
Charity Man
Felix FeltonGhost of Christmas Present
Annie WestGhost of Christmas Yet to Come
Melvyn HayesBob Cratchit
Mary Ellen RayMrs. Dilber
Alexander Williams (uncredited)Tiny Tim


A Christmas Carol won an Academy Award for best animated short subject in 1973; it remains the only film adaptation of the story to date to be so honored. Many industry insiders were unhappy that a short originally shown on TV was awarded the Academy Award, which led to the Academy changing its policy, disqualifying any shorts that were shown on television first.

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