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.
|Alastair Sim||Ebenezer Scrooge|
|Michael Hordern||Marley's Ghost|
|Diana Quick||Ghost of Christmas Past|
|Joan Sims||Mrs. Cratchit|
|David Tate||Scrooge's Nephew|
|Felix Felton||Ghost of Christmas Present|
|Annie West||Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come|
|Melvyn Hayes||Bob Cratchit|
|Mary Ellen Ray||Mrs. 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.