Next week is EBENEZER SCROOGE… MONTH?
Posted by blakemp
You may be asking yourself, “Blake, as the humble Reel to Reel host, what’s the stupidest thing you could possibly do this holiday season?” And I would think to myself, “Well… I guess that would be to attempt to watch and review as many different versions of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol as possible.” And you might say, “Well why don’t you do that, then?” And I would reply, “…okay.”
I’m such a sucker.
You see, friends, when I first conceived of the Icons project, I intended to give Scrooge his week in the sun, same as Batman, as Dorothy Gale, as Dracula… you know, the other characters he has so much in common with. But the thing is, as I started to pluck out my five chosen versions of Scrooge, I saw so many others being left on the shelf. Great ones. Mediocre ones. Versions best remembered mostly for their hilarity. And I just could not, in good conscience, allow them to wallow.
So instead, I found myself pulling every version of A Christmas Carol I own from the DVD shelf — minus any TV episodes that covered this ground, because December is still only one month long — and stacking them up, and counting them. And lo and behold, I have 17. (I have seventeen versions of A Christmas Carol. What is wrong with me?) And it just so happens, this year, there are 17 weekdays in December before Christmas. It’s like fate, guys. Kismet. Insanity.
So, strap yourself in, because I’m gonna try to hit you with my reviews of every version of Dickens’s classic tale that I have. Now keep in mind, even this will not come close to being a comprehensive list. This is merely a list based on the versions I already own. A quick glance at Amazon.com confirms that I could easily find enough versions to do this again next Christmas without any duplicates! (Note to readers that I happen to be marrying in June of 2014: I promise not to do this again next Christmas.)
But this year, guys, you’re going to get the full force of my insanity as I slam you with Scrooge after Scrooge after Scrooge. Also characters that aren’t technically Scrooge, but are filling his role in different versions of the story. And also other fictional characters playing Ebenezer Scrooge. And this time, I’m not even gonna tell you who’s on the list. I’ll let you wonder.
So who is Ebenezer Scrooge, anyway? Well…
The Character: Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly owner of a counting house, ruthlessly squeezing money from his clients and mercilessly foreclosing on those who cannot pay. Although once a good, kind man, life has turned Scrooge cold and cruel. On one fateful Christmas Eve, it will be the task of three spirits to show him the error of his ways before it’s too late.
And if you want some pre-December goodness or suggestions for your own DVD player this holiday season, I invite you to check out last year’s Reel to Reel project, The Christmas Special, in which I gave the R2R treatment to 25 of the greatest Christmas TV specials ever made!