A Christmas Carol Being a Ghost Story of Christmas (1971)

USA, 21 December
35mm film, colour, 4:3

An American animated fantasy television film directed by Richard Williams. Originally made for American television, it was later released theatrically and become the only adaptation of to win an Oscar. The Academy subsequently changed its rules to ensure that films previously shown on television couldn't become eligible for Oscar nomination.

Plot Summary

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer is visited on Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more will appear during the night trying to show Scrooge the error of his ways. As the night wears on, he's visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. But will even they be enough to soften old Scrooge's heart?


* = uncredited

Director: Richard Williams
[copyright not given on screen]
A Richard Williams production
Executive Producer: Chuck Jones
Production Supervisor: Roy Naisbitt
Co-ordination: Mick Manning
By: Charles Dickens
Guest Artist: Abe Levitow
Associate Artist: Hal Ambro, George Nicholas
Master Animator: Ken Harris
Animators: Bill Hajee, Sergio Simonetti, Roy Naisbitt, Janet Chapman, Anwar Rassam
Camera: Roy W. Watford
Editors: Ben Rayner, Michael Crane
Processing: Studio Film Laboratories, London
Music and Special Sounds: Tristram Cary
Playing: Sinfonia of London
Singing: The children of Elliott School
Dubbing Mixer: Malcolm Bristow
Design Supervision: Richard Purdum
Graphic Advisor: Bill Rhoads
Craftsmen: Tony White, Tony Hall, Jeffrey Short, John Miller, Ronald Stefanich, Richard Burdett, Malcolm Draper, Barbara Davies, Janine Arthy, Sue Andrews, Joan Freestone, Deirdre Newman, Marianne MacKay, Russell Hall, Penny Booth, Chris Knott, Alan Ball
Production Consultant: Omar Ali-Shah

Told by Michael Redgrave
Alastair Sim as “Scrooge”
Michael Hordern (Marley's ghost)
Diana Quick (Ghost of Christmas Past)
Joan Sims (Mrs Cratchit)
Paul Whitsun-Jones (ragpicker/Fezziwig)
David Tate (Scrooge's nephew/charity man)
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 [Tiny Tim] *


Films in Review vol.35 no.10 (December 1984) p.630 – note

A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida p.197 – credits