A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas, broadcast in December 1971

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Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol
 

Season unknown, Episode unknown

Directed by Richard Williams

Broadcast in December, 1971: An animated version of Charles Dickens' famous holiday story. Produced by Chuck Jones and Richard Williams, with animation art by: Hal Ambro, Sue Andrews, Janinie Arthy, Alan Ball, Penny Booth, Richard Burdett, Janet Chapman, Barbara Davies, Malcolm Draper, Joan Freestone, Bill Hajee, Russell Hall, Tony Hall, Ken Harris, Chris Knott, Abe Levitow, Marianne MacKay, John Miller, Roy Naisbitt, Deirdre Newman, George Nicholas, Anwar Rassam, Jeff Short, Sergio Simonetti, Ronald Stefanich and Tony White

The known actors: Alastair Sim (Ebenezer Scrooge), Michael Redgrave (narrator), Michael Hordern (Marley's ghost), Diana Quick (the ghost of Christmas past), Joan Sims (Mrs Cratchit), Paul Whitsun-Jones (Fezzwig, and the rag picker), David Tate (Scrooge's nephew), Felix Felton (the ghost of Christmas present), Annie West (the ghost of Christmas yet to come), Melvyn Hayes (Bob Cratchit), Marry Ellen Ray (Mrs. Dilber), Alexander Williams (Tiny Tim), The Children of Elliott School, Putney, England (choir).

 

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Produced for television, this show with an all star cast was thought to be so exceptional that it was shown in movie theaters just long enough to qualify for an Oscar nomination. It not only won an oscar, but stands alone as the only made-for-tv animation to win an oscar. After winning an Oscar, the rules were changed so that no made-for-television show could ever win an Oscar again, even if it became a theater hit later. The animated characters were carefully drawn in the same style as the John Leech illustrations for the original edition of the Charles Dickens novel.