When it comes to Christmas stories, there are none better than the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol (sorry Ralphie). Published 164 years ago this month, the book has inspired so many retellings, it would be impossible to count, from radio, theater, movies to television, strait forward versions to parodies, and even a couple musicals with everyone from Alastair Sim, George C. Scott and Bill Murray filling the shoes of Ebenezer Scrooge and of course there was Scrooge McDuck. Even Susan Lucci and Vanessa Williams have given female adaptations of the miser. And the remakes keep coming with Jim Carrey will lend his motion capture and voice to a Robert Zemeckis 3D animated version that will come to a theater near you at the end of 2009.
The story of course is a tale of how it is never late to turn your life around and that we are never truly lonely if we do so. And a quick look into his past, present and yet to come, Ebenezer realized himself that it was time to chance before he ended up like his former partner Jacob Marley. It is odd with all the different version of the story, not one Jacob Marley character has given the likeness of Rastafarian like Bob. Mmm, maybe I should write my own version. But anyways.
There have actually been so many retellings of the story that even Scooter McGavin himself has appeared in one. I played a young Ebenezer Scrooge in a classic version, with Victorian clothing and all, and got to make out with the token hot chick for a month or so while “rehearsing.” Nice work if you can get it. That along would get A Christmas Carol inducted to the Scooter Hall of Fame, but considering no mater who made it, or how they reinterpreted, virtually any version of the story is a good one.