I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humor with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.
Their faithful Friend and Servant, C.D.
And so it begins….our annual encounter with one of the most famous Christmas books of all times.
Last weekend I went to see the new Disney Animation version of this classic tale. It is brilliantly done, especically the 3-D version. I chose to go alone and check out the movie before I took my youngest and his friends. That it turned out, was a very wise choice. I might just be really whimpy, but there were moments when I was really scared in a ghostly sort of way.
One moment that stood out for me and had me hiding behind my coat, was when the door knocker was the scary floating ghost of Marley. AHhhhhhhh
Jim Carrey does a brilliant job portraying all of the characters. I love all of the flying one gets to do with spirits. We travel all through London in old times, present times, and present times looking at the future. It really feels like you're flying. It was so much fun.
The makers of this film really stuck true to the story which allowed those of us who know the story to get involved as a participant in the film as opposed to criticizing it. Another element which draws the viewer in , is the use of very familiar christmas carols. At the viewing I was at, people were singing loudly. It really added to the experience. It is because this movie is an experience that I caution taking young children to it or very imaginative children to it.
At dinner that night I had a wonderful conversation with the kids about this story and Charles Dickens. We've decided to listen to it and audible has made it easy. They are offering a rendering being read by Tim Curry for free. One can also find sites on-line that offer the book free of charge in its entirety.