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The Stingiest Man in Town (1978)

Country of Origin: USA
Date of Original Broadcast: 23 December 1978
Number of Seasons: n/a
Total Number of Episodes: 1
Episode Running Time: 49 mins
Format: 35mm
Colour Format: colour
Ratio: 1.33:1
Sound: mono

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Company Rankin/Bass Productions Inc
Produced by: Arthur Rankin Jr, Jules Bass
Associate Producer: Masaki Tizuka

SCRIPT
Written by: Romeo Muller
Novel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Book and Lyrics: Janice Torre

DIRECTION
Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr, Jules Bass

ANIMATION
Animation Supervisor: Tsuguyuki Kubo
Animation Coordinator: Toru Hara
Animation Director: Katsuhisa Yamada
Animation: Yoshiko Sasaki, Masahiro Yoshida
Background Design: Minoru Nishida
Backgrounds: Kazusuke Yoshihara, Kazuko Ito
Layouts: Kazuyuki Kobayashi, Tadakatsu Yoshida, Hidemi Kubo

MUSIC
Music: Fred Spielman
Music Arranged and Conducted by: Bernard Hoffer
Vocal Arrangements: Jerry Graff
Music Supervision: Maury Laws

SONGS AND ADDITIONAL MUSIC
"A Christmas Carol/Overture"
Performed by Tom Bosley

"An Old Fashioned Christmas"
Performed by Tom Bosley

"The Stingiest Man in Town"
Performed by Tom Bosley

"Birthday Party of The King"
Performed by Tom Bosley

"Humbug!"
Performed by Dennis Day, Walter Matthau

"I Wear a Chain"
Performed by Theodore Bikel

"Golden Dreams"
Performed by Debra Clinger, Robert Morse

"It Might Have Been"
Performed by Debra Clinger, Robert Morse

"Yes, There is a Santa Claus"
Performed by Debra Clinger, Bobby Rolofson

"One Little Boy"
Performed by Paul Frees, Walter Matthau

"The Christmas Spirit (reprise)"
Performed by Walter Matthau

"Mankind Should Be My Business"
Performed by Walter Matthau

SOUND
Sound Recording: John Curcio, Dave Iveland, John Richards, Robert Elder
Sound Effects: Tom Clack

DESIGN
Design: Paul Coker Jr

VOICES
Walter Matthau (Ebenezer Scrooge)
Tom Bosley (narrator, B.A.H. Humbug)
Theodore Bikel (Jacob Marley)
Robert Morse (young Scrooge)
Dennis Day (Nephew Fred)
Paul Frees (Ghost of Christmas Past / Ghost of Christmas Present)
Sonny Melendrez (Bob Cratchit)
Debra Clinger (Martha Cratchit)
Bobby Rolofson (Tiny Tim)
Steffani Calli (Belinda Cratchit)
Eric Hines (Peter Cratchit)
Dee Stratton
Darlene Conley (Mrs Cratchit)
Shelby Flint
Diana Lee
Charles Matthau (the boy)

PLOT SUMMARY

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more ghosts 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?

AVAILABILITY

USA
Television Distributors: ABC

TIMELINE

1978
December

23: USA - television broadcast

POSTER TAGS

Meet Scrooge...

LINKS

SEE ALSO
A Christmas Carol (adaptations)

REFERENCES

BOOKS

A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc (2000)) pp.202-203
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KEYWORDS

animation, book into film, christmas, ghosts, misers


Last Updated: 1 January, 2009

 


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