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Title : The Death of the Ghost of Christmas Present
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In the 1980's, Disney tried to be edgy by making 2 "horror" movies: "The Watcher in the Woods" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes". Both tried so hard to be scary, but were only able to pull off "mildly creepy". Disney made THIS with not even intending to be a horror movie and it's the scariest movie ever put out by Disney themselves.
We watched this together as a family one year, thinking it would be fun happy Christmas Carol adaptation filled with the joys and wonders of Christmas. We couldn't have been anymore mistaken. We turned it off as Scrooge was asking about the claw under the robe. The movie had already been unbearably dark and creepy and we knew it was probably going to get worse with the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Thank goodness we turned it off because we got ourselves spared from this scene. To this day I still haven't finished the movie. I am aware this adaptation is the most true to its original source material, but why was this marketed as a family movie? How many children did this traumatize? How is it possible for a Christmas Carol to be adapted into a beyond-Coraline-level-terrifying animated movie? What is wrong with Disney thinking that this is family friendly? What does a man aging rapidly and becomming a rotting corpse that is still moving and laughing have remotely ANYTHING TO DO WITH "MERRY CHRISTMAS"!!!???
Christmas Present was known to have a darker side, and I love how this version showed it! The maniacal laugh and fading away to dust was just perfect! I'm a huge fan of the book, and this is probably my favorite interpretation of this scene. It was a bit different, but in all the right ways. It really makes sure the audience is paying attention by throwing this at your face.. its almost like you're right there in Scrooges shoes. Its uncomfortable to watch, AS IT SHOULD BE. And I love it!
I also would like to add that the reason why Ignorance pulled out a knife and said, "Are there no prisons?" is also because, sadly, alot of people who grow up in poverty end up in crime. In a demented way, Scrooge had said previously before being haunted by all these ghosts that, "Are there no prisons?" to say that the poor should just be thrown there because prison is a better refuge than what they currently have. Also, Want said, "Are there no workhouses?" because a "workhouse" as she was referring to, is actually a whorehouse. In those days, women who were poor often were mistreated and were forced to go to the streets to make money. I loved how Want ended up being tied up in restraints because in many cases, prostitutes often ended up in solitary confinement because they were deemed "mentally unfit."
Man this movie did not age well. That's the problem with jumping on the latest trend in animation/cgi, it will look extremely dated very quickly. Whereas something live action or done in a more classic style will stand up for much longer. I just finished the Muppet Christmas Carol because I was feeling nostalgic and none of the age is really that noticeable. It's so minor that it's not distracting.
Watching this was like a cutscene in an old video game.
Tsk, tsk, tsk. Mr. Zemeckis, I don't think you grasp what the meaning of this story is. This is supposed to be a story about caring for your fellow man, not a horror story. This movie depicts the three spirits as demons from hell, not as the benevolent beings that are there to help Scrooge with his redemption, as they should be.
Incredibly impactful, though I'm iffy on whether I like the change or feel like the narrative of the Ignorance and Want scene is as impactful without the bodies of The Ghost of Christmas Present and Ignorance and Want morphing since at this point in the story Scrooge is truly supposed to be getting it and realizing the impact of his ways on everyone he encounters and neglects to acknowledge. I do like it cause I could see Dickins actually finding it a brilliant visual metaphor.