A Christmas Carol is a lovely story of despair and redemption, but the part that stays with me is the scary scary image of The Ghost of Christmas Future. No matter what version I've seen, that fellow terrifies me, in his long black robe, pointing silently at doom. Eeeeek. As a kid, he scared the bejeebers out of me, and reminded me to always keep Christmas in my heart. He's even kind of spooky in The Muppet Christmas Carol, my second favorite version of the story. Okay, it's not very literary, but it has Michael Caine and Kermit the Frog. How can that be wrong?
Many TV shows have also done their versions of A Christmas Carol. My favorite here is WKRP in Cincinnati, with Johnny Fever as the Ghost of Christmas Future in his Black Death t-shirt. He's a bit overshadowed, though, by Venus Flytrap as Christmas Present in a red velvet fur trimmed Earth Wind and Fire Santa suit.
It says something about the lasting power of Dickens' story that it has lasted and been remade in so many permutations. From a 1901 silent British version to the hectic looking 3D cartoon that Disney released this year, Scrooge keeps on humbugging. Who knows what it will look like in 2109?