Friday, December 5, 2014

Richard William's 'A Christmas Carol'

In 1970, Richard Williams, known for Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Thief and the Cobbler, directed an animated version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol for the American Broadcasting Company. Ken Harris, who worked on a number of Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera cartoons as well as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, served as chief animator. The animation style, aimed at an adult audience, is based on original 19th century engravings for the book by John Leech and Gustave Doré. The resulting film is dark and completely unique. It won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 1972. Watch it below: