Richard Williams Animation – ‘A Christmas Carol’

A Christmas Carol is Richard Williams’ 1971 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella.  Chuck Jones was the executive producer.  The animation was drawn in the style of the original ‘A Christmas Carol’ illustrator, John Leech.  It was hand-drawn directly onto cels with grease pencil.  Alistair Sim reprised his role of Ebenezer Scrooge  (in the 1951 live-action version) by providing the voice of Scrooge in this animated version.  The half-hour film was broadcast on television by ABC on December 21, 1971, but was also released theatrically in order to qualify for consideration in the Academy Awards.  It won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Subject in 1972.