For years, I've been looking for Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol and A Child's Christmas in Wales on DVD. Those two television shows and the movie Scrooge! with Albert Finney have been the Christmas specials I loved best so far in my life, along with A Christmas Memory, the original presentation of the Truman Capote with Geraldine Page.
This year, Mr. Magoo and A Child's Christmas in Wales are finally available! And Ken got them for me!
We watched Mr. Magoo Friday and A Child's Christmas in Wales Saturday. They were absolutely as wonderful as I remembered.
Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol is a fairly literal cartoon translation of the Dickens story, with some great songs like "I'm All Alone in the World," and "Razzleberry Pudding." I think it may have been the first version of A Christmas Carol I ever saw, since I was only 10 when it came out. At any rate, I watched it every year until they stopped showing it on tv, and I missed it after that. I highly recommend it as a way to introduce children to the story, and as a treat for grownup kids, too.
A Child's Christmas in Wales with Denholm Elliott is simply magical. There is no other way to describe the spell that Dylan Thomas's words weave as the grandfather tells the story to his grandson on Christmas Eve. I believe that Thomas was the most gifted storyteller there has ever been.
The battle with the cats..the aunts and uncles in the parlor..balloons and carolling and snow ("It always snowed at Christmas")..the "useful presents" and the "useless presents," even a Christmas fire.. all of it is just the perfect essence of Christmas, beautifully presented, and now I own it and can watch it whenever I want to.
I tell you, he could not have pleased me more with diamonds.
And I'm glad he let me have these presents early, so I could have them to feed my Christmas spirit:)