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Children's Versions of A Christmas Carol

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Dickens' classic tale, A Christmas Carol, has become a holiday tradition for the ages. Several movies depicting the timeless story have been made, but most of them would be too long, and even too scary, for small children. Here are a few kids' versions of the story that families can enjoy together.

1. Mickey's Christmas Carol

Mickey Holiday Classics
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The DVD Classic Cartoon Favorites, Vol. 9 - Classic Holiday Stories contains several classic animated Disney Christmas holiday shows, including "Mickey's Christmas Carol." Honestly, there will never be another kids/family adaptation of A Christmas Carol that will ever compare to this one. In this delightful version of the story, Scrooge McDuck learns about the meaning of Christmas from the three Christmas Spirits and makes Bob Cratchit (Mickey) his partner. The film is the perfect length for families, without leaving out any of the important elements of the story. I can't let a Christmas go by that our family doesn't watch this one several times. (recommended for all ages)
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2. Disney's A Christmas Carol

Disney's A Christmas Carol
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Disney's A Christmas Carol presents the classic Dickens tale Jim Carrey style. With Jim playing several of the major characters, including Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, his unique brand of comedy is injected throughout the film. The Disney version of the story features performance capture animation and 3D technology that make the thrilling flights through the streets of London and scary encounters with ghosts all the more realistic. The movie is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and also in a 4-disc combo pack which contains a 3D version of the movie for those who have a 3D enabled TV and player.  (Due to scary scenes, this movie is recommended for ages 8+)

3. The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol
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Musical-comedy adaptation of Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" featuring the Muppets. Miser Ebenezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas and reforms his heartless and money-grubbing ways after being visited on Christmas Eve by four Ghosts: his old business partners Jacob and Marley, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Rated G. (Ages 4+)

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4. Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure

Dora's Christmas Carol
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Travel with Dora to Christmas past, present and future as she and her friends try to help Swiper understand the error of his ways before it's too late. An endearing holiday special, Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure will enchant young fans of Dora and help them learn about the joy of giving and the importance of friendship. The DVD version of this feature-length adventure contains six minutes of the story that will not be shown on TV when the special airs as well as two exclusive music videos. (NR, recommended for preschoolers)
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5. Barbie in A Christmas Carol

Barbie in a Christmas Carol
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Barbie stars in her first ever holiday movie in this remake of the classic Dickens tale. Eden Starling (played by Barbie) is a glamorous singer in Victorian England. She was brought up believing that only the selfish succeed, and it is an adage she holds to faithfully. One year, she insists that her staff work through the Christmas holiday, dashing their hopes of being with their friends and families. That very night, though, she is visited by three spirits who try to help her see the joy of selflessness. NR. (Ages 3-8)

6. The Flintstones: A Flintstone's Christmas Carol

A Flintstones Christmas Carol
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Who better to play a Scrooge than Fred Flintstone? Fans of The Flintstones will not be disappointed in this holiday special based on A Christmas Carol. The cartoon is lively and fun, but it still drives home the inspiring message of giving and good will. With bright animation and funny characters, the whole family can enjoy this one together. (Ages 2+)
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7. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
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Anyone up for some Razzleberry Dressing? This holiday classic has many memorable lines and songs which you may remember from watching the special as a kid. A truly heart-warming rendition of the Dickens classic, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol has been delighting families since 1962. The show is also available on The Original Christmas Classics DVD set - the Keepsake edition with 7 holiday stories (Buy Direct). (Ages 2+)
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8. The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol

The Smurfs A Christmas Carol
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The Smurfs CG animated version of A Christmas Carol can be found on the Blu-ray Smurfs/Christmas Carol combo pack that includes the Smurfs movie as well. The version of the story is short but sweet, well-animated, and very colorful. Seeing Smurf village decorated for Christmas is about as whimsical as it gets. In the story, Grouchy is of course feeling a little Scroogish, but Papa sends three Christmas visitors to help him regain his Christmas spirit.
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9. An All Dogs Christmas Carol

An All Dogs Christmas Carol
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Featuring the characters from the film All Dogs Go to Heaven, this gritty canine version of A Christmas Carol presents the story of when Carface gets a visit from three ghosts on Christmas eve. Feeling guilty about his life of crime, Carface resolves to thwart the Christmas-crushing plans of the evil Belladonna and return the things he stole. (Rated G)

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10. Sesame Street - A Sesame Street Christmas Carol (DVD) (2006)

A Sesame Street Christmas Carol
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A twist on the Dickens classic, A Sesame Street Christmas Carol relates a tale about Oscar the Grouch and how he finds something to like about Christmas. Oscar is visited by three ghosts: The Ghost of Christmas past, a famous British Grouch; The Ghost of Christmas Present, a cheery talking Christmas tree; and The Ghost of Christmas Future, a floating robot. The ghosts show Oscar various films to help him find the Christmas Spirit, and the films feature many beloved Sesame Street characters. (The story does not follow the Dickens tale exactly, but has similar elements.) (Ages 2-5 years)
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