While I don't exactly hate A Christmas Carol, I hate that so many shows feel the need to have to do it because it's public domain. The Simpsons made a bold statement about how everyone milked that goat years ago. Though there are some alterations I enjoyed.How about all the variations on A CHRISTMAS CAROL? I'm pretty sure both BEWITCHED and THE ODD COUPLE did episodes like that.
Pepper Ann did their's about Valentine's Day, Rosanne I swear did one for Halloween, and Teen Titans Go did one for Black Friday which was admittedly a fairly enjoyable episode.
As far as actual adaptions go, there's no going wrong with Mr. Magoo. That's probably my favorite adaption, especially since the special shakes things up by having the Ghost of the Present first, then the Past. It gives a different perspective that pays off.
Other than that, what really bugs me about the reuse of Christmas Carol is that the messages of the adaptions always seem to have a sliding level of obscuring the true meaning of the book. Dickens pretty much ranted about the Industrial Revolution and how it was screwing the heck out of the poor via exploitative labor and shiftless businessmen. And most of those have that in tact, at least as background. Sure, we have that standard Christmas message, but I really feel that background is needed to enjoy the story from a literary perspective.
UGH! Is that the one with the creepy swirling music introduction that sounds like it came out of a serial killer movie? I HATE that one, and have been trying to find out who's responsible for that horrid cover. Now, I have a soft spot for 1980's synth pop. There's a campy goodness level to it. But 90's synth pop is the worst! And even the singing performance feels flat and listless. Especially the half[butt]ed scatting at the end of it. I'm glad to say I haven't heard much of that this year so far.Tell me about it. When 106.7 started playing that stupid drum machine ladened Winter Wonderland again, I just turned down the volume and listened to Red Baron on YouTube until it was over, lol.