Which version of "A Christmas Carol?" ALL OF THEM.
December 15, 2016 8:44 AM   Subscribe

jumps ahead to the 44-minute point, when Scrooge wakes up to discover that it's only Christmas morning, the spirits did it all in one night, and ... it's rather insane in a good way.

I continue to be in favor of the sort of obsessive behavior that drives projects such as this. Next up, can we please have a mega-edit of EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD singing Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah?
posted by philip-random at 8:52 AM on December 15, 2016 [1 favorite]

Whatchoo mean, "Everyone"?!

(This is great.)
posted by chavenet at 9:09 AM on December 15, 2016

Needs more of one of my favorite scenes - one that is too often left out :
This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.
posted by Death and Gravity at 9:26 AM on December 15, 2016 [6 favorites]

I knew there were quite a few versions of A Christmas Carol (back in the 1980s and 1990s it seemed to be obligatory for every last damn sitcom to do A Christmas Carol episode), but it boggles my mind to read that there are 400.
posted by orange swan at 9:27 AM on December 15, 2016 [1 favorite]

So many Scrooges! This is fantastic.
posted by ilovewinter at 9:32 AM on December 15, 2016

Advanced-level question - does it use any clips from Rod Serling's A Carol For Another Christmas? I've been trying to track that sucker down since about 2006, ever since I wrote about it for a freelance gig.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:43 AM on December 15, 2016 [1 favorite]

There is only one true Scrooge.
posted by fairmettle at 9:57 AM on December 15, 2016 [5 favorites]

Needs more Bee Movie.
posted by Mchelly at 11:08 AM on December 15, 2016

I love how it opens with an ersatz Foghorn Leghorn.
posted by My Dad at 11:10 AM on December 15, 2016

I struggle to imagine having so much free time that something like this is possible.
posted by tommasz at 11:25 AM on December 15, 2016 [1 favorite]

Patrick Stewart in less than 3 minutes from the start. This satisfies me.
posted by radwolf76 at 12:59 PM on December 15, 2016 [1 favorite]

God bless us, every one.
posted by ob1quixote at 2:15 PM on December 15, 2016

Advanced-level question - does it use any clips from Rod Serling's A Carol For Another Christmas?

There's a list of the source material used starting at 48:40, sorted chronologically by year - A Carol For Another Christmas does appear to be there under 1964, but as for where it appears in the whole thing that's another mystery.
posted by eykal at 2:23 PM on December 15, 2016

Also, be warned, there is some NSFW dialog in this, from what seems to be dramatic readings of erotic Christmas Carol fanfic.
posted by radwolf76 at 5:12 PM on December 15, 2016

This is amazing!
posted by Wretch729 at 5:15 PM on December 15, 2016 [1 favorite]

This. This is a beautiful thing.
posted by Faintdreams at 2:27 PM on December 16, 2016

I love this so much, thanks for posting. I have started watching it the second of the 70 times that I will need to fully absorb it.
posted by Duffington at 1:20 PM on December 19, 2016

It had to be done, and I'm glad it was done so well. Thanks!
posted by Rash at 2:56 PM on December 20, 2016

I watched this last night. It is amazing. When this came by MeFi I was like "meh, neat stunt". But sitting down and watching it as an actual movie on the TV was a terrific experience. Specifically the way that Dickens' text sings so strongly. Normal movies have consistent actors, sets, costumes, filming style. The supercut randomizes that all the way so all that's left is the script itself, the text. It's marvelous.

Also the text is marvelously subverted. Some of my favorite moments are the bits that go off-script to include a breakfast cereal advertisement or a bit of amateur porn. Parts are pretty hilarious. But it's never dumb or cheap, the poignant story is at the center.

It's also a neat video editing stunt. I can't imagine how one goes about finding and organizing four hundred original sources to make something like this. I mean he goes from a Lionel Barrymore radio recording to a Honey Nut Cheerios ad to Ayn Rand's Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. There's a full list of sources in the last few minutes of the video but, alas, I can't find it in text form.

Heath Waterman has achieved something impressive here.
posted by Nelson at 7:16 AM on December 25, 2016 [2 favorites]

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