Monday, December 12, 2011

Movie Monday: Scrooge

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To Europe With Kids presents Movie Monday as a weekly feature to recommend films that might expose children and their families to any small bit of European history, folklore, scenery, or animated imagery as entertainment, perhaps new knowledge, or just a couple of hours of electronic babysitting.
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Acquaint your family with the haunts and landmarks of a Victorian London Christmas by watching this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1843 novelette, Scrooge.  Filmed in the U.K. in 1970, it stars Albert Finney as Ebenezer Scrooge and Alec Guinness as Marley's ghost.  Even though this film is rated G, some of the more intense scenes involving the three ghosts may not be suitable for very small children, but that's what the fast-forward button is for.  The songs are entertaining, and Scrooge's change of heart from cold-souled miser to grateful individual after the spirit visitations on Christmas Eve make for a happy ending and holiday message the whole family will enjoy.

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