Balladeer’s Blog continues its TENTH Annual Christmas Carol-A-Thon!
JON MALIN’S CHRISTMAS CAROL (2019) – We can all have A Very Malin Christmas with this audio play version of A Christmas Carol. Internet cult figure CECIL of Cecil Says fame stars as Scrooge and, since he sounds a lot like Buddy Hackett he gives this Carol a healthy retro feel so young and old alike can enjoy it.
Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog will remember Jon Malin from Graveyard Shift Volume Two, covered earlier this year. Rest assured this Yuletide production is very holiday-ish, lest Malin’s association with the monsters from Graveyard Shift cause raised eyebrows (except by Malin himself, of course, who is often ribbed for supposedly not having any).
Productions of A Christmas Carol are all about who plays Scrooge, naturally, and Cecil, “who is life AND who is love” as the saying goes, doesn’t disappoint. And best of all this Carol is being done for charity, raising money for some wonderful people. No, not the Malin Militia, but the good people at Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Moving on to the Carol itself:
Jon Malin’s Christmas Carol is terrific for Carol fanatics like me since it uses nothing but Dickens’ own words, letting listeners relish the virtual prose poetry of Charles’ work. People who dismiss A Christmas Carol as a children’s story can listen to this audio drama and learn to appreciate the depth of the writing.
As for the performers, they are not professional thespians. So they won’t get to kiss in any Star Wars movies. (It’s a joke. Lighten up.) Seriously, though, the individual performances vary wildly but remember, it’s a charity benefit so normal standards of criticism don’t apply.
How would I judge this version against other audio versions of A Christmas Carol? Obviously it’s nowhere near my all-time favorite, the 1991 recording of Patrick Stewart’s one-man performance of the Dickens tale. On the other hand, it definitely packs more emotional punch than Ponsett’s Christmas Carol but not as much as the Orson Welles radio version. And since Scrooge and the Stars is intended as comedy it’s not a fair comparison.
As for other spoken word renditions of the Carol, Malin’s production is about equal to Bah! Humbug!, the version with James Earl Jones and Martin “Eyes of a Rapist” Sheen reading aloud from the novel. This Malin piece is DEFINITELY more moving than the televised reading by Dr Frank Baxter, who made everything sound as dry as the educational films he used to present.
Jon Malin’s Christmas Carol is NOT a “book on tape,” since it is not word for word from the entire Dickens novel, but is also more complete than the prompt-copy that Charles Dickens himself used for his public readings.
Tune into this production while wrapping gifts and soak in the holiday feel. NOTE: The opening of this YouTube video shows brief scenes from silent horror films since that’s the standard opening for the acclaimed series Malin After Midnight, of which this is a special presentation.
For this Christmas Carol click HERE
FOR MORE VERSIONS OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/category/a-christmas-carol-2/