There's a new release of a 50th-anniversary Blu-ray of the special, which remains one of the best Scrooges you can watch on TV. Here's a top 10 list OK, a top 12 list to enjoy.
10. Scrooge (1970) • Albert Finney is great in this musical, but the music itself is just so-so. There are better songs in "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol."
9. A Diva's Christmas Carol (2000) Before she was a diva on "Ugly Betty" or "Desperate Housewives," Vanessa Williams was camping it up as Ebony Scrooge a pop-music diva who's visited by three Christmas ghosts (one played by Kathy Griffin!) in this over-the-top TV movie.
8. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) C'mon, how can you not love Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and Miss Piggy as his wife? Oh, and Michael Caine as Scrooge?
7. Scrooged (1988) • Bill Murray plays Scrooge as a network TV executive who is visited by a ghost of Christmas future (John Forsythe) who's decomposing, a ghost of Christmas past who's a cab driver (David Johansen) and a ghost of Christmas present (Carol Kane) who keeps beating him up.
6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) • No, this isn't an adaptation of Dickens, but the spirit is there. Think about it mean, unpleasant guy who hates other people enjoying Christmas but who eventually embraces it when his heart grows three sizes.
5. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988) • The nicest man in England (Rowan Atkinson) is transformed into the meanest man in England in this hilarious parody.
4. A Christmas Carol (1984) and A Christmas Carol (1999) • George C. Scott starred in the former; Patrick Stewart starred in the latter and these are arguably the two finest portrayals of Ebenezer Scrooge ever delivered on the small screen.
3. A Christmas Carol (1938) and A Christmas Carol (1951): Reginald Owen starred in the former; Alistair Sim starred in the latter and these are arguably the two finest portrayals of Ebenezer Scrooge ever delivered on the big screen.
2. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) • This charmer is great for kids and will entertain parents and grandparents as well. And Scrooge McDuck is perfectly cast as, well, you-know-who.
1. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) • I defy you to watch this and not go away singing about razzleberry dressing.