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YMMV / A Christmas Carol: The Musical

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  • Ho Yay: Scrooge and Marley already had some of this in the book, but the musical and especially the film version take it even further. Here, besides being business partners, they're genuinely good friends to the point where Scrooge seems more upset at Marley dying than his fiancé leaving him. The first thing Marley's ghost does upon appearing is burst into tears and hug his "dear, dear Scrooge," he looks nostalgic and puts a hand over his heart when talking about the Ghost of Christmas Past (who in this version shows Scrooge his partnership with Marley among other things), and his younger self does a lot of staring when Scrooge is with Emily.
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  • Narm Charm: Kelsey Grammer's performance, especially his singing, is overdone at times but a lot of fun.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • During the number “Link By Link”, several ghosts appear in Scrooge’s bedroom and sing about how they wasted their chances to do good in their lives. Some also look quite disturbing like an old colleague of Scrooge and Marley’s being a skeleton and one man carrying around his decapitated head under his arm. To further drive home their point, the ghosts throw their chains around Scrooge and tell him that this could be his fate if he doesn’t change.
    • In the movie, Mrs. Mops and the undertaker selling Scrooge's goods to Old Joe includes a shot of her yanking the pillow out from under Scrooge's dead body, letting the viewer see his upper half and face. Mops' role up to that point had been as a kind person with comic relief, making her spiteful glee at his death even worse.
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  • Nightmare Retardant: Because it goes with an elderly woman in white rather than the traditional Grim Reaper look, this film has one of the least fearsome Ghosts of Christmas Yet to Come of any adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The Christmas Past sequence shows Scrooge's mother forced to send young Ebenezer and Fan away to work after their father is sent to debtor's prison. She sadly holds them and urges them to retain their hope and kind hearts through adversity, singing "God Bless Us Every One," and the Ghost of Christmas Past remarks that she died soon afterward, meaning that this moment was likely the last time the two children ever saw their mother.
    • Scrooge is utterly despondent at the future he sees, asking how it can be when he's learned so much and his heart is so full.
    • Tiny Tim's death, as in all versions. Bob sings an utterly broken reprise of "You Mean More to Me Than Anything" at his son's grave before breaking down in tears.
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    • In the future, as Scrooge begs for another chance, he sees everyone he spurned singing "God Bless Us Every One" as a sign of forgiveness. Then he sees the spirits of his mother and sister, and Scrooge himself joins in with the song.
    • The last event the Ghost of Christmas Past brings Scrooge to see is the death of Jacob Marley. Poor Scrooge can't do a thing; he's forced to rewatch Marley's collapse and death in his past self's arms.
    Scrooge: "He was my only friend..."


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