Wednesday 21 December 2011


Apologies, but I'm on about A Christmas Carol yet again...

Every year – pretty much without fail – somebody, somewhere comes up with a fresh take on Charles Dickens' seemingly immortal story: a newly illustrated edition, perhaps, or a stage, film or TV version that sets out to tell the oft-told tale anew.

Mr Magoo, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, The Flintstones and The Jetsons have all – for better or worse – had a go!

This year it's the turn of the on-line kid's show character, Ruffus the Dog and his puppet chums to tackle the classic.

It's not quite The Muppet's Christmas Carol and All Dogs Go to Heaven were there first with a canine re-working of the Carol, but it's got great charm and – all one can ask really – an obvious desire to capture the spirit of the original: which it does, wonderfully...

And here's a little behind-the-scenes video showing how a handful of people with, clearly, very limited resources, spent four days putting together their engaging little film.

You can visit Ruffus the Dog's website here; and you can read an interview with Ruffus' creator, Rob Mills, here.

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