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Friday, March 29, 2013

A Christmas Carol (09)

How do you sell a story that everybody knows already, and is as old as time? Easy, you just animate it, IMAX style (3D where possible) and give it a few new twists. At least that what Walt Disney attempted to do in today’s telling of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. They were successful in that attempt, at least for my $8.50. While I admit I was bored at times because I was already familiar with the story line. I was entertained as well. The animation was breattaking. The storyline was as creative as possible and the sight gags fresh and funny. (I especially liked the icicles breaking apart in front of a sliding Scrooge.) Jim Carry provided the voice of Old Ebenezer Scrooge. He was also the voices of all three Christmas spirts as well as the younger and middle-aged Scrooges. He did them all to perfection. He was amazing in all his endeavors and successful in his attempt to entertain the mostly young audience. The overly verbose mothers were mostly silent when he spoke. This is definitely fun for the whole family. There are some dark elements but nothing any intelligent kid over 7 should not be able to handle. The movie was 96 minutes of fun and entertainment. Grade B+

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

Talk to you soon!

Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm