This is new to me.
The good news: there was going to be a Ronald Searle-drawn animated adaptation of Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
The bad news: the project did not happen.
The good news: LIFE Magazine presented Searle's concept art -- and these became the drawings for a Searle edition of A CHRISTMAS CAROL book edition.
Via Matt Jones' "Ronald Searle in America" Facebook page:
"Did you know Ronald Searle almost made an animated film of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'? Unfortunately it didn't pan out and his pitch drawings were published in LIFE magazine then expanded for an edition of the novel."