A Christmas Carol

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption.

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis David H. Venghaus Jr. Luca Kouimelis Jeffrey Schwartz
Genres: Animation, Family, Drama, Fantasy,
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures, ImageMovers,

A Christmas Carol - Season's Greedings - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 04-11-2009
  • Runtime: 94 Minutes
  • Popularity: 31.64
  • Vote Count: 3,524
  • IMDB Rating: 6.8
  • Budget: USD 200,000,000
  • Revenue: USD 325,286,646
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
  • Homepage: http://movies.disney.com/a-christmas-carol

Photo Name Character
Jim Carrey - Azwaad Movie Database Jim Carrey Scrooge / Ghosts of Christmas (voice)
Gary Oldman - Azwaad Movie Database Gary Oldman Bob Cratchit / Marley / Tiny Tim (voice)
Colin Firth - Azwaad Movie Database Colin Firth Fred (voice)
Robin Wright - Azwaad Movie Database Robin Wright Fan / Belle (voice)
Cary Elwes - Azwaad Movie Database Cary Elwes Portly Gentleman / Dick Wilkins / Fiddler / Business Man (voice)
Bob Hoskins - Azwaad Movie Database Bob Hoskins Fezziwig / Old Joe (voice)
Daryl Sabara - Azwaad Movie Database Daryl Sabara Apprentice / Caroler / Beggar / Peter Cratchit (voice)
Steve Valentine - Azwaad Movie Database Steve Valentine Funerary Undertaker / Topper (voice)
Sage Ryan - Azwaad Movie Database Sage Ryan Tattered Caroler (voice)
Amber Gainey Meade - Azwaad Movie Database Amber Gainey Meade Tattered Caroler / Well Dressed Caroler (voice)
Photo Name Department
Alan Silvestri-Sound Alan Silvestri Sound (Original Music Composer)
Robert Zemeckis-Writing Robert Zemeckis Writing (Screenplay)
Robert Zemeckis-Directing Robert Zemeckis Directing (Director)
Robert Zemeckis-Production Robert Zemeckis Production (Producer)
Steve Starkey-Production Steve Starkey Production (Producer)
Charles Dickens-Writing Charles Dickens Writing (Novel)
Tom Johnson-Sound Tom Johnson Sound (Sound Re-Recording Mixer)
Karen O'Hara-Art Karen O'Hara Art (Set Decoration)
Dennie Thorpe-Sound Dennie Thorpe Sound (Foley)
Jana Vance-Sound Jana Vance Sound (Foley)

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A Christmas Carol sings the haunted verses of Dickens through disjointed emotionless motion capture. “Bah! Humbug!” Zemeckis had always been fascinated with digital cinema. ‘The Polar Express’ was technological innovation at its more pure, yet ‘Beowulf’ stabbed itself through contrived art direction that failed to suit the dark environment it was showcasing. So when he heard the “House of Mouse” were adapting Dickens’ universally known tale (again...), he clearly joyfully jumped at the chance of producing more digital art. The inevitable question though is: why? Does a Victorian-era Christmas story warrant the unrefined technological advancement of motion capture? Yes and no, is the answer. The tale itself remains intact, following closer to Dickens’ words than any other adaptation that preceded this. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge encounters various spirits that show the repercussions of his selfish acts, in a bid to rid the evils of ignorance and want. I’ve seen it. You’ve seen it. Your nan has definitely seen it. And probably your pet dog too. Whether it be live-action, Mickey Mouse or The Muppets, you have almost indefinitely seen an adaptation of this famous novella. It’s an important moral that warrants the several iterations over the course of cinema, teaching families the significance of generosity and Christmas spirit. Much like its source material however, it’s a dark tale. Ghostly ghouls visiting an elderly lonely man, including his deceased business partner entrapped in shackles and the shadow of Sauron succumbing Scrooge to the depths of Mordor’s burning fires. Zemeckis took the core tone of Dickens’ novella and merged it with Disney’s typical holiday whimsicality. The end result? Inconsistent. It’s either too dark for children or too joyous for adults. The two jarring tones rarely worked, producing a conflicting adaptation. One moment Scrooge is dealing with a prostitute dragged away in a straining jacket. The next scene? Children having a snowball fight to the merry notes of Silvestri’s score. Neither producing an entirely cheerful Christmas flick or faithful replication. I’d rather have a 15-rated horror adaptation of A Christmas Carol, as intended of course. Now for the motion capture. It is what it is I suppose. A technical achievement for its time, utterly outdated a decade later. Character models were stilted. Eyes lacked any expression whatsoever. When close to candle lighting, resembled waxworks. The Ghost of Christmas Past just looked terrible, with its face mismatching the rest of its anthropomorphic candle body. Environmentally speaking, the scenery and inanimate objects were stunningly designed. It really felt like Christmas in Victorian-era London. Just a shame that Zemeckis only tested the limitations of animation through scenes of padding. Scrooge chased by a grim reaper for five minutes. Scrooge flying around London for three minutes. Scrooge slowly becoming Jim Carrey for the film’s entirety. Seemed like additional efforts for gimmicky 3D extravaganza than actual substance. Fortunately the voice acting was perfect. Carrey and his multitude of personas rarely matched Scrooge’s mundane lifestyle. But that’s why it worked so well! The various voices of the ghosts as well tested his voicing talent remarkably. Oldman as Cratchit added a touch of humility to the story, and again, suited the character perfectly. A Christmas Carol is a smorgasbord of tonal clashes and technical anomalies. For every fantastic aspect is a tiresome trope. The gorgeous scenery design is counteracted by horrific motion capture. The source material’s darkness is restrained by forced whimsicality in an attempt to appeal to the masses. It’s not the ideal Christmas present I asked for, but I can make do with its contents. Bah! Humbug!

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A tale that almost feels as old as time itself, one that is very much overtold. However, this 'A Christmas Carol' is a good retelling of Charles Dickens' work. Jim Carrey isn't necessarily firing on all cylinders, but is entertaining enough as Scrooge. Gary Oldman (Bob) and Colin Firth (Fred) are welcomed members of the voice cast, also. I quite like the tone of the film, as well as the design of the animation - which isn't amazing, some parts look like what you'd see in a video game, but it works well to set up the ambience of the London surroundings. There's good music from Alan Silvestri, too. Overall, I'd recommend it - admittedly I do enjoy the story of Ebenezer a lot.

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