Disney's A Christmas Carol

Disney's A Christmas Carol

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Director: Robert Zemeckis, Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth

Cast: Robert Zemeckis, Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth

     
 

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Robert Zemeckis directs this animated version of the Yuletide classic A Christmas Story. The story centers on Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), a penny-pinching miser who cares nothing for the people around him, least of all his hopelessly downtrodden employee Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman) and infectiously optimistic nephew, Fred (Colin Firth). On Christmas Eve,

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Robert Zemeckis directs this animated version of the Yuletide classic A Christmas Story. The story centers on Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), a penny-pinching miser who cares nothing for the people around him, least of all his hopelessly downtrodden employee Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman) and infectiously optimistic nephew, Fred (Colin Firth). On Christmas Eve, after a frightening encounter with the ghost of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, Scrooge is visited by three spirits -- the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come -- who take him on an eye-opening journey to expose the truths he is reluctant to face.

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In Disney's A Christmas Carol -- the animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic tale of charity, redemption, and embracing the Christmas spirit -- director Robert Zemeckis (The Polar Express) creates a visually stunning multi-sensory thrill ride that's sure to please both kids and adults alike. The story centers on Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), a penny-pinching miser who cares nothing for the people around him, least of all his hopelessly downtrodden employee Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman) and infectiously optimistic nephew, Fred (Colin Firth). On Christmas Eve, after a frightening encounter with the ghost of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, Scrooge is visited by three spirits -- the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come -- who take him on an eye-opening journey to expose the truths he is reluctant to face. The film takes a while to get its footing, but once Old Scrooge flies above the buildings of London while snow falls all around him, the audience settles in for quite a spectacle. Once again, Zemeckis teams up with ImageMovers Digital, the visual effects company that created the fantasy worlds of his last two animated endeavors, Beowulf and Polar Express. As he did with Beowulf, Zemeckis adds 3D to the experience (in selected theaters), setting this film apart from previous adaptations of the classic story. The utilization of motion capture and computer-animation technology adds an incredible amount of detail and realism, most notably with Carrey, who expertly portrays four different characters in the film, including the three ghosts. For the most part, the film stays true to the original source material -- from the Victorian vernacular to the visual representation of the three ghosts first illustrated by John Leech for the original publication -- yet, Zemeckis takes liberties with certain sequences in an attempt to drive home the overall theme and showcase the visual effects. Although the film is sprinkled with moments of humor that one would expect from a film with a comedic performer like Carrey, there's a visually frightening element; with haunting imagery amplified by the CG effects, the film barely earns its PG rating. Still, the sense of wonder and enchantment overpowers this, and by the end everyone will be infected with the Christmas spirit. -- Alaina O'Connor

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2010
UPC:
0786936805048
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
5,314

Special Features

Capturing Dickens: A Novel Retelling - Journey Through The Creative Process and See How This Time-Traveling Holiday Ghost Story Came To Life; ; On Set With Sammi - A Kid's Eye View Of An "Anything-But-Average" Day; Deleted Scenes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Carrey Ebenezer Scrooge,Ghost of Christmas Past,Ghost of Christmas Present,Ghost of Christmas Future
Gary Oldman Bob Cratchit,Marley,Tiny Tim
Colin Firth Fred
Bob Hoskins Fezziwig,Old Joe
Robin Wright Fan,Belle
Cary Elwes Portly Gentleman #1,Dick Wilkins,Mad Fiddler,Guest #1,Business Man #1
Fionnula Flanagan Mrs. Dilber
Jacquie Barnbrook Mrs. Fezziwig,Fred's Sister-in-Law
Ryan Ochoa Young Cratchit Boy,Ignorance Boy
Sammi Hanratty Young Cratchit Girl,Want Girl
Daryl Sabara Peter Cratchit,Undertaker's Apprentice
Lesley Manville Mrs. Cratchit
Raymond Ochoa Caroline's Child
Matthew Henerson Poulterer
Steve Valentine Funerary Undertaker,Topper
Julian Holloway Fat Cook
Fay Masterson Martha Cratchit,Caroline
Callum Blue Caroline's Husband
Kerry Hoyt Adult Ignorance
Molly Quinn C. Belinda Cratchit
Julene Renee Adult Want
Sonje Fortag Fred's Housemaid
Alan Silvestri Conductor

Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Steven J. Boyd Co-producer
Doug Chiang Production Designer
Linda Fields-Hill Associate Producer
Brian Flora Art Director
Nina Gold Casting
Kurt Kaufman Art Director
Jeremiah O'Driscoll Editor
Robert Presley Cinematographer
Jack Rapke Producer
Lisa Shriver Choreography
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Steve Starkey Producer
Mike Stassi Art Director
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
David H. Venghaus Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Disney's A Christmas Carol
1. A Christmas Carol [:00]
2. Bah, Humbug! [:00]
3. Marley's Ghost [:00]
4. The Ghost Of Christmas Past [:02]
5. Flight To Fezziwig's [:00]
6. I Release You, Ebenezer [:00]
7. The Ghost Of Christmas Present [7:42]
8. To Uncle Scrooge! [8:22]
9. The Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come [13:10]
10. Old Joe And Mrs. Dilber [7:55]
11. Poor Tiny Tim [3:54]
12. Who Was That Man Lying Dead? [3:50]
13. I'm Still Here [12:11]
14. Merry Christmas [4:37]
15. God Bless Us, Every One [6:54]
16. End Credits [2:28]

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Disney's A Christmas Carol 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
abbyactress55 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes Disney screws up classic movie/books. This wasn't the case in A Christmas Carol. The animation was astounding and looked life like. If you are thinking of giving a movie as a Christmas present, this is the movie to get. There are some elements of the movie that could be scary for younger children, especially when the ghost of Christmas future comes into the story. Overrall, It was amazing!
vero2 More than 1 year ago
Loved it ,Disney my hats off to you . Very true to the classic !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Christmas Carol movie. Jim Carey does such a great job with all the different accents and characters.  Please be forewarned.... it is not a film to watch with your young kids. It has intense scenes that can be scary for them. This is a Christmas movie that adults will enjoy.  I was grateful to have something in the midst of all the sugary, squeaky child-like movies that you get during the holidays (I love those too) but the graphics in this movies is  something you can appreciate and enjoy. I think all the negative reviews were from people who thought they could watch this with their kids (understandable) and that it would be a tra-la-la version like most other disney films.I loved this movie and look forward to watching it every year.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The dvd jacket describes this production as a heartwarming adventure for the whole family. I found it nightmarish. The digitally-created characters were so visually ugly and repulsive that I was regretting my purchase five minutes into the film, and watching for the duration assured me that they got no prettier as time went by. I expected some fearful qualities in the ghost of Christmas yet to come, but the other two ghosts were just as frightening. A dark and ugly production. If I could score it lower than a one star, I would do so.
mlgs More than 1 year ago
This was the WORST version of A Christmas Carol which I have ever seen! With great anticipation of sharing the wonderful story which I've known since childhood with my own daughter, we watched it together and I was SO DISAPPOINTED! The beautiful story was lost in the midst of 3D antics and effects! I love the Charles Dickens story, but did not like this version at all.
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