Disney's A Christmas Carol

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Blu-ray Feature Film + Bonus; Behind the Carol: The Full Motion Capture Experience - A Revealing Feature-Length Picture-In-Picture Viewing Mode Captures It All; ; Countdown To Christmas Interactive Calender - 25 Days of Holiday Surprises; Plus All DVD Bonus Features; ; Disc 2 - DVD Feature Film + Bonus; 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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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
All Movie Guide
A Christmas Carol is as much a part of the Christmas tradition as Santa Claus and mistletoe, so it's no surprise that this year there's yet another film version of the classic story. 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 Back to the Future 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, taking entirely too long to engage, 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 The 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. Though 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • UPC: 786936808520
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 45,201

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Carrey Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Gary Oldman Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Colin Firth Voice Only
Bob Hoskins Voice Only, Voice Only
Robin Wright Voice Only, Voice Only
Cary Elwes Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Fionnula Flanagan Voice Only
Jacquie Barnbrook Voice Only, Voice Only
Ryan Ochoa Voice Only, Voice Only
Sammi Hanratty Voice Only, Voice Only
Daryl Sabara Voice Only, Voice Only
Lesley Manville Voice Only
Raymond Ochoa Voice Only
Matthew Henerson Voice Only
Steve Valentine Voice Only, Voice Only
Julian Holloway Voice Only
Fay Masterson Voice Only, Voice Only
Callum Blue Voice Only
Kerry Hoyt Voice Only
Molly Quinn C. Voice Only
Julene Renee Voice Only
Sonje Fortag Voice Only
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
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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! [:19]
9. The Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come [3:38]
10. Old Joe And Mrs. Dilber [3:50]
11. Poor Tiny Tim [5:50]
12. Who Was That Man Lying Dead? [2:28]
13. I'm Still Here [2:59]
14. Merry Christmas [13:10]
15. God Bless Us, Every One [8:22]
16. End Credits [4:25]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Disney's A Christmas Carol
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    Well Done, Disney!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2010

    It would scare children and I didn't like it either.

    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.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    Worst version of A Christmas Carol!

    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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