Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 8/10

Interesting translation of the story

Too intense for younger kids

 
Movie Info

Movie Name: Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Genre(s): Animated/Family/Seasonal

Release Date(s): November 3, 2009

MPAA Rating: PG

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So Marley…um…anything new?

Scrooge (voiced by Jim Carrey) is a miserable, angry man and hates everyone and especially Christmas.  Now at the request of his former (and deceased) partner Jacob Marley, Scrooge is getting a second chance.  Christmas Eve has come to Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come are there to show Scrooge his mistakes and possibly save his life.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Disney’s computer animated A Christmas Carol premiered on November 3, 2009 and was shot in IMAX 3-D.  The movie received mostly positive reviews and had a strong showing at the box office.

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Hi…Mr. Flamehead…You’re kind of freaking me out

This possibly is the scariest version of A Christmas Carol, I have ever seen.  From the beginning with Scrooge snatching the coins from Marley’s eyes, to Marley’s scary arrival (and flopping jaw), the ethereal Ghost of Christmas Past, and the ominous Ghost of Christmas Present with his feral Ignorance and Want, the movie is very intense…especially since it is aimed at children.  Even the ghosts outside of Scrooge’s home begging for salvation were frightening and the transformation of the Ghost of Christmas Present into Christmas Yet to Come as his flesh rots off is pretty intense.

Jim Carrey does all the voices in this film, but it isn’t really a “Jim Carrey” movie (which is good).  There is very little room for him to get crazy, and it mostly goes as a show off of talent since it is animation.  There is also other nice voice acting by Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, and Bob Hoskins.

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Ghost of Christmas Present…You’re usually the nice one…What’s up?

The movie is quite faithful to the story minus the shrinking Scrooge and the pursue by the hearse carriage.  That scene feels pretty unnecessary Disney “fun” but the rest of the film feels quite authentic.  There is a lot of “this is for 3D” shots that kind of can be distracting for the storytelling, but the movie for the most part does a nice job presenting Charles Dickens’ story which some interesting modifications (including that transformation of the Ghost of Christmas Present and Yet to Come being one-and-the-same ghost).

I’m not always a big fan of computer animation, but this film does a decent job.  It does leave the movie with a kind of cold feel…more life could have been had by actors, but it also would have lost some of the interesting visuals that makes this version a bit different than other versions.  I can’t really recommend this movie for young children since it really pushes the ghost story portion of the movie, but fans of the tale should check it out.

Related Links:

A Christmas Carol (1938)

A Christmas Carol (Scrooge) (1951)

Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962)

Scrooge (1970)

An American Christmas Carol (1979)

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

A Christmas Carol (1984)

Scrooged (1988)

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994)

A Christmas Carol (1999)

Christmas Carol—The Movie (2001)

A Christmas Carol:  The Musical (2004)

Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006)

Batman:  Noel

Zombies Christmas Carol

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