The film begins with a live-action sequence set in Boston in 1857, the site of a live reading by renowned novelist Dickens. As he begins his 'story of ghosts' a woman in the audience ... See full summary »
The film begins with a live-action sequence set in Boston in 1857, the site of a live reading by renowned novelist Dickens. As he begins his 'story of ghosts' a woman in the audience screams because she has seen a mouse and Dickens points out that this is appropriate since his story begins with a mouse. At this point the story turns into the animated version and Dickens explains that the mouse, named Gabriel, carries a glimmer of hope amidst the glaring co-existence of rich and poor in the streets of London. Throughout the subsequent unfolding of the well-known story Gabriel acts as a miniature Greek chorus, providing younger members of the audience with a point of entry into the story and, in the case of the potentially frightening elements (the Ghosts of Past, Present and Future), a place of refuge. Written by
"Deck The Halls (Nos Galan)"
Music - Welsh Traditional (Jones 1784)
Arranged by Julian Nott
Illuminated Films (Christmas Carol) Ltd 2001
2001 Illuminated Films (Christmas Carol) Ltd
Performed by Mathew Wmith, Nick Smith, William Nott, Carl Wayne, Stephen Lazell, Ben Pope,
Phillip Pope See more »
I quite much liked this version. I know that the story of Ebenezer Scrooge has been filmed many times but I don't care about that because of the moral point of this story. And hey, how many Dracula movies are out there?
The old-time animation was excellent and invigorating as I am quite bored with many modern day dull computer animations.
Mice were an excellent spice in the story. It looks like that many hate those mice and that they're not part of the story but hopefully everybody remembers Charles Dickens' lines in the start of the movie that this is not a straight adaptation from the book. Perhaps he just added those mice while telling the story? To me, mice didn't steal the story to themselves. The moral story of the original book is still there. And there aren't a director who didn't add something to the movie nevertheless what book says.
The ghost parts of the movie were marvelously made (especially the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come -part).
All in all, a well-made animated movie.
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