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Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)

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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Belle (voice)
Marley (voice)
Bob Cratchit (voice)
Mrs. Cratchit / Mother Gimlet (voice)
Old Joe (voice)
Iain Jones ...
Fred (voice)
Fezziwig (voice)
Fan (voice)
Dr. Lambert (voice)
Mr. Leach / Undertaker (voice)
Joss Sanglier ...
Choir Master (voice)
Sarah Kayte Foster ...
Mouse (voice) (as Sarah Annison)

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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 John Nickolaus

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Animation | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for momentary language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

7 December 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Um Conto de Natal  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£171,576 (UK) (7 December 2001)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A Christmas Parable And Prophetic Too
13 January 2006 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

This starts off with a live action sequence where Charles Dickens played by Simon Callow attends a venue in Boston where he relates the story of A Christmas CAROL . I wonder if Callow could have believed that a few years later he'd be reprising his role as Dickens where he attends a similar type of speaking tour in Cardiff in 1869 where one of the audience is a corpse taken over by a gaseous alien race called The Gelth ? Check out The DOCTOR WHO story The Unquiet Dead to see what I'm blabbering on about . It's certainly very interesting to see how the scenes from the two are very similar in atmosphere

As you might expect this a straight forward retelling of A Christmas CAROL in animated form so if you're expecting lines like " Pity The Gelth - We want your flesh " you're going to be bitterly disappointed . Some people may complain that the story concentrates far too much on a social political subtext but Dickens didn't write A Christmas CAROL as a ghost story , he wrote it as a story of redemption and this shines through , though perhaps a little too obviously to be truly successful . My only real complaint is that the mice are a serious distraction to the story telling

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