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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

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Belle (voice)
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Marley (voice)
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Bob Cratchit (voice)
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Mrs. Cratchit / Mother Gimlet (voice)
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Old Joe (voice)
Iain Jones ...
Fred (voice)
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Fezziwig (voice)
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Fan (voice)
Arthur Cox ...
Dr. Lambert (voice)
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Mr. Leach / Undertaker (voice)
Joss Sanglier ...
Choir Master (voice)
Sarah Kayte Foster ...
Mouse (voice) (as Sarah Annison)
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Storyline

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 »
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7 December 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Um Conto de Natal  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£171,576 (UK) (7 December 2001)
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Quotes

Bob Cratchit: [spotting two mice on Scrooge's shoulder] Mr. Scrooge, sir, there's two mice.
Ebenezer Scrooge: Never mind the mice, they were here on time.
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Connections

Version of An American Christmas Carol (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

In Dulci Jubilo
German Traditional (13th/14th C)
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
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Much better than one would expect
4 January 2002 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

There is nothing wrong with changing a story so long as you admit to it. So unlike many children's films where a classic is ruined and the child grows up in ignorance and never knows the difference, this film has the charming idea of having live action Charles Dickens go to America and tell the story to an audience explaining it isn't quite the same as how he wrote it in the book, thus growing curiosity and encouraging children to read the true classics of this world. The only real fault with this film is its ghastly title (and possible when the child of ignorance disintegrates, being too scary for children). I admit as a film student I had very low expectations of ANOTHER adaption of A Christmas Carol but was for once very pleasantly surprised and refreshingly, no one bursts into song and no animals talk in this film. The acting is very good and the voice talents obviously cared about this job. How Scrooge acts after the ghost of Christmas Future and how he makes the Christmas miracles are more realistic than I've seen in any adaption for a long time. Things don't happen with a snap of the fingers and this children's film truly does give hope to the most desperate of souls.


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