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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)
Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)
Ghost of Christmas Present (voice)
Bob Cratchit (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)


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) (9 December 2001)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Gambon (The Ghost of Christmas Present) also played a Scrooge Character in the Doctor Who (2005) Episode A Christmas Carol (2010) See more »


Ebenezer Scrooge: Merry Christmas to you, Mr. Snowman!
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It's The Heart That Matters Most
Performed by Charlotte Church
By kind permission of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd
Engineered by Chris Laws and Matt Howe
Written by Steve Mac, Wayne Hector and Don Black
Published by Rokstone Music/Universal Music/Sony/ATV MusicPublishing
Used by kind permission of Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Rokstone Musice LTD/Universal Music Publishing Ltd 2001/ATV Music Publishing Ltd 2001
2001 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd. Used under licence
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Absolutely ghastly
16 May 2014 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

It's difficult to make it through this movie without choking on your own vomit, to be honest. The shoddy animation doesn't help, as it makes this look like a decades-old video you'd find in Morrisons's 99p bin. Still, it's better than the abysmal screenplay, which spends about a third of its length on superfluous extras like Belle's present day problems, stuff about Scrooge's dad, and plenty of charmless fannying around with - choke - TWO ANTHROPOMORPHIC MICE.

These bizarre additions eat up screen time at the expense of elements you'd think would be quite important, like Dickens's dialogue and key chunks of his plot - the movie buggers up the game of twenty questions, for example, and at times fails to put scenes in the right order. Absolutely hopeless.

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