A charming animated adaptation and one of Burbank Films Australia's better overall efforts
Generally I do like the animations from Burbank Films Australia. They have done some bad ones like Don Quixote, The Odyssey, The Three Musketeers, Prisoner of Zenda and The Old Curiosity Shop, but for me most of their resume ranges from decent to great. I really liked this animated adaptation of I think Charles Dickens' most accessible story, and it is one of Burbank's better efforts along with Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Black Beauty and David Copperfield. It is not perfect, the animation quality is inconsistent, with some handsome background art, hauntingly beautiful colours and a meticulous atmosphere but also some stiff character designs especially the facial expressions- the ghost of Jacob Marley is an exception though- and unconvincing camera angles at the start. But it is very well done on the whole, the exceptionally powerful story that resonates with children and adults is charmingly and movingly told. Some additional scenes are interesting to see such as the flashback of Marley's death as well. The music is very nicely composed, while the dialogue is intelligent and all the characters serve their purpose more than convincingly. Scrooge's transition from miserly to humble is very believable, the three spirits are suitably imposing and as ever Tiny Tim really brings a lump to my throat. The voice acting is good, not the best( either Wind in the Willows, Black Beauty or Hunchback) nor the worst(A Tale of Two Cities is definitely a contender for this, as is The Odyssey). All in all, very good and charming, true to the story and to the meaning of Christmas. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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