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A Christmas Carol (2009)

PG  |   |  Animation, Drama, Family  |  6 November 2009 (USA)
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An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobbi Page ...
Fat Cook / Portly Gentleman #2 / Business Man #3
Portly Gentleman #1 / Dick Wilkins / Mad Fiddler / Guest #2 / Business Man #1
Fan / Belle (as Robin Wright Penn)


Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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What if you had but a single night to get your life right? See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for scary sequences and images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol: An IMAX 3D Experience  »

Box Office


$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,917,539 (UK) (6 November 2009)


£20,371,281 (UK) (10 December 2010)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Though not mentioned in the book or other film and radio adaptations Scrooge's birthday is February 7th. Plus Scooge's 'future tombstone' claims he was born in 1786 meaning Scrooge was 57 years old during most of the film but was 50 years old when Marley died in 1836. See more »


A group of street carolers sings "Joy to the World" in the film. However, the movie takes place in 1843. The song "Joy to the World," as we know it, wasn't created until 1848, when Lowell Mason, a Boston music publisher, combined two separate works from the mid 1700s: music from George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" with lyrics from another hymn by Isaac Watts. Also, "Joy to the World" was originally used as a regular Sunday hymn. It wasn't considered a Christmas song until 1911, when a recording by singer Elise Stevenson and the Trinity Choir became a Christmas hit. See more »


[first lines]
Ebenezer Scrooge: [upon viewing Marley in casket] Yes, quite dead. As a doornail.
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Version of A Christmas Carol (1947) See more »


God Bless Us Everyone
Written and Produced by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri
Performed by Andrea Bocelli
Courtesy of Sugar s.r.l.
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God Bless Us Everyone
30 March 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the Victorian era of the United Kingdom, the stingy and cranky Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) that hates Christmas and people loses his partner Jacob Marley in a Christmas Eve. For seven years, he runs his business exploiting his employee Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman) and spends a bitter treatment to his nephew and acquaintances. However, in the Christmas Eve, he is visited by the doomed ghost of the chained Marley that tells him that three spirits would visit him that night. The first one, the spirit of past Christmas, recalls his miserable youth; the spirit of the present Christmas shows him the poor situation of Bob's family; and the spirit of future Christmas shows his fate. Scrooge finds that life is good and God bless us everyone, changing his behavior toward Christmas, Bob, his nephew and people in general.

This dark adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens to the screen is one of those optimistic films that follows the style of Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" and it is impossible not loving it. The redemption of the mean Ebenezer Scrooge in a Christmas Eve is one of the most known worldwide novels and this animation produced by Disney Company follows the style of Tim Burton and may not be the best adaptation to the cinema, but it is indeed effective and a good family entertainment. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Os Fantasmas de Scrooge" ("The Ghosts of Scrooge")

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