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A Christmas Carol (2009)

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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:
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Christmas comes but once a year, but for one man, that's once too often. 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)


$137,850,096 (USA) (29 January 2010)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| (IMAX version)| |


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, stars of Robert Zemeckis' earlier time travel adventure Back to the Future (1985), were considered in the line-up of voice overs for the film. See more »


When we see a younger Scrooge alone in school the desks and chairs are much too modern for that period of time. 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 (1914) 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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User Reviews

A Fun Ride! - Must see in 3D
6 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Christmas Carol was very entertaining and the animation was superb. You must see it in 3D! However, kids who go and see this movie probably won't understand the majority of the dialogue and will probably get lost. It has a lot of adult situations and the accents are pretty thick as well. Also, don't let the PG rating fool you. It's actually quite mature and in my opinion it's more suited for adults than kids as far as the dialogue and story goes. I think both kids and adults will love the animation and have a lot of fun - especially in 3D! Unfortunately, that might be the only thing the kids will like...Nonetheless, it's a great film and it's definitely Oscar worthy for the animation. I'll definitely be seeing it again in theaters and in 3D!

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