This movie begins with a live-action sequence set in Boston in 1857, the site of a live reading by renowned novelist Dickens (Simon Callow). 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 (Jane Horrocks), Present (Sir Michael Gambon), and Future), a place of refuge.
Did You Know?
This movie along with The Muppet Christmas Carol
(1992) are the only versions where the scene of the Cratchit family and Fred's party swap places. In the original story and on other film versions, the Cratchit dinner scene takes place before Fred's party. See more
[spotting two mice on Scrooge's shoulder
Mr. Scrooge, sir, there's two mice.
Never mind the mice, they were here on time.
Some DVD versions omit the live action theatrical opening and ending featuring Simon Callow
as Charles Dickens. R1 DVD has both scenes as a supplement in the extra features. See more
Version of The Passions of Carol
Come Gather Round The Christmas Tree
Free lyrics by Richard Niles
Music German Traditional- 16th C Es Ist Ein Reis Entsprungen
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 See more
7 December 2001 (UK)
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Also Known As:
Um Conto de Natal
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Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $266,475
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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