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Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)

An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director:

Jimmy T. Murakami

Writers:

Piet Kroon (screenplay), Robert Llewellyn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Callow ... Scrooge / Charles Dickens (voice)
Kate Winslet ... Belle (voice)
Nicolas Cage ... Marley (voice)
Jane Horrocks ... Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)
Michael Gambon ... Ghost of Christmas Present (voice)
Rhys Ifans ... Bob Cratchit (voice)
Juliet Stevenson ... Mrs. Cratchit / Mother Gimlet (voice)
Robert Llewellyn ... Old Joe (voice)
Iain Jones Iain Jones ... Fred (voice)
Colin McFarlane ... Fezziwig (voice)
Beth Winslet ... Fan (voice)
Arthur Cox ... Dr. Lambert (voice)
Keith Wickham ... Mr. Leach / Undertaker (voice)
Joss Sanglier Joss Sanglier ... Choir Master (voice)
Sarah Kayte Foster Sarah Kayte Foster ... Mouse (voice) (as Sarah Annison)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Animation | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for momentary language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Conto de Natal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£171,576 (United Kingdom), 9 December 2001, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,436,389
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Ebenezer Scrooge: Merry Christmas to you, Mr. Snowman!
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Alternate Versions

Some DVD versions omit the live action theatrical opening and ending featuring as Charles Dickens. R1 DVD has both scenes as a supplement in the extra features. See more »

Connections

Version of Ein Weihnachtslied in Prosa (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Rocking Carol
Lyrics by Julian Nott
Music Czech Traditional/Martin Shaw
From the Oxford Book of Carols 1928
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
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Where are Darcel, Pam, Beverly, Jamila, Cooley, Mark, Eileen and Nicole when you really need them?
22 December 2003 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

Darcel, Pam etc are - or were - the Solid Gold Dancers ("Solid Gold" was an American pop music show in the 1980s); in the movie "Scrooged" six of them (guess which two were absent) made a cameo appearance as part of the cast of Bill Murray's TV version of the classic Charles Dickens story... and there's the biggest problem with "Christmas Carol: The Movie" right there. Not the presence of leggy, gorgeous American girls in skimpy attire - such a thing could only have benefitted this movie - but the stunningly definitive and frankly ignorant title; so all the other versions of the novel (and there have been quite a few down the years, featuring casts from Alastair Sim through Henry Winkler [in the TV movie "An American Christmas Carol"] to Michael Caine in "The Muppet Christmas Carol" - not to mention the musical "Scrooge," at least two animated versions, and countless episodes of TV shows borrowing the whole story, like "WKRP In Cincinnati" and "The Odd Couple" to name but two) don't count then?

For a movie to live up to such a title, it would have to be the best version ever, and this isn't. It isn't helped by having live-action bookends of the great man (played here by Simon Callow, also the voice of Ebenezer Scrooge) performing a dramatic reading of his book in Boston. Or by having a pair of mice throughout the movie as the closest things to soulmates the man has (cute animals should be left to Disney and Disney alone). Or by animation that's depressingly crude for the most part (it all looks like a poor 1970s TV show, with the exception of the journeys the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present take our "hero" on, where the movie really does come to life for a bit). Or by Piet Kroon and Robert "Kryten" Llewellyn's script, or Julian Nott's score (pains me to say it, but the songs from Kate Winslet and Charlotte Church are the highpoints).

And as for Nicolas Cage as Jacob Marley... not since the late lamented Lorenzo Music did Peter Venkman on "The Real Ghostbusters" has there been such a shockingly bad case of cartoon miscasting. And some people wonder why so many of us love Pixar.


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