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Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)

Old bitter miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Simon Callow) who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.


Jimmy T. Murakami


Piet Kroon (screenplay), Robert Llewellyn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »




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)


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. Written by John Nickolaus

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for momentary language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Michael Gambon (Ghost of Christmas Present) also played Scrooge in the 2010 Doctor Who (2005) Christmas special Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol (2010). See more »


Scrooge collects a sheaf of papers regarding debts that he's taken over but when he meets up with Joe, his debt collector, instead of giving him the papers he gives him a book. See more »


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 Simon Callow as Charles Dickens. R1 DVD has both scenes as a supplement in the extra features. See more »


Version of A Christmas Carol (1971) See more »


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
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a Really Decent Adaptation of this Dickens Tale
19 December 2020 | by sandlot1992See all my reviews

Out of all the adaptations of this classic Christmas story by Charles Dickens, this is probably a really good one in my opinion! the story is really good though compared to the original novel; but of course in the novel Ebenezer Scrooge encounters Jacob Marley's ghost in his bedroom, but in this version it's in his office. plus the animation looks really decent and okay in my book though especially the backgrounds that look like something you see in a Christmas card or from Dicken's original illustrations to the novel that's based on the original novel, plus Simon Callow does a really good job voicing Scrooge and playing Charles Dickens in the live action segments as well as Nicolas Cage as Jacob Marley and kudos to Kate Winslet from Titanic (1997) voicing Scrooge's fiancé Belle. yet this movie has some dark moments along with some sad moments and I wouldn't call this a boring adaption, if your a fan to any adaptation to a Christmas Carol along with the Muppets version, check this one out if you have kids in your family!

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Release Date:

7 December 2001 (UK) See more »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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