16 user 13 critic

A Christmas Carol (2001)

Christmas Carol: The Movie (original title)
An old bitter miser 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 »

Watch Now

With Prime Video

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)


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Animation | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for momentary language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »



UK | Germany



Release Date:

7 December 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Conto de Natal See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


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


Bob Cratchit: I'll make it up to you, Sir!
Ebenezer Scrooge: No, Mr Cratchit! I'll make it up to you!
See more »

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: The Musical (2004) See more »


What If I
Performed by Kate Winslet
Produced by Steve Mac
Engineered by Chris Laws and Matt Howe at Rokstone Studios, London
Assistant Daniel Pursey
Written by Steve Mac and Wayne Hector
Published by Rokstone Music/Universal Music/Universal Music
Except USA: Rokstone Music/Songs of Windswept/Universal Music
Used by kind permission of Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Rokstone Musice LTD/Universal Music Publishing Ltd 2001
2001 Illuminated Films (Christmas Carol) Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

In the Spirit of the Original Tale
7 December 2018 | by ncleasureSee all my reviews

While this adaptation lacks the flamboyance of the Jim Carrey telling, it does do a better job of staying on message. Unlike in other versions we do get to actually see Scrooge in full view. Moreso than just, miser, spirits, redemption. In this particular telling, Scrooge is seen for the living being he is. He simply wasn't spawned from a log a conniving miserable jerk. He was treated as a second class boy by his father and his tutors. Despite this he was able to become a fine young man until the world that he lived in changed him into what he had become. "We are not responsible for this world." Said Scrooge laying his hat upon the writing desk. What he did not know as he said it, he was speaking inverse of the fact. Charles Dickens never intended for this to be a simple ghost story, or even a story of Christmas. And If I have to hear another bearded single-origin-coffee-drinking socialist bobblehead say this is a story of the virtues of communism I may jump of Tower Bridge. Dickens saw the result of the workhouses and knew that the government could not solve poverty, he stated as much. He knew that the freedom and capitalist philosophy and the donation of funds voluntarily in fact could. That is the moral of the story respect your fellow man both in a brotherhood and fiscal sense. Not once did he claim that the government should take your belongings by force. Don't believe me, rewatch act one, remind you of anything? Watch the film from the perspective of the true meaning of the story and you will find that this is what holds fast to that most important of themes.

Now as for the mechanics of the film. Yes, you could argue that the visual style is a bit dated, true, but MGM ain't Disney. To be honest the animation in the film is acceptable to me as it is hand drawn. There were no computer short-cuts taken. Most impressive are the selection of voice actors in this film. Greats the like of Simon Callow, Nicolas Cage, Kate Winslet, Rhys Ifans, Michael Gambon for crying out loud. It shows, these actors and actresses did a fine job and are proud of their work. I know I am going to catch hell for this, but I like the mice, I do. They may be a bit silly but they offer a bit more depth and a welcome comic relief at times. If don't like them, "Don't mind the mice Cratchit, they were here on time."

In short, this is a very well done and misunderstood swan among ducks as modern moviegoers desire flashy computer graphics and a sanitized message which must be approved by a comity of those of proper moral standing. You know, Jim Carrey and his ilk. Do yourself a favor, read the original text and match it to the films.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed