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.
7 December 2001 (UK)
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Also Known As:
Um Conto de Natal
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Opening Weekend: £171,576
9 December 2001, Limited Release
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $2,436,389
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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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
He threw a bucket of freezing water on our Tim, that's what he did! No wonder the poor child's pneumonia is back.
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
In The Bleak Mid Winter
Music by Harold Darke (uncredited) and lyrics by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Oxford University Press
2001 Illuminated Films (Christmas Carol) Ltd See more