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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

Mrs. Cratchit: [about Scrooge] He threw a bucket of freezing water on our Tim, that's what he did! No wonder the poor child's pneumonia is back.
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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 »

Connections

Version of A Christmas Carol (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

In The Bleak Mid Winter
Music by Harold Darke (uncredited) and lyrics by Christina Georgina Rossetti (uncredited)
Oxford University Press
2001 Illuminated Films (Christmas Carol) Ltd
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Much better than one would expect
4 January 2002 | by missrljaneSee all my reviews

There is nothing wrong with changing a story so long as you admit to it. So unlike many children's films where a classic is ruined and the child grows up in ignorance and never knows the difference, this film has the charming idea of having live action Charles Dickens go to America and tell the story to an audience explaining it isn't quite the same as how he wrote it in the book, thus growing curiosity and encouraging children to read the true classics of this world. The only real fault with this film is its ghastly title (and possible when the child of ignorance disintegrates, being too scary for children). I admit as a film student I had very low expectations of ANOTHER adaption of A Christmas Carol but was for once very pleasantly surprised and refreshingly, no one bursts into song and no animals talk in this film. The acting is very good and the voice talents obviously cared about this job. How Scrooge acts after the ghost of Christmas Future and how he makes the Christmas miracles are more realistic than I've seen in any adaption for a long time. Things don't happen with a snap of the fingers and this children's film truly does give hope to the most desperate of souls.


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