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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: Cratchit, that slovenly, good for nothing... Even a tiny mouse is more tidy!
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Connections

Version of Natale a casa Deejay - A Christmas Carol (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck The Halls (Nos Galan)
Lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
Music - Welsh Traditional (Jones 1784)
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 top-notch adaptation of the Christmas classic
15 December 2008 | by ja_kitty_71See all my reviews

This film (to me) is one of the best adaptations of the Charles Dickens classic I had ever seen. Of course the version from 1951 starring Alastair Sims is a version my parents loves, but to me both versions are excellent. I was also shocked by the negativity I had heard on the web (as I said many,many times). I had watched this version and quite frankly I found it AWESOME!

This animated adaptation retains the essence of the timeless tale while introducing some interpretations. A celebrity cast provides voice for the roles of Scrooge, Marley and Belle (Titanic's Kate Winslet). Of course Belle plays a big role in this version. We would see her and Ebenezer as kids and she was also friends with Ebenezer's beloved sister Fan. We also heard that her dad worked as coachman and both father and daughter lived in the coach-house. And I do think "he drank" too - her dad, I mean. Now years later, after their heated break-up and working at the Alms Hospital for the Poor, she never forgot about Ebenezer. And after Dr. Lambert was thrown to debtor's prison, she wrote a letter for help and took it Ebenezer's firm office and hoping he would remember her and wouldn't forsake her again and come to help; if he gets the letter that is.

I don't favorite a scene, because I love the WHOLE film, and I would like to say that the voice-casting for the film is top-notch.


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