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A Christmas Carol (2009)

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An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

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Robert Zemeckis

Writers:

Robert Zemeckis (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Scrooge / Ghost of Christmas Past / Scrooge as a Young Boy / Scrooge as a Teenage Boy / Scrooge as a Young Man / Scrooge as a Middle Aged Man / Ghost of Christmas Present / Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Steve Valentine ... Funerary Undertaker / Topper
Daryl Sabara ... Undertaker's Apprentice / Tattered Caroler / Beggar Boy / Peter Cratchit / Well Dressed Caroler
Sage Ryan Sage Ryan ... Tattered Caroler
Amber Gainey Meade ... Tattered Caroler / Well Dressed Caroler
Ryan Ochoa ... Tattered Caroler / Beggar Boy / Young Cratchit Boy / Ignorance Boy / Young Boy with Sleigh
Bobbi Page ... Tattered Caroler / Well Dressed Caroler
Ron Bottitta ... Tattered Caroler / Well Dressed Caroler
Sammi Hanratty ... Beggar Boy / Young Cratchit Girl / Want Girl
Julian Holloway ... Fat Cook / Portly Gentleman #2 / Business Man #3
Gary Oldman ... Bob Cratchit / Marley / Tiny Tim
Colin Firth ... Fred
Cary Elwes ... Portly Gentleman #1 / Dick Wilkins / Mad Fiddler / Guest #2 / Business Man #1
Robin Wright ... Fan / Belle (as Robin Wright Penn)
Bob Hoskins ... Fezziwig / Old Joe
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Storyline

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Ready for Christmas? Neither is Scrooge. But it only takes one night to change your life. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for scary sequences and images | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol: An IMAX 3D Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,051,075, 8 November 2009

Gross USA:

$137,855,863

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$325,286,646
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Cary Elwes and Robin Wright also starred in The Princess Bride. See more »

Goofs

Despite the film being set in the 19th century, scenes of London show old London Bridge, which burned down in 1666. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ebenezer Scrooge: [upon viewing Marley in casket] Yes, quite dead. As a doornail.
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Version of Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) See more »

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God Bless Us Everyone
Written and Produced by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri
Performed by Andrea Bocelli
Courtesy of Sugar s.r.l.
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3D version is very cool
16 November 2009 | by StanleyStrangeloveSee all my reviews

This is a review for the 3D version of A Christmas Carol. I was astounded by the 3D in the film and I would recommend it because seeing it in 3D is worth the experience.

The only other 3D film I've seen is Journey to the Center of the Earth and there is no comparison. Director Robert Zemeckis seemed to have a handle on how to effectively use 3D and not let it get in the way of the story. A few scenes got "oohs and aahs" from the audience. I thought the CGI in the film though was uneven. Some of the scenes, the closeups with Jim Carrey and some of the other characters, looked very realistic. But others, such as the chase down the streets at the end looked flat and unrendered. I suppose it could have to do with technical limitations. Anyway, there are enough visuals in the film to please most anybody. Seeing it snow in 3D was worth it. Based on this movie I am definitely going to see more 3D films in the future.

As for the content of the film itself, everyone has probably seen A Christmas Carol before and the story is the same as it always has been. Jim Carrey plays many roles including Scrooge and all three of the ghosts. He manages to have his humor come through even though he is mostly CGI. The "candle" ghost is particularly amusing as is the ghost of Christmas present. Gary Oldman and many other well known actors are in the film but it is hard to tell who they are because of the CGI and effects.

The film showed previews for two other 3D films that looked spectacular: Avatar and Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton.) I think I've just seen the future of films and it's 3D. It's only a matter of time before someone makes a great work of art using 3D. It may take a few decades but it will happen. One other thought: if someone makes an R rated horror film in 3D it will probably give people heart attacks. The 3D effects are just too realistic and they are right in your face. I'm not sure I would want to see one of those.


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