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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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
... Funerary Undertaker / Topper
... Undertaker's Apprentice / Tattered Caroler / Beggar Boy / Peter Cratchit / Well Dressed Caroler
... Tattered Caroler
... Tattered Caroler / Well Dressed Caroler
... Tattered Caroler / Beggar Boy / Young Cratchit Boy / Ignorance Boy / Young Boy with Sleigh
... Tattered Caroler / Well Dressed Caroler
... Tattered Caroler / Well Dressed Caroler
... Beggar Boy / Young Cratchit Girl / Want Girl
... Fat Cook / Portly Gentleman #2 / Business Man #3
... Bob Cratchit / Marley / Tiny Tim
... Fred
... Portly Gentleman #1 / Dick Wilkins / Mad Fiddler / Guest #2 / Business Man #1
... Fan / Belle (as Robin Wright Penn)
... 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 »


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

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Release Date:

6 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol: An IMAX 3D Experience  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,051,075, 8 November 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$137,855,863

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$325,286,646
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2.39 : 1
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This is the first Disney adaptation of A Christmas Carol in which Scrooge doesn't go to Cratchit's house on Christmas Day after the encounter with the three spirits. Scrooge visits his nephew and has Christmas dinner with him, his wife, and their friends; followed by Scrooge giving Cratchit a raise the next day at work, keeping true to the book. See more »

Goofs

When we see a younger Scrooge alone in school the desks and chairs are much too modern for that period of time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ebenezer Scrooge: [upon viewing Marley in casket] Yes, quite dead. As a doornail.
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Connections

Version of Kraft Theatre: A Christmas Carol (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Better than I thought
9 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

I took my grandson to see this, but I was dreading it. I'm not a Jim Carrey fan but it's a Christmas movie, after all , so I bit the bullet and we saw it at the IMAX in 3-D.

The visual effects are great, even though a lot of it was :"Look, we have 3-D!" They stayed very close to the original story, though they added a miniaturization segment that was unnecessary. Carrey was muted and did a great job with some occasional clowning around. It was actually scary in some parts, as it should be, but not overwhelmingly, and there were some laughs as well.

I have always enjoyed this story, because it's one of redemption, and there is no better time than Christmas to tell it. It shows people being compassionate, even in the face of someone as seemingly heartless as Ebeneezer Scrooge. I was first exposed to this story as a little boy watching the animated version with Mr. Magoo that came out in 1962 and is shown every year on TV. There are many such movies that define the season and I truly expect this to be one of them, along with Christmas Story, Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street, and It's a Wonderful Life.

Like the Macy's Parade, we all have our list of must-see holiday movies, no matter how many times we have seen them. I really expect this to make this list, with one caveat- I'm not sure how well the non 3-D version will translate to the TV screen. But the story is timeless and this movie does a good job of telling it.


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