Disney's a Christmas Carol

6.81 h 36 min2009X-RayPG
When three ghosts take penny-pinching Scrooge on an eye-opening journey, he discovers the true meaning of Christmas -- but he must act on it before it's too late.
Robert Zemeckis
Jim CarreyGary OldmanColin Firth
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Supporting actors
Bob HoskinsRobin Wright PennCary Elwes
Steve StarkeyRobert ZemeckisJack Rapke
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PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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TeachlawReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Faithful to Dickens' message and warning for society
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To those reviewers who panned this movie because it was not suitable for children to watch should keep in mind that Dickens did not intend the story for small children in the first place. Not being a huge fan of Jim Carrey or animated versions of this wonderful, ADULT story, I did not expect to like this very much. I am happy to say that I was quite wrong. While I do agree with some of the reviews that mentioned the long, drawn-out "chase scene" with the hearse (made to make the 3D fans happy, I'm sure), overall, this was a wonderful version of the story, ranking right up there with the ones starring Alistair Sim and George C. Scott (my all-time favorite). Jim Carrey was amazing as Scrooge and several other characters, proving to me that he doesn't always have to be a caricature of Jerry Lewis. The special effects were amazing, and the Spirits were downright terrifying at times - just as they should be. Marley's Ghost was jaw-droppingly frightening (pun intended). The Ghost of Christmas Past was both wistful and eerie, and the Ghost of Christmas Present was totally faithful to Dickens' description of him. His "demise" was one of the most powerful images of the movie. As another reviewer mentioned, I appreciated the film's depiction of the future that awaited the children Greed and Want. Finally, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come was absolutely terrifying, a horrific shadow of Scrooge's future.This movie depicted 19th century England just as Dickens wanted us to see it - full of inequality, greed, want, poverty, and tragedy. "A Christmas Carol" was Dickens' warning to society to take heed of its actions during the Industrial Revolution - and this movie stays true to that purpose. No, I wouldn't let small children watch this - but for teens and adults, it should be a Christmas staple.
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MatthewReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Poor Sound Mixing
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My review is not of the content of the film, but the sound mixing on this purchase from Amazon video. My Samsung TV is a 2015 model with volume levels from 0-100. I rarely have to put the volume louder than 20-25 to hear any TV show or film adequately. I had to turn this all the way up to 80 to hear it worth a damn, and then, whenever a moment of loudness like his visit with Marley or his argument with Belle or when the Ghost of Christmas Past rockets him into the atmosphere, I have to turn the volume down by 40 notches to avoid the sound traveling to other rooms in my house.

I'm not certain if this a problem unique to the Amazon Video format of this film or the film studio's mixing of the film, but it's a pretty miserable watching experience, either way. Really disappointed that I paid money to purchase this film to watch with my family during the holidays only for it to be a crappy experience.
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Hugh HarrisonReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Dark, disturbing retelling of a Christmas Classic NOT for kids
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With so many positive reviews, I was truly shocked at how awful this movie was. Visually, it's beautiful, along the lines of The Polar Express, but story wise? It's very dark and disturbing, and even demonic in some places. I would NOT recommend this movie for children. At all.

Also, the sound was poorly mastered. We had to crank the volume up to 70 just to hear the dialogue (usually it's on 20) and then got blown away by action scenes with a lot of noise. The audio levels need to be redone.

All in all, I'm glad I only rented this movie and didn't buy it. Wished I would have known it was as bad as it was, because I don't feel it was even worth the $4 rental fee. I don't know what the producers were smoking when they cooked this one up, but certainly not a family movie, and the only "Christmas spirit" in this movie is a malevolent one. Don't bother.
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John ClementReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great 3D, fantastic scenes, too scary for young children, gratuitous scenes
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The 3D is excellent. It was done in the same way as Avatar and the Polar Express. Actors motions were digitized and then they were clothed in animated skins, so there are no glitches common in 3D conversions. The result is a very realistic 3D animation. My only reservation is that this is a bit over the top. The chase scene and moon shot were added for the gee-whiz effect. The chase scene would be much too scary for young children. They claimed that they could achieve effects that were not in the original Dickens. Actually they added effects that were definitely not in the original. For example Scrooge did not fall backwards flat when confronted by Marely's face on the knocker. However the flying scene with the ghost of Christmas past is quite in keeping with the original story. If they had omitted some of the over the top additions, they could have included things like the Ghost of Christmas present visiting miners and adding savor to the dinners of the poor. Jim Carey not only acted Scrooge, but also the three ghosts!

It will not replace the more accurate Alastair Sim version. Now if we could have an accurate 3D version with a strong flavor of the original drawings, that would be wonderful. I did like the depiction of the Ghost of Christmas future, but I would have preferred Scrooge clutching him and having him turn into the bed curtains, rather than tumbling Scrooge. The ides of having Scrooge travel looking through the floor of his room was very nice, but it kept the ghost and Scrooge a bit distant from the action. So the ghost could not sprinkle the food of the poor.
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Frank RebholzReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
An Awesome Interpretation of a Christmas Classic
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CGI animation is astonishing to look at. Jim Carry plays the vicious Scrooge before he has his wonderful life moment. Didn’t realize there was a big cast like Cary Elwes, Bob Hoskins, etc. Now compared to previous interpretations; especially in the Disney circle, this probably is the darkest one. Not just because of Carry’s performance, but of the creepy nature of the spirits Scrooge comes across. Significantly the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come. It’s creepy because the spirit is a prolonged shadow that does reach out revealing a black skeletal hand. Plus, the reveal of the hooded figure can leave a jump-scare.
Overall, the film follows the events of the novel pretty well. Still simple to follow. Consider checking this one out! This still holds up and is a keeper.
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T.C.Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
Some Creative Ideas, but....
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I've seen most of the Christmas Carol television and movie versions that exist, and I usually end up watching many of them every year at some point -- a Christmas tradition I suppose! I had heard mixed things about this one, but I decided to give it a shot.
My biggest issue was I had trouble feeling any "warmth" from the movie. The characters weren't fleshed out very well, with the exception of Scrooge. It almost seemed like the dialogue and story was rushed a bit so we could see Scrooge get chased around or fly through the air some more. Jim Carrey did an admirable job as the old miser, but I had trouble feeling any connection with anyone else. Scrooge's nephew Fred seemed a bit more like an old school televangelist regarding Christmas than someone who truly cared for his uncle, Bob Cratchit seems to get very little screen time compared to other versions, and the visual style of everything was a rather big hindrance to me.
Frankly, even though the technology has obviously improved since the Polar Express days, I actually think the character design for this motion capture stuff was a bit worse. Realistic with a strange caricature edge... The characters didn't always have the emotion in their faces that I think would have improved the scene. A few times it felt like an older video game cutscene to me. However, the scenery was another matter. Even though Zemeckis tried his hardest to milk the 3D for all it was worth and turn everything into a chase or flying scene, digital England looked very sharp.

My biggest issue though, was with the ghosts. First things first, Marley would have made me wet my pants if I was a little kid. Granted, I was a pretty easily startled child, but I know lots of children are. Fair warning: they will hate this movie if they don't like scary/sudden things. It was definitely one of the more intense Marley scenes around, and judging by the previews, I would not have guessed it was that dark in a movie seemingly targeted at families. Nevertheless, it was effective. I wouldn't have slept after that if I was Scrooge either.
The Ghost of Christmas Past was one of the most annoying and baffling takes on that character I've ever seen. I'm glad they included the cap in this version, but I would have used it a whole lot sooner on him. A combination of creepy, hard to understand, and just plain weird for the sake of weird.
The Ghost of Christmas Present was better, but why..did..he...have..to laugh... incessantly? It was so forced and annoying, but it was still a welcome change after the Ghost of Christmas Past. Once again things took a dark turn toward the end of his time, with the spirit's aging turning to the gruesome, and ignorance/want getting a little embellishment. But, I'm glad they kept the aging in there! It's an interesting part of the story to be sure.
The Ghost of Christmas Future was actually very creative and fresh. Other than the ridiculously long chase scene thrown in for no good reason, I enjoyed this part of the movie the most. Again, a bit creepy, but it's actually supposed to be. It was well done and eerie, without too many cheap "jumps".

All in all, it was alright. I'll stick to the George C. Scott version for a more serious and accurate tone, The Muppets for silly, Patrick Stewart for Patrick Stewart, and Albert Finney for the "artistic liberties" version of the Christmas Carol. All of those have heart and a good human element to them...something I found very much lacking in this one.
21 people found this helpful
HopeReviewed in the United States on December 28, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Glad I watched
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A Christmas Carol - the greatest story ever written? I believe so. The George C. Scott version remains my absolute favorite of all. I agree with other reviewers of this Disney version about some parts being gratuitous and not suitable for children. I understand and agree with the desire for family viewing of this film. At the same time, I'd add that Dickens' story is aimed mostly at adults! Still there's no good reason to be so graphic, e.g. Want & Ignorance. Also thought the carriage chase and miniature Scrooge etc. unnecessary but still appreciated seeing the bitter old guy taken on a wild ride down the sewers, drainpipes, and across the rooftops. Sometimes that's what it takes to change us, yes? I loved the aerial perspectives from Disney. No problems with the sound at all and the cast and voice work are wonderful.
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tag along SueReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Dwells on the scare tactics and special effects
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The animations and special effects where amazing. If you are looking for a horror film with lots of action pick this version of a Christmas Carol. I felt like it lost the meaning behind the story. As I read in other reviews this is not for young children, it would give them nightmares. I watched it with my older children. They liked the entertainment value of it. The essence of why the book was written was completely swallowed up. The emphasis was on horror and scare tactics. Scrooge changed because he was scared out of his mind, not because he saw the light and wanting to become a better person. A Christmas Carol was written to lift you up and give you a sense of wanting to make a difference in the world. To think of others besides just yourself, and you will be a happier person and make the world a better place. After watching this version, I felt dark inside and kept thinking of the gory ghosts and special effects in the film. What a huge disappointment.
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