1 Hour 36 Minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
for scary sequences and images.
Extra DVD Features: Capturing Dickens: A Novel Retelling -- Journey Through The Creative Process And See How This Time-Traveling Holiday Ghost Story Came To Life; On Set With Sammi - A Kid's Eye View Of An "Anything-But-Average" Day; Deleted Scenes.
Jim Carrey ... Scrooge
Gary Oldman ... Marley/Bob Cratchit
Colin Firth ... Fred
Bob Hoskins ... Fezziwig
Fionnula Flanagan... Mrs. Dilber
| Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey "Liar, Liar") denies his ever-suffering clerk Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman "The Dark Knight")
Christmas Day off, and is so antisocial he refuses a Christmas dinner
invitation from his nephew Fred (Colin Firth " Mamma Mia!"). Later that night, the stingy old
accountant is surprised by three ghosts who separately present him with
emotionally telling snapshots from his own life -- past, present and
future -- which fill the grumpy old grouch with regret, fear and an
overwhelming sense of the error of his ways. This is a familiar story, but an
excellent Christmas tale as well, which is why it has never faded from sight
through the generations.
Besides playing Scrooge, Jim Carrey also gives voice to the three ghosts: of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come and Gary Oldman, Bob Hoskins ("Who Framed Roger Rabbit") and Cary Elwes ("The Princess Bride") are also present as multiple
additional characters. The animated faces given Oldman, Firth and Robin Wright
Penn ("Moll Flanders"), who appears as Scrooge's youthful love, are all relatively bland and
featureless, but they are all nevertheless appropriate to the spectacle.
Using the performance-capture technique that he utilized in Polar Express and Beowulf, director Robert Zemeckis
has added 3D to his bag of tricks, to bring us this latest version of
this oft-told Charles Dickens 1843 novella. But as soon as you don those
3D glasses, you'll notice a distinct diminishment in brightness, but
that's beside the point - the kids will hardly notice. Disney's A Christmas Carol is quite simply a showy, exuberant demonstration of the glories of motion capture,
computer animation and 3D technology. On that level, it's dazzlingly entertaining. But, on
any emotional level, it's about as exciting as a Christmas pudding.