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Disney's A Christmas Carol2009

Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)



Critic Consensus: Robert Zemeckis' 3-D animated take on the Dickens classic tries hard, but its dazzling special effects distract from an array of fine performances from Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman.

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Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But, when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late.

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Leslie Zemeckis
as Fred's Wife
Cary Elwes
as Dick Wilkins/Portly Man 1/Mad Fiddler/Guest 2/Business Man 3
Robin Wright
as Belle/Fan
Jacquie Barnbrook
as Mrs. Fezziwig/Fred's Sister-in-Law/Well-Dressed Caroler
Lesley Manville
as Mrs. Cratchit
Molly Quinn
as Belinda Cratchit
Fay Masterson
as Martha Cratchit/Caroline/Guest 1
Daryl Sabara
as Peter Cratchit/Undertaker's Apprentice/Caroler/Beggar
Ryan Ochoa
as Cratchit Boy/Caroler/Beggar/Ignorance Boy/Boy With Sleigh
Sammi Hanratty
as Young Cratchit Girl/Beggar Girl/Want Girl
Fionnula Flanagan
as Mrs. Dilber
Callum Blue
as Caroline's Husband
Raymond Ochoa
as Caroline's Child
Steve Valentine
as Funerary Undertaker/Topper
Julian Holloway
as Fat Cook/Portly Man 2/Business Man 3
Kerry Hoyt
as Adult Ignorance
Julene Renee
as Adult Want
Sonje Fortag
as Fred's Housemaid/Well-Dressed Caroler
Paul Blackthorne
as Guest 3/Business Man 2
Ryan Sage
as Tattered Caroler
Amber Gainey Meade
as Tattered Caroler/Well-Dressed Caroler
Bobbi Page
as Tattered Caroler/Well-Dressed Caroler
Ron Bottitta
as Tattered Caroler/Well-Dressed Caroler
Aaron Rapke
as Well-Dressed Caroler
Jim Carrey
as Scrooge/Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come
Gary Oldman
as Bob Cratchit/Marley/Tiny Tim
Bob Hoskins
as Fezziwig/Old Joe
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Critic Reviews for Disney's A Christmas Carol

All Critics (202) | Top Critics (59)

The biggest surprise is that Zemeckis, so often in thrall to his digital palette, here uses it to freshly illuminate a time-honored text.

November 16, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The greatest tension in this adaptation of A Christmas Carol isn't between Scrooge and those pesky ghosts but within writer-director Robert Zemeckis.

November 12, 2009 | Full Review…

The motion capture animation is top-notch and it's hard not to be impressed with what Robert Zemeckis has wrought, even if there's the occasional sense he's pandering to an audience that can't get through a 90 minute story without a few yuks and a chase.

November 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

How they made it into this Disney adaptation unprettified is a Christmas miracle in itself.

November 6, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Zemeckis' film preserves much of Dickens' original dialogue and detail while amplifying the utter ethereal strangeness of the ghosts.

November 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's a lot of dark magic in this Dickensian Yuletide.

November 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Disney's A Christmas Carol


As an adaptation of a classic story that has been told so many times, this is an impressively well-made motion capture animation with a very fine performance by Jim Carrey. Even so, it would have been better if Zemeckis had left out some of its endless roller-coaster-ride moments.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

While Christmas is a lovely time to watch films that suit that time of the year, I feel that Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol shouldn't be missed. It may not be the most iconic or essential Chrismas movie, however, it definitely one of the better adaptations of Charles Dickens classic, as well as being a personal favourite. With some superb multi roles from Jim Carrey, who is Scrooge and the 3 ghosts of Christmas, whereas Gary Oldman is Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. These superb leads receive Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins and Robin Wright as perfect supporting roles. Ultimately, the visuals were astounding, particularly of how the motion capture makes the characters more human than previously seen in animation. Although I'm aware there are those who aren't fond of the visuals, at least the characters don't look as creepy as those seen in Zemeckis' previous animated work 'The Polar Express'. Overall, I have been watching this every Christmas season because I feel it fits perfectly for such a time of the year. An unmissable Christmas treat that is perfect for the family.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

I'm wondering why Zemeckis is so interested in these fully motion captured CGI films, first we had the awful 'Polar Express' then 'Beowulf' which was slightly better and now this, another version of Dickens Christmas ghostie story. I guess you gotta expect new versions every other year or so 'sigh'. I have heard this looks great in 3D, I have not seen it in 3D so I can't comment, as for 2D its good but nothing special, the voices in use are a good selection. Hoskins is of course perfect as is Oldman, Elwes and Penn I'm not so sure about where as Carrey is actually not bad, but not great either. The creators deemed it wise to make the characters appear like the stars so unfortunately we have 'Scrooge' looking like an aged Carrey haha which kinda makes it feel like a stupid Carrey film, luckily Carrey does perform sensibly. It looks nice, very sharp and crisp but the motion capture CGI is still horrible and spooky to be honest, it would have looked so much nicer with 'regular' CGI characters. Its also quite scary in places for kids with afew jumpy moments which actually added to the atmosphere nicely but not good for the very young. A nice tale looking very rich and glossy but its also kinda dull and boring as we all know the story backwards by now, the best version for me is still 'The Muppet Christmas Carol'.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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