A Christmas Carol

  • PG
  • Robert Zemeckis (2009)
  • US
  • 95 min
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Film Review
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2 out of 5

Jim Carrey spreads himself thin in this faithful animated adaptation of the Dickens classic, playing not only the miserly Scrooge but also the ghosts who visit him on a cold Christmas Eve. The star does a fair English accent, but it's difficult to see why director Robert Zemeckis cast such a zany actor only to put him in a straitjacket. The tone is also rather uneven, with Zemeckis making London sparkly clean and glossing over darker moments by either submitting to comedy (Gary Oldman pulling faces as Scrooge's dead business partner) or resorting to stunts, like a horse-and-cart chase just as Scrooge must confront his own mortality. Thankfully, the motion-capture technology doesn't have the same unnatural effect it did in the director's earlier Polar Express, but it doesn't do justice to the actors, either. Basically, it's a ghost story without the soul.

Plot Summary

Animated fantasy based on Charles Dickens's classic tale, starring Jim Carrey. In Victorian London, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge has no time for the spirit of Christmas - then some unexpected visitors show him the error of his ways.

Cast and crew


Ebenezer Scrooge / Ghost of Christmas Past / Ghost of Christmas Present / Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Jim Carrey
Colin Firth
Bob Cratchit / Marley / Tiny Tim
Gary Oldman
Belle / Fan
Robin Wright
Mr Fezziwig / Old Joe
Bob Hoskins
Dick Wilkins / Portly gentleman no 1 / Mad fiddler / guest no 2 / Businessman no 1
Cary Elwes
Belinda Cratchit
Molly Quinn
Mrs Dilber
Fionnula Flanagan
Peter Cratchit / Undertaker's apprentice / Tattered caroler / Beggar boy / Well-dressed caroler
Daryl Sabara
Martha Cratchit / Guest no 1 / Caroline
Fay Masterson
Caroline's husband
Callum Blue
Mrs Cratchit
Lesley Manville


Robert Zemeckis

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 30 Oct 2009
Certificate PG
Walt Disney Home Entertainment