A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Robert Zemeckis (2009)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A foul-tempered Victorian miser who hates the festive season is visited on Christmas Eve by a series of ghosts. The spirits intend to make him mend his wicked ways by showing him visions of the past, the present and what the future will hold for him if he does not change for the better. Animated fantasy based on Charles Dickens' novel, featuring motion-captured performances by Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman.

Cast & Crew

Ebenezer Scrooge/The Three Ghosts Jim Carrey
Bob Cratchit/Jacob Marley/Tiny Tim Gary Oldman
Fred Colin Firth
Mr Fezziwig/Old Joe Bob Hoskins
Fan/Belle Robin Wright
Dick Wilkins Cary Elwes
Peter Cratchit Daryl Sabara
Undertaker/Topper Steve Valentine
Director Robert Zemeckis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: DisneyAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Oct 2009