DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2009)
Directed: Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future trilogy, Polar Express, Cast Away)
Voices by: Jim Carrey, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright
Based on the classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Robert Zemeckis both write and directs this full-length animation. The story is about a man called Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) who is very uptight about his money and doesn’t care about the people around him, much less the ones who he sees regularly like his employee, Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman) or his nephew, Fred (Colin Firth). On Christmas eve, he goes home and is visited by his former deceased business partner, Jacob Marley (Gary Oldman) burdened with heavy chains. He tells him that these were from all that he had done while he was alive and that he would be visited by three ghosts: Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (all voiced by Jim Carrey). These ghosts bring him to visit memories and visions that he has chosen to ignore and made him realize all his wants had lead him to his ignorance.
The first thing that pulled me to this movie was the idea that Jim Carrey does 7 different voices. Four are from different stages in Scrooge’s life: Young boy, Teenage, Middle Age and finally the one we see, as an elderly stingy man. He also does the voices of the three ghosts. Jim Carrey and his voice was what drew me to him originally when I first saw him in The Mask. He does a decent job in that area for this movie. I have no problem with it. The voice work was pretty good actually. I like Colin Firth a lot and his distinct voice was quite himself as Fred. Gary Oldman did a great job with this one also. I’ve never heard him doing voices in an animation.
The second aspect of this movie is that I truly love the story and it looked to be really visually stunning. It did turn out to be quite detailed. My boyfriend commented about the detail of the reactions and expressions. The experience was definitely geared towards being seen in 3D, however, I have a normal Blu-ray so it had to do. It seem had exciting moments.
However, this flick is probably not primarily geared towards young children. It had a lot of spooky moments near the end. Although they do try to balance it out with a lot of funny moments to lighten the mood up. I’m do enjoy this movie a lot. Its not my absolutely favorite but whats Christmas without a little bit of Christmas carol, right?
There is a CRAZY amount of Christmas Carol adaptations both in animations, or themed like Disney’s, for example, and in real life. Which ones have you seen? Are there some you enjoy more than the others? I heard Muppet’s Christmas Carol is pretty good also.