Christmas Carol: The Movie
|A Christmas Carol|
Original British quad poster
|Directed by||Jimmy T. Murakami|
|Produced by||Iain Harvey|
|Based on||A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
|Music by||Julian Nott|
|Edited by||Taylor Grant|
|Running time||81 minutes|
A Christmas Carol is a 2001 British live action/animated film based on Charles Dickens's classic novella. Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami, the film features the voices of numerous actors including Simon Callow, Kate Winslet (who also sang the film's theme "What If"), and Nicolas Cage. This version differs from others, in that Scrooge is given another chance with the love of his life, Belle, who ended their engagement in their youth after he was corrupted by greed; they later meet again after the three spirits have reformed Scrooge and he is now kind and generous, causing Belle to love him again. Both Belle and Old Joe notably have bigger roles in the film. Belle unlike the book and other films does not marry or have children and instead is a nurse. Old Joe is a henchman of Scrooge who arrests or robs people who owe Scrooge debt but Scrooge fires him after mending his ways. Also in the film Marley's ghost haunts Scrooge before he goes home and Scrooge is notably younger as he has auburn hair and is middle-aged rather than being elderly.
- Simon Callow – Charles Dickens/Ebenezer Scrooge (voice)
- Kate Winslet – Belle (voice)
- Nicolas Cage – Jacob Marley (voice)
- Jane Horrocks – Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)
- Michael Gambon – Ghost of Christmas Present (voice)
- Rhys Ifans – Bob Cratchit (voice)
- Juliet Stevenson – Emily Cratchit (voice)
- Robert Llewellyn – Old Joe (voice)
- Beth Winslet – Fan (voice)
- Colin McFarlane – Albert Fezziwig (voice)
A Christmas Carol was directed by Jimmy Murakami, who helmed The Snowman and When the Wind Blows in the 1980s. The film was produced by several companies across Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Spain and South Korea. It is bookended by live-action sequences featuring Simon Callow as Charles Dickens, who reads his tale to Boston theatre audience. However, in certain DVD releases, the live action scenes are cut. Callow would play Dickens again three later in 2005 in the Doctor Who story The Unquiet Dead.
Release and reception
Christmas Carol was released in British cinemas by Pathé on 7 December 2001, though originally slated for 30 November. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer holds U.S. rights, and released it on Region 1 DVD on 7 October 2003. Reviewers across Britain, the Republic of Ireland and the U.S. were generally dismissive towards the film. After viewing it at the Toronto Film Festival, Variety's Todd McCarthy wrote, "[The] character animation is dully inexpressive, and two obnoxious mute mice do more scampering and gesticulating than Harpo Marx did in his entire career."
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- Christmas Carol: The Movie at the Internet Movie Database
- Christmas Carol: The Movie at AllMovie
- Christmas Carol: The Movie at Rotten Tomatoes