Christmas Carol: The Movie

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A Christmas Carol
Christmas Carol (2001) poster.jpg
Original British quad poster
Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami
Produced by Iain Harvey
Written by
Based on A Christmas Carol 
by Charles Dickens
Music by Julian Nott
Edited by Taylor Grant
Distributed by
  • United Kingdom:
  • Pathé[1]
  • United States:
  • MGM[2]
Release dates
  • 12 September 2001 (2001-09-12) (Toronto Film Festival)
  • 7 December 2001 (2001-12-07) (UK)
  • 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) (U.S. video)
Running time
81 minutes[3]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £6,182,526[4]

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"), Kate's sister Beth Winslet, 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. Unlike the book as well as other film adaptations, Belle does not marry and have children with another man. She 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.

Voice cast[edit]


A Christmas Carol was directed by Jimmy Murakami, who helmed The Snowman and When the Wind Blows in the 1980s.[5] The film was produced by several companies across Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Spain and South Korea.[1][4] It is bookended by live-action sequences featuring Simon Callow as Charles Dickens, who reads his tale to Boston theatre audience.[1] 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[edit]

Christmas Carol was released in British cinemas by Pathé on 7 December 2001, though originally slated for 30 November.[1][3] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer holds U.S. rights, and released it on Region 1 DVD on 7 October 2003.[2] Reviewers across Britain, the Republic of Ireland and the U.S. were generally dismissive towards the film.[4][5][6][7] 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."[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f McCarthy, Todd (25 November 2001). "Film Reviews: Christmas Carol: The Movie". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Cling, Carol (7 October 2003). "Video Preview: Ready to Roar". Las Vegas Review-Journal. p. 1E. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Majekodunmiallan Hunter, Tinu (7 December 2001). "Film: The Weekend Starts Here, Not Much Kop". The Express. 
  4. ^ a b c Walker, Alexander (6 December 2001). "Scrooge by name (Film)". Evening Standard (Associated Newspapers Company). 
  5. ^ a b Marriott, John (6 December 2001). "Reviews: Christmas Carol - The Movie (U)". The Scotsman. 
  6. ^ Gleeson, Sinéad (13 December 2001). "Movie Review: Christmas Carol: The Movie". RTÉ Ten: The Entertainment Network (RTÉ Commercial Enterprises). Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Vancheri, Barbara (12 December 2003). "New titles add to variety of holiday viewing". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. p. 40. 

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