A Christmas Carol (1997 film)

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A Christmas Carol
DVD cover
Directed byStan Phillips
Written byJymn Magon
Based onA Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Produced byStan Phillips
Andy Heyward
Robby London
StarringWhoopi Goldberg
Michael York
Ed Asner
Tim Curry
Music byJohn Campbell
Megan Cavallari
Distributed by20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
  • October 11, 1997 (1997-10-11)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States

A Christmas Carol is a 1997 American animated musical film version of the 1843 novella of the same name by Charles Dickens produced by DIC Productions, L.P. and distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. It features eight original songs and stars the voice talents of Tim Curry, Whoopi Goldberg, Ed Asner, and Michael York. The film also features additional material such as Scrooge's pet bulldog, Debit.

Songs for the film were written by Megan Cavallari and David Goldsmith. The score was written by Megan Cavallari and John Campbell.



The animation was produced overseas by Han Yang Productions.


The film was released on Nickelodeon on December 8, 2002, as part of the Nickelodeon Sunday Movie Toons. It was released on DVD by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on October 12, 2004.[1] This release lacks bonus material, as well as a main menu.[1][2] The film is owned by WildBrain, which holds the rights to the DIC Movie Toons, as well as most of DIC's library.[3]


Reviews for the film have been mixed. Colin Jacobson of DVD Movie Guide criticized the film for its "barely living up to Saturday morning standards" animation, lack of subtlety as for its morals, its "forgettable" songs, and the inclusion of Debit, making Scrooge's later transformation "less impressive and surprising". Some of the "notable" voice cast members were also noted for their "really poor" work.[1] Daniel W. Kelly of DVD Talk also panned the film's new material put to "attract the attention of children", as well as the animation and the songs, the latter of which were compared with the ones in Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol.[2] Scott G. Mignola of Common Sense Media was also thoroughly critical of the film in his review.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Jacobson, Colin (2004-11-18). "A Christmas Carol (1997)". DVD Movie Guide. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  2. ^ a b Daniel W. Kelly (2004-10-17). "Christmas Carol : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  3. ^ "Catalog - "Movie Toons"". Dhxmedia.com. Archived from the original on 2019-07-08. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  4. ^ Scott G. Mignola. "A Christmas Carol (1997) Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2019-07-09.

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