A Christmas Carol Trailer (2009)

The trailer for A Christmas Carol.

Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late.

A Christmas Carol is Robert Zemeckis' first project with Disney since Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, in 1988.

A Christmas Carol was filmed using motion capture, with the actors faces then digitally enhanced and altered. It is also the first Disney movie to release in IMAX 3D.

This is Disney's third adaptation of A Christmas Carol, after Mickey's Christmas Carol and The Muppet Christmas Carol.

A Christmas Carol is Jim Carrey's first Disney role; he was offered the chance to voice Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story but turned it down.

A Christmas Carol Trailer Screencap

A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite stories, and it always gets me in the holiday spirit. Charles Dickens is a master at weaving a gripping story which keeps you entertained while also giving a message.

In this case, the message is aimed at one Ebeneezer Scrooge; change your ways or risk dying alone, hated by those you wronged in life. Most are familiar with the story of Scrooge hating Christmas, being awful to those he works with and generally being loathed by everyone. In one night he is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. Each spirit takes him to a certain point in time, making him realize the error of his ways.

There are many, many adaptations of this novel, and this one is perhaps different because Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman both play a multitude of roles. The movie is made using motion capture, making it exceedingly life-like and, if I'm honest, I don't like the style of it at all. Animation I can get on board with, because it's decidedly not real, but this exists as some kind of weird hybrid and it makes me uncomfortable.

The trailer looks impressive, and certainly everything in it seems to point to this version A Christmas Carol being great, but for some reason, the movie itself lacks that spark that sets it apart and instead, it's just an average film. It's a shame, really, but let's be honest here, The Muppet Christmas Carol will always be the best.

2 min 33 sec


Posted On
September 13, 2009
Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis

Walt Disney Pictures

November 6, 2009
Jim Carrey
Gary Oldman
Colin Firth
Bob Hoskins
Robin Wright Penn
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