Rated PG · 95 minutes · 2009

Animated, Fantasy
This is a surprisingly faithful—and sometimes dark—adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, with a little motion-capture 3-D whiz-bang thrown in for good measure. The core story—about miserly, miserable Ebenezer Scrooge (voiced by Jim Carrey) experiencing a spiritual awakening—is told exquisitely, making the movie a true winner. Gary Oldman lends his voice and likeness to Cratchit, as well as Marley’s Ghost and even Tiny Tim. His performances in the film are perhaps the movie’s most heartwarming (well, except for his turn as Marley’s Ghost; he’s scary as all heck in that role). I was not a fan of director Robert Zemeckis’ first motion-capture release, the unintentionally spooky The Polar Express. However, by the time Beowulf hit screens a couple of years ago, I’d warmed up to the format. The technology is catching up, and Carol looks great. Carrey is perfect here.
Official Site: disney.go.com/disneypictures/achristmascarol
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Producer: Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke
Cast: Jim Carrey, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Cary Elwes, Fionnula Flanagan, Lesley Manville, Fay Masterson, Callum Blue, Raymond Ochoa, Daryl Sabara, Jacquie Barnbrook and Molly Quinn



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The Coast Halifax Singing A Christmas Carol's empty praises Robert Zemeckis' animated version of the classic tale is beautiful, but shallow. by Mark Palermo 11/05/2009
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