Disney's A Christmas Carol

Critics Consensus

Robert Zemeckis' 3-D animated take on the Dickens classic tries hard, but its dazzling special effects distract from an array of fine performances from Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman.

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Total Count: 197

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User Ratings: 776,108
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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.

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Cast

Leslie Zemeckis
as Fred's Wife
Cary Elwes
as Dick Wilkins/Portly Man 1/Mad Fiddler/Guest 2/Business Man 3
Robin Wright
as Belle/Fan
Jacquie Barnbrook
as Mrs. Fezziwig/Fred's Sister-in-Law/Well-Dressed Caroler
Lesley Manville
as Mrs. Cratchit
Molly Quinn
as Belinda Cratchit
Fay Masterson
as Martha Cratchit/Caroline/Guest 1
Daryl Sabara
as Peter Cratchit/Undertaker's Apprentice/Caroler/Beggar
Ryan Ochoa
as Cratchit Boy/Caroler/Beggar/Ignorance Boy/Boy With Sleigh
Sammi Hanratty
as Young Cratchit Girl/Beggar Girl/Want Girl
Fionnula Flanagan
as Mrs. Dilber
Callum Blue
as Caroline's Husband
Raymond Ochoa
as Caroline's Child
Steve Valentine
as Funerary Undertaker/Topper
Julian Holloway
as Fat Cook/Portly Man 2/Business Man 3
Kerry Hoyt
as Adult Ignorance
Julene Renee
as Adult Want
Sonje Fortag
as Fred's Housemaid/Well-Dressed Caroler
Paul Blackthorne
as Guest 3/Business Man 2
Ryan Sage
as Tattered Caroler
Amber Gainey Meade
as Tattered Caroler/Well-Dressed Caroler
Bobbi Page
as Tattered Caroler/Well-Dressed Caroler
Ron Bottitta
as Tattered Caroler/Well-Dressed Caroler
Aaron Rapke
as Well-Dressed Caroler
Jim Carrey
as Scrooge/Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come
Gary Oldman
as Bob Cratchit/Marley/Tiny Tim
Bob Hoskins
as Fezziwig/Old Joe
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  • Dec 25, 2013
    Though it's one of the most adapted literary works, Disney's A Christmas Carol delivers a uniquely daring and bold vision that emphasizes the darker aspects of the story. Yet even with the darker take, the film stays remarkably faithful to the novel; especial in regards to the dialog. In fact, this adaption includes several aspects of Dickens' tale that are often overlooked; such as the religious undertones. However, the animation style doesn't really work, and is inconstant in the level of depth and detail in the art design. But despite the production shortcomings, Disney's A Christmas Carol still manages to be an incredibly compelling and imaginative telling of Charles Dickens' immoral classic.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2013
    While Christmas is a lovely time to watch films that suit that time of the year, I feel that Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol shouldn't be missed. It may not be the most iconic or essential Chrismas movie, however, it definitely one of the better adaptations of Charles Dickens classic, as well as being a personal favourite. With some superb multi roles from Jim Carrey, who is Scrooge and the 3 ghosts of Christmas, whereas Gary Oldman is Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. These superb leads receive Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins and Robin Wright as perfect supporting roles. Ultimately, the visuals were astounding, particularly of how the motion capture makes the characters more human than previously seen in animation. Although I'm aware there are those who aren't fond of the visuals, at least the characters don't look as creepy as those seen in Zemeckis' previous animated work 'The Polar Express'. Overall, I have been watching this every Christmas season because I feel it fits perfectly for such a time of the year. An unmissable Christmas treat that is perfect for the family.
    Samuel R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2011
    "A Christmas Carol". When I was little, I remember watching the rehash of the classic story, Muppets style. Wow, freaking hated it. For someone that doesn't follow up with traditional stories very well, "A Christmas Carol" was a surprising and delightful view on the Christian faith through secular eyes. This ain't a movie for kids; I'd be scared to death by some of these scenes if I were young. The animation: Top-notch. The script: Sharp and fitting. It's not the overall package that had me convinced -- it was the message behind the movie. Good and entertaining time, but just don't think kids will enjoy this for its dialogue and character-driven.
    Albert K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    A Christmas Carol is a incredible retelling of Charles Dickens classic Christmas tale, and is another winner from Robert Zemeckis. I loved this movie mainly because I believe it captures the tone of the book perfectly, and it feels like a true classic in my book. The animation is incredible and the motion capture is the best I have ever seen in cinema. Jim Carrey is brilliant and gives Ebeneizer Scrooge a honorable performance. However, I did believe the chase scene was too pointless and I also felt they ruined the scene where Scrooge meets the ghost of Jacob Marley. But I still love this film and it always gets me in a great mood.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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