Disney's a Christmas Carol

(2009)

"Disney's A Christmas Carol," a multi-sensory thrill ride re-envisioned by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking 3-D motion picture event.

Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (Gary Oldman) and his cheery nephew (Colin Firth). 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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Christmas should only come once every two years. It would make the season more exciting. And it sure would save on gas, electricity, food, and the general good spirits of all involved. That's a Scrooge-mentality, sure. But don't worry. It's easy to shake as soon as that first yuletide special hits the airwaves seconds after Thanksgiving dinner is consumed. Then comes the hunt for a Christmas tree, the outdoor festival of lights, gift competition, and a hatred for all things 'relative'. I wanted to abandoned Christmas this year. I shot at the idea with a pellet gun for about five seconds. Before I could penetrate plastic, and puncture a hole worthy of a gulp of beer, I was back in the shed, pulling out that white plastic tree, along with the festive donkey ears, the mistletoe, and a trash can full of ornamental memories not fit for the faint of heart.

Heading back into the storage unit of my youth also had me revisiting the wintertime DVD box. Twelve months ago I was broke and none-too-eager to spend 18 bucks on Robert Zemeckis' gut-green and awful Disney's a Christmas Carol. In Disney 3D and IMAX, no less. Though I did, and I hated it with every ounce of my Ebenezer being. I refused to return to the multiplex for the rest of November and all of December. After sifting through that soulless experience, I instead decided to rely on my DVR for unexpected holiday fare. Which you can read about here. Now, as last year's Christmas theatricals begin to hit store shelves, I truly understand that Hollywood really isn't interested in making good, solid snow-themed entertainment anymore.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Disney's a Christmas Carol’ Blu-ray Special Features Clip

From Walt Disney Pictures comes the magical retelling of Charles Dickens' beloved tale - Disney's a Christmas Carol, the high-flying, heartwarming adventure for the whole family, starring Jim Carrey. When three ghosts take penny-pinching Scrooge on an eye-opening journey, he discovers the true meaning of Christmas - but he must act on it before it's too late. Complete with spirited bonus features, this exhilarating and touching Disney classic is destined to be part of your holiday tradition, adding sparkle and heart to all your Christmases yet to come.

Capturing A Christmas Carol - Actress Jacquie Barnbrook hosts a journey through the creative process of Disney's a Christmas Carol.

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Jim Carrey Talks ‘Disney's a Christmas Carol’

You are well known for tackling highly physical and comedic roles. Was that part of the attraction of playing Ebenezer Scrooge in the new movie, A Christmas Carol?

Jim Carrey: This role was a dream come true. Playing Scrooge was challenging in every possible way and I had to use everything I had to make this character work, but it was a wonderful, wonderful challenge. It's something I will never forget because it was a fantastic experience. You find yourself standing in the middle of an empty warehouse wearing a ridiculous motion capture suit with balls all over it. You're wearing a hat with pincers attached to it, with cameras pointing right into your face and you have to act as hard as you've acted before. You have to create a whole new world in your head - and you have to make it believable for the audience. It was a great challenge for me. I couldn't be more proud of this movie.

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Robert Zemeckis Discusses ‘Disney's a Christmas Carol’

Why did you decide to create a performance capture movie based on the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol?

Robert Zemeckis: I fell in love with digital cinema when I directed The Polar Express. Ever since then, I've been on a quest to think up movie ideas that can be presented in this new art form. A few years ago I got hit with the idea that A Christmas Carol would work perfectly in this format, so I immediately went back and read the book to refresh my memory on the story. That's when I realized that the story has never been realized in a way that it was actually imagined by Charles Dickens as he wrote it. I thought to myself, 'Excellent! This could be the perfect way to take a classic story that everyone is familiar with and re-envision it in a new and exciting way.' Charles Dickens is a great writer and it's as if he wrote this story to be a movie because it's so visual and so cinematic. I believe A Christmas Carol is the greatest time travel story ever written and I wanted to do the movie the way I believe it was originally envisioned by the author.

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Jim Carrey stars as the cranky Ebenezer Scrooge in Robert Zemeckis' 3D retelling of the Charles Dickens holiday classic.

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Jim Carrey stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in Robert Zemeckis' 3D re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic tale.

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