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A Christmas Carol is a 2009 film adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1843 story of the same name. The film is written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, and stars Jim Carrey in a multitude of roles, including Ebenezer Scrooge as a young, middle-aged, and old man, and the three ghosts who haunt Scrooge.
The 3-D film was produced through the process of performance capture, a technique Zemeckis has previously used in his films The Polar Express (2004) and Beowulf (2007).
A Christmas Carol began filming in February 2008, and will be released on November 6, 2009 by Walt Disney Pictures. It will receive its world premiere in London, coinciding with the switching on of the annual Oxford Street and Regent Street Christmas lights, which in 2009 will have a Dickens theme.
The film will be released in Disney Digital 3-D and IMAX 3-D. It will also be Disney's third retelling of A Christmas Carol in 26 years, having released Mickey's Christmas Carol in 1983 (using the in-house Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck characters) and later distributing The Muppet Christmas Carol for Jim Henson Productions in 1992, with Disney later acquiring the rights to The Muppets from Jim Henson Productions.
A Christmas Carol is a Victorian morality tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), who undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of one night. Mr. Scrooge is a financier/money-changer who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. He holds anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love and the Christmas season. But an encounter with the ghostly figure of Jacob Marley (Gary Oldman) sets the stage for a mysterious and magical encounter with three phantasmic beings to help him realize the true magic of Christmas itself.
- Jim Carrey as:
- Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character of the film. He is a cold-hearted, tight fisted, greedy man, who despises Christmas and all things which engender happiness.
- The Ghost of Christmas Past, the first of the three spirits that haunt Ebenezer Scrooge in order to prompt him to repent. It shows Scrooge scenes from his past that occurred on or around Christmas, in order to demonstrate to him the necessity of changing his ways.
- The Ghost of Christmas Present, the second of the three spirits that haunt Ebenezer Scrooge in order to prompt him to repent. He shows Scrooge the happiness of his nephew's middle-class social circle and the impoverished Cratchit family.
- The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, the third of the three spirits that haunt Ebenezer Scrooge in order to prompt him to repent. He shows Scrooge the final consequences of his lifestyle if he doesn't change his ways.
- Gary Oldman as:
- Jacob Marley, a former business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge. Having been dead for seven years prior to the events of the film, he visits Scrooge as a ghost and warns him of the three spirits that will confront him about his demeanor.
- Bob Cratchit, the abused, underpaid clerk of Ebenezer Scrooge.
- Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit's youngest son. He is voiced over by Ryan Ochoa.
- Ochoa also portrays the boy representing Ignorance that lives under the coat of the Ghost of Christmas Present, as well as a young Cratchit boy, one of Belle's sons and a young boy riding a sleigh.
- Cary Elwes as:
- Dick Wilkins, Scrooge’s old roommate
- Mad Fiddler
- Colin Firth as Fred, Ebenezer Scrooge's nephew and only living relative.
- Bob Hoskins as:
- Mr. Fezziwig, the proprietor of a warehouse business for whom Ebenezer Scrooge worked as an apprentice.
- Old Joe, a fence who buys the belongings of the deceased Ebenezer Scrooge from a trio of thieves who previously worked for Scrooge.
- Robin Wright Penn as:
- Fan, Scrooge's sister.
- Belle, Scrooge's neglected fiancée.
- Daryl Sabara as Peter Cratchit, Bob Cratchit's oldest son and heir to his job.
- Molly C. Quinn as Belinda Cratchit, Bob Cratchit's second oldest daughter.
- Sammi Hanratty as Young Belle's Daughter #1, Want Girl, Young Cratchet Girl
- Raymond Ochoa as Caroline's Son #1 , Belle's Son #3,
Zemeckis has stated previously that A Christmas Carol is one of his favorite stories dealing with time travel. Carrey has described the film as "a classical version of A Christmas Carol [...] There are a lot of vocal things, a lot of physical things, I have to do. Not to mention doing the accents properly, the English, Irish accents [...] I want it to fly in the UK. I want it to be good and I want them to go, 'Yeah, that's for real.' We were very true to the book. It's beautiful. It's an incredible film."  Cary Elwes and Robin Wright Penn are both known for their work together as the title characters Westley and Buttercup respectivly in the 80's classic film The Princess Bride.
 Video game
Disney Interactive Studios has announced that a Nintendo DS game of the movie will be released in November 2009.
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