Six Clips from Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:58 am,

a christmas carol header Six Clips from Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Ever since Comic Con, Disney has been pushing their Robert Zemeckis-directed version of the Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol. They’ve done everything they can to ensure that as many people as possible know about the film and go see it. Of course, that is the whole point of marketing but I fear they may be over doing it a touch. The 7-month-long A Christmas Carol train journey was almost overdoing it but now I think they are showing way too much of the film two weeks before its release.

However, some people like to watch as much as they can for an upcoming movie; I just don’t happen to be one of them. Steve “Frosty” Weintraub at Collider is just like me (‘cept cooler) in that he doesn’t want to have the entire movie spoiled. We both want to experience it for the first time in the theater, in IMAX or 3-D; but on the off chance that you want to soak up as much Christmas Carol as possible; Collider has assembled 6 video clips into one 5 minute video for you to watch.

The audio doesn’t seem to be all that impressive and my first thought was it was a “cam” version of the footage shown on the train tour, but these are indeed 6 brand new video clips from A Christmas Carol. After the 6 clips you can watch a higher quality video of Jim Carrey (who plays 7 different characters) and Robert Zemeckis talking about Carrey’s roles in the film. Enjoy:

A Christmas Carol is directed by Robert Zemeckis (Polar Express), and stars Jim Carrey (Ebenezer Scrooge), Bob Hoskins (Mr. Fezziwig), Colin Firth (Fred), Gary Oldman (Bob Cratchit), Cary Elwes (Dick Wilkins) and Robin Penn Wright (Belle).

I was originally super-pumped to see this film, but the train tour really put me off. I, along with many other parents, was hoping for a Polar Express-style, kid friendly, family film. This summer, Zemeckis did say he was making the movie more of a ghost story and after watching the first clip from the Collider videos, while is seems very cool, it’s also way too intense for my 7 and 4 year-old kids. If I can’t take them with me to watch A Christmas Carol, then I just don’t have any reason to go see the film. Sure, it will look extraordinary and will probably be a lot of fun for kids older than 10, but I just can’t see me and my football buddies piling into the theater to watch this.

Do the newly released clips for A Christmas Carol impress you and do you plan on going to see it?

Disney’s A Christmas Carol opens in theaters November 6, 2009.

Source: Collider
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  1. Daah!!! The CG “performance capture” perfectly captures human motion and then, apparently, applies it to lifeless corpses on marionette strings! I’m hiding under my bed, typing this out by whacking my keyboard with a long stick. Just… just disturbing. I’ve looked into the slobbering maw of hell and seen Jim Carrey’s dessicated cadaver cavorting through a CG room, swung about by a drunk puppeteer. I must have gone pants-crapping insane to be assaulted by this nightmare fuel.

    Either that or Robert Zemeckis has turned Scarecrow and released a fear toxin in my room when I wasn’t looking. Frisk him this instant and see if he’s carrying a burlap mask and a hay fork.

  2. Like watching a CGI Mr Burns on one of his ether binges.

  3. That was pretty awful. I think Polar Express must have forever soured me on this kind of thing.

    Marley’s Ghost looks like something from a Playstation cut scene (the original Playstation). In the clip where Scrooge plays a trick on Bob Cratchitt, Scrooge is supposed dramatically transition from being mean “Old Scrooge” to joyful, redeemed “New Scrooge” – instead the face just puts on a kind of grimacing “smile”. Nothing else lights up on his features.

    I don’t know if Jim Carrey didn’t act it that way, or if something got lost in the translation, but color me unimpressed. Alastair Sim and the others who have portrayed this classic story over the years don’t have much to worry about, methinks.

  4. LOL @The Big Dentist!

    I’m going to see this on Monday and I have to say I’m not looking forward to it.


  5. @ Vic

    Jesus, man, I’m praying for ya.

  6. Well… The original Dickens story was more than intense and downright terrifying and freaky at times. Especially with Marley’s jaw coming off! (original story)

    But I was expecting better animation..

  7. Hmmmm… Not really impressed. From the look of the trailers it looks like a lot of flying around and screaming. I’ll probably see it, but it won’t be very good. At all.

  8. Saw this movie a few days ago with my dad. I’m 18, and parts of it even creeped ME out. A little kid in the theater started crying at one point because it scared them. The animation is nice, the 3D is nice, the overall story is nice, but this movie is not one I would recommend you take your children too. Seems a bit too scary to be a Christmas movie made by Disney.