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"Christmas Carol: The Movie" is another addition to the list of countless existing remakes of Charles Dickens's classic novella, "A Christmas Carol." Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami, it follows the exact same storyline as the original and classic Dickens' tale. Bitter Ebenezer Scrooge creates misery all around him even on Christmas, a holiday he despises. But then, one night, he is visited not only by the ghost of his deceased business partner, but by three ghosts that show him Christmases of the past, present and future. The night is a warning to Scrooge: he must change his ways if he wants to avoid a miserable afterlife. And change he does, transforming from a curmudgeon to a loving soul overnight.

"Christmas Carol: The Movie" follows the exact same storyline as the original one laid out in Dickens' novella, and does nothing major to embellish on the existing story it's trying to retell. Its animation, while colorful, has never been praised and has only been criticized by critics.

The only embellishment on the story is the introduction of the character of Gabriel, a mouse said to carry a glimmer of hope in London during a time when the city is sharply divided between rich and poor. The mouse is meant to give children a relatable character in the film, for better or worse.

"Christmas Carol: The Movie" features several celebrity voice actors; people such as Nicholas Cage, Kate Winslet and Simon Callow all found their way into the cast of "Christmas Carol: The Movie." In some editions of the film, Callow even has two roles; while the film is primarily animated, a few releases feature a live-action filmed beginning and end that shows Dickens, portrayed by Callow, reading his story to an audience in 1857.

Overall, this movie is a straightforward, simple retelling of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge.

| 2001 | 1 hr 13 min | 5.5/10
Simon Callow, Kate Winslet, Nicolas Cage, Jane Horrocks
Jimmy T. Murakami
Produced By
Iain Harvey

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