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The maker of Forrest Gump and The Polar Express now brings us A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey as Scrooge. Is the Walt Disney Company up to remaking a classic done and redone many times before? Read the official review here.Share This

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Laffo

It was a BOO for me. Terrible. Yuck. It was really hard to look at the Character design.

It didn't need slapstick either.

I love The Polar Express (the Book) and Beowulf (the Book) and A Christmas Carol (the Story and most of the film versions) but Robert Zemeckis needs to stop with the Animation.

He has a real problem with this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley

Too bad.

Laffo.

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Michael Rielly
It was a BOO for me. Terrible. Yuck. It was really hard to look at the Character design.

It didn't need slapstick either.

I love The Polar Express (the Book) and Beowulf (the Book) and A Christmas Carol (the Story and most of the film versions) but Robert Zemeckis needs to stop with the Animation.

He has a real problem with this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley

Too bad.

Laffo.

That's what I was afraid of. :(

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Eileen Strom

I liked it...

The 3rd spirit was a bit, how should I say, Off-Book, the whole chase scene/shrinking thing was not only NOT in the book but went on way to long. Then it got pretty much back to script. But it was a twist on a way to show Scrooge in that he was miniscule, and not important.

Overall, I enjoyed it and would see it again, if only to soar over and through London.

Like EVERY version that has been done for film, there has been stuff left out and stuff added in or added in at a different place, and artistic license used from start to finish.

The attention to detail was incredible, the music - great, and bits of humor throughout.

Compared to most of the garbage that the movie industry wants us to see and spend $ on, I would give it a :thumbsup: and on a scale of 1-10, give it a 6-1/2.

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Debra Ann

We would agree with Eileen. Overall, it was good. The detail in 3D was amazing ! The snow made the theater even feel colder !!

The Minnesota Santas went to the critics private preview on November 1st at the Mall of America. There were definitely chuckles at the dry humor !

I would watch it again on DVD next to a warm crackling fire !

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Laffo

As an Animation Buff I don't begrudge anyone liking, any Cartoon, whether I like it or not, because they won't make them if people don't see them. My problem is this:

It is easiest to Computer Animate and render everything, London, Snow - but the Human Form and Predatory Mammals are the most complex form of any type to animate. Zemeckis' crew does the same thing in this Movie they did in Polar Express and Beowulf.

Yes, the performances are good. The atmospheres are good, the 3-D is textbook. That much Money will buy that. It will not buy heart.

The Characters are unpleasant to look at, have no weight, and are not endearing. My guess is that in spite of that this will make a lot of money.

It is not Christmas Classic material, but once that bell is rung it cannot be un-rung. It will be, sadly, the Version of a Christmas Carol that this Generation will know. That is a shame.

And I agree with Eileen and her statement that Hollywood is producing Garbage. This is "A Christmas Carol." It was written by Charles Dickens. Other than the story of the Birth of Christ, it is the most adapted, referenced retold Christmas Tale ever written. We didn't need the Ghost of Christmas Future to be tinkered with, and we didn't need a madcap shrinking Scrooge. At some point the ego of the Screenplay Writers, Character Designers and Robert Zemeckis force this Movie into the Garbage category, as they show so little respect for the original story. If the original was so lacking, then an "ORIGINAL" screenplay is called for. I.E. "Scrooged."

It amazes me that there is not one original idea or screenplay left in Hollywood. The glut of "remakes," "reboots" and "reimaginings" does favors for no one.

As a Movie lover I cry, Boo Hoo.

Laffo.

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Michael Rielly
As an Animation Buff I don't begrudge anyone liking, any Cartoon, whether I like it or not, because they won't make them if people don't see them. My problem is this:

It is easiest to Computer Animate and render everything, London, Snow - but the Human Form and Predatory Mammals are the most complex form of any type to animate. Zemeckis' crew does the same thing in this Movie they did in Polar Express and Beowulf.

Yes, the performances are good. The atmospheres are good, the 3-D is textbook. That much Money will buy that. It will not buy heart.

The Characters are unpleasant to look at, have no weight, and are not endearing. My guess is that in spite of that this will make a lot of money.

As someone who has worked in the 3D computer graphics industry for over 15 years I can't agree with you more. Anything can be animated with enough time and money. I posted this on my blog a while ago. This is the difference between a great CGI movie and a great movie.

pixar_vs_dreamworks.jpg

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dvdguy

i really dont have a problem with this animation

I enjoyed this movie alot more than I thought i would

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Laffo
i really dont have a problem with this animation

I enjoyed this movie alot more than I thought i would

And that's what makes the world go 'round.

Laffo.

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Santa George

I saw the movie last night at the local IMAX theatre. It is not a movie for young children as it is very dark and a bit sinister. I did, however, enjoy it. The ghostsof Christmas Past, Present and Future could have been developed a bit more but on a whole I thought the movie was good. The 3-D effects were wonderful and the characters were a tad grizzley. Did you see the size of Scrooge's nose?

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Cindylu

I have yet to see any movie with Jim Carrey in it that I like. I will, however, be seeing this one and hope for the best. The trailer looks pretty good.

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FrSanta

Well I hate to be a scrooge, but I will be skipping this one, I don't enjoy 3d..and even if you can see it in 2D you can always tell that half the scenes are created to stick out.

That aside I am sadden by the lack of real imagination coming out of Hollywood. The remakes and reboots are so disappointing. I don't need another version of 34th street, or Year without Santa Claus, Charlie Brown, Wonderful life, or Christmas Story. The original is still the best. I love a good Christmas show or movie, but I groan about most of the stuff that is on that don't tug on the heart or bring a smile to your face.

I am looking forward to the St. Nicholas of Myra movie I hope its as good as the trailer.

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VetteCitySanta

It's been evident for some time that Hollywood has been lacking imagination and quality material. But I can't dog this latest version of A Christmas Carol by Disney too much. It was a bit grotesque at times, and I was impressed that there were no children crying and screaming in the theater. I thought the movie was fascinating for the most part. Reading some of the critiques in this forum makes me think I'm too easily entertained. You guys are a tough audience.

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Santa Everett

Not a fan of the egotistical, self-centered, non-humorous, attention grabbing, big mouth, rude...........and from all indications here and elsewhere I will probably never view this so called version......I will continue enjoying 1951.

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