Jim Carrey stars in new animated version of
"A Christmas Carol"


Good news for "Carol" fans... a new, big-budget film is in the works! Because you can never have too many... if they're good. Whether or not this version will be good remains to be seen, but the forces behind it have proven themselves in the past.

Robert Zemeckis’s next film, “A Christmas Carol,” scheduled for release on November 6, 2009, will feature some major star names. The movie will be CGI, similar to films such as "The Polar Express" with the star's performances being motion-captured and translated to the animated characters. Jim Carrey will play Ebenezer Scrooge plus the three Spirits of Christmas that haunt him in “A Christmas Carol,” an adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale that Robert Zemeckis wrote and will direct for Walt Disney Pictures.

Zemeckis wrote the script specifically with Carrey in mind, and the actor immediately said yes. Besides Carrey as Scrooge and the Spirits, the director is reportedly in talks with Tom Hanks to play Bob Cratchit. Zemeckis has stated previously that A Christmas Carol is one of his favorite stories dealing with time travel, so it's appropriate that Zemeckis "Back To The Future" stars Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox are lined up to portray Marley's Ghost and Tiny Tim, respectively. Another Zemeckis alumni Bob Hoskins may play Scrooge's old boss Fezziwig.

Zemeckis will shoot the film using “performance capture/Disney digital 3-D” animation, a continuing evolution of techniques he introduced in “Polar Express.” The new film will be the very first project produced by ImageMoversDigital, the performance capture company that Disney just set up with Zemeckis.

Bah, humbug! You're a mean one, Mr. Carrey...

Having taken this role, Carrey will have played the two most legendary Christmas haters of all time -- Scrooge and The Grinch. But both are stories of redemption and the triumph of love and the holiday spirit in an atrophied heart. We look forward to Christmas of 2009 for the release of this new film.

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Keep watch on this page for more news, pictures and announcements on this exciting project as they become available!

Update: 9-23-09
Carrey presents A Christmas Carol at Cannes!

Update: 9-15-09

Full trailer released!

@ Yahoo! Video

Update: 7-15-09

German poster revealed with new image! (Click on image to view larger size.)

Update: 6-20-09

New poster released! (Click on image to view larger size.)

Update: 1-9-2009

First image of CGI Scrooge!

Update: 3-17-2008

"A Christmas Carol" to be released in 3-D!

Industry insiders list November 6th, 2009 as the likely release date for the movie...but perhaps the biggest news is that the film is being given the digital 3D treatment! Most upcoming CGI animation films to be released in the next few years will be in stereoscopic 3D, and "A Christmas Carol" joins them.

Update: 12-2-2007

New Christmas Carol Cast Members

Robert Zemeckis revealed in a podcast on the official Beowulf site that Bob Hoskins, Colin Firth and Gary Oldman have joined Jim Carrey in A Christmas Carol. In her own podcast, Robin Wright Penn announced she was also in A Christmas Carol. There was no mention of [the rumored] Tom Hanks, Christopher Lloyd or Michael J. Fox, although that does not mean they will not be in the film.

Cast so far: Jim Carrey, Cary Elwes, Bob Hoskins, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn

With a new version being made, it's a good time to look back and review the timeline of the various versions to come out over the years...


1910 A Christmas Carol with Charles Ogle

1911 A Christmas Carol with William Bechtel; director, Charles Kent

1915 A Christmas Carol with Delmer Daves

1917 A Bit o' Heaven (AKAThe Birds' Christmas Carol) Director, Lule Warrenton; written by Kate Douglas Wiggin

1935 Scrooge with Seymour Hicks; director, Harry Edwards

1938 A Christmas Carol with Reginald Owen; director, Edward Marin

1951 A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim; director, Richard Adinsell

1954 A Christmas Carol (musical) with Fredric March; director, Ralph Levy; written by Maxwell Anderson

1962 Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (animated) with the voice of Jim Backus

1964 Carol For Another Christmas with Sterling Hayden; director, Joseph L.Mankiewicz; written by Rod Serling

1970 Scrooge (musical) with Albert Finney; director, Ronald Neame; music by Leslie Bricusse.

 1971 A Christmas Carol (animated) with the voice of Alistair Sim; director, Richard Williams

1979 An American Christmas Carol with Henry Winkler; director, Eric Till

1979 Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol (animated)

1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol (animated) with the voice of Alan Young; director, Burny Mattinson

1984 A Christmas Carol (TV) with George C. Scott; director, Clive Donner

1988 Scrooged with Bill Murray; director, Richard Donner

1992 A Muppet Christmas Carol with Michael Caine; director, Brian Henson

1994 A Flintstones Christmas Carol (animated)

1997 A Christmas Carol (animated) with the voice of Tim Curry

1998 An All Dogs Christmas Carol (animated) Director, Paul Sabella

1999 A Christmas Carol with Patrick Stewart; director, David Jones.

For a more complete list of both film and television versions, check out the WikiPedia page.

Marley's Ghost
The First of the Three Spirits
The Second of the Three Spirits
The Last of the Spirits
The End of It
A Christmas Dinner
A Christmas Present
1939 Radio Broadcast
Other Radio Broadcasts

Related Links:

Extra items and pages that are part of this site:

Christmas Essays by Dickens

"Now, the tree is decorated with bright merriment, and song, and dance, and cheerfulness. And they are welcome. Innocent and welcome be they ever held, beneath the branches of the Christmas Tree, which cast no gloomy shadow!"
-Charles Dickens

So writes Charles Dickens concerning a tradition that even in his day was precious. Enjoy his story, "The Christmas Tree," as he recollects the joy it brought to his youth!

"Who can be insensible to the outpourings of good feeling, and the honest interchange of affectionate attachment, which abound at this season of the year? A Christmas family-party! We know nothing in nature more delightful! There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas."
-Charles Dickens

The family seated around the Christmas dinner table is a treasured time that becomes forever etched in our hearts. Enjoy Dicken's story, "A Christmas Dinner," as he relates the joys it brings.

"Lost friend, lost child, lost parent, sister, brother, husband, wife, we will not so discard you! You shall hold your cherished places in our Christmas hearts, and by our Christmas fires; and in the season of immortal hope, and on the birthday of immortal mercy, we will shut out Nothing!"
-Charles Dickens

In his short story, "What Christmas Is As We Grow Older," Dickens encourages us to not forget the past joys and loves we have known, in order to shut out the pain of loss. Rather, we defeat the loss by celebrating the memories of times and people once close to us.

"My dear children, I am very anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about Him." -Charles Dickens

Dickens never forgot the Source of the holiday cheer he spread about with his writings, or the meaning of the silent night in Bethlehem so long ago. In this excerpt from his private story written for his children, "The Life of Our Lord," Dickens explains simply in his own words "The Christmas Story."

Radio and Film Versions

Information about the
1951 version with Alastair Sim, with photos, comparisons to the novel and excerpts from the soundtrack.

Information about the
1939 radio version produced by Orson Welles and starring Lionel Barrymore.

Information about
Disney's "A Christmas Carol" short animated feature

Information about "Scrooge," the
1970 musical version starring Albert Finney

Information about the
Muppet's Christmas Carol

Information about the
upcoming 2009 CG version starring Jim Carrey.

Information about Rich Little's one-man version of
"A Christmas Carol."


Information about the
1971 Chuck Jones animated film featuring Alastair Sim as the voice of Scrooge!


Information about Patrick Stewart's one-man performance of the book, as well as his 1999 movie adaptation.


Complete scan of "A Christmas Carol"
comic book adaptation from the 70's by Marvel Comics!

Enjoy scenes from the story in these
antique illustrations!

Classics Illustrated "A Christmas Carol"
cover #1.

Classics Illustrated "A Christmas Carol"
cover #2.

Pendulum's Illustrated Stories "A Christmas Carol"

A Dean Morrissey
painting of Scrooge outside his London business. The print can be bought here.

Montage of
scenes from the novel by artist Jeffrey Bedrick made for a puzzle, which can be bought here.


See Scrooge in various ads for merchandise that make him happy!

Other resources outside of this site:

Read the story behind of the writing of this most-loved Christmas story here, as originally published in Reader's Digest.

Christmas According to Dickens: A series of articles by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts.

Dickens and Christmas: an excellent site!

View an incredible table-top reproduction of Dicken's London on this page.

In an essay on his favorite Christmas videos, columnist C. W. Oberleitner examines the best adaptations of "A Christmas Carol" on film.

Alastair Sim's film as viewed through the eyes of a horror movie fan: A Very Scary Christmas!

Introduction /Marley's Ghost / The First of the Three Spirits / The Second of the Three Spirits
The Last of the Spirits / The End of It / A Christmas Dinner /A Christmas Present /1939 Radio Broadcast