This movie begins with a live-action sequence set in Boston in 1857, the site of a live reading by renowned novelist Dickens (Simon Callow). As he begins his "story of ghosts", a woman in the audience screams because she has seen a mouse, and Dickens points out that this is appropriate since his story begins with a mouse. At this point, the story turns into the animated version, and Dickens explains that the mouse, named Gabriel, carries a glimmer of hope amidst the glaring co-existence of rich and poor in the streets of London. Throughout the subsequent unfolding of the well-known story Gabriel acts as a miniature Greek chorus, providing younger members of the audience with a point of entry into the story and, in the case of the potentially frightening elements (the Ghosts of Past (Jane Horrocks), Present (Sir Michael Gambon), and Future), a place of refuge.
7 December 2001 (UK)
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Also Known As:
Um Conto de Natal
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Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $266,475
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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I'll make it up to you, Sir!
No, Mr Cratchit! I'll make it up to you!
Some DVD versions omit the live action theatrical opening and ending featuring Simon Callow
as Charles Dickens. R1 DVD has both scenes as a supplement in the extra features. See more
Version of Christmas Carol
Quis Est Deus
Performed by Charlotte Church
and the Monks of Glenstal
Composed by Bill Whelan
Charlotte Church by kind permisson of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd
Produced by Bill Whelan
Engineered by Philip Begley
and Matt Howe
Recorded at The Fort, Ireland & Air Lyndhurst, London
Orchestrated & Conducted by David Downes
2001 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd. Used under licence.
Illuminated films (Christmas Carol) Ltd/McGuinness Whelan Music Publishing Ltd 2001 See more