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Christmas Carol: The Movie

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Milder than some versions of classic but still a bit scary.

Movie PG 2003 81 minutes
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The animation is competent and reminiscent of late-'90s-era cartoons, and the voice work by Kate Winslet, Simon Callow, and Nicolas Cage up the movie's overall heft. Though purists may quibble with some of the liberties taken here in the framing of this story, bookended via live-action sequences of a dramatic reading of the original work, it is largely faithful to the original's plot and message.

For parents, this is a reliable take on the original that will get the job done, and the potential fright for young viewers likely will be offset by the mice who buffer the ghosts, clanking and haunting their way through Scrooge's life.

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