Many parents will take their young children to see this film over the Christmas vacation. After all, it's Disney, it's Charles Dickens, and it's animated. Most people are probably expecting a light, sweet piece of fluff for the wee ones to enjoy.
Those parents will be horrified once they actually start watching this joyless adaptation of Dickens' beloved novel. The film has a constant atmosphere of dread. The most frightening aspects of the original story are magnified heavily. Not only are the ghosts themselves incredibly frightening, but the overall atmosphere of the film is one of terror and dread. Children were crying in the theater; I could see an ADULT getting nightmares after seeing this. Don't get me wrong; this is no "Cannibal Holocaust" by any means, but it's still far too scary for its target audience. If your children enjoy horror films, they may enjoy this joyless, harrowing version of A Christmas Carol. Otherwise... be warned. This is NOT the Christmas Carol you grew up with.