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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Exposure to Victorian-era England's Christmas rituals, customs, and way of life.
Christmas Carol: The Movie espouses strong messages of the transformational power of soul-searching and reconsidering one's past actions, treatment of others, sense of connectedness in the world, and an individual's capacity for change.
Positive Role Models
Although some characters seem simplistically bad and others simplistically good, their dynamic nature and their capacity for change makes them more well-developed than they initially seem.
Violence & Scariness
The film has little violence but does portray sustained peril and fright as ghosts clank in chains, haunt Ebenezer, and stir up mighty winds and chaos upon entering and exiting. Additionally, the Victorian setting, foreboding music and tone, and bah-humbug attitudes of some characters may be frightening to young children.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Christmas Carol: The Movie is faithful enough to the original Dickens classic in its presentation of peril, hardship, poverty, and the fright of clanking ghosts and scary, mean grown-ups. However, the animation and a few friendly mice make this version a bit softer take that's more suitable for young children. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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