Parents' Guide to

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Animated adaptation has positive messages, scary scenes.

Movie NR 2022 96 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 10+

The songs were nice. The visuals were a little trippy. The ghost scenes (1st and final) are a bit much for young children. The dancing on top of the coffin seemed a little over the top.
age 10+

Lots of scary death and ghost scenes.

Very elaborate death scenes. A whole song and dance about people rejoicing Scrooge’s death and dancing on his coffin. This would be really scary for kids under about ten years old.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Though there are darker moments and some spooky scares for younger kids, this retelling of Charles Dickens' classic tale is given a more positive, energetic slant than usual. Scrooge: A Christmas Carol shows empathy for our central character early on and fills the screen with colorful sets and lively musical numbers. The animation is full of modern touches, such as time-traveling through sci-fi-style portals and cute alien-looking characters, which will likely position it well with kids of the Pixar generation.

The A-list voice cast doesn't hurt either. Evans makes for a nuanced Scrooge that could close down a business, push over a child, or break into a love song at any second. Add to that Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Jonathan Pryce, Johnny Flynn, Trevor Dion Nicholas, and the rest of the talented cast, and this is a festive offering that certainly hasn't skimped on production values -- and it shows.

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