A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is designed to entertain, though kids may learn some positive messages, as well as the plot and characters of a classic piece of literature.
Redemption is possible if you really want to change. You can't undo the past, but you can learn from it and behave differently in the present. It's important to appreciate the now and make the most of it. Greed doesn't make you happy, but generosity and kindness can bring warmth to your life.
Positive Role Models
Scrooge is greedy and cruel at the start of the movie, yet "has his reasons" from past experiences. Through visits from the ghosts, he comes to terms with his own past, and shows empathy and generosity toward others. Bob Cratchit is hardworking and determined, putting the happiness of his family first and making the most of his situation.
While main character is White, there's racial diversity beyond. Tom Jenkins is Black and voiced by a Black actor, as is the Ghost of Christmas Present. British Indian and other Black characters among supporting cast. Positive representation of characters from a lower socioeconomic background, including the kindness and positivity of the Cratchit family, and the cleverness of some of the children making their own money on the streets.
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Violence & Scariness
Some of the scenes involving ghosts could be scary for younger viewers. Eerie whispers, chains jangling, characters with fire for eyes, shape shifting, lightning, a jaw coming disjointed. Lots of tumbling and falling through dimensions. Characters are electrocuted. A slap to the face. Death is mentioned, including that of a sister/mother and a child. Scenes in a graveyard involving coffins. Children are seen weak and coughing; one falls to the floor. Another character faints. A scary-looking dog that turns out to be gentle and friendly.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A kiss on lips, mild flirtation and dancing, and love songs.
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Some name-calling including "rat bag," "clumsy lump," "buffoon," "loathsome old carcass," and "old miser."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Mention of drinking wine. Wine glasses at table for dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scrooge: A Christmas Carol is an energetic and positively skewed animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel with a cast including Olivia Colman and Jonathan Pryce. The character of Scrooge (voiced by Luke Evans) is made a little less scary and more sympathetic than usual. However, the scenes involving the ghosts -- who visit Scrooge in attempts to change his ways -- may still frighten younger kids. Death is mentioned on a number of occasions, and scenes show coffins and graveyards. There is also some name-calling, mention of wine, and a kiss on the lips. Strong positive messages and racial diversity within the cast, combined with energetic songs and colorful sets and characters, make this a fun adaptation ideal for kids and families. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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