‘Tis the season for all the Christmas classics, again...

2009-11-09 00:00

‘TIS the season to be jolly. Prepare to be bombarded with all things Christmas for the next one-and-a-half months.

It’s festive time again, and anybody with anything to sell is thinking up ways to market their products accordingly.

Yup, there’s nothing like the sight of a well-decorated Christmas tree to put you in the giving mood. It is no wonder that shopping centres, and the likes of, go the extra mile to deck their marble-tiled corridors with fake pine branches and silver balls.

This is also true of the movie industry, and this festive season Disney has jumped on the bandwagon (yet again) and put on a remake of A Christmas Carol (yet again).

As much as this remake is by far the best film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1843 classic that I have ever seen, I don’t really think that this animation is likely to leave its primary audience very jolly — scared, perhaps, but not jolly.

The Christmas classic tells the story of old miser Ebenezer Scrooge (play by Jim Carrey) who is visited on Christmas Eve by three ghosts — the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (all, also, played by the Mask actor).

These ghosts come to the old man to warn him about his unpleasant fate if he were to carry on with his stingy behaviour. We are taken on a journey through Scrooge’s past, present and future before he makes his final decision.

Firstly, I would like to applaud the animation team of this movie for managing to produce some of the best animation work that I have ever seen (all of which took just under two years to come up with).

It took 10 minutes of running time for me to realise that we were actually watching an animation — for a while, I thought that they’d combined it with live footage. I was wrong.

Secondly, this is the third time that Disney has redone the movie.

This time, however, they’ve kept it very close to Dickens’s original text.

Now, if you don’t know, the Victorian writer wasn’t really known for his appeal to pre-teen Barbie Doll collectors. His work is gritty — dark(er) even.

I know that Disney held back a lot in trying to appeal to a younger audience by softening up previous releases of the film.

And I applaud them yet again for not compromising Dickens’s artistic integrity (that much) in the aim of selling this film.

I myself got the chills in some sections of the film — I can only imagine what the little boys and girls there on the day went through.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved this movie, but I would never take my five-year-old nephew to watch it.

There is nothing worse then a bed-wetting insomniac pre-schooler to kill the jolliness of the times. ****

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