Box art for Disney's A Christmas Carol

Disney's A Christmas Carol

  • Rated PG

anime & animation, children & family

From Walt Disney Pictures comes the magical retelling of Charles Dickens beloved tale Disney's A Christmas Carol, the high-flying, heartwarming adventure for the whole family, starring Jim Carrey.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
3 out of 5

3-D adaptation of classic holiday tale may scare young kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that, unlike The Polar Express, this Robert Zemeckis adaptation of a classic holiday tale is too intense both visually and in content for families with very young children. At its heart, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a ghost story, and not only are the many spirits very creepy at times, but the 3-D technology makes certain scenes -- as when the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come's red-eyed black stallions jump out at the audience -- all the scarier. And the realistic nature of the motion capture technology often makes the movie seem more like live action (and thus more intense) than animation. But on the other hand, the language is mild (British slang like "bugger" and "blast") and the drinking limited to Christmas toasts. And the messages are all quite positive, as Ebenezer Scrooge's (Jim Carrey) transformation is one of literature's ultimate stories of redemption and hope, even in the bleakest of times.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the lessons that Scrooge learns. How does he change throughout the movie? What is the story trying to teach us about not just Christmas, but about human behavior in general?
  • How are the themes of A Christmas Carol still relevant more than 200 years after it was originally written? Kids: How can you act generously during the holidays and year round?
  • Do you think the 3-D technology enhances the movie, or would it have been as good/better without it?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Thinly veiled amusement ride dressed up as a film. Curious mixture of child pleasing 3D thrills and spills and authentic Dickens dialogue they won't understand (presumably meant to appeal to their parents inbetween the endless chase sequences).

- gor41, Saturday, November 13, 2010

3 stars

As for adapting a classic story that has been told so many times, this is an impressively well-done motion capture animation with a very fine performance by Jim Carrey. Even so, it would have been a lot better if Zemeckis had left out some of the annoying rollercoaster ride moments.

- blacksheepboy, Thursday, August 12, 2010

5 stars

there are some really scary parts, not for kids under 10 or for the under 10 trapped in the body of a 20 something year old girl!

- theylovealexis, Tuesday, July 6, 2010