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100 Facts About A Christmas Carol

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So, since it’s Christmas week, let’s have a look at Disney’s A Christmas Carol. The Jim Carey version, not the Mickey or Muppet version unfortunately.

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  1. A Christmas Carol was released on November 6th
  2. It is an animated 3D movie adaption of the Charles Dickens story of the same name.
  3. It had its premiere in London Leicester Square which had a Dickensian theme.
  4. Jim Carrey has described the film as a classical version of A Christmas Carol.
  5. Gary Oldman and Lesley Manville play Mr and Mrs Cratchit and were married in real life between 1987 and 1990.
  6. The movie is set in the year 1843.
  7. At the beginning of the film, when Scrooge signs Marley’s death certificate, it is dated 1836.
  8. Scrooges encounter with the spirit takes place Seven Christmas Eve’s Later which would make it 1843.
  9. The Ghost of Christmas Present mentions that he has eight-hundred forty-two brothers.
  10. The year 1843 is significant as that is the year Charles Dickens wrote and published A Christmas Carol.
  11. In the Cratchit home, there is a portrait of Charles Dickens hanging by the fireplace.
  12. During the opening credits, as you fly though the old London city roof tops, you can see the 2nd London bridge.
  13. At the time of the story it was only 12 years old and remained in London for another 124 years before being dismantled and sold to an American in 1967.
  14. It can now be seen spanning Bridgewater Channel in Lake Havasu in Arizona.
  15. After sending the prize turkey on to Bob Cratchits house, Scrooge grabs onto the back of a carriage and hangs on for a ride down the street, waving to people.
  16. Many viewers saw this as a nod to one of Robert Zemeckis’ previous works Back to the Future, however Zemeckis says it had not occurred to him but reasoned it as a subconscious image.
  17. This is Jim Careys only project with Walt Disney Pictures.
  18. Robert Zemeckis has stated that A Christmas Carol is one of his favourite stories dealing with time travel.
  19. Before this Disney film, Jim Carey was given the option to voice Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story but he declined.
  20. This was the first Disney animated movie to be released in IMAX 3D.
  21. Ebenezer Scrooge’s appearance in this film is identical to the marionette version of Scrooge seen in Robert Zemecki’s last Christmas film, The Polar Express.
  22. This was the first Robert Zemeckis film where he wrote the script alone.
  23. Jim Carrey who plays Scrooge is 16 months younger than Colin firth who plays the young and strapping Fred.
  24. This was Robert Zemeckis first project with Walt Disney since Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  25. It appears that the pennies used in the opening scenes are Austalian pennies and not English.
  26. You can see what appears to be the word Australia and the tails of kangaroos.
  27. This is a possible animators Easter Egg.
  28. Though not mentioned in the book or other film and radio adaptions, Scrooges birthday is February 7th.
  29. Scrooge’s future tombstone claims he was born in 1786 meaning scrooge was 57 years old during most of the film.
  30. This means he was 50 years old when Marley died in 1836.
  31. Both Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd who starred in Back to the Future were considered in the line-up of voice overs for the film.
  32. This is the Disney Company’s third involvement with an adaption of A Christmas Carol.
  33. The first of these adaptions was Mickey’s Christmas Carol in 1983.
  34. The other was The Muppet Christmas Carol in 1992.
  35. This makes A Christmas Carol the first Disney adaption to not have the roles played by another character.
  36. To help promote this film, Disney teamed up with Amtrak and ran a special train that went across the country and showed different items from the movie.
  37. Bob Cratchit in this film is short in height.
  38. This makes Bob in this film more accurate to the way Charles Dickens described him as Bob is apparently short in the novel.
  39. In the end, when Scrooge wakes up from his dreams, Jim Carrey dances and laughs as he did in his earlier role, The Grinch.
  40. He eve mentions that he’s heard that laugh before.
  41. This film is the third version where Marley is seen deceased.
  42. It is also the third film adaption to open with Marley’s death.
  43. As of 2015, this is Robert Zemeckis last motion capture film.
  44. It is the second film adaption to feature Caroline and her husband after the 1999 television film starring Patrick Stewart.
  45. These two characters are absent in many other film adaptions.
  46. Both the undertaker and his apprentice seen at the start of the film could be based n Mr Sowerberry and Noah Claypole who star in Oliver Twist, also by Charles Dickens.
  47. Scrooge falls at least eighteen times throughout the film.
  48. This may be areference to Scrooge being humbled before his fellow man, the fact that he falls from high places as well as low ones.
  49. His final fall is from the rail at the back of the carriage on Christmas Day.
  50. This fall seems to hurt him least of all, since his heart and spirit have been lightened by the spirits visits.
  51. When Scrooge first goes into his counting house after signing Marley’s death certificate, the sign Scrooge and Marley ages 7 years later.
  52. This also happens in the 1999 version starring Patrick Stewart.
  53. Finnoula Finnegan and Jim Carey appeared in Yes Man together.
  54. This is the first Disney adaption of A Christmas Carol in which Scrooge doesn’t go to Cratchit’s house on Christmas Day after the encounter with the three spirits.
  55. Scrooge visits his nephew and has Christmas dinner with him, his wife and their friends.
  56. This is followed by Scrooge giving Cratchit a raise the next day at work and keeping true to the book.
  57. This is the first Disney version of A Christmas Carol in which Scrooge’s sister Fan is shown.
  58. Cary Elwes and Robin Wright also starred in The Princess Bride.
  59. This version is completely true to Charles Dicken’s classic novel.
  60. There are some differences however.
  61. In the book, we spend a lot more time in the present, especially at the houses of his employee and nephew.
  62. The novel also shows us strife around the globe, in caves and on ships, that is relieved by Christmas joy.
  63. Also, the whole ‘future’ scene with the horse chase and Scrooge becoming smaller is not in the novel.
  64. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in the novel is nearly immobile except for the pointing finger.
  65. The first time that Scrooge ever calls Bob Cratchit by his first name was when the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows him the Cratchit family mourning Tiny Tims death.
  66. Though Bob Cratchit doesn’t hear him say it because Scrooge is only there as a spirit and the event was just a ‘what if’ scenario.
  67. One he changes his ways and arrives back into the present day, Scrooge calls him by his first name to show his empathy towards and appreciation for him.
  68. Just before Scrooge falls into his ‘future grave’ the year of his death is blocked implying Scrooge may have died in 1843, the year the film takes place ad Tiny Tim may have also died that very year.
  69. This is due to both having ‘died’ in future scenes.
  70. In July 2007 it was announced that director Robert Zemeckis had written a screen adaption of the dickens glass.
  71. The film utilizes the same kinds of motion capture techniques used previously by Zemeckis in his films The Polar Express and Beowulf.
  72. Zemericks wrote the screenplay with Jim Carrey in mind.
  73. Carrey plays a multitude of roles in this film, similar to what Tom Hanks did in The Polar Express.
  74. The music for this movie was scored by Alan Silvestri.
  75. Silvestri also wrote the song God Bless Us Everyone, the title referring to the novel’s ending.
  76. The DVD and Blu-Ray of this film were released on November 16th
  77. In the novel, the Ghost of Christmas Present simply disappears when he dies, however in this film they show him dying at length.
  78. Unlike in the story, Scrooge falls into his own grave.
  79. Old Joe does appear in the original Charles Dickens novel.
  80. However, in the movie, he chases a shrunken Ebenezer Scrooge as well as a nearby rat, with a fire poker.
  81. At the end of the Ghost of Christmas Past sequence, as in the tory, an emotional Scrooge snuffs out the spirit with his own cap.
  82. Unlike the novel however, Scrooge is jetted skywards.
  83. Unlike the story, the movie doesn’t show Belle with her family.
  84. In the story, Scrooge encounters a separate ghost riding a phantom hearse before his visit with Jacob Marley.
  85. In the movie, the phantom hearse is moved up to the Ghost of Christmas yet to Come.
  86. In the Ignorance and Want scene, they are two gnarled baby dolls in the story and in the movie.
  87. They’re street urchin spirits which after, Ignorance becomes a prison convict and Want is in a straight jacket.
  88. The film opened at number one in 3683 theatres.
  89. It grossed $30,051,075 in its opening weekend.
  90. This works out as an average of $8159 per theatre.
  91. The film has come to gross an estimated $137,481,366 in the US and Canada.
  92. It has also grossed $181,000,000 in other territories.
  93. This brings it to a worldwide total of $318,481,366.
  94. The film received mixed to positive reviews from US film critics.
  95. This is the second version of this story that has the Scrooge character hangs over a fiery abyss.
  96. This was the first mainstream Disney made film since Sleeping Beauty to include both a storybook opening and storybook closing.
  97. Bob Hoskins, Colin Firth and Gary Oldman also provide multiple voices in this movie.
  98. Despite the film being set in the 19th century, scenss of London show old London Bridge which burned down in 1666.
  99. Young Scrooge ad his fiancée are dancing waltz at Fezziwig’s Xamas party in a time which is certainly before 1815, when the Waltz was first introduced in Britain,
  100. When we see a younger Scrooge alone in school, the desk and chairs are much too modern for that period of time.

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