By Leah Rozen Paul Chi
November 16, 2009 12:00 PM

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth | PG |

ANIMATED

In a story fitting these recessionary times, world-class tightwad Ebenezer Scrooge (Carrey) again learns on Christmas Eve that life is about more than making oodles of money. In Disney’s A Christmas Carol–silly me, thinking lo these many years that it was Charles Dickens’ Carol–the familiar ghost tale is enchantingly retold by writer-director Robert Zemeckis using performance-capture animation in 3D. (Actors are filmed doing their stuff while wired; their images are then transformed into animation, as in Zemeckis’ earlier The Polar Express.)

There’s real artistry and heart here. The animation technique has improved dramatically–though, excepting Scrooge, the characters’ eyes still look as if they came straight from a taxidermist’s supply shop. Versatile Carrey, who plays Scrooge at various ages as well as all three ghosts of Christmas, proves a spirited vocal shape-shifter.

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