First Italian Trailer for Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol
by Alex Billington
July 18, 2009
Disney still hasn't actually released the US trailer for Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol, but thanks to the Italians (via Rama's Screen), we have our first look at the Italian version of the trailer. Unfortunately this trailer is so low quality (it was bootlegged with a video camera) that I'm not even going to include it in the trailers section. I can tell you that this the very same trailer that they will show in the US at some point, as Disney showed this to me a month ago. Isn't it a bit interesting that the movies they mention in relation to Robert Zemeckis are Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, and The Polar Express. What about Beowulf?
Watch the first Italian trailer for Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol:
An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic about a Victorian-era miser named Ebenezer Scrooge who is taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
A Christmas Carol is both written and directed by filmmaker extraordinaire Robert Zemeckis, of everything from Back to the Future to Who Framed Roger Rabbit to Forrest Gump to Contact to his past CGI movies The Polar Express and Beowulf previously. This is based on Charles Dickens' classic story. Jim Carrey stars as at least four different characters in the film, alongside of Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn, Colin Firth, Cary Elwes, and Bob Hoskins. Disney will debut A Christmas Carol in theaters on November 6th this fall.
Reader Feedback - 32 Comments
They didn't mention Beowulf, because it was a god awful abomination of cinema. Terrible, terrible, terrible. This looks okay, Jim Carrey seems good...but oh my god is the animation awful. I know this is a camera rip, but still, it looks like I'm watching cut scenes from a Play Station game. I thought the animation in Beowulf was bad, but this is even worse. Maybe it's not rendered all the way? Who knows.
Jonathan on Jul 18, 2009
im pretty sure i saw this trailer before public enemies.
ian on Jul 18, 2009
or ice age... one of the two
ian on Jul 18, 2009
I actually liked Beowulf and thought the animation worked well, but this just looks weird. I'll refrain from judgment for awhile though.
scm1000 on Jul 18, 2009
How can the Italians say "Jim Carrey as Scrooge" if it's dubbed?
Kevin on Jul 18, 2009
actually kevin, #5 the actors dont just put there voice anymore but there wear those sensors that sync their movement (specially facial) on to the computer to make the animation much more realistic. so yeah jim carrey as scrooge
PinkSushi on Jul 18, 2009
They didnt mention "Beowulf" because "Back to the Future" and "Forrest Gump" are much more important films in cinematic history. If you think "Beowulf" was good you should eat a big fat one.
Betterchill on Jul 18, 2009
disney brought their xmas carol train tour to town, and there was a presentation on how this film is being made. motion-capture, or mo-cap (whatever the hell they'd like to call it), seems BLAH in my opinion. this was actually my 1st 3D experience too (they showed the clip when scrooge's dead partner warns scrooge of what's coming), and even 3D didn't impress me. besides being really loud, the film looks okay. i'll steve nash (pass) on this one, though.
JL on Jul 18, 2009
so is that guy planning on returning to making movies with humans?
nelson on Jul 18, 2009
We have this Christmas Carol trailer running before Ice Age 3 at the Cinema I work at. It's in 3D and looks fairly decent.
Chris on Jul 18, 2009
They didn't say Beowulf because this is a PG film targeted at kids and families, why the hell would they mention a movie about a monster that tears people in half and drinks their blood? Come on, people, a little common sense?
MB on Jul 18, 2009
This is almost like the despicable me situation just because its not like the normal animation people see in a usual pixar film. They jump on the bandwagon that it automatically sucks...the animation isn't that bad and neither was Beowulf. Plus the lighting was horrible considering its a bootleg I couldn't really see any definition of there faces. Geez, something a little different from the norm comes along and people curse it. Honesty I kinda liked Beowulf there I said it. #7 You forget about opinions just because YOU didnt like Beowulf doesnt mean its plain fact that it sucks you should go suck a big fat one.
Cody on Jul 18, 2009
Well if I was trying to promote a film for kids I wouldn't place Beowulf in the line up, might throw people for a loop. oh #1 Beowulf is great the acting was superb minus Winstone's constant yelling but even his acting was top notch. So if you didn't like Beowulf dan't bother commenting.
Xerxex on Jul 18, 2009
Re #11 Um.... I've seen the english version of A Christmas Carol trailer before two movies already. And yet I'm having trouble finding it on the Internet.
Bahumbug on Jul 18, 2009
looks ok, if nothing else is showing ill go watch it.
Sancho on Jul 18, 2009
This looks absolutely terrible, jumpy jerky, badly rendered crap, that Polar express was horibble looking too. Beowolf was okay, but even still the look of it was weird, and not in a good way
Crapola on Jul 18, 2009
David Banner on Jul 18, 2009
What ever happened to purely cartoony animation? Oh well, this looks like shit.
Tristan on Jul 18, 2009
Hey Cody, are you a guy or a girl? Well that's besides the point anyways #13 all I was saying was that Back to the Future and Forrest Gump are landmark American films. Forrest Gump won a few oscars, and Back to the Future is one of the all time great American Science Fiction/ Adventure films. If you think that Beowulf is an important film then I dont know what to tell you. I didnt say it was a bad film I just said its no where near as good as the other two. But you should suck a big fat one for trying to start a fight with someone on the internet. That is absolutely pointless.
Betterchill on Jul 19, 2009
Sorry, sorry wait hold on... am i the ONLY PERSON who is sick to death of a bloody christmas carol?! How many times can the one book be made into a film!?! I for one have certainly no interest in going to see this film. It looks (visually) as bad as Beowulf... and that's saying something!! Why is this drivel constantly being churned out?!
Jason on Jul 19, 2009
THANK U #12 i waz saying that the entire time i waz reading the comments but i saw the trailer during ice age and it waz good wit me im definetly gunna c this (maybe)
quez on Jul 19, 2009
This actually looks surprisingly good. Granted, I really really hope they have lots more rendering to do on the animation, the scale of it and everything else looks quite good.
Timothy on Jul 19, 2009
PASS.....Beowulf was ruined by stupid plot changes and this just looks stupid, boring and weird.
Ab on Jul 19, 2009
Cody knows nothing about lighting. TRUST ME! And Jason, yes...you are the only one. Christ.
Clover on Jul 19, 2009
waiting for this............
SHANEDAV on Jul 19, 2009
it's all fine w/ Zemeckis experimenting w/ 3D and animation, but I wish he could at least make a live action film in between. Would've been great to see another sci-fi in the veins of Contact from him.
sedna on Jul 19, 2009
I'm not a big fan of Zemeckis i think that although his movies can range from magnificent to not very good his character as a person leaves alot to be desired.
Dan on Jul 19, 2009
This film seems to promise a lot of thing. I like the trailer and german oposter was very good: http://www.soloparolesparse.com/2009/07/una-candela-per-a-christmas-carol/ We will see if the film will be so good as seems to be.
soloparolesparse on Jul 20, 2009
This looks like garbage. Zemeckis is ruining his name. The only good motion capture film he's done was the one he didn't direct -- MONSTER HOUSE.
Fuelbot on Jul 20, 2009
did he say hum biaggio?
nocsyn on Jul 20, 2009
@10 - I'm sure he will. But it's nice to make a film, be creative work from 10 to 6 and still see your children grow up. Trust me shooting on location is not always fun.
Bryanmakeup on Jul 20, 2009
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