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Official Trailer for Disney's A Christmas Carol Finally Arrives

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September 13, 2009
Source: Yahoo

A Christmas Carol

Disney has finally debuted the official trailer for Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol in glorious high definition on Yahoo today, but unfortunately not in glorious 3D (for better or worse). This is the very same trailer that they've been playing for a long time now, but it just hasn't showed up online until today, which is a bit odd considering this has been playing in theaters since the summer. My opinion remains the same - I'm looking forward to seeing it, but I'm not overly excited. I guess I'm just tired of Zemeckis doing the same thing over and over, for a third time now, and even with Jim Carrey, it doesn't make a difference. Check it!

Watch the official trailer for Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol:

You can also watch the official trailer for A Christmas Carol in High Definition on Yahoo

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. It's 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.

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  • Stevo
    I agree. This style of CGI doesn't really do anything for me. I will probably end up seeing this, but I am not shaking in anticipation.
  • Zachy
    Im sorry but the CGI in this movie is equal to watching a video game.
  • Shige
    Looks like a PS3 game. I dont understand why they need to make this kind of photorealistic animation with motion capture. It still looks fake as hell and if you want go as real as possible why not making a real movie instead with lots of cgi effects ?
  • Kenchi
    I don't mind the CGI, not sure what everyone is complaining about. It's nothing to effect whether you watch the movie or not, I've seen worse. I'm def. going to watch this when it comes out, I love Christmas themed movies during Christmas.
  • Timothy
    I did hear some good reactions coming out of Comic Con, and at least a few people who really, really liked it. I'm optimistic. I hope, though, that with a few more months there's still a lot of final rendering to be done. Other than that, I'll say that despite the somewhat lackluster appearance of the animation (in a few places it looks great, but overall it looks pretty mediocre) I still enjoy the early Pixar films - and those looks horrible compared to what properly budgeted animation studios put out now now a day's. I also want to know that that the animation for Tintin will be beautiful - a whole lot better than what we're seeing for this, to be sure.
  • Sam
    Thank god, someone agrees me. Zemeckis is making the same kind of movie over and over, none of them that great. Polar Express was not memorable, and some creepy looking kids. Beowulf was embarrassing, and I barely got through the whole film. I just wish we still had the Zemeckis who made those quality films you listed above (Back to the Future, etc). Oh well.
  • DCompose
    Beowulf was great.
  • Zachy
    Dude, Zemeckis is still a rockstar in my perspective. The guy just needs to stop jerkin off to his CGI daydreams and return to his original medium. I think he has much more talent with feature films. Back to the Future remains one of my favorites and Roger Rabbit is a classic. This film could have had much more potential if they skipped the animation and just shot it on sets.
  • xerxex
    I'm there the CGI Zemeckis uses is great, and Jim Carrey? Hell yeah! But I would rather see actual people, instead of CG clones, but I'm for it.
  • Lars
    hehe, just from seeing that screenshot at the top of this post, i could tell it was a robert zemeckis movie, the cgi looks exactly like beowulf.
  • http://daveguzman.blogspot.com Dave
    Can't believe the negative reaction to this trailer - it looks amazing. Beowulf sucked arse, Polar Express was pretty awesome (will ppl finally get over the dead eyeballs, it really didn't affect the movie that much). This looks beautifully done and the mo-cap work is the best I've seen yet. I think it's pretty ridiculous to dismiss it.
  • Rick
    #7 hahaha haaaaa hahaha This looks bad, and I love the story. This animation will give me nightmares for weeks if I ever see it.
  • Alfredo
    Doesn't look that bad. I got annoyed that they spent a fifth of the trailer introducing Walt Disney and Robert Zemecki's. I know it's a story we've known for decades, but just give something to wow the audience.
  • paulina
    the polar express was great!, zemeckiĀ“s is the only one thet works with cgi give him a break
  • Nighthawk
    this is awesome
  • Colca
    In what world does this STORY have anything in common with Beowulf? If it's come to a point where someone can be accused of doing the same thing over and over again just because the technology they used to make the movie was the same, then I guess Pixar is just doing the same thing over and over again. Zemeckis is making enertaining movies just as he always has. If he had shot Polar Express, Beowulf and Christmas Carol all live action would there be any comparisons?
  • troy
    let me know when zemeckis returns to real movies, then and only then will i and the majority of the population, bother to pay to see his films. Really he expects people to just let him drift from masterpieces like back to the future and forest gump, into unappealing junk like this? really?
  • Fearl3ss
    Agreed with most of you there, why CGI over and over again??!! Think about it, if this and Beowulf was made with real chars, then it would be more huge and epic-style with a little CGI thrown in it. If Jim Carrey played this role with the possible make-up needed, this film would rock because hes there in flesh!! Im sure even Sir Michael Caine's 'The Muppet Christmas Carol' would be better! Although I still watch this, but there would be still something missing......
  • movie mike
    bah humbug
  • jono
    looks great amercians be happy for once from ireland
  • darthwhitey
    My big problem with the motion capture (especially in Beowulf) was that they tried to make the CGI actors look just like the real actors. That's a big mistake, because your brain already knows what the real actor looks like, and you spend most of the time trying to figure out if the CGI character is a good match. Use the famous actors voices, but quit trying to match their faces. Just my $.02
  • http://pierreism.tumblr.com Pierre
    Sorry but Zemeckis really needs to take more of a lead from what Pixar has accomplished since the 90's. The camera is too static, the colours are deadened and the mise-en-scene is completely uncharacteristic. He's too in love with the technology and he needs to concentrate on the storytelling. Not just "how can this scene look cool in 3D?". I'll pass.
  • Ken
    I'm sorry, but I like this style of animation, though most people can't stand it. "He needs to concentrate on the storytelling..." ??? Better than Charles Dickens you mean??? I can't think of a better storyteller, myself. If Pixar was in charge here, Scrooge would be making wisecracks while being chased around by a giant robot.
  • http://pierreism.tumblr.com Pierre
    I'm talking about HOW he's telling the story, not what he's telling. How he uses his tools to convey these classics has been underwhelming for me personally, adding nothing to the story. And even if Pixar did do what you claim, at least I'd be entertained. (also, giant Dickensian robots ftw)
  • http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/2408/blackbabyjesus.gif Crapola
    Even at it's best points it looked dire. Reminded me of the animation in Casper.
  • TTEX
    What is it with Americans and their 'Fable' films?
  • Squiggly_P
    Why can't the people making a film like this look at their computer screen and think to themselves "wow... this really looks like shit!" This kind of CG is fucking hideous and off-putting. Who the fuck wants to see the individual pores on the end of Scrooge's nose all the time? It's disturbing to have realistic shaders on stylized characters. parts of it scream "real" and other parts scream "fake". I can never get into a movie when it looks like this. Not to mention the fact that the Christmas Carol is not supposed to be an action-adventure-comedy, it's supposed to be a fucking character drama. Are we so debased as a culture now that we have to turn everything into a fucking action/comedy before people will go to a theater? I mean, jesus. We've already gotten action/comedy versions of just about everything else. Why stop at Dickens? You could make a bad-ass CGI action/comedy version of "To Kill A Mocking Bird" or maybe re-make Casablanca with more gunfights and explosions, and maybe add some CG nazi zombies in there for good measure. Cause the fucking story isn't enough. We have to make sure we limit the actual plot to ten minutes of the film and fill the rest of the movie up with pointless set-pieces where they're flying through the city or up into the sky, being chased by carriages with lots of flashing 'magical' effects and then throw in a lot of slapstick and prat falls. Cause that's totally what Dickens was going for, right? Of course, as god-awful as this looks, it's sure to be a huge fucking hit, cause that's how god damn stupid people in general have become. Everyone will love this because you don't have to think, you can bring the kids, the cg looks 'cool' and there's always something going on to keep those with a short-attention-span entertained. I predict at least a few hundred million bucks in the theater for this pile of shit. Just in the states.
  • http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/2408/blackbabyjesus.gif Crapola
    TTEX, I think the reason shithouses like Disney use Fables is so they don't have to pay any royalties as the stories are public domain and people already know the stories from childhood. Easy marketing.
  • http://www.myspace.com/risksinrip Wall
    Robert is great and Beowulf is an underrated gem.
  • Marc21qw
    Why would they make it in digital 3d. Howaboute make a Chrismas Carol a serious live action horror?drama movie for once.
  • kitano0
    Jeezuz! What a bunch of whiners...exactly what about that trailer didn't look great? Robert Zemeckis is trying to perfect a wonderful type of animation. I think his animated movies all were beautiful, and this looks way better than the Polar Express. In my opinion, this looks a lot better than Avatar...now, that trailer was a big let-down, (and I kinda like Jar-Jar!)
  • Andrew
    That trailer was in front of Ponyo for me.
  • editor
    LOL...a guy named PIERRE used the term "mise-en-scene." Whatta knob. Go watch "Un Chien Andalou" or something, fucking whiner.
  • Hans
    No, this doesn't look like a game, this looks far better. No I don't mind the CGI, if it's done well and it looks like it has been. Yes I mind Jim Carrey. You recognize him immediately, even if it's not really him. That's not good. I will see this because I think it's a great tale. But I hardly doubt it will surpass the tellings in past movies.
  • Kevin
    I think this looks a thousand times better than Beowulf and a million times better than Polar Express (which I think is unwatchable). I could live without motion-capture animation, but this actually looks pretty good as both animation and simply as a movie.
  • Lar
    Don't really want to see this because I don't like 3D, its very annoying, but "I'd rather not" made me laugh so unexpectedly hard. #31, wtf. Why does everyone hate Jar-Jar?
  • http://www.soloparolesparse.com soloparolesparse
    This time seems to be something different about motion capture. Could be the face of Jim Carrey? I talk about this here: http://www.soloparolesparse.com/2009/09/a-christmas-carol-quando-un-trailer-e-magia/
  • sidharta
    Zemeckis and his stupid-arsed 3D experiments. Why do people make Beowulf, Polar Express and This awful film.. pleeeeease STOP IT..

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