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God bless us, everyone: Disney’s new take on Dickens

Those of us who loved Robert Zemeckis’ “The Polar Express” can now look forward to another shiny present under our Christmas tree, with his take on “A Christmas Carol,” featuring Jim Carrey as Scrooge. A first look, below.

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posted September 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Long ago I made a personal vow never to see a Jim Carrey movie. I may have to break it for this!

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posted September 21, 2009 at 1:52 pm

If you think this is something, you should see the 3-D trailer. We saw it this weekend prior to "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs."

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Micha Elyi

posted September 21, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Topping the Mr. Magoo animated version will be tough. Seriously.

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steve p

posted September 21, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Amazing how each film has to be more visually stunning and stimulating than the last. I think there's a fine line over which one mustn't cross, where the cinematography overshadows the story.Especially in this case, I would daresay that older folks risk an over-familiarity with this classic, while younger audiences (i.e. children) may miss some of the message as it is swallowed up in sensory bombardment.Astounding how much of a theater experience people can bring into their homes nowadays, necessitating the "bigger and better" of these 3-D productions. When you've got a 100-inch screen with surround sound, who wants to pay ten bucks for the privilege of paying too much for popcorn, and tolerating people talking during your movie?Finally, I very much suspect that our experience & perception of liturgy, and even our experience of "God" suffers in comparison to this sort of stimulation. We are most certainly not being trained to listen for "the quiet whispering sound."

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posted September 21, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Agree with the Mr. Magoo comment. When I was a kid, that was the best Christmas Carol. I like the George C. Scott version and of course the Sims one. And I hated Polar Express – hated it. But this I may go see. In our family we had a tradition of re-reading CC every Christmas.

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posted September 21, 2009 at 5:52 pm

My heart will always belong to the Mr. Magoo version.007 — be strong! Re: silence and liturgy. I, too, fear, we are encouraging our younger generation to go loud way too often. As a backlash to that, on Sunday evenings, we watch TCM's Silent Sundays — a classic silent movie. My two daughters (ages 22 and 17) INSIST upon upon watching these films as a quiet way of entering into the new week. If you want a powerful redemption story, my daughters recommend that you catch the next TCM broadcast of Cecil B. de Mille's "The Godless Girl" — it broke our hearts! (But it had a happy ending.)

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Angry Jason

posted September 21, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I think we're all missing the most important information that comes from this link.Someone said Christmas in public! A company no less! Where is the ACLU when you need them to swoop in and sue the pants off all the evil-dooers?

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