Ryan Wilson

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 21

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When I started this experiment, I knew this day would come.  I tried to delay the inevitable, pushing this movie back as far as I could.  But today was the day, the day I watched adaptation number 21, Barbie in A Christmas Carol.

The first thing that hit me was the abnormally bad CG animation.  Characters looked unnatural(or in the case of the obligatory cat, really fucking creepy) and moved around very awkwardly.  This usually isn’t a big deal but in this movie they move around a lot, constantly dancing.  Acting was noticeably awful, sounding less like citizens of a Victorian Britain and more like first year American acting students trying to horribly imitate the accent.  This version really drags the Dickens story through the mud, changing the miserly Scrooge character into a prissy singer.  The future deaths that the Ghost of Christmas Future usually predicts were instead changed to failure and poverty, yet they leave a gaping plot hole in doing so, never explaining exactly why her actions would lead to such a fate.  Yet, maybe I’m expecting too much out of a movie intended for 3-year-old girls.

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