25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 9
Dull, dull, dull, dull, dull. That’s what best describes day 9’s animated adaptation, Christmas Carol: The Movie. Even with a comparable size list of recognizable celebrities to the recently released Zemeckis version isn’t enough to save this film from being anything more than mindless drivel. While normally I don’t mind creative changes to a story to give it a different spin, this movie is 77 consecutive minutes of what is practically shitting on Dickens’ face. And I blame it on two mice.
Yes, two mice are added as new characters in the story, perhaps as something for children to “ooo” and “ahhh” over. However, its these two mice that change the story the most. Scrooge always starts off the story as an evil man, and this version is no exception, but Scrooge is for some stupid reason fond of these mice, offering them food and shelter at a moments notice. What the hell? You’re a twisted miser, not a charter president of PETA! Couple that with the fact that there are many scenes of them “communicating” in high pitched squeaks, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to fall asleep or rip my own ears off.
I will give the movie one bit of credit: Nicolas Cage was by far one of the oddest choices to play Jacob Marley. A little bit of Cage cheese can go a long way.