By Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” remains the most enduring - and durable - yutetide story.
But enough is enough.
Doesn’t anyone remember “An American Carol” and “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” the two most recent attempts to wring something new out of Dickens’ tale?
This Friday, “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” hits theaters nationwide, offering a two-fold wrinkle to the formula. Not only does the animated version use motion-capture technology to render the visuals as realistic as possible, but the film takes full advantage of the current 3-D craze.
No matter how skilled “Carol” writer/director Robert Zemeckis may be, the public must have had enough retellings of this classic tale, right? And while Jim Carrey supplies not only the physical embodiment of Scrooge as well as voicing several additional characters, his star isn’t shining brightly enough these days to make “Carol” a must-see event.
But since Hollywood insists on making every lame ‘80s show, cartoon series and board game into a movie, it’s clear The Ghost of Christmas Past and his pals will likely grace movie theaters again before too long.
(Photo: Jim Carrey provides the voice - and physicality - behind the latest cinematic Scrooge in “Disney’s A Christmas Carol.”- “©2008 ImageMovers Digital LLC. All Rights Reserved.” Film Frame)
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