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Blurry Peek At Zemeckis' A CHRISTMAS CAROL for Disney 1 Sheet!

Hey folks, Harry here... Just got sent this blurry, not quite sharp image of the A CHRISTMAS CAROL poster, which is the next big Motion Capture project from the world of Robert Zemeckis. And the poster gives me the distinct good vibe that Zemeckis has decided to do away with the Photo Real look, and to instead go for beautifully designed characters - which is what he should be doing. I love the look of Scrooge there, don't you? Well... best as you can tell? On the other side, I really do want to see Zemeckis making a live-action film again too. Of course, maybe he's just developing this technology for its natural progression, which is to make an endless supply of BACK TO THE FUTURE movies. Right?





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  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    None of that jerky crap, I hope

    by drewlicious

    It looks creepy semi-photorealistic or not.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Oh good!

    by Lefty Lefterson

    I don't think A Christmas Carol has been adapted enough, so let's add another one! It might be good, but there's already so many versions of this story...

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    They should just drop the bomb

    by brock landers baby

    Honest to fuck,when I see shit like that they really should.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Why all the gimmicky crap?

    by James Westfall

    The whole 3-D 'photo-real animation' will mean I won't see it - because I'd rather just see a straight forward normal film. Especially with Donner & Carrey doing this story - that might've been awesome.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:10 p.m. CST

    THIRD!

    by fractaljinn

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Say what you will...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...and you *will* say...<p> I like The Polar Express... even if the characters do look a bit creepy... which they do.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I can't wait!!!!

    by ZoeFan

    I LOVED Beowulf. And I like the idea of Jim Carrey playing different roles in this.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Looks very much like his Count Olaf make-up

    by skimn

    so why is this mocapped????

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I love this...

    by HootDad

    I love the idea of someone doing Christmas Carol with full blown modern effects. I re-read Dicken's original story every year at holiday time, and nobody has ever really captured some of the characters the way they're described (Marley and Ghost of Past in particular). I just hope they stick fairly closely to the original text - it truly is nearly perfect...

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Fucking Stupid

    by HerbWestAustin

    Jim Carrey needs to retire

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Looks kinda cool to me

    by MattmanReturns

    I'm all for CG if it's used for exaggerated character design. Using it to make photo-realistic people seems pointless to me.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    That creepy feeling you get?

    by gotilk

    It has a name! <br> <br> http://tinyurl.com/8m3lec <br> <br> I love any chart that contains <br> <br> Robot.. zombie...healthy person

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    WOW

    by Series7

    Looks like I'd figured. That Lemmony Snicket movie sucked.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Fuck Motion Capture movies..

    by conspiracy

    MoCap is like taking the worst aspects of two different disciples and hoping by throwing them together you can make chicken salad out of chicken shit. These films have neither the beautiful artistry of full animation, be it hand drawn or computer generated, nor the emotional subleties of the live action performance. Pass.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    it does look like carrey in makeup

    by zom-bot.com

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Lay you bets Carrey's going to do a James Cagney voice again

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    Give him enough time in any wacky role and he does a Bogart/Cagney-esque voice. Now it's time for Scrooge to sound like it.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Fuck luddites who hate motion capture

    by BrowncoatJedi

    Go back to the 20th century, conspiracy.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    There's nothing wrong with motion capture

    by slone13

    When done right. Open your minds, assholes.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I don't care how much CGI Jim Carreys...

    by StarskyandHushky

    ...you throw at this. It will never, ever be better than The Muppet Christmas Carol.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    REMAKE HELL.

    by noncents

    Will it never cease.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    And Fuck "Back to the Future"r as well...

    by conspiracy

    unless he drags Claudia Wells back. What Zemeckis should be concentrating on is a Roger Rabbit sequel/prequel.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    jim carrey as the grinch and scrooge

    by crazy4dragons13

    i bet next he'll be the evil magician who threw away his magic hat in Frosty 2010

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I dunno man. I do not know.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Screw your futurists...MoCap does indeed knob..

    by conspiracy

    it may be fine for individual characters within a live action film..but a complete film..screw that..its horrible..just try to watch Polar Express or Beowolf...I'd rather watch wax melt.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    your=you....Wanna bitch about something being so "20th century"

    by conspiracy

    How about the fact this site STILL has no edit feature?

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    FAIL

    by LordMadhammer

    Jim Carrey as Scrooge? Is it 1995 again?

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Getting sick of motion capture...

    by sonnyfern

    What's the point? I'm all for live action EVERYTHING nowadays.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Don't. Give. A. Shit.

    by mefrog

    Beowulf was awful, and Jim Carrey is one of the most annoying comedians on the planet. Pass.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    But hell...

    by mefrog

    Why lie? At the end of the day, I know some combination of circumstances will result in me seeing it.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Series Of Unfortunate Christmas Carols?

    by Darth_Tarantino

    meh

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Best Christmas Carols

    by Darth_Tarantino

    Patrick Stewart's 'A Christmas Carol' and 'The Muppet's Christmas Carol'. It's been done before and done better. Move along, people.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Zemeckis and Carrey are dead to me.

    by Nosferatu Jones

    That is a completely AWFUL-looking Scrooge.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    I urgently need a new live-action from Zemeckis

    by wadi77

    Live-action is the the most photo-realistic technique, always.<p>Robert Zemeckis WAS one of my favorite director.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Tarantino

    by DisneyFanatic

    I do agree that Muppets is by far one of the best Christmas Carols out there...<p> And it appears that this movie is shooting towards THAT demographic. And it looks like it's going to be shit.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Stewart's CAROL is terrible. George C. Scott's is better.

    by Nosferatu Jones

    Still hard to fathom just how atrocious that Patrick Stewart version was. Flat lighting; modern, re-written dialogue; and piss-poor CGI effects from 1999. Biggest "Scrooge" disappointment ever. Until Zemeckis' latest CGI zombie-fest, that is.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Mickey's Christmas Carol > All other adaptions

    by NinjaRap

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Claudia Wells?

    by slone13

    Who the fuck cares about Claudia Wells? Most people had no idea she was even replaced.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Oh Lord...more motion capture?

    by Blue_Demon

    Give me animation or live action! This strange in-between junk is boring. I went to see Beowulf for the 3-D and after five minutes I said, "Okay...that's that."<p>I'll pass on this one.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Nosferatu Jones

    by Darth_Tarantino

    I hear what you're saying regarding the effects and such, but Stewart is an amazing actor who always captures my imagination with his performances. For that reason and that reason alone, it scors highly for me as an adaptation. But...horses for courses, and all that!

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I like mo cap for certain things

    by Charlie_Allnut

    like a individual character who can't be filmed practical. Gollum for example. A whole movie of it? meh. Why not just do it live action? whats the point? And I agree...Patrick Stewarts scrooge was terrible and George C. Scott's was brilliant.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Hopefully the Ghost of Christmas Future is disturbing-looking

    by terry1978

    Yeah, it's just supposed to be the Grim Reaper in appearance, but that was always the best mainstay of the story, complete with skeletal hands and scythe.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST

    How many adaptations have been done

    by Roketopunch

    since Aleister Simms version. Countless. None are as good either. Don't get me wrong, some are great such as Scrooged but Aleister has the dead on chops for everyone's favorite holiday asshole.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    If I want a 3D movie, I'll just look for PIXAR

    by wadi77

    No mocap but the movements are more realistic! Watch the end credit for Ratatouile:<p>"Our Quality Assurance Guarantee: 100% ANIMATION! No motion capture or any other perfrmance shortcuts were use in the production of this film"

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    'beautifully designed?'

    by Bagheera

    he's just got a big honker. Other than that he looks like he just came screaming out of Polar Express to me.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    TTFN

    by The_Skook

    Muppets and Alastair Sim every time. Just don't need another version really. Lots of other stuff waiting to be filmed you know... that hasn't been done, like... before! 100 times already!

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Kelsey Grammer's Scrooge

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Was... well... at least he could sing.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    speaking of 'uncanny valley'

    by robamenta

    heres an article about it: http://tinyurl.com/7x2jso

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Henry Winkler's Scrooge

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Sit on it, Marley!

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Mr. Magoo's Scrooge

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Haven't seen it. Don't tell me how it ends.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Bill Murray's Scrooged

    by Jonas Grumpy

    'Nuff said.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Scrooged is the best

    by Heckles

    Excellent take on the story. Murray rocks.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Scrooge was a mutant

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Peter David said so.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Alistair F-ing Sim. bitches!

    by tangcameo

    Every other version is just shit.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    mo cap vs reality...

    by zom-bot.com

    i can see mocap used in a complete fantasy world film...but really, how difficult and expensive would this be to make live action? there has to be about a million victorian england sets sitting around that can be reworked. i'm ure the limeny snicket facial applications are still in storage...all to the same effect....imagine the time it took to make this crap. what a waste.

  • I'd say that Albert Finney and Scrooge McDuck were my favorite Scrooges, but Allistaire Simm was pretty great as well. Why does Jim Carrey keep playing roles that make him look like John Malkovich and why isn't John Malkovich playing them when he's kreepier anyway? The poor man is not far from actually making that J'Accuzi skit from SNL.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    I second SCROOGED.............you get greedy for it.

    by FlickaPoo

    ..."...boy! did that suck!...now I have to kill...all of you!"

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    WHERE'S MORI?? I want him back here now.

    by performingmonkey

    This place will now blow harder than a prom queen's little sister.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Here's some A CHRISTMAS CAROL conecept art!!

    by unionJACKass.webs.com

    This is a bit blurry, too, but still worth a look: <p> http://marketsaw.blogspot.com/2009/01/more-christmas-carol-images.html

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    And some AVATAR weaponary!!!

    by unionJACKass.webs.com

    Nice. :) <p> http://marketsaw.blogspot.com/2009/01/avatar-weapon-revealed-must-see-photos.html

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    The Pic was originally at

    by BartholomewNeff

    Whoever sent the photo got the corrected version over at Blue Sky Disney. They should've told ya that so as to give them credit for it! Jim looks, uhm ugly. Hope it's a good film.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    He has Count Orlock fingers

    by CountryBoy

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST

    "Beautifully designed characters?"

    by Hellboy

    It looks like Jim Carrey in old age make-up from here. Beowulf was a backwards step from Monster House, design-wise. So far, this one, blurry image isn't progress either.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    IF... he's developing these motion cap for BTTF

    by ricarleite

    THEN he will be redimeed. Then he will be praised as one of the best. But if he isn't - which is 99% chance here, folks - he deserves to be forgotten, part of the once great now shitty directors (Lucas, Spielberg, Coppola)

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    So...um...what's the point?

    by Dreamwriter

    When motion-captured CGI looks exactly like the actor being captured, what's the point? Maybe if they do it like Polar Express, where only one character looks like the actor, I guess - but if all the characters are like this one, there's just no point, just make it a damn live-action movie with physical makeup and maybe apply some CGI effects.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Beowulf

    by fassbinder79

    Was definitely a step in the right direction. A nice little piece of trivia for those of you who like me grew up with the Sega CD... ...Zemeckis is married to an actress i thought was hot in that game Ground Zero Texas. "...except for the bored housewives across the street."

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    another vote for scrooged being the best...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    That was probably Bobcat Goldthwaits funniest role

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Forrest Gump was a live action cartoon

    by Chishu_Ryu

    That's what Zemeckis does best is make cartoons...

  • http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=jhlW8o2PJOE

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Alistair!

    by yubnubrocks

    Best scene in that version (and a great visual overall) is when Scrooge turns in the alley and they just show the arm of Ghost of Christmases yet to come pointing at him... holy shit that's chilling.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST

    The Sandman

    by SnootyBoots

    Carrey kinda looks like the Sandman from that nasty little stop motion short film called The Sandman. It's on You Tube.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Mickey's Christmas Carol was the most hardcore version

    by greenstyle92

    In most versions, it ends with scrooge just crying at the hem of the Ghost of Christmas future's feet, begging for one more chance before he wakes up. In the Mickey version, Pete as the ghost of the future actually kicked scrooge into his own open grave, and as he was desperately trying to claw his way out, his coffin opens up revealing the GATE TO HELL. As Pete laughs maniacally, Scrooges grip slips, and he falls headlong into oblivion... only then does he wake up. I've always marveled just how hard that version of the story is.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Best 'Scrooges' for me:

    by Orbots Commander

    The Muppet Christmas Carol and the British Scrooge musical with Albert Finney as Scrooge and Alec Guinness as Marley's ghost. When I catch that flick on cable around the holidays, the songs 'Thank You Very Much' and 'I Like Life' always get stuck in my head. And I normally HATE musicals.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Will Zemeckis EVER do a "real" movie again?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I miss the scrappy, pre-Gump Zemeckis movies. Death Becomes Her was the last gasp of the "old" Zemeckis.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 10 p.m. CST

    Paul Blart: Mall Cop in mocap!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    All of Kevin James' jiggly flab covered in reference dots while squeezed into a skintight leotard! Money in the bank!

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST

    looks great

    by taff

    but I hope they have not forgotten that it is a great story that does not need "improvement."

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST

    The last great 'real' Zemeckis movie is Cast Away.

    by Orbots Commander

    Cast Away is a great underrated flick, one of Zemeckis' and Hanks' best. I hope Zemeckis eventually goes back to making real movies instead of this motion capture stuff. Mo-cap works as effects in a larger live action film, but making entire movies around motion capture---I don't know, I guess I don't see the point.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    An overrated story.

    by Ogre

    It's a story not worth telling. I hate christmas myself.. and the prospect of dying alone isn't enough to sway my opinion. If somebody as cold as Scrooge was shown that potential future, he'd shrug his shoulders with the acknowledgement that he knew it was coming... he damn sure wouldn't be buying extra large turkeys for his employee's gimpy children.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Fuck you ogre, it's not just about Christmas.

    by greenstyle92

    It's more about giving a fuck about other human beings. And I have a feeling that if the ghost of the past took you on tour of your descent into the state of asshole, you'd be a bigger baby about it than scrooge was.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    greenstyle

    by Ogre

    Which one of the spirits of Christmas taught you to be foul mouthed and confrontational?

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Yeah, were in the same fucking boat, Ogre

    by greenstyle92

    See you in hell asshole.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Ogre

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    is just another baby crying for attention. Somebody give this asshole his bottle and put him down for the night.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Mocap is just a shortcut

    by the milf lover

    It's main advantage is you dont have to animate something from scratch. But once they have the mocap data, no matter how good it is, they still need animators to clean it up and correct all the bugs in it. You cant just mocap something, put it in the computer on a character and have it be perfect.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Orbots Commander

    by unionJACKass.webs.com

    I agree. Great score, too.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 11:28 p.m. CST

    BTW

    by unionJACKass.webs.com

    The more I watch BEOWULF, the more I love it. Definitely very under-rated IMO. It looks absolutely gorgeous, too.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Berni Wrightson's "SCROOGE"

    by BenBraddock

    Was my first thought..

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 12:51 a.m. CST

    BenBraddock

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    Damn you! I thought that there was a Wrightson adaptation out there somewhere that I'd never heard of. I was already to go hunt for it. That being said, the pic does look like one of his drawings. I've always loved his art but met him at con a few years ago and he was a total douche unlike Mike Kalutta who was extremely cool to talk to and even added a little sketch (free of charge) of The Shadow to the collection that I was having him autograph. By the way, Dark Horse recently reprinted Wrightson's Frankenstein, giving it a deluxe hardcover treatment. A beautiful must buy book.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2:06 a.m. CST

    THIS guy gets Chrismas

    by Coldsnap

    Just don't let your wife/girlfriend see these: 2006: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcP9pXj-0Ao 2007: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggy9jNo5Nz0 2008: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETOy4hbSGB4

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST

    The only truly great film Zemeckis ever made

    by kwisatzhaderach

    is Back to the Future.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Zemeckis, unlike Bay, does care...

    by Mr Gorilla

    Behind all the Gee-Whizzery of BEOWULF was a proper considered story, with a situation, a context, and even a poignancy. There was something brillianty old-school Hollywood about it - I'm thinking of the films of the 50s and 60s. Bravo. I dearly love Back To The Future, Roger Rabbit and all, but you've come a long way since then, baby.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Hmm, right... so Scrooge

    by Ghostball

    looks like the Wicked Witch of the West now, because he's like, evil. Zemeckis, do you really think anybody is waiting for this movie? I know, I know, it isn't for us nerds, it's for normal families and classic stories 'never get old' - well, that probably depends on how many times they've been fucking made ALREADY. Yes? No? Now 'scuse me if I'm wrong but hasn't Zemeckis got the moolah to create some serious high concept original material? Beowulf 3D was pretty good - sure motion capture clearly still has a fuck of a long way to go before we can accept any of the characters as flesh and blood, but it was still entertaining. But Chrismas Sodding Carol in Two Thousand and Fucking Nine? Fuck me - you couldn't make it up!

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST

    THIS IS MARKETSAW'S EXCLUSIVE

    by jimdorey

    Post where the originals come from! I am getting sick and tired of having to play cop with you guys. The original image is at MARKETSAW and not only that, we have new exclusive AVATAR weapon photos! I expect to see them on your site REAL soon with no link. Think maybe I will start returning the favor AICN.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Paul Bucciarelli

    by BenBraddock

    Oops, sorry pal! Not my intention to have you surf the net all day looking for something that doesn't exist! It's just that profile and the pose of the hand that made me think "Wrightson!" I too really used to be into his stuff in a big way. Sorry to hear he was a disappointment in the flesh. Actually one of my biggest disappointments as a fan was flicking through "Cycle of the Werewolf" for the first time (King & Wrightson collaborating - how could it miss?!) and realising that Berni had almost completely lost it. Still don't know what happened, it looked like his heart just wasn't in it..

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST

    BenBraddock

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    I agree. You'd think that would be a project, like Frankenstein, where he would have pulled out all the stops. Still, Cycle of the Werewolf looks like the Sistine Chapel compared to his adapatation of Creepshow. What a fucking piece of shit that was.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Jim Carrey -UGH

    by Geekgasm

    I was mildly interested in this until I saw the name attached. Hasn't Jim Carrey ruined enough movies?

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 9:47 a.m. CST

    I'm on the Carrey-should-retire bandwagon

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I mean, really. The man is loaded and is pokin' Jenny McCarthy. He WINS the Game of Life. Jim, just fade out, write some children's books, and sit on some board for a charity or autism awareness group.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Zemeckis is the man

    by darthvedder81

    "Back to the Future" is one of the most perfect and entertaining movies ever made. That's all the credit Bob needs. He can make feature length films about the Hamburger Helper oven mitt from now on for all I care.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Richard Williams' CHRISTMAS CAROL fucks all the other versions'

    by geekzapoppin

    Amazing animation, the entire story with no filler, the return of Alistair Sim, a truly scary Marley, and a fuckin' Oscar to boot. Suck it, Zemeckis. (I do also love the George C. Scott, Albert Finney, and original Sim versions as well.)

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Should read Dickens 'A Christmas Carol' not Disney's!!!

    by mr

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Looks like...

    by Anna Valerious

    ...Count Olaf, another literary Jim Carrey character!

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    SCROOGED!!

    by skimn

    Bill Murray's drink of choice, vodka and Tab, is so '80s. One of Donner's last best movies. And Karen Allen looked Animal House/Raiders adorable.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Roger Rabbit is f'n marvelous also

    by skimn

    C'mon, Zemeckis also made the great Raiders-style Romancing The Stone back when Kat Turner still had it. The overlooked Used Cars with a great sleaze-charm turn by Kurt Russell. The guy made great films in the '80s, into the '90s, even if you hated Gump's message, it was a fine film.<p>Disney better have Roger on the fast track for a BluRay release, and it would be nice to see a sequel.."Who Killed Roger Rabbit?"

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    geekzapoppin

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    Nice to see another fan of Williams outstanding version. It was based on the original Leach illustrations for the book. It's as hame that's it's not available on DVD or shown on television anymore. After hunting for many years I recently found a homemade DVD with both the Williams and Zoran Janjic/Famous Classic Tales versions. I also love the Scott and Finney versions as well. I often wondered why name the Scrooge is always used in a negative light when his character goes through the ultimate redemption of just about any villain in literature.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, noon CST

    Y'know who should make A Christmas Carol?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Chris Cunningham

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    YAWN

    by Trazadone

    Yeah this annoys me for the following reasons: 1) It's waaaaay too late/too early to mention Christmas right now. 2) Another remake of a classic that's destined for disappointment. 3) Grumble, grumble, grumble. 4) Jim Carrrey is so washed up he's in Minnesota at this point. 5) I instantly hated that poster and hope never to see it again but know I will.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Albert Finney's take on Scrooge was best!!!!

    by Monkey_King

    Love that film.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Zemeckis + CG animation = BAD

    by livingwater

    ....you are right, Harry. Zemeckis + CG animation is exactly what happens when bureaucracy and politics take over from talent.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Beowuld looked great but...

    by TheLastCleric

    they completely destroyed the integrity of the story and turned Beowulf into a compromised, post modern chicken shit. They fucked Grendel up too and the animators alos proved that Angelina Jolie is just as annoying in CG as in the bony flesh.

  • Jan. 11, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Ronald Neame's "Scrooge" = overlooked classic

    by pixelmagic

    Ronald Neame's 1970 "Scrooge" starring Albert Finney is, to me, the definitive and most imaginative rendering yet of this tale. I saw this NEW on the big screen when I was 7, and every other version since seems WEAK to me. General Patton did not make a convincing Scrooge. (My only criticism now, looking back on it in a recent viewing is that Finney is obviously too young for the role, but does an incredible job nonetheless.) If anyone can come close to this classic, it would be Zemeckis, who has shown wit and imaginative style in all his films. My only doubts are about Carrey. I would prefer a real British cast. Carrey is a ham, and I know they're casting for box office bucks, but if this is CGI, okay. And the film must be somewhat dark in tone.

  • Feb. 5, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST

    by Bill Brasky

    RORSCHACH: "Hrmmmm…Like a Virgin" is all about a girl who digs a guy with a big dick. The whole song is a metaphor for big dicks.<p>OZYMANDIAS:No it's not. It's about a girl who is very vulnerable and she's been fucked over a few times. Then she meets some guy who's really sensitive--<p>RORSCHACH: --Whoa...whoa...time out Greenbay. Tell that bullshit to the tourists.<p>COMEDIAN: (looking through his address book) Toby...who the fuck is Toby? Toby...Toby...think...think... think...<p>RORSCHACH: It's not about a nice girl who meets a sensitive boy. Now granted that's what "True Blue" is about, no argument about that.<p>SILK SPECTRE: Which one is "True Blue?<p>DR. MANHATTAN: You don't remember "True Blue?" That was a big ass hit for Madonna. Shit, I don't even follow this Tops In Pops shit, and I've at least heard of "True Blue.”<p>SILK SPECTRE: Look, asshole, I didn't say I ain't heard of it. All I asked was how does it go? Excuse me for not being the world's biggest Madonna fan.<p>MOLOCH THE MYSTIC: I hate Madonna.<p>OZYMANDIAS: I like her early stuff. You know, "Lucky Star," "Borderline" - but once she got into her "Papa Don't Preach" phase, I don't know, I tuned out.<p>RORSCHACH: Hey, fuck all that, I'm making a point here. You're gonna make me lose my train of thought.<p>COMEDIAN: Oh fuck, Toby's that little china girl.<p>NIGHT OWL: What's that?<p>COMEDIAN: I found this old address book in a jacket I ain't worn in a coon's age. Toby what? What the fuck was her last name?<p>RORSCHACH: Where was I?<p>SILK SPECTRE: You said "True Blue" was about a nice girl who finds a sensitive fella. But "Like a Virgin" was a metaphor for big dicks.<p>RORSCHACH: Let me tell ya what "Like a Virgin"'s about. It's about some cooze who's a regular fuck machine.I mean all the time, morning, day, night, afternoon, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick.<p>OZYMANDIAS: How many dicks was that?<p>NIGHT OWL: A lot.<p>RORSCHACH: Then one day she meets a John Holmes motherfucker, and it's like, whoa baby. This mother fucker's like Charles Bronson in "The Great Escape." He's diggin tunnels. Now she's gettin this serious dick action, she's feelin something she ain't felt since forever. Pain.<p>COMEDIAN: Chew? Toby Chew? No.<p>RORSCHACH: It hurts. It hurts her. It shouldn't hurt. Her pussy should be Bubble-Yum by now. But when this cat fucks her, it hurts. It hurts like the first time. The pain is reminding a fuck machine what is was like to be a virgin. Hence, "Like a Virgin."<p>COMEDIAN: Wong?<p>RORSCHACH: Fuck you, wrong. I'm right! What the fuck do you know about it anyway? You're still listening to Jerry-fucking-Vale.<p>COMEDIAN: Not wrong, dumb ass, Wong! You know, like the Chinese name?<p>Night Owl snatches the address book from Comedian's hand. They fight, but they're not really mad at each other.<p>NIGHT OWL: Give me this fucking thing.<p>COMEDIAN: What the fuck do you think you're doin? Give me my book back!<p>NIGHT OWL: I'm sick of fuckin hearin it Comedian, I'll give it back when we leave.<p>COMEDIAN: Whaddaya mean, give it to me when we leave, give it back now.<p>NIGHT OWL: For the past fifteen minutes now, you've just been droning on with names. "Toby...Toby...Toby... Toby Wong...Toby Wong...Toby Chung...fuckin Charlie Chan." I got Madonna's big dick outta my right ear, and Toby Jap I-don't- know-what, outta my left.<p>COMEDIAN: What do you care?<p>NIGHT OWL: When you're annoying as hell, I care a lot.<p>COMEDIAN: Give me my book.<p>NIGHT OWL: You gonna put it away?<p>COMEDIAN: I'm gonna do whatever I wanna do with it.<p>NIGHT OWL: Well, then, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to keep it.<p>CAPTAIN METROPOLIS: Comedian, you want me to shoot him for you?<p>NIGHT OWL: Shit, you shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize.<p>DR. MANHATTAN: Have you guys been listening to K- BILLY's super sounds of the seventies weekend?<p>RORSCHACH: Yeah, it's fuckin great isn't it?<p>DR. MANHATTAN: Can you believe the songs they been playin?<p>RORSCHACH: No, I can't. You know what I heard the other day? "Heartbeat - It's Lovebeat," by little Tony DeFranco and the DeFranco Family. I haven't heard that since I was in fifth fuckin grade.<p>DR. MANHATTAN: When I was coming down here, I was playin it. And "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" came on. Now I ain't heard that song since it was big, but when it was big, I heard it a million- trillion times. I'm listening to it this morning, and this was the first time I ever realized that the lady singing the song, was the one who killed Andy.<p>OZYMANDIAS: You didn't know Vicki Lawrence killed the guy?<p>DR. MANHATTAN: I thought the cheatin wife shot Andy.<p>CAPTAIN METROPOLIS: They say it in the song.<p>DR. MANHATTAN: I know, I heard it. I musta zoned out whenever that part came on before. I thought when she said that little sister stuff, she was talkin about her sister- in-law, the cheatin wife.<p>COMEDIAN: No, she did it. She killed the cheatin wife, too.<p>RORSCHACH: You know the part in "Gypsies, Tramps and Theives," when she says "Poppa woulda shot his if he knew what he'd done?" I could never figure out what he did.<p>The table laughs. The WAITRESS comes over to the table. She has the check, and a pot of coffee.<p>WAITRESS: Can I get anybody more coffee?<p>COMEDIAN: No, we're gonna be hittin it. I'll take care of the check.<p>She hands the bill to him.<p>WAITRESS: Here ya go. Please pay at the register, if you wouldn't mind.<p>COMEDIAN: Sure thing.<p>WAITRESS: You guys have a wonderful day.<p>They all mutter equivalents. She exits and Comedian stands up.<p>COMEDIAN: I'll take care of this, you guys leave the tip. (to Night Owl) And when I come back, I want my book back.<p>NIGHT OWL: Sorry, it's my book now.<p>COMEDIAN: Metropolis, shoot this piece of shit, will ya?<p>Captain Metropolis shoots Night Owl with his finger. Night Owl disintegrates…and then reforms. Comedian exits.<p>DR. MANHATTAN: Okay, everybody cough up green for the little lady.<p> Everybody whips out a buck, and throws it on the table. Everybody, that is, except Night Owl.<p>DR. MANHATTAN: C'mon, throw in a buck.<p>NIGHT OWL: Uh-uh. I don't tip.<p>DR. MANHATTAN: Whaddaya mean you don't tip?<p>NIGHT OWL: I don't believe in it.<p>DR. MANHATTAN: You don't believe in tipping?<p> RORSCHACH: (laughing)I love this kid, he's a madman, this guy.<p>CAPTAIN METROPOLIS: Do you have any idea what these ladies make? They make shit.<p>NIGHT OWL: Don't give me that. She don't make enough money, she can quit. (Everybody laughs.)<p>DR. MANHATTAN: I don't even know a Jew who'd have the balls to say that. So let's get this straight. You never ever tip?<p>NIGHT OWL: I don't tip because society says I gotta. I tip when somebody deserves a tip. When somebody really puts forth an effort, they deserve a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, that shit's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned, they're just doin their job.<p>OZYMANDIAS: Our girl was nice.<p>NIGHT OWL: Our girl was okay. She didn't do anything special.<p>CAPTAIN METROPOLIS: What's something special, take ya in the kitchen and suck your dick? (They all laugh.)<p>DR. MANHATTAN: I'd go over twelve percent for that.<p>NIGHT OWL: Look, I ordered coffee. Now we've been here a long fuckin’ time, and she's only filled my cup three times. When I order coffee, I want it filled six times.<p>CAPTAIN METROPOLIS: What if she's too busy?<p>NIGHT OWL: The words "too busy" shouldn't be in a waitress's vocabulary.<p>DR. MANHATTAN: Excuse me, Night Owl, but the last thing you need is another cup of coffee. (They all laugh.)<p>NIGHT OWL: These ladies aren't starvin to death. They make minimum wage. When I worked for minimum wage, I wasn't lucky enough to have a job that society deemed tipworthy.<p>DR. MANHATTAN: Ahh, now we're getting down to it. It's not just that he's a cheap bastard--<p>SILK SPECTRE: --It is that too--<p>DR. MANHATTAN: --It is that too. But it's also he couldn't get a waiter job. You talk like a pissed off dishwasher: "Fuck those cunts and their fucking tips."<p>CAPTAIN METROPOLIS: So you don't care that they're counting on your tip to live?<p>(Night Owl rubs two of his fingers together.)NIGHT OWL: Do you know what this is? It's the world's smallest violin, playing just for the waitresses.<p>CAPTAIN METROPOLIS: You don't have any idea what The fuck you're talking about. These people bust their ass. This is a hard job.<p>NIGHT OWL: So's working at McDonald's, but you don't feel the need to tip them. They're servin ya food, you should tip em. But no, society says tip these guys over here, but not those guys over there. That's bullshit.<p>SILK SPECTRE: They work harder than the kids at McDonald's.<p>NIGHT OWL: Oh yeah, I don't see them cleaning fryers.<p>MOLOCH THE MYSTIC: These people are taxed on the tips they make. When you stiff 'em, you cost them money.<p>CAPTAIN METROPOLIS: Waitressing is the number one occupation for female non-college graduates in this country. It's the one jab basically any woman can get, and make a living on. The reason is because of tips.<p>NIGHT OWL: Fuck all that. (They all laugh.)<p>NIGHT OWL: Hey, I'm very sorry that the government taxes their tips. That's fucked up. But that ain't my fault. it would appear that waitresses are just one of the many groups the government fucks in the ass on a regular basis. You show me a paper says the government shouldn't do that, I'll sign it. Put it to a vote, I'll vote for it. But what I won't do is play ball. And this non- college bullshit you're telling me, I got two words for that: "Learn to fuckin type." Cause if you're expecting me to help out with the rent, you're in for a big fuckin surprise.<p>SILK SPECTRE: He's convinced me. Give me my dollar back. (Everybody laughs. Comedian comes back to the table.)<p>COMEDIAN: Okay ramblers, let's get to rambling. Wait a minute, who didn't throw in?<p>SILK SPECTRE: Night Owl.<p>COMEDIAN: (to Silk Spectre) Night Owl? (to Night Owl) Why?<p>SILK SPECTRE: He don't tip.<p>COMEDIAN: (to Silk Spectre) He don't tip? (to Night Owl) You don't tip? Why?<p>SILK SPECTRE: He don't believe in it.<p>COMEDIAN: (to Silk Spectre) He don't believe in it? (to Night Owl) You don't believe in it?<p>SILK SPECTRE: Nope.<p>COMEDIAN: (to Silk Spectre) Shut up! (to Night Owl) Cough up the buck, ya cheap bastard, I paid for your goddamn breakfast.<p>NIGHT OWL: Because you paid for the breakfast, I'm gonna tip. Normally I wouldn't.<p>COMEDIAN: Whatever. Just throw in your dollar, and let's move. (to Captain Metropolis) See what I'm dealing with here. Infants. I'm fuckin dealin with infants.