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''A Christmas Carol'' is a 2009 Creator/{{Disney}} film adaptation of the Creator/CharlesDickens [[Literature/AChristmasCarol novella of the same name]]. Directed by Creator/RobertZemeckis and made using MotionCapture, it stars Creator/JimCarrey as Ebenezer Scrooge and all three of the Christmas spirits.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdaptedOut:
** The ghostly hearse on the staircase is in the junior novelization, trailer, and licensed game, but not the movie itself.
** The junior novelization removes Mrs. Dilber selling Scrooge's items after his death, transitioning from the hearse chase to the scene with Scrooge's body.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In canon, Scrooge was said to be honest even before the ghosts changed him. In this film, he [[RobbingTheDead steals the gold coins that were covering the late Jacob Marley's eyes]].
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese version uses [[http://www.jpopsuki.tv/video/JUJU---Present/2c28f716b709ceb783219239c2996365 "Present"]] by JUJU as its theme song.
* BerserkButton:
** Jacob Marley with Scrooge. Poor guy was so frustrated he ''dislocated his own jaw'' during one of his ghostly wailing fits.
** The Ghost of Christmas Present may be a jolly figure, but do not bring up what the current bureaucracy of the Church of Christ is doing in Christ's name, like closing places once a week when the poor are so in need of help. He does not take such mentions well and considers them not of ''his'' church.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The junior novelization changes Fred's wife guessing "an ass" in Yes and No to "a dog," which still gets the same response.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Bob Cratchit narrates the ending directly to the camera.
* ChewOutFakeOut: As Scrooge passes the carolers on Christmas Day, he pretends to be his normal miserable self, cowing the carolers into mumbling the chorus quietly as he passes. He then belts out the chorus with gusto, as they resurge happily. He then gives them [[PetTheDog an extremely extravagant tip]] before gleefully continuing on his way.
* CoinsForTheDead: Scrooge's EstablishingCharacterMoment comes when he takes the pennies that had been placed on his recently deceased partner's eyes, saying "tuppence is tuppence".
* CreepyChild: Ignorance and Want. This adaptation makes them creepier than usual by adding a sequence where they morph into adults: a thug and an (implied) prostitute, respectively. They also get Present's [[IronicEcho line]] about prisons and [[FreudianSlip wh--]] ''work''houses.
* DueToTheDead: The film begins with Jacob Marley's death and his corpse being prepared for burial with two pennies covering his eyes to keep them closed. Scrooge stole them from the body.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Scrooge pockets the coins off the dead Marley's eyes.
* GhostInTheMachine: Scrooge and the three spirits are depicted this way, and [[TalkingToHimself all are played by Jim Carrey]].
* TheHyena: The Ghost of Christmas Present, continuing to laugh even as he turns into a skeleton and then crumbles to dust.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Scrooge is shrunk in the Future scene for a while.
* InkSuitActor: As usual for Zemeckis' motion capture movies, the main characters all resemble their actors.
* JumpScare: The movie practically relies on these. An example is the scene where Scrooge sees Marley's face on the knocker, he reaches out to touch it...and Marley's eyes snap open and some of his teeth fly out!
* LargeHam:
** Creator/JimCarrey as Scrooge ''and'' all the ghosts, matching up with...
** Creator/GaryOldman as Jacob Marley in HamToHamCombat.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Scrooge [[RobbingTheDead robs the late]] Jacob Marley out of two coins and the Ghost of Christmas Future shows a future where a deceased Scrooge is robbed out of curtains and the clothes his corpse would be buried with.
* LivingShadow: The Ghost of Christmas Future is Scrooge's shadow.
* MindScrewdriver: The tie-in novel and licensed game clarify that the hearse chasing Scrooge in the future is the same one that took Marley to his resting place and chased Scrooge on the stairs in his house.
* MoodWhiplash:
** At one point, Marley yells so powerfully that he dislocates his jaw, then says the next line by moving his lower jaw with his hand (borders between disturbing and funny) before attempting to put it back and in the process folding his face up tightly to the point where he cannot speak (just plain funny).
** One minute, Scrooge is being chased by demonic shadowy horses, the next he's crawling through a sewer pipe with a chipmunk voice. And then, back to the horses.
* MotionCapture: This technique was how the movie was made.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers made it look like a goofy, kiddy version of the story. The actual movie, however, was surprisingly faithful and kept most of the original's story intact, including the dark bits.
* TheOner:
** The five-minute title scene, starting with one conversation with Scrooge, flying all around London and then back down to the other side of the city, finishing with him approaching his house.
** The entire "Ghost of Christmas Past" scene simply faded from time period to time period without any cuts.
** In fact, Zemeckis seems to be an avid fan of TheOner, since nearly all shots in this film have multiple camera pans.
* PlayingGertrude: Scrooge's nephew Fred is played by Colin Firth, who is actually older than Jim Carrey. The use of motion capture makes this less obvious than it might have been in a fully live-action movie.
* RobbingTheDead: In his EstablishingCharacterMoment, Scrooge takes the two coins off of Marley's eyes. Like in the book, Scrooge is shown as a future victim of this by the Ghost of Christmas Future.
* SandInMyEyes: When Scrooge gets emotional at the sight of his boyhood home, he dismisses the tear on his cheek as "Nothing. Something in my eye."
* ShoutOut: During the opening credits, a few kids are having fun by [[Film/BackToTheFuture clinging onto the backs of carriages and hitching a ride on them.]] Upon being redeemed, Scrooge himself does this too.
** A nod is also given to Disney/MickeysChristmasCarol (another Disney incarnation of the tale) when Scrooge is hanging from a root in his own grave while a hellish light beams up from his coffin.
** The way Scrooge falls into his grave is similar to how he fell in Film/Scrooge1970 which is a live action musical based on the novel.
* SssssnakeTalk: The Ghossssst of Chrisssstmasss Passsst - and not just the ssssibilants, but [[UpToEleven all the vowels.]] Considering how the Ghost was represented, its speech could be representative of the wisp of a candle flame...slowly guttering out.
* StealthPun: Many of the songs played in the background are Christmas carols, making this adaptation the literal version.
* TruerToTheText: Aside from the shrunken Scrooge chase scene, much of the movie is extremely faithful to the book, including a sequence almost always left out of adaptations where Scrooge asks the Ghost of Christmas Present about the bad things the Church does in God's name.
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