Disney’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Cannes

     April 21, 2009

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

While the exact festival line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival is still under wraps, Disney has just announced they’ll be premiering footage from director Robert Zemeckis’ “A Christmas Carol” on May 18th at the Fest.

While I have no idea what they’ll show, I’d imagine it’ll either be an extended scene or the first trailer. Maybe both. The fact is, while most people didn’t care for “Beowulf”, I saw the film in IMAX 3-D and thought it looked amazing. The script was only okay…but the effects were great.

Hopefully this will be the first 3-D motion capture movie that combines the amazing technology with a spectacular script.

Here’s the info on the movie.I’d imagine we’ll be getting a full Cannes line-up soon.

Ebenezer Scrooge (JIM CARREY) begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (GARY OLDMAN) and his cheery nephew (COLIN FIRTH). But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late.

Finally, awhile back I spoke to Jim Carey when he was promoting “Horton Hears a Who” and he talked about making “A Christmas Carol”. Here’s what he said:

JIM CAREY: Ebeneezer is such a great thing for me, because again, I get to play all kinds of different roles in the film. And first of all, the process is so fascinating. You’re literally in an empty warehouse with cameras around you. And you have – maybe a frame of a fireplace, or something like that. And then you rehearse, and they go, “Can we take this away?” And you’re sitting on a chair. And you have to create the entire world in your head. And not only that, but you’re working with other actors, and you’re in this ridiculous mo-cap suit with balls all over it, and a hat with pincers that come down, with cameras in your face right here. And so the real work of it is transcending all of this – the lack of stimuli, and this stimuli that’s right in your face. You have to transcend all of it, and create the reality of the piece. And also, it’s kind of a classical version of A Christmas Carol. Oh, it is, very much. And so I’m playing Ebeneezer Scrooge at four different ages. So there’s a lot of vocal things, a lot of physical things I have to do. You know, not to mention doing the accents properly.

QUESTION: With an English accent.

JIM CAREY: With English accents, and Irish accents, and –

QUESTION: How are you playing the –

JIM CAREY: I’m also playing past, present, future, the ghosts.

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