Christmas in July? Not yet, but brace yourself for Disney’s “A Christmas Carol”
It’s not time for Christmas in July yet (although stores do start earlier and earler with stocking decorations and trees every year), however Disney is gearing up for a 3D animated version of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. Stepping up to the plate for yet another animated Christmas story is Robert Zemeckis, who also had a hand in The Polar Express as both director and screenwriter. Zemeckis is again reprising those roles, building off of Dickens’ tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge, a wealthy, yet hard-hearted man visited by the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come who urge him to change his ways.
Much like Polar Express, this upcoming holiday movie boasts an A-list cast of voices. The versatile Jim Carrey as Ebeneezer Scrooge, as well as the three Christmas ghosts. Gary Oldman provides the voice of family man and Scrooge’s long-suffering clerk, Bob Cratchet. Other noteworthy names featured in the cast include Robin Wright Penn, Bob Hoskins, and Colin Firth. Disney’s A Christmas Carol is scheduled for a November 6th, 2009 release date.
An official trailer has not been released yet, but Disney does have a 20-second teaser trailer featuring Ebeneezer and the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley. You can check it out here.
So far, no official costumes have been released, however, if you’re planning a Christmas in July, or preparing for a local staging of A Christmas Carol, there are plenty of Dickens-inspired costumes such as Scrooge in his jammies, a ghostly gentleman Jacob Marley costume, and Victorian costumes and accessories to outfit the entire Cratchet family!