Iím a huge fan of Robert Zemeckis (who isnít really) and was happy to see him both behind the camera and doing the pen work. I loved WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT and how Zemeckis took animated characters to a more serious level. The tone of this film is what makes it shine for me, that and the grittier animation that quite easily comes off as eerie at times. Naturally I wasnít scared but I can see how this one might not be the best version to show your kids. Thereís definitely a darkness surrounding Scrooge this time around and considering the fact heís being visited by spirits after-all, I was happy to see the story treated a bit more seriously this time around.
The spirits themselves were the big hits for me. I enjoyed Marleyís chains as well as his anger, he comes off as convincing for a damned soul, something thatís been somewhat dummied down in other versions. The first spirit looked cool conceptually, I dug the flame and how he bobbled his head back and forth. The second spiritís goofy laughter got on my nerves rather quickly as the guy couldnít say two words without laughing like a fool (he does however make quite an interesting religious statement that raised an eyebrow). The final spirit was my favourite; I loved the shadow imagery, the horses and coach, everything about this visit kicked ass and was a blast to watch.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL is obviously the same story here as it is everywhere else but again, if youíre going to make another version of a Christmas story this is the one to use. I was always partial to the original Disney version with Mickey and Scrooge, having watched it every year religiously as a kid growing up but this Disney version bridges the gap into adulthood rather nicely. I do still enjoy Jim Carrey and donít feel he got to shine here anywhere close to how he did in THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS and as for his career, I hope heís not done with comedy just yet as Iím sure heís got a couple good hits left in him.
Countdown to Christmas Interactive Calendar: This is a cool feature if you plan on throwing this Blu-ray into your system every day until Christmas. Though you do get to see a cool toy behind every door, most people would probably rather have a chocolate.
On Set with Sammi: One of the children from the cast lead us through a quick day of what itís like shooting on set. This chick played one of the little zombie kids that scared the hell out of my girlfriend.
Deleted Scenes: Thereís a little over eight minutes worth of unfinished scenes here; nothing too special, but I had fun seeing these scenes unfold in various stages of creation.
Previews: There are lots of trailers to choose from, a couple advertisements about Blu-rays and Digital Copies, a Timon and Pumbaa advertisement for Disney 3D movies and this package also includes a DVD Copy of the film.