Disney's A Christmas Carol: A Scrooge for This Season

There are scores of adaptations of Dickens' classic. But the new Robert Zemeckis version is peculiarly suited to our time

Jim Carrey as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

When journalists propose a story, their editors ask them: Why this? and Why now? The same demands might be made of Robert Zemeckis' choice of a new film. Why A Christmas Carol? It's not that the Charles Dickens' tale, first published in 1843, is unknown to the reading or viewing audience. Event by event, word for word — all 28,723 of them, from "Marley was dead" to "God Bless Us, Every One" — this might be the most familiar of all stories, including the Gospels. Aside from millions of parent-to-child readings, the Scrooge saga has been done as an opera and...

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