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    Posted: August 08 2008 at 2:56am
Originally posted by cvcjr13

 There's been so many adaptations (my favorite is George C. Scott's), ...

With Mr. Magoo a very close second. Best of all, of course, is just to read the book. The world needs another film adaptation of this story like New Orleans needs another hurricane.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote cvcjr13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 08 2008 at 3:32pm
. . . and a Jim Carrey adaptation will probably be like us standing on a nearby sidewalk as a car speeds through a large, dirty puddle. . . .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cvcjr13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 15 2008 at 2:39pm

Another prediction: Carrey will play Scrooge like a dirty old man.  This will undermine one of A Christmas Carol's finer points of how Ebenezer Scrooge became so obsessed with making money, he lost the one woman he truly loved. 

 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Michaels Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 10 2008 at 2:59pm

Originally posted by saturnwatcher

The world needs another film adaptation of this story like New Orleans needs another hurricane.

Well put, or worst yet, the world needs another adaption of "Christmas Carol" like America needs W. Bush for a third term.  

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Razzilla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 11 2008 at 8:10am
I don't know about this...  It could either be good or horse droppings...  There's no in between with A Christmas Carol...  It seems that every third or fourth version of this Dickens classic bombed...and I'm hoping this is not in that rotation...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cvcjr13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 15 2009 at 7:06am

Surprisingly, I just got a mailer about this.  This movie is going to be a "ground-breaking, performance-capture 3D motion picture event" put on by the Walt Disney Studios.  Sounds like what Ralph Bakshi tried to do with The Lord of the Rings back in the late 70s, except this one is going to be in 3D with the full weight of Disney behind it.

As such, it has gone from causing me to roll my eyes because of Jim Carrey to actually giving me hope this may be something good.

The mailer announces a train tour for the movie starting next weekend at Union Station in Los Angeles and eventually making 40 stops across the United States.  It will have "behind-the-scenes attractions, entertaining demonstrations and fun activities" spead out in four train cars, as well as clips from the movie.  The train is all painted up for the movie, too.

 

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Bakshi did that quite a bit. It doesn't seem like it'd be very fun with enough money behind it to make it look good.
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Originally posted by dEd Grimley

Bakshi did that quite a bit. It doesn't seem like it'd be very fun with enough money behind it to make it look good.

Well, to go to the other Lord of the Rings, particularly The Two Towers and Return of the King, Peter Jackson's crew had a lot of fun doing the same thing with Andy Serkis' Gollum.  It occurred to me today that essentially Jackson did with Gollum in 3D CGI what Bakshi did with the first two books of the trilogy in 2D animation . 

I don't know if Disney's A Christmas Carol will be anything like an entire movie rendered like Andy Serkis' Gollum, but I feel very certain it will at least be a 3D CGI version in the style of Bakshi's Lord of the Rings.

 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dEd Grimley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 16 2009 at 12:56am
A motion captured movie like that would be much in the vein of Beowulf then. But I'd love it if people began to use less conventional methods of animation for movies. I was thinking it'd be cool if they would make a movie with some sort of animation that relied on the pictures being drawn onto sheets of clear plastic and then combined to form motion. I'll bet that might look pretty good.
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Both Jim Carrey and director Robert Zemeckis showed a sneak peek of Disney A Christmas Carol at Cannes you can read the news report below.

Carrey does Scrooge as Disney previews new `Carol' (AP)

CANNES, France - Jim Carrey has multiple personalities in his next movie.

Carrey and director Robert Zemeckis brought a bit of holiday cheer to the Cannes Film Festival on Monday with a sneak peak of "Disney's A Christmas Carol," a new slant on the Charles Dickens classic in which the actor plays skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge and several other characters.

It's the second holiday ogre for Carrey, who starred in "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas." After Disney showed two scenes from "A Christmas Carol" to reporters, Carrey had a wisecrack ready when asked if he had something against Santa Claus.

"It's a hard time of year for some people. It's a confronting time of year," Carrey said. "I've had some bad ones."

Due in theaters worldwide this November and December, the film is being crafted through motion-capture technology similar to that Zemeckis used on "The Polar Express" and "Beowulf." Actors' movements and expressions are recorded by dozens of infrared cameras, with backgrounds, props, costumes and other effects filled in later through computer animation.

The result with "A Christmas Carol," for which Zemeckis previewed about eight minutes of footage, is a richly detailed re-creation of Victorian London. The footage was shown in digital 3-D, though the finished film also will be released in a standard two-dimensional version.

Along with a montage from the whole movie, the filmmakers showed two early scenes, Scrooge's "Humbug!" declaration about Christmas to his merry nephew (Colin Firth) and the old man's visitation by the specter of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley.

Besides Scrooge, Carrey plays the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future that haunt the cold-hearted old miser on the holiday eve, rekindling his spirit of charity and compassion.

Zemeckis said he fell in love with Dickens' story when he read it in his youth, but he felt previous screen adaptations never had been able to do it justice.

"We didn't have any cinematic tools to actually present the story the way it's written," Zemeckis said. "Generally, the Ghost of Christmas Past is played by a woman wearing a wedding gown, but if you read what Dickens actually wrote, it is a very bizarre, surreal character like what we put on screen."

Motion-capture technology allowed Zemeckis to record 3-D renderings of the actors' forms and body language, then transform them digitally into whatever he wanted.

Firth's character closely resembles the actor, while Gary Oldman as Scrooge's clerk, Bob Cratchit, has a smaller gnome-like stature. For Scrooge, Zemeckis turned Carrey into a gnarled, skeletal figure with a harshly jutting nose and chin.

Zemeckis, Carrey, Firth and co-star Robin Wright Penn arrived for the preview in horse-drawn carriages, with Christmas carols playing out of loudspeakers and fake snow wafting under the blue sky over the Croisette, the main drag through Cannes along the Riviera.

Carrey said he drew inspiration from Alistair Sim's performance as Scrooge in the 1951 adaptation of "A Christmas Carol," generally considered the best rendition of the story.

"The one thing I will say that I wanted to, not replicate, but definitely have some of it in there, was the bitterness that he portrayed," Carrey said. "The way he had sourness in his character. It wasn't just on the surface. You imagined that he had the worst case of acid reflux on Earth. There was a true bitterness, a foul taste in his mouth, and that was something that I wanted to consider."

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dEd Grimley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2009 at 7:44am
I can't wait for directors to start making movies about other acting drills. Like "Freeze Tag" or that mirror game.
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Freeze Tag was always a fun improv game. Although there were others that I also enjoyed... I miss my old Improv group.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cvcjr13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2009 at 2:24pm

Originally posted by dEd Grimley

A motion captured movie like that would be much in the vein of Beowulf then. But I'd love it if people began to use less conventional methods of animation for movies. I was thinking it'd be cool if they would make a movie with some sort of animation that relied on the pictures being drawn onto sheets of clear plastic and then combined to form motion. I'll bet that might look pretty good.

Ah, nah, it couldn't look any better than a masterpiece like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. . . .

Your sarcasm was so subtle, I applaud you. 

 

 

 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dEd Grimley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 19 2009 at 8:30am
What sarcasm?

Get it?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cvcjr13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 06 2009 at 7:46am

Originally posted by dEd Grimley

What sarcasm?

Get it?

Got it.

 

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LatinoReview.com has posted a short clip of “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”, which you can check out using this LINK...  

 

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