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Disney’s A Christmas Story

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Animated Disney film adaptation of the Christmas classic by Charles Dickens in 3D and Motion Capure technology with Jim Carrey in the leading role.

The selfish and lonely miser Ebenezer Scrooge lives a withdrawn life as a misanthrope and has been running his own business since the death of his partner. Greed is his dominant characteristic. On Christmas Eve, however, he receives a visit from the three spirits of the past, present and future Christmas, who show him his life in all its bleakness. Suddenly Scrooge becomes aware of his own cold-heartedness and its consequences and begins to change for the better.

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At this point it is not yet possible to clearly determine whether 3D technology is actually triumphing through cinemas. What is certain, however, is that 3D films of all genres are currently popping out of all holes. Usually, the 3D effect is limited to something flying towards the audience and causing a wince. A reaction that already after the first few times because of certain dulling no longer wants to set and so the complex 3D technology almost seems senseless again.

Director Robert Zemeckis does it differently: ?? Disney’s A Christmas Story ?? captivates above all with exciting, fast-paced rides, such as right at the beginning over the roofs of London during the industrial revolution. It is Christmas and the camera whizzes together with the viewer over the roofs, through wide and narrow streets, populated and deserted, past carriages and lampposts and on the market right through an advent wreath.

Zemeckis also uses 3D technology to show what depth can mean. So Scrooge does not just go on a journey with the spirit of the current Christmas, but with a complete room in the house, the floor of which suddenly disappears and frees the view of what is worth showing? and we as viewers are right in the middle of it. For sure, here, too, one uses the “Den-spectator-in-den-armchair push” effect, but less so by flying objects, but for example by a pitch-black horse head, which the spectator ?? coming out of nowhere ?? suddenly right in front of your nose. Of course, this is an animated pitch-black horse head.

The pros and cons of motion capturing are also well known and meet in the case of the fantasy film ?? Disney’s A Christmas Story ?? to: On the one hand, figures that are not based on an actor, for example, still seem strangely artificial and lacking in facial expressions. On the other hand, however, this technique offers the possibility of creating characters that could never be embodied by an actor (Gollum from ?? The Lord of the Rings").

Here this mainly concerns the figures inspired by Jim Carrey. On the one hand the ossified Scrooge with this fertile ugly nose, the abrasive bony fingers and his crooked posture and on the other hand of course the first two Christmas spirits: the past Christmas in the form of a candle, the current one in the form of a Bacchus giant ?? both with Jim Carrey’s face.

Robert Zemeckis strictly followed the template when filming the classic. And even if Jim Carrey’s grimace addiction is not fully expressed, there is still room for comedy here and there – and the, although the film otherwise consists of eerie moments: green shimmering ghosts with a dislocated jaw joint, chain rattle, shattering laughter, a demonic ghost with a carriage that seems to come straight from hell ?? the film is rightly only released from the age of 12.

Conclusion: Without a doubt, an animated 3D film that is worthwhile and provides an eerily beautiful mood for Christmas.

Disney’s A Christmas Story review

Disney’s A Christmas Story: Animated Disney film adaptation of the Christmas classic by Charles Dickens in 3D and Motion Capure technology with Jim Carrey in the leading role.

Robert Zemeckis and Jim Carrey bring the Christmas classic to the big screen for the first time as a 3D experience and above all focus on the show values ​​of technology.

It is the look that distinguishes Zemecki’s reinterpretation of Charles Dickens’ “Christmas story” from his predecessors. As with "The Polar Express" and "The Legend of Beowulf", the director, producer and screenwriter developed his current favorite toy, the motion capture process, in which the facial expressions and gestures of the actors are translated into computer animations, and their 3- D representation continues. Indeed, the images sometimes amaze the viewer. Especially the scenes at the beginning of the film in which London in the middle of the 19th. century is brought to life, impressively show the possibilities of modern 3-D CGI techniques. It gets more problematic the closer the film gets physically and psychologically to the characters.

It tells the story of the embittered old man Ebenezer Scrooge, who made money as a lender, but became a heartless miser and misanthrope. He hates the children playing on the icy street, the singers singing a Christmas carol, his accountant Bob Cratchit, who takes the day off for Christmas, and of course the welfare representatives who ask him for a donation to ask the poor. But since Christmas is and therefore the biggest grouch deserves a second chance, the three spirits of the past, present and future Christmas appear to him one after the other. These show him where he is from, where he is and where he is going if he does not change quickly. And since the future looks especially bleak, this spirit has a lot to offer. Some of the shock moments that the ghost reminiscent of Godfather brings up to let Scrooge drive the healing horror into the limbs are likely to be too much for the smallest cinema-goers. It’s a good thing that the horror dissolves into an end that is Christmassy and celebrates the joy of life.

The trick of the plot, which should be familiar to many, is of course the credible representation of Scrooge’s emotional change. And Jim Carrey is doing his utmost not only to make clear his evil qualities, but also his remorse. It is helpful that the animators have devoted a lot of time to Scrooge’s face. His facial expressions work in contrast to other characters, e.g. that of the spirit of present Christmas – which, like the other Christmas spirits, is also embodied by Carrey – alive and realistic despite all the exaggerations. Nevertheless, the artificial optics create a feeling of distance and present more than what makes it tangible. As with "Beowulf", there is no answer to the question of why the film couldn’t have worked with real actors (maybe even better). mahe.



The German film and media rating

This Christmas season, Disney is delivering a variant of the classic by Charles Dickens with unprecedented pace and great American actors – above all Jim Carrey – as a template for an impressive animation. The feast of love is just a humbug for the lonely grouch Ebenezer Scrooge, but the three Christmas spirits know him, each in his own way, to instruct him otherwise. This fairy tale for adults proves once again the fascinating and touching effect of this traditional story and comes up with opulent visual ideas, a beautiful atmosphere of London in the 19th century and ironic humor. An eerily beautiful scary cabinet like an entertaining roller coaster ride and not only overwhelming in 3D on all senses!

The classic by Charles Dickens has often served as a model for films and plays, has been modernized and alienated and has been a long-running favorite not only at Christmas time for 166 years. On the one hand, Robert Zemeckis’ interpretation of the story of the notorious miser Scrooge, whom three spirits convert to good on Christmas night, shows that 3D technology has made a quantum leap. On the other hand, he shows that this story always fascinates new generations and is literally immortal.

In almost enchanting computer-animated images, which are reminiscent of English Christmas pictures, book illustrations and postcards from the 19th century, this occasionally takes the somewhat too loud and drastic variation of the old theme into the dark world of the greedy Scrooge, who defines himself only through material success and has long sacrificed all human emotions on the altar of money. But Scrooge is not yet lost, because at the instigation of his former business partner Marley, who died seven years ago, who has fallen prey to eternal damnation, the embittered miser receives one last chance: three ghosts haunt him and not only teach him fear, but also recognize the meaning of Christmas. Scrooge is taken on a fantastic journey into the past, present and future and is ultimately refined and saved. He, who has always rejected Christmas, is now filled with the true spirit of Christmas, that is, the feeling of humanity and generosity.

The film consistently follows this path to purification. It is sometimes very violent and creepy, so this animated film is not suitable for smaller children as a fairy tale at Christmas time. But the ironic and self-ironic refractions and especially Jim Carrey’s fascinating game as Scrooge compensate for these sometimes somewhat glaring effects. In addition to the technology, the ideas with which the Christmas story has been enriched are also impressive: Two completely different spirits are hidden under the cloak of future Christmas, and are much more frightening than the teachers at Scrooge: the spirit of ignorance and the spirit of poverty , This reflects Dickens’ social criticism as well as a thoroughly modern interpretation of the classic, which gives this film a few strong additional points.


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