Disney’s latest animated film, A Christmas Carol, opened nationwide on Friday. Jim Carrey performs amazingly in this film as the voice of several characters, being for Charles Dickens what he was for Dr. Seuss nine years ago as The Grinch.
The picture quality exceeds even that of Robert Zemeckis’ 2004 holiday film, The Polar Express. The computer animation catches every twitch of Ebenezer Scrooge, and the opening scene takes us through mid-19th century London in tremendous detail.
Sure, you may be all too familiar with The Christmas Carol story: greedy man, three spirits, change of heart after they scare the hell out of him. So why get Zemeckis to direct this film?
One reason: to reboot The Back to the Future franchise.
Steven Spielberg has his Indiana Jones 4, George Lucas has his Star Wars Episodes 1-3, and now Zemeckis is getting director nostalgia too.
Consider the facts. Both movies involve time travel to propel the plot forward. Next, look how Zemeckis’ Scrooge uses Dr. Emmett Brown as a template.
Not to mention the fact that both of these pictures take place in the 19th century!
You might be thinking, “Yeah right, if those films are so similar, then who is Marty McFly supposed to be in this movie?” That’s the most deranged part of all.
While Zemeckis makes the Emmett Brown-based Scrooge the main character, he casts the McFly lookalike as… you guessed it, Tiny Tim.
If it wasn’t bad enough to give him a tertiary role, Tiny Tim is a cripple, mocking Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease.
And it just goes to prove that Hollywood will go to any depth to make money.
Sorry to spoil the ending, but both movies conclude the same way: the main characters rejoice when they finally get back to their own time. So if you’re thinking of going to see Christmas Carol this holiday season, I say you’re better off sticking to the original trilogy.