You know the old story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and the rest of the crew, but this time it seemed fresh. The story basically remains the same, the method is much better.
Jim Carey takes on the voice of Scrooge and the three Christmas ghosts and does so in a rather convincing manner. You see his face, body movement and expressions melded into each character through the performance capture technology, sometimes eerily so. The irony is not lost on the fact that he’s portrayed two of the most well known Christmas villains.
I thought I recognized the other faces, such as Gary Oldman as Cratchit, but I wasn’t sure until the credits rolled. It’s bizarre to see the actors face molded into an animated character.
On the flipside, there still is a creepiness to the Robert Zemeckis style animation. In Polar Express, I was disturbed by the animation and still think those characters were dead in the eyes. This time, I felt like I was watching something closer to a cyborg that nearly perfectly mirrors a human, but you know its only skin deep.
Is it too scary for the kids? Probably not. I thought there were some scenes that could be a little disturbing, but putting them all together, I think the kids can handle it..
The real magic is sometimes your mind is tricked into thinking you’re seeing something real, even though you know its all animation. The 3-D is worth a look.