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The Ghost of Christmas Past

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Background [ ]

Physical appearance [ ].

In the original Charles Dickens novel, the Ghost of Christmas Past is described as thus:

Most versions retain the appearance of a being with light and candle motif, but is usually the only ghost to have the most radically diverse depictions. The 2009 version has been the most direct about their appearance. They appear as a literal floating candle person with the bottom half disappearing into nothingness and their head essentially floating above their body as a lit flame. Their candle wax body produces two arms that resemble long sleeved robes and, just like the original novel, carries an extinguisher that is only slightly as big as them.

The Muppet Christmas Carol version switches the candle motif for a more ethereal ghost-like appearance. They resemble a small child with white wispy robes and a hood and appear to lack any feet whatsoever. Their face is that of an androgynous pale-faced child with long wavy red hair and large blue eyes.

The DuckTales version draws inspiration from Jiminy Cricket 's appearance in Mickey's Christmas Carol and is a small green cricket with a blue waistcoat, white undershirt and red tie. He also carries an umbrella that imbues him with the power to time travel.

Personality [ ]

In most adaptations, the Ghost of Christmas Past is depicted as being very soft-spoken and honest. While not as boastful or frightening as their two ghostly compatriots, the Ghost is not afraid to hit Scrooge with the harsh truth about his past and make him realize his fall from grace. The Ghost appears to have a subdued playful side, most likely representing one's youth, but is full of aged wisdom, representing those in their autumn years. Overall, the Ghost is trying to be helpful, even if it means being severe with the truth.

The DuckTales version additionally is depicted as being self-conscious and clingy to those around him. Feeling left out, he was willing to keep Scrooge McDuck to himself. It was only through the passage of time, that he sees the error of his ways and assumes his role as the Ghost of Christmas Past again.

Role in the film [ ]

The Ghost of Christmas Past appears modeled like a candle to symbolize the light that people shine on their past, in order to know themselves better. In this version, the ghost has a light Irish accent. He takes Scrooge on a journey throughout his past in order to show Scrooge how he became the miserly moneylender he is. During this journey, Scrooge discovered the following things:

  • His father neglected him and his sister as a child.
  • His kind sister Fan brought him back home from boarding school one Christmas when he was a child and their father was in a good mood.
  • Fan died giving birth to Fred.
  • Fezziwig was a kind Christmas loving boss to him.
  • Scrooge started a successful business in money-lending and finances.
  • He first met Belle during Fezziwig's Christmas party.
  • He then broke up with Belle by the time Scrooge started his obsession with finances.

After which, Scrooge wants to leave but the ghost uses then his face to show all the people the old man knew in his kindness. Scared, Scrooge quickly extinguishes the ghost with his own extinguisher. However, Scrooge is then shot up into the sky, toward the moon, and falls about 50,000 feet toward the ground back to his house.

Appearances in Disney media [ ]

The muppet christmas carol [ ].

In the Muppet adaptation, the ghost is a female voiced by Jessica Fox and puppeteered by Karen Prell . The Ghost shows Scrooge his lonely childhood at school, a happy Christmas party at Fozziwig's, and his breakup with his fiancée, Belle .

DuckTales (2017) [ ]

A version of the Ghost of Christmas Past appears in the 2017 reboot of DuckTales in the episode " Last Christmas! ". This version is depicted as a cricket (in a nod to Jiminy Cricket portraying him) and carries an umbrella that appears to be the source of his time traveling powers.

He, along with the Ghosts of Christmas Present and Future visit Scrooge McDuck every year just to hang out after accidentally visiting him instead of Ebenezer Scrooge. The group take Scrooge to his first Christmas party held at McDuck Manor , but when he gets irritated with the events unfolding, Past takes him further back to before McDuck Manor was even built, revealing that he wants to keep Scrooge to himself due to constantly being left behind and forgotten by every person he has to help every Christmas. Scrooge manages to trick Past into giving him his umbrella to return to his time, leaving him in the cold barren land.

Due to longing to be reunited with Scrooge, Past transforms into a Wendigo and begins stalking the surrounding area until he encounters a young Donald , Della Duck , and a time-traveling Dewey Duck . The trio captures him before Scrooge arrives to bring Dewey back to his time period. Seeing the two happily reunite moves Past and he transforms back to normal with Scrooge giving him his umbrella back. Past is seen with the other Ghosts attending Scrooge's Christmas party with his friends and family.

Disney characters portraying Christmas Past [ ]

  • Jiminy Cricket - Portrayed the role in Mickey's Christmas Carol .
  • Merlin - Portrayed the role in An Adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol, Performed by The Walt Disney Players
  • Cadpig - Portrayed the role in the 101 Dalmatians: The Series episode, " A Christmas Cruella "
  • Tigger - Portrayed the role in Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo .

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A Christmas Carol

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In Theaters

  • November 6, 2009
  • Voices of Jim Carrey as Scrooge, Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come; Gary Oldman as Bob Cratchit, Marley and Tiny Tim; Colin Firth as Fred; Robin Wright Penn as Belle; Bob Hoskins as Mr. Fezziwig

Home Release Date

  • November 16, 2010
  • Robert Zemeckis

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  • Walt Disney

Movie Review

After hundreds of adaptations and contemporary revisions on radio, the stage and screens large and small, most everyone who’s lived through more than four or five Christmases knows Ebenezer Scrooge’s tale. A miserly husk of humanity, Scrooge is a sour spirit whose withering glance gives chills to the warmest of souls. And even after his business partner, Marley, shuffles off this mortal coil, the long-in-the-tooth but short-in-the-heart Scrooge keeps up his penny pinching precepts.

Why, he even lifts the twopence from his former partner’s forever-closed eyes!

In  Polar Express engineer Robert Zemeckis’ animated take, the now ghostly and gruesome Marley reappears on a dark winter’s eve to offer Scrooge another two cents. The spirit laments his lost and squandered life, and he warns his old friend—in none too friendly terms—that unless he changes his ways, he too will be cursed to endlessly wander the spiritual plain carrying an imponderably long and heavy chain of woes.

Scrooge is dubious, of course. So Marley offers his hunched and wiry partner one more chance at redemption: He promises enlightening visits from three spirits—the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

Positive Elements

Books could be written (and have been) about the depth and breadth of Charles Dickens’ most famous of yarns. I will condense its beneficial offerings to a few meager paragraphs:

Using Scrooge’s dour and often dark journey to full effect, A Christmas Carol regularly reminds us of the joys and redeeming grace that mankind celebrates at Christmas—and we start getting that message long before Mr. Miserable Moneybags makes his big turnaround. Passersby sing Christmas carols recounting and celebrating Jesus’ birth (“Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Joy to the World,” etc.). Several characters—including Scrooge’s nephew Fred and his former boss Fezziwig—speak of heaven’s grace and God’s blessings even in times of sorrow and trial.

And while most people hate or fear Scrooge, his underpaid and underappreciated employee, Bob Cratchit, chooses to dedicate his family’s Christmas meal to his boss and lift praise for the (meager though they may be) morsels he has made possible. Fred longs to see his uncle break free from his self-imposed isolation and come join the rest of his family for Christmas dinner. And though Fred finds himself rebuffed as usual, his heart is big enough that when Scrooge’s heart softens, Fred and his family rejoice.

As Scrooge takes his journey with the Christmas spirits he is reminded of the many kind, gentle and loving people who passed through his life and who he tossed aside. He begins to appreciate the gift that life is. And he—as you already full well know—ultimately sees the egregious error and foolhardiness of his cantankerous and greedy ways.

Then, with feeling, but for the very first time, he reaches out to the Cratchit family. He becomes a “second father” to Tiny Tim. He embraces his nephew and his family. And he opens his purse to give to charity and the poor.

Spiritual Elements

As much as Scrooge’s story may be of a man finding a new redemptive beginning, it is also very much a ghost story. And from ghostly visitors to red-eyed shadow horses to the hooded Specter of Death, this version of it plays those latter elements up about as much as I’ve ever seen them played. Audiences are regularly immersed in its spiritual happenings—some of them dark.

More benevolent are images of rejoicing carolers and praying families. Bob Cratchit reports that his sick and hobbled son wanted people at a Christmas Eve service to notice that he was a cripple so that they might remember “who makes the blind man see and the cripple walk.” People cry out such phrases as, “The Lord is king,” “God bless,” “The Lord bless you” and “God save you!”

Elsewhere, Scrooge’s only love laments that he has replaced his affection for her with an obsession for the “idol” of wealth. A street vendor performs the shell and pea game, calling the three shells the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. A spirit expresses disdain for the clergy.

Sexual Content

A number of festive females wear dresses that reveal cleavage. The two starving children (named Ignorance and Want) cowering beneath the robes of the Ghost of Christmas Present grow to adulthood in mere moments—and the girl briefly assumes the wanton look and provocative gestures of a prostitute.

Violent Content

Scrooge takes many a thumping tumble during his journeys with the Christmas spirits. Face-first falls and tumbling chases through cobblestone streets abound. He smashes through huge icicles as he slides down a hill.

In spite of his initial arthritic hunch, though, the old fella turns out to be pretty spry and never appears to be worse for wear or in danger of being hurt.

That’s not to say there aren’t violently frightening moments. For instance, when Marley comes to visit Scrooge, lugging crashing ghostly weights and lashing chains, he becomes so agitated that the entire of his lower jaw snaps off. Scrooge looks out on a courtyard at one point and sees dozens of spirits tortured and tormented by the thumping, crushing weight of their sins.

When the clock strikes 12, the Ghost of Christmas Present crumbles before our eyes in chortling death throes. He eventually is reduced to bone and ash. And during an elongated chase, Scrooge tries to escape the (quite creepy) Specter of Death and his hurtling, wall-shattering hearse. Scrooge later falls into an open grave that appears to be excavated down to the bowels of hell itself.

Crude or Profane Language

“Blast” and “balderdash” are the harshest of Scrooge’s exclamations. But game players at a party slyly invoke the double meaning of “ass” while playing a “guess the animal” game. “Oh my god” is blurted out in surprise.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Partygoers drink tankards of wassail or mead and glasses of wine. A few men are seen with pipes

As much as almost any other classic, this towering tale never seems to grow old. It’s a redemptive story that never fails to leave a tear in my eye or renew my commitment to treat friends, neighbors and even irritating relatives a little nicer.

I’ve personally seen dozens of performances of A Christmas Carol . I’ve even played the cranky old tightwad Scrooge myself a few times in my acting days. And I can readily say I’ve never seen a better overall performance of it than this animated adaptation by Messrs. Zemeckis and Carrey.

The vocal talent is terrific. Jim Carrey’s half-dozen characters are unique, controlled and inviting. He sets aside his typical rubber-faced, goofy pratfalls and ponies up a very thoughtful, enjoyable and at times moving performance. And he’s not alone; the whole cast shines.

The screenplay sticks closely to Charles Dickens’ original. And the brilliant special effects—from motion-capture technology to sweeping camera angles to 3-D twists and turns—dazzle in every scene. Audiences, in fact, will be ducking everything from Christmas wreaths to errant snowflakes.

But that’s not all they’ll be ducking from. Because this is, without question, the most intensely frightening Christmas Carol I’ve ever seen, as well. It’s a pretty dark ghost story and the excellent CGI enhances the shivers with ghastly gusto. Starting with a decomposing Marley and his shattered jaw and lolling tongue, many a young viewer will quickly find themselves scared out of their Christmas candy cane socks.

(I took my teenage daughter with me to the press screening, and after the film her first words were, “That was really scary!”)

That family-oriented warning duly noted, though, I’m compelled to return to the power of Scrooge’s salvation. Because that grim ghostly fare I’ve mentioned—especially since it’s confined to PG-rated boundaries—makes the salient case for jerking ourselves sharply away from our own greedy, selfish, heartless instincts. (While most of us aren’t so shameful as to deprive a good man his holiday pay, we are at least occasionally tempted to stockpile our worldly goods at others’ expense.) When Scrooge is spared from the pains of hell and turns away from the fire that has begun to consume him, the common need for redemption is made plain. And when the ghost of Christmas Present pulls back his robe to reveal those starving, rapidly morphing children, we get the poignant point—right between the eyes—that ignorance and want can lead to crime and sin and destruction.

In this 21st century A.D., computers can create grand cinema, but they can’t negate need. So Dickens’ Victorian warnings ring ever true.

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This beautifully wrought adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday classic features Jim Carrey in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, as well as the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, who visit the miser on Christmas Eve in hopes of teaching him the value of generosity before it's too late. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

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"Disney's A Christmas Carol" by Robert Zemeckis (and Charles Dickens , of course) is an exhilarating visual experience and proves for the third time he's one of the few directors who knows what he's doing with 3-D. The story that Dickens wrote in 1838 remains timeless, and if it's supercharged here with Scrooge swooping the London streets as freely as Superman, well, once you let ghosts into a movie, there's room for anything.

The story I will not repeat for you. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future will not come as news. I'd rather dwell on the look of the film, which is true to the spirit of Dickens (in some moods) as he cheerfully exaggerates. He usually starts with plucky young heroes or heroines and surrounds them with a gallery of characters and caricatures. Here his protagonist is the caricature: Ebenezer Scrooge, never thinner, never more stooped, never more bitter.

Jim Carrey is in there somewhere beneath the performance-capture animation; you can recognize his expressive mouth, but in general the Zemeckis characters don't resemble their originals overmuch. In his " The Polar Express ," you were sure that was Tom Hanks , but here you're not equally sure of Gary Oldman , Tim Roth , Robin Wright Penn or Bob Hoskins .

Zemeckis places these characters in a London that twists and stretches its setting to reflect the macabre mood. Consider Scrooge's living room, as narrow and tall just as he is. The home of his nephew Fred, by contrast, is as wide and warm as Fred's personality.

Animation provides the freedom to show just about anything, and Zemeckis uses it. Occasionally, he even seems to be evoking the ghost of Salvador Dali, as in a striking sequence where all the furniture disappears and a towering grandfather clock looms over Scrooge and a floor slanting into a distant perspective.

The three starring ghosts are also spectacular grotesques. I like the first, an elfin figure with a head constantly afire and a hat shaped like a candle-snuffer. Sometimes he playfully shakes his flames like a kid tossing the hair out of his eyes. After another (ahem) ghost flies out the window, Scrooge runs over to see the whole street filled with floating spectral figures, each one chained to a heavy block, like so many Chicago mobsters sleeping with the fishes.

Can you talk about performances in characters so much assembled by committee? You can discuss the voices, and Carrey works overtime as not only Scrooge but all three of the Christmas ghosts. Gary Oldman voices Bob Cratchit, Marley and Tiny Tim.

I remain unconvinced that 3-D represents the future of the movies, but it tells you something that Zemeckis' three 3-D features (also including " Beowulf ") have wrestled from me 11 of a possible 12 stars.

I like the way that Zemeckis does it. He seems to have a more sure touch than many other directors, using 3-D instead of being used by it. If the foreground is occupied by close objects, they're usually looming inward, not out over our heads. Note the foreground wall-mounted bells that we look past when Scrooge, far below, enters his home; as one and then another slowly starts to move, it's a nice little touch.

Another one: The score by Alan Silvestri sneaks in some traditional Christmas carols, but you have to listen for such as "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" when its distinctive cadences turn sinister during a perilous flight through London.

So should you take the kiddies? Hmmm. I'm not so sure. When I was small, this movie would have scared the living ectoplasm out of me. Today's kids have seen more and are tougher. Anyway, "A Christmas Carol" has the one quality parents hope for in a family movie: It's entertaining for adults.

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Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

Rated PG for scary sequences and images

Jim Carrey as Scrooge/Ghosts

Gary Oldman as Cratchit/Marley/ Tiny Tim

Colin Firth as Fred

Bob Hoskins as Fezziwig/Joe

Robin Wright Penn as Fan/Belle

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Director: Robert Zemeckis Screenwriters: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Robin Wright Penn, Bob Hoskins, Cary Elwes, Fionnula Flanagan Running Time: 96 mins Certificate: PG

A curious union between star and filmmaker, Disney's A Christmas Carol brings together box office juggernaut Jim Carrey and director Robert Zemeckis for a 3D performance capture animated retelling of Charles Dickens's beloved tale. The story is a familiar one - a grumpy old penny-pinching coot called Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts and learns to embrace love and goodwill after a whistlestop tour through his life - which works for and against this Carrey/Zemeckis incarnation. Dickens's work has been reconfigured, retold and parodied in so many different ways, it's hard to make it feel original.

Alastair Sim, Bill Murray and Michael Caine have previously inhabited the role of Scrooge, and Carrey acquits himself well in the part, shackling himself in as his old miser scoffs and snarls his way through the festivities. It's in his roles as the Ghost Of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come that Carrey lets loose the showman. The right balance is struck between the zanily surreal and gloomy backstreets of Victorian London as Zemeckis unleashes state-of-the-art technology to give this seasonal yarn a makeover. Since Back To The Future , Zemeckis has been a filmmaker who's tried to find a happy middle-ground between storytelling and special effects. Whether it's Roger Rabbit cavorting with Bob Hoskins or Tom Hanks's Forrest Gump telling JFK he needs the bathroom, the filmmaker has strived to push technical boundaries. In recent years, story has been overtaken by his love of the latest digital moviemaking tools, but with Dickens's source material as a backbone it's less of an issue here.

The impressive cast includes Gary Oldman in the roles of Scrooge's ex-partner Joseph Marley, downtrodden clerk Bob Cratchet and his son Tiny Tim; Colin Firth as Scrooge's glass-half-full nephew Fred; Bob Hoskins doubling up as Fezziwig and Old Joe; and Robin Wright Penn as Scrooge's sister Fan and Bella, the girl he lost to money. Their mannerisms often push through the pixels, lending their characters expressiveness and, in Scrooge's case, pathos. The detail on the computer renderings is often remarkable - you can spot the individual hairs on the tip of Scrooge's nose and glide over and around the streets of 19th century London. Despite the incredible images, there's still one big flaw in CG performance capture. In close-up the characters carry a glazed over expression, giving them a "nothing-going-on-upstairs" look that makes Orlando Bloom seem an alive and alert screen presence. Presented in this form, the eyes - supposedly the windows to the soul - just don't have it.

A Christmas Carol 's target audience, young children who may not have been saturated with this timeless story of redemption, will lap up the film. There's a spooky atmosphere and entertaining portrayals of the Ghost Of Christmas Past (Carrey plays it as a fey-talking Irish candle) and Present (a rotund Yorkshireman who laughs like Brian Blessed), though purists will surely squirm at Zemeckis's very un-Dickens-like action set pieces - in one Scrooge is almost rocketed into space, another sees him miniaturised and scrambling across London to escape galloping horses. For the rest of us, the whizzing pyrotechnics aren't quite enough to make this a Christmas classic.

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2009, Kids & family/Holiday, 1h 35m

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Robert Zemeckis' 3-D animated take on the Dickens classic tries hard, but its dazzling special effects distract from an array of fine performances from Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman. Read critic reviews

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Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) thinks it's all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Later, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit him this night. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness.

Rating: PG (Scary Sequences|Scary Images)

Genre: Kids & family, Holiday, Fantasy, Drama, Animation

Original Language: English

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Producer: Steve Starkey , Robert Zemeckis , Jack Rapke

Writer: Robert Zemeckis

Release Date (Theaters): Nov 6, 2009  wide

Release Date (Streaming): Jan 1, 2014

Box Office (Gross USA): $137.9M

Runtime: 1h 35m

Distributor: Walt Disney

Production Co: Walt Disney Pictures, Imagemovers Digital

Sound Mix: SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS

Cast & Crew

Ebenezer Scrooge, Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Voice

Robin Wright

Belle, Fan Voice

Gary Oldman

Bob Cratchit, Marley, Tiny Tim Voice

Colin Firth

Bob Hoskins

Fezziwig, Old Joe Voice

Portly Gentleman 1, Dick Wilkins, Mad Fiddler, Guest 2, Businessman 1, Voice

Fionnula Flanagan

Mrs. Dilber Voice

Lesley Manville

Mrs. Cratchit Voice

Fay Masterson

Caroline, Martha Cratchit Voice

Callum Blue

Caroline's Husband Voice

Raymond Ochoa

Caroline's Child Voice

Daryl Sabara

Peter Cratchit, Undertaker's Apprentice, Caroler, Beggar Boy Voice

Jacquie Barnbrook

Mrs. Fezziwig Voice

Molly C. Quinn

Belinda Cratchit Voice

Robert Zemeckis

Screenwriter

Steve Starkey

Robert Presley

Cinematographer

Doug Chiang

Production Design

Jeremiah O'Driscoll

Film Editing

Alan Silvestri

Original Music

Norman Newberry

Supervising Art Direction

Brian Flora

Art Director

Kurt Kaufman

Mike Stassi

Karen O'Hara

Set Decoration

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Audience reviews for disney's a christmas carol.

Much better than I anticipated. I appreciate Zemeckis leaning into the gothic horror and Carrey gives some really strong performances.

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Though it's one of the most adapted literary works, Disney's A Christmas Carol delivers a uniquely daring and bold vision that emphasizes the darker aspects of the story. Yet even with the darker take, the film stays remarkably faithful to the novel; especial in regards to the dialog. In fact, this adaption includes several aspects of Dickens' tale that are often overlooked; such as the religious undertones. However, the animation style doesn't really work, and is inconstant in the level of depth and detail in the art design. But despite the production shortcomings, Disney's A Christmas Carol still manages to be an incredibly compelling and imaginative telling of Charles Dickens' immoral classic.

While Christmas is a lovely time to watch films that suit that time of the year, I feel that Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol shouldn't be missed. It may not be the most iconic or essential Chrismas movie, however, it definitely one of the better adaptations of Charles Dickens classic, as well as being a personal favourite. With some superb multi roles from Jim Carrey, who is Scrooge and the 3 ghosts of Christmas, whereas Gary Oldman is Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. These superb leads receive Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins and Robin Wright as perfect supporting roles. Ultimately, the visuals were astounding, particularly of how the motion capture makes the characters more human than previously seen in animation. Although I'm aware there are those who aren't fond of the visuals, at least the characters don't look as creepy as those seen in Zemeckis' previous animated work 'The Polar Express'. Overall, I have been watching this every Christmas season because I feel it fits perfectly for such a time of the year. An unmissable Christmas treat that is perfect for the family.

"A Christmas Carol". When I was little, I remember watching the rehash of the classic story, Muppets style. Wow, freaking hated it. For someone that doesn't follow up with traditional stories very well, "A Christmas Carol" was a surprising and delightful view on the Christian faith through secular eyes. This ain't a movie for kids; I'd be scared to death by some of these scenes if I were young. The animation: Top-notch. The script: Sharp and fitting. It's not the overall package that had me convinced -- it was the message behind the movie. Good and entertaining time, but just don't think kids will enjoy this for its dialogue and character-driven.

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The Ghosts of Christmas Yet to Come, ranked by freakiness

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You probably all know the story of Charles Dickens’ endlessly adapted 1843 holiday story A Christmas Carol , even if you’ve never read it. Tight-fisted, mean old miser Ebenezer Scrooge falls asleep on Christmas Eve and is visited by three spirits: the Ghost of Christmas Past, a man in a sleeping cap; the Ghost of Christmas Present, a rotund, jolly fellow; and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, a harrowing, silent specter of death. These three ghosts convince our miserly man to change his ways, but the third one does the heavy lifting, showing Scrooge how soon he’ll be dead and buried, while nobody mourns his passing.

In the text, Dickens describes the ghost as “shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand.” This leaves a lot of leeway for adaptations to interpret, and A Christmas Carol is one of the most-adapted works of fiction of all time.

So in the holiday spirit, I decided to watch every film version and evaluate them on one single criteria: How scary do they make the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come? Don your sleeping cap and come with us on a journey into holiday horror.

60. A Sesame Street Christmas Carol (2006)

A robot “ghost” that looks like an egg with a christmas wreath on it floats over grouch in Sesame Street Christmas Carol

If you were going into this one expecting to be spooked, I don’t know what to tell you. Oscar the Grouch as Scrooge contends with a CGI floating robot with googly eyes as the Ghost of Christmas Future. We get it, you don’t want to terrify the preschoolers, but there’s a reason it’s lowest on the list.

59. A Christmas Carol (1954)

A rave in a black and white image from A Christmas Carol (1954)

Fredric March stars as Scrooge in this, the first color televised version of the tale. Unfortunately, the only surviving version is a black and white kinescope. In a strange choice, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come doesn’t appear in human form at all. Instead, a myna bird caws Scrooge to the graveyard, where he finds not only his grave, but also Tiny Tim’s.

58. Christmas Cupid (2010)

Typical smug bastard dressed as santa in Christmas Cupid (2010)

Christina Milian is the Scrooge figure in this ABC Family holiday comedy, and the three ghosts are her ex-boyfriends. Depending on your relationship history, this might seem scarier than it is. The third ghost is her boss, who she is also dating, dressed up like Santa Claus. He tells her that in the terrible future to come, they get married, then divorced. Bummer. Fortunately, as part of amending her wicked ways after the ghostly visitation, she dumps him.

57. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

A woman in a sparkly dress floats over the snowcovered woods in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

It’s a stretch, but this Matthew McConaughey rom-com is based on the Dickens story, so it counts. The “Ghost of Girlfriends Future” that shows McConaughey’s womanizer protagonist Connor Mead the error of his ways is played by stunning Russian model Olga Maliouk, dressed in white rather than the traditional black cloak.

56. Rich Little’s Christmas Carol (1978)

scrooge in his old timely nightgown sitting on a desk next to Christmas Future, a man in a trenchcoat

It’s almost impossible to explain how popular comedic impersonator Rich Little was in the 1970s, but “HBO gave him a Christmas special in which he played every single role of A Christmas Carol as a different celebrity character” might do it. Scrooge is Rich Little as W.C. Fields, and the Ghost of Christmas Future is Little playing Peter Sellers as the Pink Panther movies’ Inspector Clouseau. So not scary, but extremely weird.

55. The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol (2011)

A smurfy finger points out from a dark cloak at another smurf in The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol (2011)

The real revelation here is that Grouchy Smurf (the Scrooge of the story) acts like a dick all the time because Papa Smurf gives him a hat every year for Christmas. The ghost is Hefty Smurf. Not scary unless you have a phobia of gym bros.

54. My Dad Is Scrooge (2014)

A dog stands on the carpet in My Dad Is Scrooge (2014)

This is probably the only Christmas Carol where Scrooge gets headbutted by a llama. Our miser here is a farmer named EB, who is taught the magic of the season by a trio of talking animals. The third one is a dog that hypnotizes EB . This thing is so cheap and weird that when the animals talk, it’s sometimes just their lips moving over a still photograph. The dog doesn’t even dress up!

53. A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004)

A woman in white shredded robes does a luring hand gesture in A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004)

This is a tough watch for numerous reasons, especially if you’re not a fan of Broadway musicals. Kelsey Grammer plays Scrooge, and he’s confronted by a white-clad Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come played by Geraldine Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin’s daughter, most recently seen in Netflix’s The Crown ). The costuming is pretty dire — she looks like she’s covered in damp toilet paper.

52. Chasing Christmas (2005)

A dorky guy with wavy hair and a red ascot stands next to a lit christmas tree in Chasing Christmas (2005)

Tom Arnold has tremendous divorced energy as the Scrooge figure in this mediocre comedy, where the Ghost of Christmas Past goes AWOL and leads him and the Ghost of Christmas Present through a series of scenes. Scrooge and the second spirit eventually make out, and there are a lot of cartoon sound effects. Yet to Come only shows up at the movie’s climax, and is just a sleazy-looking Euro guy in an ascot.

51. Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006)

Taz emerges from the Christmas Future robes to scare Daffy Duck while the two stand in the snowy forest in Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006)

Here, the ghost is the Tasmanian Devil. He starts out the scene in the typical black shroud, but doffs it a minute or so later to engage in the usual Warner Bros. schtick.

50. Carry on Christmas (1969)

A stereotypical afro sunglasses hippie wears a necklace of flowers in a black void

The long-running British slapstick film series tackled Dickens for a Christmas special at the end of the swinging ’60s, but the Ghost of Christmas Future is just actor Bernard Bresslaw playing an incredibly broad hippie impersonation. Oh, and Frankenstein and Dracula are also in this, for unexplained reasons.

49. It’s Christmas, Carol! (2012)

Carrie Fisher in black holds a black umbrella to cover a brunette woman from the rain in  It’s Christmas, Carol! (2012)

Carrie Fisher plays all three ghosts (and the Marley role to boot) in this Hallmark Channel take on A Christmas Carol set in the modern age. Emmanuelle Vaugier is the Scrooge figure, transformed into a hard-charging CEO with no time for Christmas. Not scary.

48. A Christmas Carol (2015)

A woman in a black veil stands behind a tree in A Christmas Carol (2015)

This extremely cheap-looking Canadian musical production of the story was a labor of love (director Anthony D.P. Mann also plays Scrooge), for what that’s worth. The Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come talks and sings in this rendition. She’s just a lady with a white face in a big black hat. The whole thing has a community theater vibe.

47. Brer Rabbit’s Christmas Carol (1992)

A jack o lantern head hides under a white blanket in Brer Rabbit’s Christmas Carol (1992)

The early ’90s were such a dire time for animation. This made-for-TV special — not produced by Disney, and with no connection to Disney’s Song of the South — is an ordeal to watch, and all the ghosts are just Brer Rabbit messing with Brer Fox through the use of household props and woodland actors. So the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come here is just a sheet on a mop with a jack-o’-lantern on top.

46. An American Christmas Carol (1979)

Henry Winkler in old age makeup playing Scrooge next to Dorian Harewood as Christmas Future

Henry Winkler — the Fonz himself — dons old-age makeup to portray Benedict Slade in this adaptation moved to Depression-era New England. The spirit who shows him the misery that awaits him after death is played with soulfulness by Dorian Harewood — the fill-in voice of Shredder from the Ninja Turtles cartoons!

45. A Christmas Carol (1969)

A 2D animated Ghost of Christmas Future points his bony finger in a graveyard in A Christmas Carol (1969)

From a series of Australian animated adaptations called Famous Classic Tales , this is a pretty standard take on the story, complete with a third ghost that could pass for an unimaginative Scooby-Doo villain.

44. A Christmas Carol (2000)

A bald man guides a red headed kid through a cemetery in A Christmas Carol (2000)

This odd British TV adaptation moves the action to the present day, with Ross Kemp playing Scrooge as a council-estate loan shark despised by his clients and community. The third spirit that visits him on Christmas Eve is an eerily silent young boy who shows him the bad end that awaits, and in the film’s coda, we learn that the kid was his yet-to-be-born child. In theory this could be scary, but it’s executed so clumsily that it’s more laughable than chilling.

43. Skinflint: A Country Christmas Carol (1979)

A cloaked man wearing a skeleton mask meets scrooge in Skinflint: A Country Christmas Carol (1979)

David Bond plays the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in this honky-tonk musical adaptation of the Dickens story, with Gremlins ’ Hoyt Axton in the Scrooge role. This was only aired once, during the late-’70s peak of Grand Ole Opry country music. Bond eschews the hood in favor of what looks like dollar-store Dracula makeup and some deeply weird hand gestures.

42. A Christmas Carol (1910)

A whispy ghost shows scrooge his gravestone

The oldest surviving film version of Dickens’ tale (except for the 1906 one, which didn’t have the three ghosts) is a 13-minute silent speedrun of the whole tale. The ghosts aren’t terribly scary, and as far as I can tell, the gimmick for the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is “big lady.”

41. A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994)

A hooded ghost shows Fred Flinstone Scrooge his deathbed

This 70-minute animated take, featuring the usual Flintstones characters, depicts the ghost as a pretty generic hooded featureless figure. The one notable thing about this movie is that it actually shows Fred Flintstone’s corpse — or at least his massive, pale-white big toe sticking out from under a sheet.

40. The Stingiest Man in Town (1978)

A dimly lit ghost

A low-effort Rankin-Bass animated musical version of the classic story, with a hooded figure pointing a bony white arm at Scrooge’s tombstone. Perfectly competent, but nothing to write home about.

39. A Carol Christmas (2003)

A prison guard stands behind Tori Spelling

This Hallmark movie had some serious stunt casting — Gary Coleman as the Ghost of Christmas Past! William Shatner as the Ghost of Christmas Present! Storied actor James Cromwell is the third and final ghost, and his expressive face does a lot to sell it, even though he’s just a mute limo driver. The bit where he closes Carol (Tori Spelling) into her coffin is a little freaky.

38. Old Scrooge (1913)

A transluscent ghost freaks out scrooge

Ghosts in these early silent adaptations were always very tall. In this silent version of the tale, our future ghost is just a lanky fellow wrapped in some bedsheets. Marley is actually significantly scarier.

37. A Christmas Carol (1982)

A creepy hooded guy in The Stingiest Man in Town (1978)

I think this animated Australian version of the story is the baseline “solid C” for scariness. It’s not imaginative at all — if you’ve read this far, you’ve probably guessed that the ghost here is a big figure in a black cloak — but the rendering is fine, and the music really sells the scene. Perfectly decent but nothing to renounce your miserly ways over.

36. Scrooge & Marley (2012)

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Chicago drag legend Jojo Baby plays the third ghost in this campy gay take on the tale, with Scrooge recast as a penny-pinching club owner visited by his deceased partner. Mr. Baby does a fine job, wrapped up in a mummy-like sheath of black fabric that casts a very glam silhouette.

35. Ebbie (1995)

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A Lifetime original movie starring Susan Lucci as the first female Scrooge? Look for scares somewhere else, pal. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is played by busy Bill Croft, most notable for playing prison guards or convicts in shows like Airwolf and Viper . He’s just a quiet but imposing guy in a hat and a black trenchcoat.

34. A Christmas Carol (1997)

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DIC was the go-to studio for affordable animation through much of the ’80s and ’90s, and this holiday special was as average as possible. Tim Curry plays Scrooge, and the adaptation gives him a bulldog named Debit because all cartoons must have a cute animal character. The ghost here is a glowing cloaked specter, nothing fancy or special, but it’s well designed.

33. A Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000)

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Vanessa Williams plays “Ebony Scrooge” in this perplexing made-for-VH1 holiday movie, which also stars Duran Duran’s John Taylor and Chilli from TLC. The stunt casting could have gone any number of ways for the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, but for some reason, it’s a haunted television set showing an episode of Behind the Music where everybody talks about how much they hate Scrooge now that she’s dead. Then it sucks her in, Poltergeist -style. Extremely weird.

32. A Christmas Carol (1994)

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Cheaply made animated special with the artwork done in Japan in a vaguely anime style. Our final ghost is a hooded figure wearing a rope as a belt. The whole enterprise is pretty artless and uninspired.

31. 2nd Chance for Christmas (2019)

Vivica A Fox looks shocked at an offscreen blonde

Direct-to-DVD (and streaming) cornball starring Brittany Underwood as a spoiled pop star in the Scrooge role. Vivica A. Fox is mostly wasted as the third ghost, credited as “Death” — she enters the scene in cloak and bones, inspiring Underwood to ask whether she “died at Comic-Con.” But she plays through the flick just as her normal, fine self.

30. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

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Disney animated projects are occasionally pretty scary — even the Mickey Mouse stories . But the Ghost here is just frequent Mickey nemesis Peg-Leg Pete, wearing a brown shroud and puffing a stogie. It’s a testament to how good the framing and animation is that he still feels threatening. The addition of a cigar does explain the billows of smoke around the spirit.

29. An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

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The last film in the All Dogs Go to Heaven series has a convoluted plot about evil bulldog Carface scheming to hypnotize pets to steal Christmas presents. The good dogs dress up as the three spirits to change his ways, and the Ghost of Christmas Future starts off as an imposing hooded figure before whipping his cloak off to do a bizarre riff on Jim Carrey in The Mask . He does take Carface to literal hell, which is a little intense.

28. A Christmas Carol (1977)

A shadowy figure meets Scrooge in a graveyard covered in fog

Yet another BBC adaptation of the tale, with a perfectly acceptable shroud-clad spirit. He loses a few points because he doesn’t really seem to know what to do with his hands, leaving them hanging awkwardly while Scrooge monologues. But the massive hanging hood and creepy silence are both on point.

27. Una Meravigliosa Notte (1953)

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I don’t speak Italian, so it’s difficult to evaluate how well the ghost comes off in this adaptation, which stars Paolo Stoppa as greedy Antonio Trabbi, visited by a trio of spirits who show him the error of his ways. This is the second film on this list where the ghost has no physical form, instead manifesting as an echoing voice-over. The cinematography does a lot to sell it, as Stoppa seems genuinely deranged and unsettled by the all-knowing voice in his head.

26. Ms. Scrooge (1997)

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Cicely Tyson plays the Scrooge role in this gender-swapped version of the tale, in which the Ghost of Christmas Future warns her that the IRS will take all her money after she dies. He’s played by actor Julian Richings, who has a memorable face, but spends his whole part of the movie standing around expressionless in a suit. It’s just weird enough to be truly creepy.

25. A Christmas Carol (1938)

Scrooge barely sees the ghost of christmas yet to come hiding in a bush

One of the more famous adaptations, this one is solid, but the ghost is just a guy in a black cloak. When he walks, he sometimes sticks both of his arms out in front of him like Frankenstein’s monster. Every once in a while, you can see his weird skinny hand.

24. John Grin’s Christmas (1986)

A bald Black man lifts up his robe to reveal himself to Scrooge

This all-Black TV adaptation of the story has Robert Guillaume as the Scrooge figure John Grin, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is played by Trinidadian dancer/actor Geoffrey Holder, probably best known as Baron Samedi in Live and Let Die . The costuming isn’t anything to write home about, but Holder’s expressive face and wild mannerisms definitely deliver.

23. Tales From Dickens: A Christmas Carol (1959)

A robed ghost points offscreen in a cemetery to direct a scrooge with long white hair

Early television programming didn’t have much to offer in terms of special effects, so the Ghost in this Basil Rathbone-starring adaptation is a black cloak walking around in some studio fog. Some nice stiff-armed pointing and a commitment to stillness and silence makes it one of the better of its type.

22. Scrooge (1951)

A hand raises in front of Scrooge who kneels on the ground

Alastair Sim is one of cinema’s most famous Scrooges, and he puts his whole back into cowering in fear of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. It’s another shrouded figure, but its introduction is pretty good — a pale white hand held in the foreground of a shot for more than a minute as Scrooge freaks out. The best thing about this one is his implacability: None of Scrooge’s pleas move him in the slightest.

21. A Christmas Carol (1914)

A ghost appears next to a stone wall as Scrooge looks down at his feet

Another silent flim, this one running a little over 20 minutes. The ghost is a big guy in a black hood and cloak, played by the awesomely named and completely stone-faced H. Ashton Tonge. Charles Rock is an overacting machine as Scrooge, chewing scenery like it was a Christmas goose.

20. A Christmas Carol: Scrooge’s Ghostly Tale (2006)

A walrus ghost

This direct-to-video CGI animated film casts anthropomorphic animals in the lead roles. You will never in a million years guess what kind of animal the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is, so I’ll just spoil it for you: It’s a walrus with one broken tusk, crackling with some sort of eldritch electricity. It’s so inexplicable that it wraps around to being scary.

19. Scrooge (1922)

A transparent ghosts freaks out Scrooge in the graveyard

This is, chronologically, the first film that depicts the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come with its face fully shrouded, and it’s effective, even though the ghost is barely on screen for a minute in this silent short.

18. Ebenezer (1998)

A cloaked figure with long white hair walks on an old timely western street

Jack Palance as Ebenezer Scrooge in a version of the tale set in the Old West? Incredible, and the legendary actor goes wild as a card-cheating swindler who hates Christmas. The ghost here is a shrouded figure with some wisps of gray hair coming out from the cloak, and at the end of his scene, he reveals his face as Scrooge’s dead partner, Jacob Marlowe.

17. Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962)

The Ghost of CHristmas Future leads mr magoo blindly into the graveyard

The hapless blind codger has been cast as Ebenezer Scrooge in a theatrical adaptation of the Dickens story, possibly for insurance-fraud reasons. The third spirit is the stereotypical silent hooded shadowy figure, but animated in the classic UPA style, so it looks pretty cool and imposing. The original songs written for the movie and sung by Magoo kind of undercut the drama, though.

16. Scrooge (1935)

a shadowy hand points at something

The first feature-length Christmas Carol film with sound takes a pretty interesting approach with our third ghost, portraying him as an amorphous shadow that sometimes enfolds Scrooge, and at other times appears as a pointing finger cast on the snowy ground. Not super scary, but cool.

15. A Christmas Carol (1923)

A ghost appears in a burst of little lights in front of Scrooge

Another shadowy cloaked figure in this silent adaptation, but Russell Thorndike’s Scrooge sells the hell out of it well enough to bump it up a few spots.

14. A Christmas Carol (2012)

A bald bearded scrooge meets the ghost

This relatively obscure adaptation directed by Jason Figgis does some odd things with the source material, deliberately removing some scenes to make the narrative bleaker. It’s pretty low-budget and obviously shot on video with the actors in different rooms, overlaid with cheap digital effects, but it manages to work OK. The ghost has a red cloak and some gross zombie makeup on his outstretched hand, earning points for being different.

13. A Christmas Carol (2018)

A younger Scrooge looks up in the darkness of night

The introduction of the final spirit in this Scotland-set version is straight out of a horror movie, all ominous whooshing noises and creaking violins. But in a departure from the norm, we never actually see it. Instead, it speaks in one-word pronouncements in a gravelly voice as Scrooge reacts to it. Points for originality and solid sound design, but the actor playing Scrooge doesn’t sell it as well as he could.

12. Spirited (2022)

A cloaked ghost points his skeleton hand in a moonlit graveyeard

Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds mug it up in this comedy holiday musical made for Apple TV. It’s got good production values, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, played by former Raptors power forward Loren Woods (but voiced by Tracy Morgan), makes the most of its few minutes on screen.

11. A Christmas Carol (1984)

A window illuminates the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

George C. Scott stars as Scrooge in one of the all-time best versions of the story, and the ghost is really solid — tattered, shadowy, silent, and imposing. Nothing particularly innovative about this rendition, but expertly executed.

10. Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)

A skeleton’s visage melts into the Crachit family before a fully illuminated Scrooge

In general, this animated version of the story is pretty low-quality, even though the celebrity voice cast includes Kate Winslet and Nicolas Cage. But the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is handled pretty marvelously. Its depiction eschews realism: It’s drawn with sloppy brushstrokes outlining a cadaverous figure. It’s one of the few animated versions that really takes advantage of the medium, even if it’s just for a short time.

9. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

A cloaked figure holds his hands at the graveyard gates as Scrooge approaches in The Muppet Christmas Carol

Michael Caine in a world full of Muppets is disconcerting enough, but this one takes a turn for the eerie when Scrooge runs into the third spirit — a huge figure clad in black robes, with an infinite, featureless void where its face should be. Not a lot of time on screen, but a really strong design.

8. Scrooge (1970)

A full-on skeleton Yet to Come ghost pokes Scrooge

For the first part of the ghost’s appearance in this musical (with Albert Finney as Scrooge), he’s the usual black-cloaked figure. But when Scrooge realizes he’s looking at his own grave, the Ghost reveals a skeletal face and hands that are simultaneously corny and disconcerting.

7. A Christmas Carol (2019)

Jason Flemyng playing a ghost of christmas yet to come with his mouth sewen shut and a top hat

Guy Pearce starred as Scrooge in this series, one of the darkest adaptations of Dickens ever. There’s even a sexual-abuse subplot to Scrooge’s childhood, along with several other adult themes. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is well played by British actor Jason Flemyng, who appears as a pallid man in a black suit and top hat with his mouth crudely sewn shut.

6. A Christmas Carol (2020)

A shadow monster grabs Scrooge

This ambitious dance film features celebrity voices and professional dancers. It’s one of the more visually compelling takes on the story, with some dynamic sets and beautiful motion. Both Bob Cratchit and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come are played by dancer Brekke Fagerlund Karl, who is magnificently threatening with his spare movements.

5. A Christmas Carol (1971)

graves pop up all around scrooge

Legendary animator Richard Williams won an Oscar for this brilliant adaptation, which is just tremendous from start to finish. The ghost is a hooded figure, as per normal, but the incredible fluidity of the drawings here gives it an uncanny hyperrealism. Coupled with some unsettling camera movement, the design gives us a very high placer.

4. A Christmas Carol (1999)

A ghost of christmas yet to come with a brown robe and jawa eyes

The Patrick Stewart-led Christmas Carol was the first Scrooge story to use digital special effects. Our Ghost here is played by British actor Tim Potter, but we don’t really see him. Instead, it’s a baleful black shroud with two unsettling amber eyes buried within. Sometimes the primitive VFX of this period could be really effective, and this is a great example.

3. A Christmas Carol (2009)

a growing dark shadow ghost

I’m not the biggest fan of Robert Zemeckis’ motion-capture animated films, as they always veer a little too far into the uncanny valley for comfort. But you can’t deny that the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in his holiday effort is effective. CGI lets the spirit be a creature of pure shadow, changing size at will for some truly impressive effects.

2. Scrooged (1988)

a bunch of dead melty face spirits trapped in the skeletal chest of the ghost in Scrooged

Bill Murray meeting the hulking Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in the elevator is one of many great scenes in this classic ’80s dram-com. Then the ghost opens the front of his cloak to reveal tormented souls trapped in his ribcage, and forces Bill Murray to experience his own cremation. A great fusion of the traditional and the contemporary, and it’s definitely scary!

1. A Carol for Another Christmas (1964)

Robert Shaw in a cloak in A Carol for Another Christmas

Leave it to Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling to max out the scare factor. This adaptation stars Sterling Hayden as industrialist Daniel Grudge, who is visited by three ghosts attempting to argue him out of his isolationist policies. The third ghost is played by Robert Shaw, who isn’t that scary on his own — until you realize that the “future” he’s showing Grudge is a world ravaged by nuclear armageddon and senseless, murderous violence. Shadowy figures and impending death are typically scary enough to turn a Scrooge around, but the threat of global thermonuclear war? That’s enough to save a whole lifetime of Christmases.

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Scrooge 6: Disney’s A Christmas Carol

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  • Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Ghost of Christmas Past
  • Ghost of Christmas Present
  • Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
  • Bob Cratchit
  • Jacob Marley
  • Tim’s voice is provided by Ryan Ochoa.
  • Colin Firth as Fred
  • Mr. Fezziwig
  • Fan Scrooge
  • Dick Wilkins.
  • Mad Fiddler
  • Businessman #1
  • Portly Gentleman #1

I already mentioned in my ‘Family Movies I Like that Others Do Not’ post that the Disney 2009 version of a Christmas Carol I really enjoy even though many others do not.  Hopefully here I can explain a little bit more thoroughly why it works for me even if it is not perfect.

Differences-

The biggest difference is this is the only stop motion animated version so it has the feel of an animated film with the realism of live action.  For what is basically a ghost story I think it works very well.

flying

I love the scenes where we are flying through London although some go on a bit too long (As I have said I have a weakness for characters flying in movies.  I almost always love it) .The colors are bright and the way it uses shadows and light is very beautiful.

Another big difference is this version tries to stay extremely close to the text.  There are passages such as the men joyfully shoveling snow off the rooftops that is almost never included but it is here.

snow shoveling

I also love in that same scene when they are flying past a steeple and cross we hear ‘hark the herald angels sing’ and Scrooge (in a direct quote from the book) justifies his lack of faith in Christ by asking the spirit about poor people on the sabbath day. (the same man who suggested workhouses and prisons is condemning the church for being closed on sabbath day! See he’s rationalized his lack of need for faith and Christ’s grace. It reminds me of how the Pharisee’s question Christ in the Bible)

““You would deprive them of their means of dining every seventh day, often the only day on which they can be said to dine at all,” said Scrooge. “Wouldn’t you?”

cross

I have never seen a version that includes this but it is crucial to understanding the message I believe Dickens meant behind the story that not just shutting out Christmas, but rationalizing away Christ made Scrooge cold.

sabbath

The Spirit says in response

““There are some upon this earth of yours,” returned the Spirit, “who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us.”

That is such an important moment in the story and almost never included.

belle

Another difference is it sticks close to the book in its portrayal of Scrooge.  I went back and read the novella before starting the project and there is absolutely no attempt by Dickens to soften Scrooge or make him sarcastic.  I don’t mind when versions do this but it is not canon.  Listen to how Dickens describes Scrooge:

” Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas.”

sinner scrooge

I mean the rooms get colder when he enters.  He is a “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner” (again making the religious fall a part of his bitterness and anger).  I actually think this version captures that Scrooge extremely well.

It is perhaps a more enjoyable movie when we think of it as telling a ghost story and less of a Christmas story.  They include Marley’s jaw coming off and ignorance and want is dark and quite scary.

marley teeth

Strengths- As I said the closeness to the book is a real strength.  I also like the performances and I know some hate the stop motion look but I think it is beautiful.  The music by Alan Silvestri is wonderful including the closing credits song by Andrea Boceli- God Bless Us Everyone.

I wish more people had seen it because I would have loved to see what Zemeckis could have done with other classic stories like Jane Eyre using this medium.

There are many moments which the film gets right that few do.

I love that it is Tiny Tim’s declaration of Christ that first moves Scrooge.  Nothing else has but as soon as he hears Bob talk of Tim he worries and begins to feel again.

“Somehow he gets thoughtful, sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.”

"DISNEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL"

A lot of versions skip over this line trying to appeal to those of all faith but it is a loss in my opinion because can a nice pleasant holiday really be enough to get someone to change?  No it is a higher religious conversion, a higher meaning to life and goodness, that  prompts Scrooge to repent his ways.

past 2009

I also like the way the appearance of all 3 spirits is very close to the descriptions in the book. This and the Muppets I believe come closest to the ethereal quality of Past.  He looks like a candle, which is creative.

The ending is good when Scrooge see’s his body on the bed and is desperate for some sense of feeling at this death.  Then we see the couple who is grateful the death gives them more time to pay back their loan (something often skipped) and then the Cratchit’s mourning the loss of Tim.

Weaknesses- Trying no doubt to appease modern viewers they do spend a bit too long in segments zipping through London.  Particularly at the end when they are chased by black horses carrying a hearse it goes on too long and gets old.  I typically fast forward that segment.

Also I don’t see why for the pawn shop scene Scrooge needs to be shrunken down with a high pitched voice.  Another ploy I suppose to appease modern viewers.

It can be pretty dark and scary for kids so it will depend on your child’s tolerance for those kinds of films.  The scene where Present dies is like no other version.  It is very scary but I think it is cool.  Like I said if you look at it as a ghost story (which it is)  like Corpse Bride or something like that than it is less upsetting. But it is the area where the movie takes chances.  It embraces Christmas Carol as the ‘scary ghost stories and tales of the glory of Christmases long, long ago’.

And I know for some who aren’t as in love with the book as I am the strict adherence may be a problem. They want a more nuanced, softer Scrooge than the book gives us.  It quotes a lot from the text and makes no attempt like in Muppets or other versions to explain things in a modern way.

So all in all, I know it isn’t perfect but I really like it.  It’s a definite part of my holiday viewing and I appreciate all the hard work which went into making it accurate, heart felt and visually captivating.  Others do not care for it but that’s their opinion and this is mine. 🙂

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It’s a decent adaptation at most.

RIP Bob Hoskins!

RIP Bob Hoskins for sure. I’m glad you reminded me of his fairly recent passing.

I liked this even better this watch through but I realize I’m in a minority on that one. I’m glad you see it as decent. It definitely is. I’d still give it a solid B. We all have those films we respond to that others dont. I know it isnt perfect but I like it. 🙂

So many beloved celebrities died this year; it’s sad 🙁 .

It’s too flashy…the moments when they are actually focus on the characters, they can be good (especially Cratchit is done very, very well, perhaps the best performance ever, but sadly wasted in this movie). Some of the effects (especially when the floor just vanishes) are very impressive. But what is, for example, the point of the giant chase scene at the end? It drags, and has nothing to do with the story. Add to this the usual “uncanny valley” motion capture often creates, plus, it seems like they didn’t do the scenes with all actors together…they never really look each other in the eyes, which results in the “dead eye” effect which really kills some of the scenes (obviously other film maker learned from it and opted to let the actors act together instead of going for the gimmick of having one actor playing different roles). I think it angers me because it could have been good if they had put the story first and added the special effects only where it makes sense, but they put the special effects first, which drowned out the story. So in a sense it is not the worst adaptation out there, but it might be the most frustrating one, because so much potential got wasted…and in a way, this offends me the most. Not the B-Movie which might be bad, but in which everyone gave his very best, but high budget movie which tries to distract the audience with special effects.

Yeah the chase scene goes on too long but other than that I didnt have the same problems you did. I actually thought they made eye contact fine. The special effects weren’t a barrier for me or frustrating. I agree the zooming through city is too long but easy for me to ignore. It didnt drown out the story for me. Different tastes I guess

One nice thing is those flashy sequences are all in the same spots so easy to fast forward over which is what I do when I normally watch. I feel like they put in that stuff to appease people less interested in the story but they shouldn’t have.

Still lots of choices were right on. I love when Crachit is crying right in Scrooge’s face. I don’t see how the special effect sequences waste the good sequences. They are entirely separate in my mind. It’s kind of like I didn’t care for the narrative device in Book of Life but I can separate that out from the strong sections.

Like I said i love that the sabbath day section is included and almost never is. I like when the versions remember this is a religious conversion not just a christmas conversion.

But the flashy segments move it from an A to a B but dont discount the whole film for me, but just my opinion.

They pull me out of the narrative, so they are a Problem for me.

That’s too bad. I didn’t find them that distracting just too long

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  • How long is A Christmas Carol? 1 hour and 36 minutes
  • When was A Christmas Carol released? November 6, 2009
  • What is the IMDb rating of A Christmas Carol? 6.8 out of 10
  • Who stars in A Christmas Carol? Jim Carrey , Gary Oldman , and Colin Firth
  • Who wrote A Christmas Carol? Robert Zemeckis
  • Who directed A Christmas Carol? Robert Zemeckis
  • Who was the composer for A Christmas Carol? Alan Silvestri
  • Who was the producer of A Christmas Carol? Robert Zemeckis , Steve Starkey , and Jack Rapke
  • Who was the cinematographer for A Christmas Carol? Robert Presley
  • Who was the editor of A Christmas Carol? Jeremiah O'Driscoll
  • Who are the characters in A Christmas Carol? Ebenezer Scrooge, Spirit of Christmas Present, Spirit of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Funerary Undertaker, Topper, Peter Cratchit, Undertaker's Apprentice, Tattered Caroler, Beggar Boy, and others
  • What is the plot of A Christmas Carol? An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
  • What was the budget for A Christmas Carol? $200 million
  • How much did A Christmas Carol earn at the worldwide box office? $325 million
  • How much did A Christmas Carol earn at the US box office? $138 million
  • What is A Christmas Carol rated? PG
  • What genre is A Christmas Carol? Adventure, Animated, Christmas, Comedy, Comedy Drama, Drama, Family, and Fantasy
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17 Best Christmas Movies Of The Last Decade, Ranked

Posted: December 21, 2023 | Last updated: December 22, 2023

  • Christmas movies come in various genres, including horror, comedy, drama, and action, providing options for fans of all genres.
  • Krampus, Noelle, The Night Before, The Grinch, Jingle Jangle, Last Christmas, Better Watch Out, and Happiest Season are recent Christmas movies worth watching.
  • These movies capture the holiday spirit through festive visuals, holiday songs, and themes, while offering unique and entertaining storylines.

Every year around the holidays, Christmas movies begin to flood streaming services and network television and people can watch some of the most beloved holiday movies from the past. However, there are also more recent Christmas movies that deserve attention as well, many of which are even better than the ones from years past. While many of the more recent Christmas movies veer into the territory of romantic comedies, there are also plenty of others to choose from, including dramas, family films, horror movies, and action flicks taking place during the holiday season.

There will always be arguments over whether a movie is an actual Christmas movie or one that just takes place during Christmas, but when a movie features the holiday season, Christmas trees, festive holiday songs, and the snowy visage of December, it delivers that holiday spirit. This is even the case when the movies deliver a serial killing Santa Claus , the demonic alter ego of Saint Nicholas, or a superhero family trying to find the meaning of the holidays. Over the last decade, there have been several amazing new Christmas movies for fans of all genres.

29 Best Christmas Movies Of All Time

Krampus (2015), a horror movie about the dark side of christmas.

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It can be difficult to mix horror and Christmas effectively, but it can be really fun when it does end up working. In Krampus , a dysfunctional family attempts to celebrate together despite everyone being preoccupied with their problems and grievances. Their lack of Christmas spirit soon gets them targeted by the ancient monster, Krampus . The movie does a nice job of bringing the old holiday lore into a modern setting . There is also some fun dark comedy which is handled well by the talented cast that includes Toni Collette and Adam Scott.

Noelle (2019)

A christmas movie about santa's daughter.

Available to stream on Disney+

Among the many Christmas movies on Disney+ is their recent original project Noelle . Anna Kendrick stars as Noelle Kringle, the daughter of Santa Claus . When it is time for her brother (Bill Hader) to step into the role of Santa, he has a nervous breakdown forcing Noelle to try and save Christmas herself. Kendrick is extremely charming and funny in the lead role, bringing a huge spark to the story. It is also an interesting subversion of the classic Santa story with just the right amount of magic and humor thrown in.

The Night Before (2015)

A seth rogen raunchy christmas comedy, the night before.

  • Available to stream on Fubo

Leave it to Seth Rogen and his friends to pull off a hilarious R-rated holiday comedy. Rogen stars alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie as three best friends whose annual Christmas Eve party night takes them on a wild and dangerous adventure through New York City. The Night Before combines Christmas traditions with drugs and partying in a pretty wild way . The three leads are a lot of fun, there's a fair bit of heart to the story, and there are some great cameos throughout, including Miley Cyrus and Michael Shannon.

The Grinch (2018)

A modern-day remake of the christmas classic.

Available to stream on Peacock

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic with the old cartoon remaining a must-see for the season and there are also plenty of fans of the live-action Jim Carrey version. The Grinch returns the story to animation with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the titular character . The movie expands on the old story in some interesting and charming ways, once again giving the Grinch a sympathetic backstory. It is a beautifully animated movie with a heartwarming message at its center.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)

A delightful musical, jingle jangle.

Available to stream on Netflix

Though quite a new Christmas movie, Jingle Jangle has already earned a lot of fans. This musical fantasy adventure follows a former toymaker who tries to regain some of his old magic ways with the help of his adventurous granddaughter. The Netflix family film is a stylish and vibrant production that should thrill fans of all ages. It is packed with music and magic while also delivering a touching message at the center of its story. The movie was also wildly successful, picking up 10 NAACP Image nominations - the most at the 52nd annual award ceremony.

Last Christmas (2019)

A film that follows an iconic christmas song, last christmas.

Available to stream on Prime Video

Wham's "Last Christmas" is a favorite song for the season, and it helped inspire this recent romantic comedy. Emilia Clarke stars as an aimless young Londoner who meets a handsome mystery man (Henry Golding) who helps her find the true meaning of Christmas . The story takes some interesting twists and turns while remaining enjoyable throughout. Clarke is especially good in a role that allows her to show off her surprising comedic talent, while Golding is a great romantic interest. The ending is a gut punch, but it still maintains the holiday spirit.

Better Watch Out (2016)

Christmas horror at its finest, better watch out.

Like many of the best Christmas horror movies, Better Watch Out attempts the difficult balance of a holiday horror movie with some comedic elements. The movie follows a young babysitter who is forced to defend the young boy she is watching from home invaders. While it initially feels like an R-rated take on Home Alone , Better Watch Out is much cleverer than it seems with some twists that turn it into a much more twisted and interesting horror story. The movie even has a crowd-pleasing ending, so don't worry about this recent Christmas movie being a little too dark for the holidays.

Happiest Season (2020)

A great lgbtq+ holiday movie, happiest season.

Available to stream on Hulu

Happiest Season is another recent holiday movie that stars Kristen Stewart as a young woman who accompanies her girlfriend (Mackenzie Davis) home for the holidays only to discover she hasn't come out to her family. This is a fun new take on the typical holiday comedy centered around awkward families. It is a nice mix of comedy and heartfelt moments. But the whole thing is elevated by the very talented cast, including the scene-stealing roles of Dan Levy and Aubrey Plaza. For anyone looking for a positive, entertaining LGBTQ+ Christmas comedy, this is a great choice.

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

The rare christmas legacy sequel.

The Best Man was a 90s rom-com about a group of friends getting together for a wedding and dealing with various personal struggles. The sequel picks up over a decade later and adds a Christmas spin on it in The Best Man Holiday . The movie may be light on plot, but it makes up for it with a fun energy and a terrific cast that includes Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, and Terrence Howard. Returning to these characters after so many years does give that sense of reuniting with loved ones for the holidays.

Spirited (2022)

Ryan reynolds & will ferrell singing.

Available to stream on AppleTV+

There have been countless adaptations of A Christmas Carol , but Spirited takes a different approach to this modern take . Will Ferrell stars as the Ghost of Christmas Present who seeks to redeem a self-centered businessman (Ryan Reynolds) while also searching for his happiness. The movie is a full-blown musical with big, fun numbers and committed performances from Ferrell and Reynolds. While it might not hugely reinvent the story, it makes for one of the best recent Christmas movies to tackle the classic Charles Dickens tale.

8-Bit Christmas (2021)

Kind of a modern a christmas story, 8-bit christmas.

Available to stream on Max

A Christmas Story remains one of the most charming Christmas movies and is very relatable as it deals with the nostalgic feeling of wanting that one special gift as a youngster. 8-Bit Christmas is inspired by that movie, telling an 80s-set movie about a young boy hoping to get a Nintendo under the Christmas tree. The movie is filled with great nostalgic humor that will likely transport some viewers back to their youth, while younger viewers will surely have fun with the adventure of it all. While it might be a bit too beholden to A Christmas Story , it stands enough on its own to be fun.

A Boy Called Christmas (2021)

A book to movie adaptation.

Based on the novel of the same name, A Boy Called Christmas imagines the magical origins of the special holiday and the young man at the center of it all. The story follows the titular young boy who ventures into the harsh wilderness to rescue his father and encounters a hidden elf world. The movie has a grand and wonderful feel that turns it into a grand adventure. It is almost like a Christmas version of Harry Potter , which will no doubt please many fans. It was also positively received by critics, sitting at 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.

A Christmas Story Christmas (2022)

The follow-up to the holiday classic.

Making a sequel to a Christmas classic nearly 40 years after the original is risky, but A Christmas Story Christmas seems to have pulled it off with most fans . The sequel finds Ralphie Parker now an adult and father who attempts to make the perfect Christmas in the wake of his father's death. Along with Billingsley, a lot of the cast from A Christmas Story return do a wonderful job carrying on the legacy of the first movie while also telling its own story. It is filled with humor and heart as well as a good helping of nostalgia.

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

Kurt russell is santa claus, the christmas chronicles.

Kurt Russell is probably not an actor a lot of people would think of for Santa Claus, but he owns the role in Netflix's family adventure The Christmas Chronicles . The film follows a pair of siblings who must help Santa save Christmas after accidentally causing his sleigh to crash. It is a fun and light ride perfect for a cozy winter night when the family is looking for some yuletide fun. But the real treat is Russell's Santa as the actor commits to his performance. It was such a great success that it spawned a sequel, with rumors of Christmas Chronicles 3 on the horizon .

Shazam! (2019)

A superhero christmas film.

There are several great debatable Christmas movies, including those from the superhero genre. Shazam! introduces a new hero to the DCEU and one that seemed to actively move away from the darker and brooding heroes the cinematic universe had become known for. Young Billy Batson is given the powers of the ancient gods to become a powerful superhero. The movie has a lot of fun imagining what a kid would do with the powers of Superman and the Christmas setting just adds to the fun of the movie .

Violent Night (2022)

What if santa kicked butt, violent night.

David Harbour makes for perhaps the wildest movie Santa Claus of all time in Violent Night . When an elite group of mercenaries attacks the home of a wealthy family, Santa must step in to save the day and take out the bad guys. With some terrific R-rated violence, a lot of humor, and plenty of fun references to other Christmas movies, it is hard not to get caught up in the festive mayhem of the movie. Harbour is a real treat in the lead role and seems to be having a blast as he works to subvert what people know about Santa Claus .

Klaus (2019)

Santa's origin story.

The Oscar-nominated Klaus is a beautifully animated holiday story that explores the special origins of Santa in a fascinating way. The story follows a postal worker who is stationed in a remote frozen community engaged in a long and disastrous feud. When he befriends an isolated toy maker named Klaus , they seek to end the feud through kindness and gifts. The unique and brilliant style of the movie is eye-catching, but that's only where the magic of Klaus begins. This recent Christmas movie is a funny, clever, and moving story that creates an interesting and complex new mythology for the beloved figure of Santa Claus.

17 Best Christmas Movies Of The Last Decade, Ranked

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