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'A Christmas Carol' Debuts in London

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by , 11-03-2009 at 11:28 PM

[LEFT]Accompanied by carolers, bell ringers and town criers in period costumes, "Disney's A Christmas Carol" made its world premiere Tuesday night in London's Leicester Square. Robert Zemeckis' 3D motion-capture animated take on the Dickens classic stars Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge [I]and[/I] the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The cast also includes Gary Oldman (Bob Cratchit), Colin Firth (Fred) and Bob Hoskins (Fezziwig). [/LEFT]

[I][SIZE=1]l. to r., Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross, Jim Carrey, Bob Hoskins, Colin Firth, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Iger[/SIZE][/I][/CENTER]

[LEFT][URL=""][COLOR=#996699]Early reviews[/COLOR][/URL] of the film have been decidedly mixed. Critics are praising the improvements to Zemeckis' performance-capture animation (it's come a long way since "The Polar Express"), but question whether it's a bit over-the-top for this simple and oft-told tale of ruin and redemption. Scrooge's story was never meant to be a thrill ride. [/LEFT]

[I][SIZE=1]Singer Andrea Bocelli performs before the premiere.[/SIZE][/I][/CENTER]

"A Christmas Carol" opens in the U.S. on Friday in both conventional and IMAX theaters.

[I][SIZE=1]Jim Carrey, looking more Santa-like than Scrooge, and Jenny McCarthy[/SIZE][/I][/CENTER]

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