I’ve always thought of Disney movies as children’s entertainment you can trust. This trust was shattered last night as I sat in horror, completely dumbfounded by the graphic display of computer-animated characters laying lifeless (and very real-looking) in death, and lurching about so violently that you’d never guess this film has a PG rating. I was dismayed that this movie could ever be intended for the eyes of children.
Lucky for me, my four-year-old had already fallen asleep before the worst of the frightening scenes hit, but she still had a scare; jumping with fear at the sudden appearance of Jacob Marley on Scrooge’s front door. I was glad she nodded-off before Marley appeared in Scrooge’s bed-chamber in a most-startling series of haunting actions; one-of-which had me actually looking away because it was just too shocking. I can’t even imagine my toddler looking-on as the jaw of Marley literally came off; hanging there as his tongue dangled grotesquely out of his disfigured mouth. It got even worse as he attempted to speak with all of the distortion to his face. It’s the stuff of-which nightmares are born; even for an adult who hasn’t been desensitized by the graphic nature of films today…that has somehow become acceptable to society! In short, I find myself appalled that this Charles Dickens classic has been so utterly mutilated by the Disney remake of what has always been one of my most-cherished Christmas movies.
By the time the movie ended, my heart was pumping so fast in my chest that I couldn’t sleep for quite some time afterward. The way this film started out (with Scrooge actually stealing the coins from his dead business partner’s eyes, as he lay blue and very real-looking in his coffin) should have been my first clue that it was not the usual innocence I’d always cherished about A Christmas Carol or Scrooge.
The way Jim Carrey’s Scrooge darted wildly through the air-over buildings and through clouds of time-just made me dizzy. The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future were not the usual harmless-looking spirits who were there to warn Scrooge of his impending doom. The Ghost of Christmas Future was a very demonic presence that I couldn’t believe had made it into a Disney movie geared towards kids. He was just eerie! The threat seemed very real, very dark, and left me feeling quite threatened that my eyes had ever beheld such darkness; especially the part where Scrooge is falling down…down into a fiery grave. I can’t even fathom what small children or young adults might think at the witnessing of such morbidity. And to think…! I borrowed this movie from the library; where I found it in the children’s section, mixed in with all the educational and preschool aged books, movies, and music CD’s.
To sum it up: This version of the Scrooge classic of yesteryear is by no means…shape or form, meant for young and innocent eyes! I would advise parents to not only pass this one up, but preview each Disney movie before your kids watch it! I am just relieved that my toddler fell asleep before the worst of this festival of darkness and grotesque animated graphics led to her innocence-lost. I wouldn’t recommend this movie as suitable for children under the age of 17 years-of-age, and would strongly advise against it for anyone with any medical condition which could cause seizures, severe anxiety attacks, or even a heart attack or stroke. It’s that bad!
After witnessing this Holiday fiasco, the Christmas movies I’ll be viewing this season will be the ‘tried and true’ classics like It’s a Wonderful Life or the classic Scrooge film with Alastair Sim (my all-time favorite version). Even more in-tune with young children is my new favorite version of this holiday classic: A Muppet’s Christmas Carol; which I plan to purchase for my collection, it was so enjoyable! On a more animated note, I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of A Flintstone’s Christmas Carol; which I will without-a-doubt be pre-screening…just to be sure it’s suitable for my daughter’s viewing. After my big Disney disappointment, one can never be too sure.