Charles Dickens’ ageless legend is reborn in this supernatural, time-travelling, musical adaptation of the definitive Christmas story, Scrooge: A Christmas Carol. Directed by Stephen Donnelley, the goal of the feature was to create a new definitive version of Scrooge, the classic story that we love to retell.
Adding a new twist to a universally loved classic story required a unique style that reflects the storytelling language. In the incredibly exciting visual development stage, the team set out to create a fresh filmic style, springboarding from the original script and working across several different aspects of design; personality, style, tone, costume, interiors, and wider world-building.This is especially apparent in the magnetic main characters such as Scrooge, where the team avoided the conventional crooked old miser character presentation.
A Christmas Carol is one of the archetypal stories of character transformation, as a musical Scrooge’s songs punctuated that change. Featuring re-imagined songs from two-time Academy Award-winner Leslie Bricusse, animating the performances played a huge part in amping up emotions. Using live-action references and keyframe animation the team adapted the animation for a huge variety of characters.
The film’s voice cast includes Luke Evan, Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Fra Fee, Giles Terera, Trevor Dion Nicholas, James Cosmo, and Jonathan Pryce.
'Scrooge: A Christmas Carol' was produced by Timeless Films in association with Axis Studios and released by Netflix.