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A CHRISTMAS CAROL [2D version]

A CHRISTMAS CAROL <span>[2D version]</span> artwork

A CHRISTMAS CAROL [2D version]

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 95m 40s

Release date 04/11/2009

BBFCInsight Contains mild threat, scary scenes and mild language

Genre(s) Animation

Director(s) Robert Zemeckis

Cast includes Jim Carrey, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn, Michael J. Fox, Bob Hoskins, Callum Blue

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 25/10/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a new CGI animated re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Starring the vocal talents of Jim Carey and Colin Firth, it was passed ‘PG’ for mild threat, scary scenes and mild language.

The BBFC Guidelines at ‘U’ state that there should be ‘occasional mild threat and menace only’ and that ‘scary sequences should be mild, brief and unlikely to cause undue anxiety to young children’. In A CHRISTMAS CAROL however there are some scenes where Scrooge appears to be in danger for longer periods than are generally acceptable at ‘U’ and others which it was thought may frighten very small children. The ‘PG’ was therefore felt to be more appropriate, where frightening scenes do not have to be as mild. One example is the appearance of Marley’s ghost, who looms over Scrooge menacingly, his lower jaw almost appearing to fall off as he lets out a miserable wail. With A CHRISTMAS CAROL such a well known story, however, and with fantasy elements a mitigating factor at ‘PG’, this scene and others similar were not considered inappropriately placed there.

With the BBFC Guidelines at ‘U’ also stating that only very mild language is acceptable, infrequent mild language including uses of ‘bugger’ and 'arse' also required the ‘PG’ certificate.

Details

Title Information
2D version
Also known as
2D VERSION
Distributor(s)
WDSMP UK
Classified date(s)
07/10/2009
Main language
English
Submitted run time
95m 40s
Approved footage
8610+9
BBFC reference
AFF261239
Registration number
CFJ19960

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