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"Christmas Carol - The Movie"

 

UK Release: November 30, 2001 (UIP)

 

Cast: Simon Callow - Scrooge

Kate Winslet - Belle (Scrooge's jilted fiancee)

Nicholas Cage - Ghost of Marley

Michael Gambon, Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Juliet Stevenson, Robert Llewellyn, Arthur Cox, Ian Jones

 

Executive Producers: Nik Powell, Ranier Mockert

Producer: Iain Harvey

Line Producer: Michael Algar

Director: Jimmy T. Murakami

Screenplay: Piet Kroon, Robert Llewellyn

Editor: Taylor Grant

Composer: Julian Nott

 

Production start date: June 15, 2000

 

 

News:

 

June 25 2001:

I found this item in The Mirror:

"Kate Makes Secret Debut Single" -- Actress aims to top Christmas charts

Titanic star Kate Winslet has set her sights on a Christmas number one after secretly recording a single. The actress jumped at the chance of singing for the soundtrack of her latest film. But producers were so impressed at her efforts they have decided to release the ballad - called What If? - as a single. And insiders say it has the chance of landing the British star with the coveted Christmas number one spot.

Winslet provides the voice of the Ghost of Christmas Past in a new £10million animated version of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. But she was also smuggled into a London studio to record a ballad for the movie. The song was written by Steve Mac who has produced hits for Westlife, Boyzone and Five. Executives at EMI were so impressed they want the actress to make more recordings.

They plan to release the record at the end of November at the same time as the film, which also features the voices of stars such as Nicholas Cage, Jane Horrocks and Simon Callow. The movie is produced by the team which made children's classic, The Snowman. They will be hoping to repeat their success when Aled Jones had a Christmas hit with Walking In The Air.

An insider said: "This was just a one-off, but people are so excited. It's a terrific ballad. EMI will certainly hope to tempt Kate back into the recording studio again - she has a lovely voice."

Winslet, who gave birth to daughter Mia eight months ago, asked that proceeds from the single be donated to the NSPCC and the Sargeant Cancer Foundation for Children.

Several publications carried the news of the single, including The Daily Record, Sky News, People News, Reuters. 

Note: Kate’s character in the film is Belle, not the Ghost of Christmas Past.

 

May 2001:

The 'official site' has been expanded. GO!

The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival May 9, 13 and 14:

Debuting Product: Christmas Carol - The Movie (U.K.; animation) ... A ghost story with a heart. (In production; availability: Benelux, France, Italy, Japan, U.S.A.)

 

"Christmas Carol - The Movie", a co-production between the lluminated Film Company, MBP and The Film Consortium. The film will be directed by Jimmy Murakami and produced by Iain Harvey, the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated team who brought us 'The Snowman' and 'When the Wind Blows'.

"Christmas Carol - The Movie" is executive produced by Scala's Nik Powell (Little Voice, The Crying Game, Mona Lisa). Some of the film industry's most celebrated talents will provide the voices to bring the animated characters to life. Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral) is Scrooge, while leading Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage lends his voice to The Ghost of Marley and Kate Winslet brings life to Belle, Scrooge's jilted fiancée. The character voices for "Christmas Carol - The Movie" have already been recorded and the animation is currently underway, with a Christmas 2001 release anticipated.

UIP will handle the UK release.

 

May 15, 2000: "Kate Winslet Set For Christmas Carol," By James Morrison, Showbusiness Correspondent, PA News
British actress Kate Winslet and US Oscar winner Nicolas Cage are providing voice-overs for a new film of A Christmas Carol featuring a combination of live action and animation, it was reported today.
Pregnant Titanic actress Winslet, 24, and Leaving Las Vegas star Cage are joining Notting Hill's Rhys Ifans on the British project, according to a report in today's Variety magazine.
Scrooge will be played by UK stage veteran Simon Callow, whose films include Four Weddings and a Funeral and A Room with a View.
The movie, which should be completed next summer, is being co-financed by the Film Consortium with National Lottery backing.
Combining hand-drawn animation with live action sequences involving Callow, the finished film is provisionally set for release around Christmas 2001.