A photo and the first footage (which you can see below) from Robert Zemeckis's Disney-produced motion capture version of A Christmas Carol has arrived online with the video coming in by way of Trailer Addict. Zemeckis was also at the helm of 2004's The Polar Express which used the same technology to attempt to breathe life into another Christmas story. I say attempted because the characters in that film never quite made it as cartoons or real people (at least for me), falling into a creepy sort of Twilight Zone between the two. This new film seems to pull it off more convincingly thanks to more cartoony characters and several years of advancement with the technology. That's Jim Carrey playing Scrooge and he'll also be portraying the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. The cast will also include Gary Oldman, Bob Hoskins, and Colin Firth.

It really says something about a story that can be adapted for film, stage and television as often as A Christmas Carol. One might even say it's a Dickens of a tale, but that's a joke too lame even for me. A quick search for the title on IMDB brings up 26 film and TV productions, which of course doesn't include the ones that took liberty with the title like Bill Murray's Scrooged.