Most of the animation community has been focused on The Princess and the Frog, which the House of Mouse releases this holiday season. But there's another feature coming out this November, currently in production in northern California.
Not much of the picture has been rolled out yet, but a few snippets have been screened:
New York press and movie critics got their first glimpse at an animated Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge in a presentation of 3-D footage from Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” at the Regal E-Walk Theatre this week.
Two scenes were shown from the performance capture-driven film, directed by Robert Zemeckis (”Polar Express“), along with a montage of clips and a teaser trailer ...
... [One] scene shown sees Jacob Marley’s ghost crashing in on Scrooge during the night. It is here that the film shows off its high tech special wizardry. Thanks to the 3D effects work, Marley’s ghost hovers off the screen and glows with incandescent color ...
Image-Movers Digital, Disney's San Rafael animation studio in northern California, has been hard at work on Christmas Carol for a couple of years now. (I went up there a few weeks ago and talked to part of the crew about union pension and health coverage, also about how the picture is going. The answer: "Pretty well".)
DIsney has a small unit working on the feature here in L.A., and I've walked through it chatting people up, admiring the artwork on the walls. I've got no idea about the overall quality of the movie, but the London scenics are top-notch. People are going to be immersed in 19th century London, in Victorian staircases and alley ways and candle-lit sitting rooms and shops like they've never been immersed before.
But how it performs at the box office? I've no idea.