Disney's A Christmas Carol Available on November 3

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Walt Disney Records Presents a New Version of a Classic — Disney's A Christmas Carol — with Original Music by Alan Silvestri

Features New Performance by Andrea Bocelli on "God Bless Us Everyone," Written by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard

[floatright][img]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61ZnDmcePEL._SL500_AA240_.jpg[/img][/floatright]Burbank, CA — Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack for Disney's A Christmas Carol, composed by Alan Silvestri and available digitally on November 3, 2009. Andrea Bocelli performs "God Bless Us Everyone," penned by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard. The film is a multi-sensory thrill ride re-envisioned by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis who captures the essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking 3D motion picture event.

Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (Gary Oldman) and his cheery nephew (Colin Firth). Scrooge later encounters the ghost of his dead business partner Joseph Marley, who's paying the price in the afterlife for his own callousness. Marley hopes to help Scrooge avoid a similar fate and tells him he will be visited by three spirits. But when the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet To Come, take Old Scrooge on an eye-opening journey revealing truths he's reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late.

Director Robert Zemeckis didn't have to contemplate who he'd call on to score the music for Disney's A Christmas Carol — composer Alan Silvestri was his first choice. "Alan and I have a long working relationship that spans 25 years," says Zemeckis.

The two began working together on Zemeckis' film Romancing the Stone. They continued to collaborate with films including the Back to the Future series, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump (for which Silvestri received an Academy Award nomination for Best Score), Contact, What Lies Beneath, Cast Away, Beowulf, and the spectacular Christmas fantasy The Polar Express. The song "Believe," performed by Josh Groban, which Silvestri co-wrote with Glen Ballard, was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Song category and won a Grammy Award for Best Song for a Motion Picture.

For Disney's A Christmas Carol, Zemeckis and Silvestri employed the same, collaborative process they've used for every movie. "Like always," says Zemeckis, "I asked Alan to underscore the emotion of all the scenes."

Silvestri's classical score was recorded by a 103-piece orchestra in Los Angeles. "It's a dynamic, powerful score," says producer Jack Rapke. "It's gentle when it needs to be gentle and powerful when it needs to be powerful."

Silvestri teamed up with Glen Ballard to create the perfect song to cap the film. "God Bless Us Everyone," an original song inspired by the film's famous line delivered by Tiny Tim at the end of the movie, was recorded by none other than Andrea Bocelli, who recorded the song in English, Spanish and Italian. Says Zemeckis: "Bocelli heard the wonderful song composed by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri and immediately decided he wanted to record it. I think the song will be a Christmas classic."

"God Bless Us Everyone" aptly captures the spirit of the film, says Bocelli. "It's a sweet and majestic song with a pleasantly surprising evocative power which suffuses our senses and tells us about the triumph of forgiveness and redemption."

The Walt Disney Records A Christmas Carol—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available digitally on November 3, 2009. Walt Disney Pictures and ImageMovers Digital present Disney's A Christmas Carol in theaters on November 6, 2009.

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