Many people are familiar with the story of "A Christmas Carol" from one or more of its various incarnations.

Many people are familiar with the story of "A Christmas Carol" from one or more of its various incarnations.

But the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's redemption has never been told like it is in the new movie starring Jim Carrey.

For those unfamiliar with the plot, Scrooge is an old miser living in Victorian-era London. He has no friends or family and is ruled by his greed and cold heart. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is warned by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, that his ways will cause repercussions in the afterlife. Scrooge is soon visited by three spirits who open his eyes and offer a chance at salvation.

Disney's new film uses modern technology to give audiences a haunting and thrilling experience.

But don't be fooled by the Disney name and logo at the beginning of the film. This isn't a movie for small children.

The tone is immediately set when Marley's corpse is one of the first images audiences see.

While the film is great fun, it's recommended that smaller, easily frightened children steer clear.

The movie earns its PG rating with some scary images, including the Ghost of Christmas Present rotting into a skeleton and Scrooge being chased by demonic horses.

The story starts off a bit slowly, but the things pick up as soon as Scrooge is visited by the spirits. The movie's pace never stops afterward and features a bit of slapstick humor at times to offset the scarier scenes.

The movie has several thrilling action sequences. Audiences come along for the ride while Scrooge is supernaturally shot throughout the sky and chased through the streets of London.

The film is breathtaking visually, made with motion-capture technology similar to that director Robert Zemeckis used in "The Polar Express" and "Beowulf."

Carrey plays four roles: Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Carrey's goofy humor comes through in the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present.

For Scrooge, Carrey pulls back and remains mostly dramatic. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is silent yet frightening.

Audiences will also recognize co-stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Bob Hoskins both in voice and face. The filmmakers have captured their likenesses and seamlessly morphed them into their animated characters. All turn in strong performances.

Audiences have the choice to see the film in 3-D, which is worth the higher ticket price.

Watching the film as a flat image could never compete with the three-dimensional experience.

For the upcoming holiday season, "A Christmas Carol" is a good bet for a lot fun. Just be sure to leave the little ones at home.