Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

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The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

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25 October 2000 | Mister-6
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| Cute cartoon "Carol"....
You've probably seen every incarnation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to come down the pike - Lord knows, if humanity stopped making a new version every season, we'd still have enough to watch one a year for the remainder of man's time on Earth.

But when they star Mickey Mouse, you can forgive just one more.

"Mickey's Christmas Carol" tells the same tale yet again, only this time through the sensibilities of the mouse and his pals (Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Goofy, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, etc.). But how could you leave out the obvious casting of Scrooge McDuck. Want to guess which part HE plays?

As voiced by Disney stalwart Alan Young, Scrooge embodies greed, bitterness and eventual redemption all in one package, and even makes such expected lines as "Bah, HUMBUG" ring true.

If this cartoon has one flaw, it's that it doesn't have the same kind of irreverent spirit and sharp wit that so many of Disney's other movies and cartoon shorts have. Maybe it was a rush job?

Well, it still has the admitted high point of the Ghost of Christmas Present (best known as Willie the Giant from "Mickey and the Beanstalk") stomping through 19th century England and using lamp posts as flashlights and prying roofs off of houses to peek inside and expounding on "Pis-smashio" yogurt.

It still lets the meaning of the season shine through and gives you a warm glow in your heart...and isn't that what cartoons (especially Christmas cartoons) are supposed to do?

Eight stars for Mickey and company - and God bless us, everyone.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hal Smith the voice of Jacob Marley's Ghost (Goofy) and Patricia Parris the voice of IsaBelle (Daisy Duck) would later star in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988) as the voices of Kanga and Owl respectively.


Quotes

Scrooge: Ooh... Minced pies... Turkies... Suckling pig.
Ghost of Christmas Present: Duh, don't forget the chocolate pot roast with dismenshio... No, it's pismechio... No, it's disminglishmaguh... Duh... with yogurt.


Goofs

When Jiminy Cricket (The Ghost of Christmas Past) jumps onto Scrooge's bedside table, the time on the alarm clock reads 2:00. In the shot of the curtains moving when Scrooge hears the dinging, then goes back to sleep, the time reads 1:00. Then in the next shot when The Ghost of Christmas Past dings the bell on the alarm clock again, the time reads 2:00.


Crazy Credits

The opening credits and the end title are accompanied by a set of illustrations from the film.


Alternate Versions

Television airings on NBC in the 1980s and CBS in the early 1990s were an hour long. The first half originally featured Donald's Snow Fight (1942), Pluto's Christmas Tree (1952), and The Art of Skiing (1941). Brief clips of other Disney Christmas shorts were shown. The second half featured this short in its entirety. Each of the four segments in the program featured wraparound narrations by Mickey, Donald Duck and Goofy. From 1988 onwards, The Art of Skiing was removed from the annual broadcast and replaced with various segments. The 1993 CBS telecast featured The Making of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (1993) in its place.


Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by
James Pierpont
[Part of the DVD release in the Pluto's Christmas Tree short]

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Animation | Short | Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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