Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

G   |    |  Animation, Short, Comedy


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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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2 December 2012 | Hey_Sweden
8
| Charming Disney version of the seasonal favourite.
Disney characters fill the roles in this adaptation of the Dickens novel, with Scrooge McDuck obviously playing the role of cold blooded, greedy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge. His timid, overworked employee Bob Cratchit (Mickey) and nephew Fred (Donald) try to instill in him the Christmas spirit, but it's no use. However, in the attempt to make Scrooge see the light, he's visited by a succession of ghosts, starting with his deceased partner Jacob Marley (Goofy), who show him the progression of his character over the years, and the possible consequences. All in all, this is very likable, and often very funny, in the Disney tradition, and the talent involved do a decent job (at least this viewer thinks so) in balancing the serious moments and sentiment with some broad humour and slapstick. Goofy, not surprisingly, does a fair bit of it, turning Marleys' ghost into a clumsy bumbler. Admittedly, the main criticism of the special arises from condensing Dickens's novel into a half hour piece; it definitely feels a little rushed (although the very young, and those with short attention spans, may have no complaints on the matter). Still, there's much to enjoy, and it's amusing to see so many characters from so many Disney productions over the years cast in the various roles. Willie the Giant / The Ghost of Christmas Present is particularly funny, especially when he's searching for a particular house, lifts the roof off of one, and there's a scream heard. His reaction is priceless. The vocal performers are all excellent, especially Alan Young who always was an inspired choice for the voice of Scrooge. The animation is fine and the song composed for this special ("Oh, What a Merry Christmas Day", by Fredrick Searles and Irwin Kostal) is a reasonably good one. Some of the smaller fry may find the sequence with Pete / The Ghost of Christmas Future a little spooky, but overall this definitely makes for pleasant family viewing. Eight out of 10.

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Trivia

The final short film from Disney to star Clarence Nash, his last film role was the film that's part of Disney's animated canon titled The Black Cauldron (1985) which was released 5 months before his death in 1985, in that film he provided the vocal effects for Hen Wen, the Horned King's dogs, the Horned King's dragons, and the farm animals at the start of the film.


Quotes

Scrooge: Spirit, I didn't want this to happen. Tell me these events can yet be changed.


Goofs

After Scrooge wakes up from the Ghost of Christmas Future, when he tries to find his way out of the bed curtain, there is no curtain behind him, but in the next shot, there is a curtain behind him.


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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Genres

Animation | Short | Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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