Release Date : December 16, 1983
Running Time : 25:30
proved to be fairly simple. Who else but Uncle Scrooge could have played
Ebenzer Scrooge? And the part of kindly Bob Crachit naturally fell to Mickey.
Jiminy Cricket, Willie the Giant ("with pis-nachios!"), and Pegleg Pete
make excellent ghosts. Donald even seems natural forgoing his natural irrasciblity
to become the good-natured Master Fred. The only role the animators had
problems with was Goofy as the ghost of Jacob Marley. It was difficult,
they said, to make a character scary enough to cause Scrooge to repent,
yet stay within Goofy's natural personality. In the end, though, the character
works out nicely.
Mickey's Christmas Carol is fairly faithful to the original Dickens
novel. If the short has any real failing it is that it is too short. One
gets the feeling that certain scenes are rushed, so we don't get a real
complete insight into what turned Scrooge from a reasonably decent person
into the tightwad that he was to become. In later scenes, we just barely
get to know the Crachit family when the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come sweeps
in. Too much depends on our pre-familiarity with the story. Had we not already
known that Tiny Tim had a life threatening illness, we might not have guessed
it from the context given here until we see the scene at his grave. In my
opinion, Disney should have taken the risk and made it into a full-length
Still in all, the short works. The story holds together well, and none
of the characters seem forced. It is heart warming in the best Disney tradition
without being mawkish, and richly deserves the status of a Christmas classic.
The tape also had a few extra Disney holiday cartoons shown before
the "Christmas Carol" episode (such as Pluto chasing the Chipmunks living
in their Christmas tree, and Donald battles his nephews in an over the
top snowball war). It was fun to watch - even in July!
When I first saw this short, I was whisked away into the story and
imagination of Disney (as usual) and I fell in love with it ever since.
I was most especially touched by the song 'Oh, What a Merry Christmas
Day.' I finally read the lyrics here and I love it now that I know what
it is the singers were saying. The music really lifted my spirits.
My favorite parts of the short is when Scrooge goes up the stairs
and looks back when he feels he is being followed. I also like (and
laugh) every time Jiminy Cricket whisks Scrooge over London and Scrooge
shouts "Spirit look out!" I get a kick out of the line "What's wrong
Scrooge? I thought you enjoyed looking down on the world." I was sort
of spooked by Pete's character and Scrooge's near death experience when
he is thrown into the casket.
I have the story on a record player/record and I always listened
to it when I gave the video a break. You could say that I love this
story so much!
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