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    • Mickey’s Christmas Carol
    • Runtime:26 min
    • Release Date:2014-09-16 12:52:50
    • Director: Burny Mattinson
    • Genres: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Short
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MOVIE REVIEW:Mickey’s Christmas Carol
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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I really do love the story of "A Christmas Carol" by famous author
Charles Dickens. There has been so many film adaptations of this story
that it's not even funny. A lot of actors have at least did an
interpretation of Scrooge. George C. Scott, Albert Finney, Michael
Caine, they're all great. Then comes Disney's animated adaptation from
1983 that is just as memorable as the others.

Now if you have seen multiple adaptations of Charles Dickens' "A
Christmas Carol", then you aren't missing much with this one. The only
difference, this one is only 25 minutes long, which I think is
impressive. The story revolves around Scrooge (portrayed by Scrooge
McDuck and voiced by Alan Young), a greedy and selfish tax collector in
the city of England. His partner, Jacob Marley (portrayed by Goofy),
died 7 years ago, and the only person that works with him is Bob
Cratchet (portrayed by Mickey Mouse and voiced by the late Wayne
Allwyne). Tomorrow's Christmas Day and Cratchet asks for the day off.
Scrooge doesn't like the idea of Christmas, because to him, it's an
excuse to not work. Giving into his senses, he lets him have the day
off. That night, he is visited by the ghost of his late partner in
chains, and the reason why he has them, is because he is being punished
for all eternity due to being as much of a jerk Scrooge is now. He
tells Scrooge that he'll be haunted by three spirits, and after being
visited by the three, he must choose whether to change his ways or be
completely forgotten when he dies.

Much like a lot of the films Disney has released in the late 70s and
80s, this film was released in the dark ages of Disney, and the only
success they had back then was The Fox and the Hound back in 1981,
which grossed $35,000,000 in the box office. Though it is a short film,
it does give just as a powerful message as the other adaptations of the
tale, and that's what really impresses me as a film buff, because it
isn't just a nutshell version of the story. The story is told at a
decent pace, and the characters pretty much match their roles
perfectly, especially the three ghosts. These three ghosts in order
consist of Jiminy Cricket, from the 1940 film "Pinocchio", the giant
from "Mickey and the Beanstalk", and…well…Pete. There are also multiple
references to a couple Disney films that were popular at the time using
minor characters in the background. The one that sticks out is
obviously Robin Hood, released back in 1973, 10 years before this
film's release. Now, the animation in this film is pretty damn
impressive for the 1980s. Not up to par with "Heavy Metal" from 1981,
but remember, this is a Disney film. The voice acting is also top
notch, and the song "Oh, What a Merry Christmas Day" is a very nice
theme song. I could imagine it being sung by carolers. Overall, I'd
give this film a watch if you're into retro Disney and want a
heartwarming Christmas film.

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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Delightful(if a bit too short, covering very little of the Dickens'
story but the bare essentials)Walt Disney version of A Christmas CAROL
features the wonderful voice of Alan Young of MR. ED fame as Ebenezer
Scrooge McDuck, Bah humbugging those around him of good Holiday cheer
until he is visited by deceased partner Jacob Marley(Goofy who makes a
marvelous introduction and easily the character who steals plenty of
chuckles such as his inability to keep from tripping over his
chains)and three ghosts over Christmas Eve, one of whom is Jiminy
Cricket(as Christmas Past). With Mickey Mouse as long suffering Bob
Cratchet, Minnie his wife, and Donald Duck as Scrooge's jolly nephew
who invites Ebenezer to a Christmas dinner. While a mere 24
minutes(it's just too much fun to end so soon), Scrooge only visits
Fezzywigs dance in the past where he first met Isabella, his first
love, and the counting house where he chose a life of greed over
matrimonial happiness, Cratchet's home in the present to see how small
the turkey was for their dinner, and the cemetery of the future where
Tiny Tim and himself would be buried. As I mentioned this little
cartoon adaptation is over before you know it, but I figure Disney and
Scrooge fans will enjoy it. It was quite a childhood favorite of mine
and seeing it again after nearly twenty years was a pleasure. Again my
only qualm with MICKEY'S Christmas CAROL is the puny length, and that
is actually a compliment since I didn't want it to end.

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