- Directed and Produced by Burny Mattinson
- December 16, 1983
- Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge-Alan Young
- Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit-Wayne Allwine
- Goofy as Jacob Marley’s ghost-Hal Smith and Hannes Schroll
- Jiminy Cricket as Ghost of Christmas Past-Eddie Carroll
- Black Pete as Ghost of Christmas Future, Willie the Giant as Ghost of Christmas Present-Will Ryan
- Donald Duck as Scrooge’s nephew Fred-Clarence Nash
- Daisy Duck as Isabelle-Patricia Parris
The Disney characters tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas.
As you can guess from the title alone this is a Disney version of the novella A Christmas Carol. Having seen numerous iterations of the concept as well as read the story, this manages to have most of the major beats of the story without changing much of anything. There is a little truncation here and there but while watching you do not feel as if anything is missing.
The only significant difference is that this is an assortment of Disney characters taking on the roles of characters from the story. Donald Duck is Scrooge’s nephew Fred. Ebenezer Scrooge is played by Scrooge McDuck. And so on. The only one I disagree with is Goofy. He is cast as Jacob Marley in this film but I am not sure if he was the correct choice for the character. I would have gone with Flintheart Glomgold even though Scrooge and Flintheart tend to be portrayed as enemies in other stories. Both characters are greedy while Goofy to the best of my knowledge has never been portrayed with exceedingly greed.
The animation is beautiful. Disney animation always looks good, but this quite effectively captures a Christmas feel and look. Hand drawn animation is enduring art.
I was never big into Disney cartoon shorts. I liked Warner Bros. better. They tended to be funnier and just more entertaining. The jokes were better, and I did not feel like they talked down to me. Why do I bring this up? Because this is probably the first time I can recall Disney not talking down to me and having some pretty good jokes. I am not talking like they were sidesplitting funny but there was a laugh and they fit with the characters. This started a bit of a Renaissance when it came to writing to me as a kid. I found much of the later writing in Disney productions just more entertaining. I guess it helped that this came out close to the Disney Renaissance. Mickey’s Christmas Carol is clever and well written without harming the core traits of the story or the Disney characters.
While Mickey is in the title, Scrooge is the central character. Mickey as Bob Cratchit barely factors as a character in the film. He is no more important in this version as any other. Almost less so and his name is in the title!
Mickey’s Christmas Carol is a fun and unusually faithful adaption of the Charles Dickens classic with a Disney spin. If you have a chance to check this out watch it!