Mickey's
Christmas Carol (1983):
Review by
William Mortensen Vaughan
As of: 1:50 a.m. E.S.T., Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mickey's Christmas Carol (1982)
Title:   Mickey's Christmas Carol

My Rating:  *****

Adaptation: Mickey Mouse adaptation,
featuring the voice of
Alan Young
Scrooge McDuck
and
Wayne Allwine
as Mickey Mouse, as Bob Cratchit

Date Released: Friday, December 16, 1983

Format Reviewed: animated film, on DVD and Blu-ray

Is this adaptation reverent?: Yes, this adaptation is reverent.

Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."? Yes, Tiny Tim says this in the final scene, as he sits on Scrooge McDuck's lap.

What does my wife think of it? She likes it.

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens? This adaptation follows the original novel fairly well, although it is abridged. It shows Fred's visit, and the visit from the two gentlemen seeking a charitable donation. It skips the tavern scene, but shows the door knocker scene, and visits from all four ghosts. The Ghost of Christmas Past only shows Scrooge two visions: Fezziwig's Christmas Ball, and the scene in which Belle leaves him. The Ghost of Christmas Past only shows him one vision - of his employee celebrating Christmas with his family. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge a vision of Bob and his family morning at Tim's tomb, and a vision of Scrooge's own tombstone and grave, into which he falls, and tries desperately to escape, especially since there's a lake of fire at the bottom of it!

On Christmas Day, Scrooge goes out and pays the charity workers one hundred gold Sovereigns. Then he goes to Bob's house, instead of Fred's, but sees Fred in the street, and tells him to have Christmas Dinner ready for him at two-o'-clock.

What dialect is used? Plain English, with the voices of Disney characters, such as Mickey Mouse, Scrooge McDuck, Donald and Daisy Duck, et cetera.

When and where does this adaptation take place? London, after some of the earliest automobiles were produced.

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel? No.

Is this adaptation supernatural? Yes, this adaptation is supernatural, with ghosts and time travel.

Is this adaptation "framed"? No.

What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included? A song is heard as background music during the opening and closing credits: "Oh, What a Merry Christmas Day!"

How attractive is the visual art? The visual art is extremely well done. Everything about this animation is extremely well done! This is an example of while Disney is a financial empire: They hired the best, most creative, talented, and artistic people to produce their films.

Jacob Marley looks like Gene Simmons with his exagerated, demonic, black eyelashes painted on.

How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another? The transitions are excellent! After the opening credits, which feature excellent sketches of Disney characters, there is an animated, aerial view of the town, in sepia, until the camera zooms in on the people (animals, actually) in the street, as the sepia footage becomes colorized. When the Ghost of Christmas Past opens his tiny umbrella and takes Scrooge for a flight through time and space, there is excellent nap-of-the-earth and aerial footage.

The Ghost of Christmas Present lifts the roof of Scrooge's house, and steps out, then rips up a street lamp and turns it into a flashlight.

The Ghost of Christmas Present leaves Scrooge alone in what appears to be a fog, but which turns out to be smoke from the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come's cigar.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation? The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, how attractive the art is. Everything about this film is excellent! I enjoy watching it again and again whenever I take it off the shelf.

What extras are included on the DVD? The DVD has two other short, Christmas films on it:

"Small One," presumably about the donkey that carried Jesus' mother to Bethlehem

"Pluto's Christmas Tree," in which Pluto tries to make Mickey aware of mischievous chipmunks in their Christmas Tree, only to see Mickey coddle them when he discovers them on his own

Audio tracks are available in English and French; subtitles are only available in English.

Scene selection is not available.

Sneak previews are available from the Main Menu, as well as at the beginning of the DVD, when it automatically starts playing them upon loading the DVD. They can be skipped at any time by pressing the Menu button.

The Blu-ray disc has more options and Bonuses, including Scene Selection.

Audio tracks and subtitles are available in Spanish, French, and English.

There are also three animated films:

"Yodelberg"

"The Hockey champ"

"Pluto's Christmas Tree"

"The Art of Skiing"

"Corn Chips"

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