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Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Scrooge - Scrooge McDuck (voice)
... Bob Cratchit - Mickey Mouse / Weasel Gravedigger / Begger Dog (voice)
... Jacob Marley's Ghost - Goofy / Collector for the Poor #1 (voice)
... Collector for the Poor #2 / Ghost of Christmas Present (Willie the Giant) / Ghost of Christmas Future (Pete) / Santa Claus (Big Bad Wolf) / Weasel #2 (voice)
Eddie Carroll ... Ghost of Christmas Past - Jiminy Cricket (voice) (as Eddy Carroll)
Patricia Parris ... Belle - Daisy Duck (voice)
Dick Billingsley ... Tiny Tim (voice)
Clarence Nash ... Nephew Fred - Donald Duck (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tasos Kostis ... Goofy
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Storyline

It's the same old classic Charles Dickens story with an all star Disney cast. Uncle Scrooge McDuck is appropriately enough Scrooge and is visited by his dead partner and 3 spirits one night to remember the joys of Christmas. Written by Kevin Gillease <gillease@scf-fs.usc.edu>

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He's back! Mickey Mouse - in his first new motion picture in 30 years...


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16 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuento de Navidad de Mickey  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,111,582, 16 December 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,000,000
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(5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

On the original 1975 LP which served as inspiration for this film, the Ghost of Christmas Past was Merlin from The Sword in the Stone (1963) and the Ghost of Christmas Future was the Evil Witch from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). See more »

Goofs

When Scrooge flies out the window of his room with the Ghost of Christmas Past, he loses his slippers. Later, in his counting house, they're back on his feet. See more »

Quotes

Cratchit: Oh, that Fred. Always so full of kindness.
Scrooge: Aye. He always was a little peculiar
[door bell rings]
Scrooge: ... AND stubborn!
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The opening credits and the end title are accompanied by a set of illustrations from the film. See more »

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Version of A Christmas Carol (1960) See more »

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Oh, What a Merry Christmas Day
(1983)
Words and Music by Fredrick Searles and Irwin Kostal
Part of Mickey's Christmas Carol during the opening credits and at the end
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Charming Disney featurette
20 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

Over a quarter of a century before a motion-capture Jim Carey muttered "Bah Humbug" for the house that Walt built, Mickey and numerous classic characters from the Disney stable got dolled in their best Victorian attire for an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic Yuletide tale: "Mickey's Christmas Carol". A sort of cartoon costume drama, Mickey plays the underpaid Bob Cratchitt to Scrooge McDuck's Ebeneezer Scrooge (what clichéd yet inspired casting!). The usual chain of events follows, complete with a whole range of Disney characters from Donald Duck to Jiminy Cricket playing the roles.

This featurette is by all means a charming holiday piece that can appeal to young and old alike. The animation and art direction, although relatively unspectacular given its unambitious nature, are quite stellar considering the fact that the animators working on this special, the future creators of "The Little Mermaid" et al, were essentially newcomers.

That is not to say "Mickey's Christmas Carol" is without fault. One slight issue is that the film does not seem to always know whether it wants to be a fun piece of nostalgia or a genuinely involving and inspiring adaptation, and it does become a "Where's Waldo" of Disney characters at times. This can be charming, but equally, some of the castings do seem a bit off; I can't help but think Goofy ended up in the role of Jacob Marley simply due to the fact that they felt that he needed a part. Also, at only around 25 minutes, the story progression does seem a bit hurried. The concept may have been a bit stretched as a feature film, but between five and ten minutes extra on the running time would have fleshed some of the rushed flashback scenes out.

Still, this gets a recommendation, either as a fun Disney Christmas special or as an introduction to Dickens for children.


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