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Mickey's Christmas Carol [1983]

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Director:Burny Mattinson
Writer:Alan Dinehart
Alan Young
Burny Mattinson
Don Griffith
Ed Gombert
Tony Marino
Composer:Irwin Kostal
Length:25 minutes
MPAA Rating:G
Suggested Event Use:Christmas
Sorting Category:Holiday
IMDB Rating:7.6/10
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Synopsis: The story of Scrooge told through Mickey and his friends.


Reaction: It's clearly abbreviated but the story is actually told fairly faithfully.


Personal Rating: 9/10

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Burny Mattinson => Director / Writer
Alan Dinehart => Writer
Alan Young => Writer / Ebenezer Scrooge <sup>(Scrooge McDuck)</sup>
Don Griffith => Writer
Ed Gombert => Writer
Tony Marino => Writer
Irwin Kostal => Composer
Charles Dickens => Original Story
Clarence Nash => Nephew Fred <sup>(Donald Duck)</sup>
Dick Billingsley => Tiny Tim
Eddie Carroll => Ghost of Christmas Past <sup>(Jiminy Cricket)</sup> (as Eddy Carroll)
Hal Smith => Jacob Marley's Ghost <sup>(Goofy)</sup> / Collector for the Poor #1
Patricia Parris => Belle <sup>(Daisy Duck)</sup>
Wayne Allwine => Bob Cratchit <sup>(Mickey Mouse)</sup>
Will Ryan => Collector for the Poor #2 / The Ghost of Christmas Present <sup>(Willie the Giant)</sup> / Ghost of Christmas Future <sup>(Pete)</sup>

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • This animated special contained three Disney shorts. The first was about Donald Duck fighting a snow war against his three nephews. The second was about Mickey chopping down a Christmas tree where Chip and Dale live in, and Pluto terrorizes the tree and the chipmunks. The third short was about Goofy on a ski trip, being instructed by a narrator.
  • GOOFY HOLLER: When Jacob Marley (Goofy) falls down the stairs.
  • Of all the songs on the original album, only {Oh What A Merry Christmas Day} made it to the animated cartoon. The rest of them -- including one sung by Ebenezer Scrooge that was called {How Christmas Ought To Be} -- were all dropped for some reason, and the lyrics were rendered into normal dialog.
  • The opening scene is apparently modeled on a [?] Carl Barks painting called The Season To Be Jolly, which features Uncle Scrooge walking down the street with a bag of money on his back.
  • Voice actor Will Ryan came up with the idea to recreate Willie the Giant's (The Ghost of Christmas Present's) flub of the word "pistachio" from {Mickey and the Beanstalk}.
  • The first animated short with Mickey Mouse since {The Simple Things}.
  • The theatrical release of this film was as part of the reissue of The Rescuers.
  • Based on a Disney record which was co-written by Alan Young (Scrooge).
  • This is the last film where Clarence Nash provides the voice of Donald Duck and the first where Wayne Allwine provides the voice of Mickey Mouse.
  • This is also the first time that Alan Young provides the voice of Scrooge McDuck. Bill Thompson, who'd done the voice in {Scrooge McDuck and Money}, had already passed away, and Alan Young's voice is noticeably softer than Thompson's was, with a stronger Scots accent.