Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.
Directed by – Burny Mattinson
Written by – Burny Mattinson, Tony Marino, Ed Gombert, Don Griffith, Alan Young, Alan Dinehart
Starring – Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan, Eddie Carroll, Patricia Parris, Dick Billingsley, Clarence Nash
I’m not sure that the Christmas season can even begin without watching this classic Disney cartoon. I used to watch it every year as a kid, usually at my grandparents house, and it’s certainly one of the lighter tellings of the Charles Dickens story. It’s only problem is that it’s too short because I could easily watch Scrooge McDuck for a full hour instead of the short running time of 24 minutes that Mickey’s Christmas Carol has.
The story of Scrooge has been told an endless amount of times but there’s only two versions that I can’t go through the holidays without seeing and Mickey happens to be one of them. Scrooge McDuck has enough of the humbug in him to keep pace with all the other versions of Scrooge out there but there’s one thing that Mickey’s Christmas Carol has that no other does and that’s Pete as the Ghost of Christmas Future. I’ll never forget his bellowing voice as Ebenezer asks him in the cemetery ’Whose lonely grave is this?’. He lights up his cigar announcing ‘Why yours Ebenezer, the richest man in the cemetery!’
There’s no surprises here and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a telling of the Scrooge story that strayed far from its original path but it’s the fun of watching all the great Disney characters taking part in the classic that provides all the joy here. How can you not love Donald Duck as Scrooge’s nephew, trying to spread some Christmas cheer around Scrooge’s counting house. What about Jiminy Cricket as the Ghost of Christmas Past and of course Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer.
The combination of classic Disney characters, some great animation and fond childhood memories always bring me back to this one. This year I did myself a favor and went out and bought the DVD because trying to catch it on TV can be a pain. It brings me back to the days when we would all gather around the TV and wait for this show to start and Mickey’s Christmas Carol always makes me think of snowy nights and presents. I’m sure it will be running in the background as we tear our presents open this year!
Under the marquee – Will