Mickey's Christmas Carol

Mickey's Christmas Carol, an animated movie of twenty-four minute based on Charles Dickens' classic novel A Christmas Carol, was produced and released in the United States by Walt Disney Productions in 1983.
 
The main character of the surly moneylender Ebenezer Scrooge was here presented as Scrooge Mc Duck & Bob Cratchit played as the Mickey Mouse. Donald Duck was Fred, Ebenezer Scrooge's nephew, Daisy Duck acted Isabella.

The pivotal characters of the novel, those of the three ghosts were Jimmy Cricket as Ghost of Christmas Past, Willie the Giant as Ghost of Christmas Present, and Black Pete as The Ghost of Christmas Future.

The appreciation of the animation lies in the brilliance of scripting that provides for the inclusion of other popular Disney characters to feature in small roles. The movie opens with the three little pigs singing Christmas carols. Directed by Burny Mattinson, the Mickey's Christmas Carol was the first movie of the Mickey cartoon series and was nominated for the Academy Awards in the category of the Best Animated Short Subject.

Mickey's Christmas Carol is the classic piece of Disney animated storytelling reminding us of an era when 2-D animation was still truly innovative. The DVD does not host any extras and the transfers are far from perfect, but if you do not already own these classic shorts, purchase it.

Mickey's Christmas Carol book is based on Charles Dickens's book, A Christmas Carole. It was written and published when Britain was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas traditions & at the time when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were being introduced.

Dickens's sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and the Christmas stories of Washington Irving.