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Mickey's Christmas Carol Mickey Mouse series Original theatrical poster with The Rescuers Directed by Burny Mattinson Produced by Burny Mattinson Story by Charles Dickens (novel, A Christmas Carol) Burny Mattinson Tony L. Marino Ed Gombert Don Griffith Alan Young Alan Dinehart Voices by Wayne Allwine Clarence Nash Hal Smith Alan Young Will Ryan Eddie Carroll Music by Irwin Kostal Animation by Dale Baer David Block Randy Cartwright Ed Gombert Glen Keane Kathy Zielinski Studio Walt Disney Productions Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures Release date(s) October 20, 1983 Color process Technicolor Running time 24 minutes Language English Followed by Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Mickey's Christmas Carol is a 1983 American animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released in the United Kingdom on October 20, 1983 by Buena Vista Distribution Company.[1] The film was released in the United States on December 16, 1983, before the 1983 re-release of The Rescuers. It is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, featuring Scrooge McDuck as his namesake and inspiration Ebenezer Scrooge and Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit. This film was based on a 1972 audio musical entitled Disney's A Christmas Carol.[2] Mickey's Christmas Carol was the first new Mickey Mouse cartoon made in 30 years after The Simple Things. It was also broadcast on TV on NBC from 1984–1990, CBS from 1991–1998, and ABC in 2000 and 2003. In 2008 and 2009, it was shown on ABC Family (along with Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too) as part of their "25 Days of Christmas", but with several abrupt edits. It also premiered on Toon Disney (now Disney XD) in 2008. The short is also featured, without its opening credits, in the direct-to-home release, Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse. It is also available on the ninth volume of the Walt Disney Classic Cartoon Favorites DVD collection, as well as in the Walt Disney Treasures set Mickey Mouse in Living Color - Volume 2; however, the latter is the only DVD release to retain the film's widescreen aspect ratio. The aforementioned broadcasts in the 1980s and early '90s spanned a full hour, with the first half consisting of the following older cartoon shorts: Donald's Snow Fight, Pluto's Christmas Tree, and The Art of Skiing. Each of the four items in the program was preceded by a narrative wraparound segment in which one of the Disney cartoon characters (Donald, Pluto (with Mickey translating), Goofy, and Mickey, respectively) would talk about his favorite Christmas, thus leading into the cartoon in question. From 1993 onwards, The Art of Skiing was excluded from the annual broadcast, replaced at the end of the hour by one segment or another. The 1993 telecast, for example, featured a behind-the-scenes featurette on The Nightmare Before Christmas. Later broadcasts simply reduced the timeslot to half an hour, showing Mickey's Christmas Carol by itself. Contents 1 Synopsis 2 Characters and roles 2.1 Extra characters 3 Cast 4 Reception 5 Broadcasts 6 Awards and nominations 7 Other references 8 See also 9 References 10 External links Synopsis On Christmas Eve 1843, while all of Victorian England is in the merry spirit of Christmas, Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck, voiced by Alan Young, with full Scottish accent) thinks only of the money he has made and of making more (apparently, he charges people 80% interest, compounded daily). While Scrooge's selfish thoughts cascade in his head, Bob Cratchit (Mickey Mouse, voiced by Wayne Allwine), exhausted and underpaid, continues to work long and hard for him. Cratchit reluctantly asks for a "half day off" for Christmas, to which Scrooge replies it will be unpaid (in contrast to the original version where Scrooge is irritated at giving Cratchit Christmas off with pay). When collectors Rat and Mole (voiced by Hal Smith and Will Ryan respectively), along with beggars on the streets, kindly ask for a simple donation, Scrooge responds to Rat and Mole that if he does, the poor will no longer be poor and thus they (the collectors) will be out of work, "and you [can't] ask me to do that, not on Christmas Eve." He also turns down his cheery nephew Fred Fred (Donald Duck, voiced for the final time by Clarence Nash, making Donald the only character in the film voiced by his original actor), who invites him to a wonderful holiday feast of plump goose with chestnut dressing, candied fruits, and cinnamon cake with lemon sauce, stating that such rich festive cuisine gives him digestive and other health difficulties. ("Are you daft, man? You know I can't eat that stuff! Here's YOUR wreath back!") That Christmas Eve night, the ghost of Jacob Marley (Goofy, voiced by Hal Smith), Scrooge's greedy former business partner, appears and scares Scrooge out of his wits when scrooge thinks Marley has come back to haunt him. Scrooge commends him for his ruthlessness. Marley chuckles "Yup", then recalls his sinfulness, and tells that because of his cruelty in life, he is doomed to wear heavy chains for eternity, or "maybe even longer". He warns that a similar fate, if not worse, will befall Scrooge unless he changes his ways. Marley/Goofy then leaves, falling down the stairs when he tries to avoid tripping over Scrooge's cane again and letting out his signature Goofy holler. Scrooge soon dismisses the incident, but is later awoken by the Ghost of Christmas Past (Jiminy Cricket, voiced by Eddie Carroll). He shows Scrooge his past, when his growing love of money led him to cruelly break the heart of his fiance Isabelle (Daisy Duck, voiced by Patricia Parris) by foreclosing on the honeymoon cottage's mortgage. This is in sharp contrast to the original novel where Isabelle is the one who ends the engagement with Scrooge in a relatively amicable manner. Not long after the first visit, the Ghost of Christmas Present (Willie the Giant, voiced by Will Ryan) arrives, surrounded by Turkey, Mince Pies, and Suckling Pigs. He shows him the poverty-stricken Cratchit family, who still keep a festive attitude in their home despite their hardships. Bob's young son, Tiny Tim (Morty Fieldmouse, voiced by Dick Billingsley), is revealed to be ill, and Willie foretells tragedy if the family's hapless life does not change. However, just when Scrooge is desperate to know Tim's fate, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the house both vanish. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (a hooded figure later revealed to be Pete, also voiced by Will Ryan) takes Scrooge to the future in a graveyard. When he sees Bob mourning for Tiny Tim, who has passed away (indicated by Bob placing Tim's crutch on his memorial marker), Scrooge fearfully asks whether this future can be altered. He then overhears the laughter of two gravediggers (the weasels from Wind in the Willows); apparently, they are amazed and humored by the fact that no one attended the funeral of the man whose grave they were digging for. After the weasels leave to take a break from their work, Scrooge and the ghost approach the lonely grave, where the ghost lights a cigar, revealing Scrooge's name on the tombstone, and gives him a shove into his grave calling him "THE RICHEST MAN IN THE CEMETERY". Scrooge falls towards his coffin as the lid opens and the flames of Hell burst out. Scrooge clings to vine but it snaps and Scrooge falls into his grave, shouting his repentance, as the ghost laughs cruelly. Suddenly, he is back home on Christmas morning. Having been given another chance, he throws his coat over his nightshirt, dons his cane and top hat, and goes to visit the Cratchits, cheerfully donating generous amounts of money along the way and telling Fred that he will come after all. He tries to play a ninny on Bob, dragging in a large sack supposedly filled with laundry and announcing gruffly that there will be extra work in the future. But to the Cratchits' joy, the sack is instead filled with toys and a big turkey for dinner. Scrooge gives Bob a raise and makes him his partner in the counting house, and Tiny Tim proclaims the original character's famous line of "God bless us, everyone!" Characters and roles Opening titles for Mickey's Christmas Carol in sepia tone with Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit. This was the last piece of animation to feature full opening credits and end with "The End". Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit Donald Duck as Fred Honeywell (Ebenezer's nephew) Ratty and Mole as Collectors for the Poor Goofy as Jacob Marley Jiminy Cricket as Ghost of Christmas Past Daisy Duck as Isabelle Willie the Giant as Ghost of Christmas Present Minnie Mouse as Mrs. Cratchit Morty Fieldmouse as Tiny Tim Ferdie Fieldmouse as Peter Cratchit Melody Mouse as Martha Cratchit Pete as Ghost of Christmas Future Mr. Toad as Mr. Fezziwig Extra characters Huey, Dewey, and Louie Horace Horsecollar Clarabelle Cow Grandma Duck Chip 'n' Dale Gus Goose Clara Cluck Big Bad Wolf Three Little Pigs Two of the Three Little Wolves Angus MacBadger, Cyril Proudbottom, the weasel army forces (from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad) Skippy Bunny, Sis Bunny, Tagalong Bunny, Mother Rabbit, Toby Turtle, Lady Kluck, Otto, and Grandma Owl (from Robin Hood) Naboombu secretary bird (from Bedknobs and Broomsticks) Uncle Waldo (from The Aristocats) Toby Tortoise and Max Hare (from The Tortoise and the Hare) Peter Pig (from The Wise Little Hen and The Band Concert) Paddy Pig (from The Band Concert) Many Disney characters from past films can be seen in small, non-speaking roles. For instance, the Three Little Pigs can be seen singing carols in the beginning of the film. Cyril Proudbottom, who was J. Thaddeus Toad's horse, is owned by Donald Duck in the film.. The DVD print reveals that graveyard scene also includes tombstones containing references to famous performers, including Gladys Knight, Bob Mills, and Warren Oates. Cast Wayne Allwine as Mickey Mouse Alan Young as Scrooge McDuck Clarence Nash as Donald Duck Hal Smith as Goofy and Rat Will Ryan as Mole, Pete and Willie the Giant Eddie Carroll as Jiminy Cricket Patricia Parris as Daisy Duck Dick Billingsley as Morty Reception Film Critic Leonard Maltin said that rather than being “a pale attempt to imitate the past”, the film is “cleverly written, well staged, and animated with real spirit and a sense of fun”.[3] Robin Allan stated that the film calls to mind the similarities between Walt Disney and Charles Dickens, in terms of both the work they produced and their work ethic.[4] However, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert of At the Movies gave it “two thumbs down”. Siskel felt there wasn't enough emphasis on Mickey's character and that it didn't rank with most of Disney's full-length animated features. Ebert stated that it lacked the magic of visual animation that the “Disney people are famous for” and that it was a “forced march” through the Charles Dickens story without any ironic spin.[5] Broadcasts Mickey's Christmas Carol was broadcast these years on NBC (1984–1990), CBS (1991–1998), ABC (2000 and 2003), ABC Family (2001–present), Toon Disney (2008), along with some local stations KOVR-TV in Sacramento, California (1997). Awards and nominations Mickey's Christmas Carol was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Animated Short Subject of 1983. Other references A clip of this film in Swedish was shown on Donald Duck's 50th Birthday to illustrate Donald's international appeal. See also List of A Christmas Carol adaptations References ^ This was the last theatrical release to be distributed under the Buena Vista label. Future releases would be under the Walt Disney Pictures/Productions label. ^ Most of the cast remained unchanged; however, in the audio version, Merlin (from The Sword in the Stone) the Blue Fairy (from Pinocchio) and the Queen (from Snow White, in her hag guise) portrayed the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future, respectively (the Present Ghost, like in the film version, was portrayed by Willie the Giant). ^ Maltin, Leonard (1987). Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons. New American Library. p. 79. ISBN 0-452-25993-2.  ^ Robin, Allan (1999). Walt Disney and Europe. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. p. 261. ISBN 0-253-21353-3.  ^ At the Movies, December 1983 External links Mickey's Christmas Carol at the Internet Movie Database Mickey's Christmas Carol at the Big Cartoon DataBase v · d · eCharles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Characters Ebenezer Scrooge · Bob Cratchit · Fezziwig · Ghost of Christmas Past · Ghost of Christmas Present · Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come · Jacob Marley · Tiny Tim Films Scrooge, or, Marley's Ghost  · A Christmas Carol (1908) · A Christmas Carol (1910) · Scrooge (1913) · Scrooge (1935) · A Christmas Carol (1938) · Scrooge (1951) · It's Never Too Late · Scrooge (1970) · A Christmas Carol (1971) · Mickey's Christmas Carol · Scrooged · The Muppet Christmas Carol · A Christmas Carol (1997) · Christmas Carol: The Movie · A Carol Christmas · Springtime with Roo · Chasing Christmas · A Christmas Carol (2006) · A Dennis the Menace Christmas · Ghosts of Girlfriends Past · A Christmas Carol (2009) Television Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol · Carol for Another Christmas · Rich Little's Christmas Carol · A Special Sesame Street Christmas · The Stingiest Man in Town · Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol · A Christmas Carol (1982) · A Christmas Carol (1984) · Blackadder's Christmas Carol · A Flintstones Christmas Carol · Ebbie · Ebenezer · An All Dogs Christmas Carol · A Christmas Carol (1999) · A Christmas Carol (2000) · An Easter Carol · A Christmas Carol (2004) · Bah, Humduck! 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