Saturday, December 19, 2009

30 Days of Christmas: A Christmas Carol...

But not just any version of A Christmas Carol (because there are so many!): Mickey's Christmas Carol!!! This Disney-filed version of Charles Dickens' classic novella was released in 1983 and partially based on a musical version of the same name that predated it. However, this animated short film featured everyone's favorite high-pitched mouse in the Bob Crachit role with Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge.

What was always so great about this version was how, at the end when Scrooge McDuck goes to the Crachit family home, he keeps up his gruff persona. As a little kid, one might think he really didn't learn a lesson from the Ghosts of Christmas past after all, but in reality, he's just tricking the family. The big sack he drags with him is not filled with laundry or papers but toys for the kids. Mickey Crachit gets his raise and partnership in the company, and little Tiny Tim is so full of holiday joy, he no longer seems ill. Hard to read a lot of emotion on cartoon's faces, but Mickey's Christmas Carol makes it just a little bit easier!

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