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This review does not represent the opinions of the general public. It reflects my personal thoughts and opinions on the movie.
That said, on to the review!
Adaptations of Charles Dickens' timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, are many, but you can count on Disney to add a delightful animated twist to it. What better way to celebrate the season than with your favorite Disney characters gathered together in a short presentation of a well-known Christmas tale?
Scrooge McDuck, multi-millionaire of the Disney family, tackles the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly, tight-fisted skinflint whose only joys in the world are money and the making of it. Working for him is none other than your favorite and mine, Mickey Mouse, supplying the role of Scrooge's overworked, underpaid, meek clerk, Bob Cratchit. Other well-known characters include Goofy (Jacob Marley), Jiminy Cricket (the Ghost of Christmas Past), Minnie Mouse (Mrs. Cratchit), and Donald Duck (Scrooge's nephew, Fred). That's not even mentioning other supporting characters, like Mr. Toad (Fezziwig), Willie the Giant (the Ghost of Christmas Present), and--unless my eyes are totally going--a number of stars from such animated features as Robin Hood and Wind in the Willows.
As usual, you can count on humor and comedy, especially with the likes of Goofy and Donald in the picture. Poor accident-prone Goofy has his usual problems and sends out his trademark falling card after a misstep going down the stairs. Tempermental Donald vents his usual garbled shouts when Scrooge kicks him out of his establishment. There's also the wonderful reenactment of Mickey and the Beanstalk when Willie has trouble saying pistachio, then drops Scrooge into his pocket the same way he dropped the key into it. There's more fun to be had when Daisy Duck (Isabelle) tries to get a young Ebenezer to kiss her under the mistletoe but learns that she's standing on his foot in the process.
Despite the laughs, this is a serious story. There's no doubt about that. One can't forget how cold and cruel Scrooge starts out, nor his vile treatment of Isabelle once he becomes wealthy. Nor can one ignore the painful scenes involving Tiny Tim. I know the whole thing is make-believe, and I know I shouldn't get sentimental about it, but I cried along with Mickey as the Cratchits said fairwell to Tiny Tim. Yeah, I cried. If you can't cry when such touching moments happen, then you're colder than Ebenezer Scrooge ever was.
I can't say much more about the movie, except that I really enjoyed it. The touches of humor balanced out nicely against the somber moments, yet neither extreme completely negated the other, which is as it should be. The famous cast did a fine job filling their roles, and gave to the story their own magical touches. Together they make Mickey's Christmas Carol a must-see feature of the holiday season.
You can purchase Mickey's Christmas Carol on videotape at just about any video store and any Disney Store you go to. Look under Disney's "Favorite Stories" line of videos.
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