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Mickey's Christmas Carol [VHS]


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  • Actors: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan, Eddie Carroll
  • Directors: Burny Mattinson
  • Writers: Alan Young, Burny Mattinson, Alan Dinehart, Charles Dickens, Don Griffith
  • Producers: Burny Mattinson
  • Language: German
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Walt Disney
  • Run Time: 26 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RLWS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,719 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
The only real complaint about "Mickey's Christmas Carol" is that it only runs 25 minutes, which means the story gets a bit rushed. The rest, such as the idea that Goofy should play Marley, is just quibbling (Goofy has the height to make it work). On the plus side of the ledger is the on-point casting of Uncle Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer, Mickey Mouse as Bob Crachit, and Jiminy Cricket as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Historically "Mickey's Christmas Carol" was important for Disney because it was the first animated Mickey Mouse short in thirty years. Since these are the Disney characters inhabiting the familiar roles from "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, you end up with a winning combination of goofy humor and warm sentiments. However, you cannot help but thinking that given the creativity of Disney, even in those dark days six years before "The Little Mermaid" brought back the magic, this could have been a pretty good feature length animated film. Compared to other Disney animated shorts, "Mickey's Christmas Carol" is a five. But compared to other versions of "A Christmas Carol," this one is just short of the top tier. Worth having? Absolutely. But just make sure it is not the first version of this Christmas classic that the small fry see. They should appreciate the original holiday lesson taught by Dickens before they enjoy this more comic version.
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Format: VHS Tape
Loving Dickens' Christmas classic as much as I do, I am surprised to find myself enjoying this short take on it as much as I do. It's probably because I love Mickey and Disney so much.

They have kept the important parts of the story the same. Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) is a miserable miser who hates Christmas and over works Bob Cratchit (Mickey Mouse). But one Christmas Eve, he is visited by his dead parter Jacob Marley (Goofy) who warns him about three more spirits. Can visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past (Jiminy Cricket), Present (Willie the Giant), and Future (Pete) help him see the need for compassion?

Since this "short" is just under half an hour, they quite obviously truncated the story. But they hit the most important parts, allowing our emotions to truly be moved. I'll admit, I get chocked up at the end. The animation is wonderful in a way only hand drawn animation can be. While some of the casting is a bit odd (Goofy as Marley?) most of it works. And it is fun spotting all the characters who have blink and you miss them cameos.

About the only serious issue with the film is the ending. Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Future can be frightening. By making Goofy Marley, they make him out to be funny. However, they go overboard at the end in what could be a truly frightening moment for young kids. You will probably want to keep that in mind before letting them watch it.

Obviously, this VHS copy is long of out print, but the movie has made several appearances on DVD. If you love Disney and Dickens, you'll want to find a copy to enjoy year after year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Westwood on 18 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Works fine in uk dvd player everthing in English it's just the cover that is in Polish. This is the Only way you can watch this in the uk as it has never been released in the uk on dvd or bluray. Unless you have a multi region player.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By star on 4 Dec. 2010
Format: VHS Tape
i think this film is amazing. it is realy good and tiny tim is very cute.dont think twice about bying this film.any one who likes disney will love this!
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