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Four Stories to Enjoy Christmas After Christmas
on 16 December 2009
Disney knows how to capitalize on their popular products. This disc contains shorts that have already been released on DVD. But all those old releases are out of print. And these four shorts have never been released together before. So if you've missed them, here's a great way to get them.
Of course, short is a subjective term since two of them are around 25 minutes each. Up first is "Mickey's Christmas Carol." In this classic take on the Dickens' tale, the parts are played by Mickey and his pals. Mickey takes on Bob Cratchit, leaving the Scrooge role to Scrooge McDuck. As much as I love some of the straight adaptations of the classic, I love this one, too. Given the time constraints, they cut a lot out, but it is still entertaining.
The other longer piece is "The Small One." This short finds a boy attempting to find a loving home for his favorite donkey. He wanders all over the ancient village until a man needs asks him for the animal to carry his pregnant wife on a journey. The spiritual overtones are a little surprising, but I find the short overall a little long. Cutting out a few minutes would have made it better over all.
In the true shorts category, we've got "Pluto's Christmas Tree," a piece that finds Pluto trying to rid the house of Chip 'n' Dale who have stowed away in Mickey's Christmas tree. It's rather funny. And they really reached into the vault for 1932's Santa's Workshop. This one is definitely dated, and one of the jokes would be racist today. But the majority of the cartoon is still clever.
Even with one of the offerings being a little weak, the rest of the disc is very strong. If you don't already have these shorts, you might want to consider getting this release while you still can.