These posts are some of my favorite Christmas specials, ever!
(For at least this year, next year I may make this including other Christmas favorite things)
Mickey’s Christmas Carol
Based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”
Directed by Burny Mattinson
Starring the Voice Talents of:
(My own words)
Based on the famous book, “A Christmas Carol”, Disney reimagines the tale utilizing a plethora of their various animated characters. Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit, Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge, and many more. Scrooge is visited by three ghosts that challenge him to see the world through less “Bah, Humbug!” eyes and instead understand the true meaning of the Christmas season.
This is one of several animated specials I tend to rewatch every single year in my holiday season watching. I enjoy watching programs up to actual Christmas day. This is one of those specials I remember seeing when I was fairly young and just loving the different characters playing Charles Dickens’ imagined characters. While Disney gives each of the characters the intended characteristics from the original story, they, of course, embody them with the characterizations that we love. For example, Goofy is well a GOOF! hehe I remember laughing a lot during the beginning of this special and even being scared when the Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge to the cemetery. I had a few nightmares of Pete lighting his cigar on the gravestone before him, as a child. It is probably one of my most vivid memories of the special. One would think that this would deter me from the special, but now as an adult (less afraid adult) it has endeared it to my heart for every Christmas season to come. Also I enjoy every single one of the chosen Ghosts of Christmas. They didn’t go with the immediately popular characters, which I think helps make this a better special. They seemed to think about who should fill these roles and why to add to the overall story and humor of it. I mean, who would have considered a character that basically has only been seen in rare appearances like the Giant from “Mickey and the Beanstalk”? He, however, adds such a beautiful comedic element to this special. I laugh every single time he tries to say pistachio. While this is a relatively short animated special (runtime is a little under 30 minutes) I still find that it takes on the entire story and delivers a rather rewarding retelling/adaptation of the original material. This is one special where every single time, I am mesmerized. I am taken in and forget that I am watching a story. I join in to Scrooge’s journey and always wait with anticipation for the ultimate change. This is why it is one of my all-time favorite Christmas specials. It is magical and allows me to remember that the reason for the season is the joy of doing for others.
Disney has been involved in other adaptations of “A Christmas Carol”, such as “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” This was a joint endeavor with The Jim Henson Company.