Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)
I’ve seen this short dozens of times and it’s one of my favourite renditions of A Christmas Carol (Have decided to actually read the original story). What more could you ask for? Disney’s most famous animated characters playing the parts in an adaptation of A Christmas Classic. Everyone is “cast” perfectly and it’s just fun to see Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Scrooge McDuck in these roles. And the movie has that classic Disney animation that I love. Great cinematography throughout and the different settings are very distinct from one another. And the three ghosts aren’t too bad either. Once again, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come has the scariest sequence, which I think is a little dark for a kids short like this. I mean the literal gates of Hell open up in the form of Scrooge’s grave as he falls in. And the movie does get the message of this story across well, but this is a “short”. It’s twenty five minutes long. Because of that, all three spirit sequences feel incredibly rushed, unsatisfying and unfulfilling and that does essentially kill this short. I’m sure they could’ve stretched this more, unless they had to meet a certain runtime, in which case, they did what they could. There really isn’t much more to say about this short, because there isn’t much to it. After I watched this, I thought, oh, so that’s it then. Unsatisfied with what I had gotten.