Disney Animation Collection 7: Mickey's Christmas Carol
by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD ISBN/ITEM#: B0029ZUQB2
Date: 26 September 2009 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
While growing up the Wonderful World of Disney was must watch TV every Sunday at 6:00 P.M. and I wanted to see what gems the people at Disney had collected for Disney Animation Collection 7: Mickey's Christmas Carol.
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
Directed by Burny Mattinson
Writing credits Burny Mattinson (story adaptation) &
Tony Marino (story adaptation) (as Tony L. Marino) &
Ed Gombert (story adaptation) &
Don Griffith (story adaptation) &
Alan Young (story adaptation) &
Alan Dinehart (story adaptation)
Charles Dickens (book "A Christmas Carol")
I remember watching Mickey's Christmas Carol when it aired back in 1983 and Disney's interpretation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is as delightful 26 years later as it was when it first aired. Casting Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge is casting to type. Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit is a no brainer but who would have ever imagined Goofy playing the serious role of Jacob Marley's Ghost and doing a yeoman's job. Playing the role of Scrooge's nephew Fred, Donald Duck shows that he actually has a kinder, gentler side. Giving the role of The Spirit of Christmas Past to Jiminy Cricket was an inspired piece of casting. Although we all know the story and its happy ending, Disney still manged to make it a timeless Christmas classic for children of all ages.
Although I never saw The Small One when it was screened in theaters prior to the showings of the 1978 re-release of Pinocchio, watching it now made me wish that I had seen it on the silver screen. It wasn't until after the boy and Small One flee from the tanner that it suddenly dawned on me that this might just be the gentle donkey that bore Jesus's mother Mary to the manger in Bethlehem.
Pluto's Christmas Tree is hilarious as Chip 'n Dale show up and torment Pluto until Mickey welcomes them, as well as Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy as they drop by, singing Christmas carols.
As soon as I saw the first few seconds of Santa's Workshop, I recognized the style of Disney's animators in the early 1930s. While I prefer their later styles, I recognize that these were animators of uncommon talent.
Whether you already have the first 6 volumes of the Disney Animation Collection or not, I strongly recommend that you get this DVD. This is a perfect DVD for the upcoming holiday season, one you can share with your family or give to your grandchildren. And if you're a collector of classic Disney animation, make sure you buy a copy for yourself.