SUMMARY: A version of the Dickens’ classic starring a range of Disney characters.
WHY IT’S HERE: Disney’s ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’ is a magical Christmas treat. I’m a bit biased on this one by having loved it since I was a kid and it was shown every Christmas. I’m also a sucker for the Dickens story and Disney in general. This marked the return of Mickey Mouse to the big screen after a thirty year retirement but he only plays the supporting role of Bob Cratchit. The lead is, of course, taken by Scrooge McDuck and there’s some great bits of casting of many other Disney favourites (the masterstroke is making Goofy Jacob Marley!). Sure, it’s flawed. The story is whipped through very quickly. I wish it’d been at least ten minutes longer. It’s not a patch on Richard Williams’ animated adaptation of the same story either. Nevertheless, I think ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’ is a lovely little featurette and I’d have awarded it the Oscar for 1983.