Friday, January 6, 2012

Movie Review: Mickey's Christmas Carol

Mickey's Christmas Carol was probably my first introduction to the classic Christmas story by Charles Dickens. Up until I left for an LDS mission [1] and college, my sisters and I watched this pretty regularly, along with the Disney short "Donald's Snow Fight" [2], during Christmastime. Some of the background characters have been lifted from other Disney films—Fred's horse is the same as the horse in Cinderella and several of the attendees of Fezzywig's party can also be seen in Robin Hood, not to mention the appearance of Jiminy Cricket (Pinocchio), Willie the Giant (Mickey and the Beanstalk), and Pegleg Pete as the various ghosts.

My verdict: After watching The Muppet Christmas Carol [3], this one seems awfully short—they zip right through the three spirits. So short, in fact, that now I'm astonished that the moral of the story ever came across or that Scrooge's conversion ever seemed plausible. Having Goofy, of all Disney characters, be Jacob Marley, was a bizarre choice. But he's a hilarious Jacob Marley. It's a little surprising that Disney has Scrooge's coffin open up and spout hellfire. My complaints notwithstanding, I still enjoy watching this movie for Christmas.


[1] For those who are unsure why Latter-day Saints (Mormons) go on missions, I recommend you visit here and here, where you can learn more about LDS beliefs concerning sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you have more questions, ask and maybe I'll do a full post on the topic.

[2] You can watch it on YouTube, here.

[3] Read my review here.


  1. I love that they have Goofy for Jacob Marley--he makes the character funny rather than scary for little kids watching it. Though I agree about the fire in the grave. That part is still a little scary.

  2. Woops, that was really me, not Mike.