Friday, December 6, 2013

Mickey's Christmas Carol

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

If you are looking for a good version Dickens’ Christmas Carol to introduce your children to the classic story in a not too scary way Mickey’s Christmas Carol is one of two I’d highly recommend. (The other being Muppet Christmas Carol. Both are Disney.)

Being a Dickens’ Carol fan I am rather picky about my Carol movies. On a scale of 1-10 I’d say this gets a 5 for keeping the “spirit” of the original. The idea and message of the story are clearly conveyed but it loses something in the translation. The loss has nothing to do with the fact it is animated or that classic Disney characters acting out the parts. I just feel it does not capture the spirit of the story as well as other versions. Muppet’s Christmas Carol is in my top 5 best at capturing the spirit and intent of this classic and important story. I believe Mickey’s Carol goes off track by going for the gags/laughs a little too much. The is humor in Christmas Carol just not this much.

Mickey’s Christmas Carol is loosely based on Dickens’ Christmas Carol. The general plot points are there. Scrooge, Scrooge McDuck is a penny pinching miser who is miserable. Bob Cratchit, Mickey Mouse is his poor clerk. Tiny Tim is Bob’s sickly little boy and Minnie Mouse plays Bob’s Wife. Daisy plays Scrooge’s lost love. Donald Duck is Fred, Scrooge’s nephew.

Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, Goofy who warns him that he needs to change. The scene is funny and does not put the scare in you that other versions or the original story does. In many versions of Christmas Carol I consider this the 2nd scariest part. Here it is more funny than scary. He calls out to Scrooge to change.

Jiminy is the Ghost of Christmas Past, who shows Scrooge events in his past that caused hurt to himself and others.

Willie the Giant is the Ghost of Christmas Present. Christmas Present shows Scrooge the joy of loving and giving. This is when Scrooge is introduced to Tiny Tim and truly begins to open to seeing that he has missed out on relationships.

Pete (Black Pete/Pegleg Pete) is the ghost of Christmas Future. He is dark and foreboding but this part of the story is quickly gone over. I believe this is because it is so dark and scary.

In the end Scrooge finds redemption. He does not want to die living the way he has. He helps save Tiny Tim, treats Bob Cratchit better and reconnects with his nephew Fred. He goes from living a life of sorrow, pain and emptiness, living only for money to living with joy, happiness and living to reach out and connect with people.

Here is a link to what WikiPedia has to say about the movie:

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