Mickey Mouse Christmas Cartoon Classics!

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VHS Christmas Cartoon Classics, Mickeys Christmas Carrol!

Mickey’s Christmas Carol is a 1983 American animated featurette directed and produced by Burny Mattinson. The cartoon is an adaptation of Charles Dickens‘ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol, and stars Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge. Many other Disney characters, such as Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio (1940), and those primarily from the Mickey Mouse universe, Robin Hood (1973), and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), were cast throughout the film. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures and released by Buena Vista Distribution. In the United States, it was first aired on television on NBC, on December 10, 1984.[1]

Mickey’s Christmas Carol was largely adapted from the 1974 Disneyland Records audio musical An Adaptation of Dickens’ Christmas Carol. The musical featured similar dialogue and a similar cast of characters[2] with the exception of the first and last Christmas ghosts.[3]

This was the first original Mickey Mouse theatrical cartoon produced in over 30 years. With the exception of re-releases, Mickey had not appeared in movie theaters since the short film The Simple Things (1953). The graveyard sequence was also the first time Disney tested the APT process.[4] Many additional characters seen in the film had also not appeared in a theatrical cartoon for several decades. The film was also the last time in which Clarence Nash voiced Donald Duck. Nash was the only original voice actor in the film as Walt Disney (Mickey Mouse) and Pinto Colvig (Goofy) had died in the 1960s, Bill Thompson (Scrooge McDuck), Cliff Edwards (Jiminy Cricket) and Billy Gilbert (Willie the Giant) in 1971, and Billy Bletcher (Pete and the Big Bad Wolf) in 1979. It was also the first time in animation that Scrooge McDuck (as Ebenezer Scrooge) was voiced by actor Alan Young (who had first voiced the character on the musical album); Young would continue to be the primary voice actor for McDuck until the actor’s death in 2016.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1984, but lost to Jimmy Picker’s Sundae in New York.[5] It was the first nomination for a Mickey Mouse short since Mickey and the Seal (1948).

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