Friday, December 16, 2011

My Top 25 Christmas Movies List: #10 Mickey's Christmas Carol

Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

    Based on the Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol, and starring our beloved Disney characters.

   It's Christmas Eve in London and the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) is busy counting his money while his underpaid bookkeeper, Bob Cratchit (Mickey Mouse) is trying to get the nerve up to ask for a half day off on Christmas Day. Scrooge reluctantly agrees but informs him that it will be unpaid time off.

   Two collectors (Rat and Mole) come by Scrooge's shop asking for donations for the poor but Scrooge simply explains his unwillingness to give by saying that if he does, the poor will no longer be poor and the collectors will be out of work. His nephew Fred (Donald Duck) also pays a visit to Scrooge to invite him over for Christmas dinner. He declines the offer.

   Later that night, the ghost of Scrooge's former business partner, Jacob Marley (Goofy) appears to him. Jacob tells Scrooge that because of his evil ways he has been doomed to wear shackles and chains for all eternity and that unless Scrooge changes, he is in for the same fate. Jacob Marley leaves and Scrooge returns to his sleep.

   He is woken again but this time by the Ghost of Christmas Past (Jiminy Cricket). He takes Scrooge on a visit to his past and shows him how his greed and love of money caused him to break the heart of Isabelle (Daisy Duck), his then fiance.

   Scrooge has a second visitor, the Ghost of Christmas Present (Willie the Giant), and he shows him inside the home of the Cratchit family and how they keep a positive attitude despite their poverty. He also sees that Bob has a sick and feeble son, Tiny Tim, and the ghost reveals that a tragedy is in store for the Cratchits. Scrooge asks if the tragic event concerns Tiny Tim but the ghost and the house disappear before he can get an answer.

   A third ghost, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, takes Scrooge to a graveyard where he sees Bob Cratchit crying at the grave of his beloved son, Tiny Tim. He then hears two gravediggers (Weasels) laughing at the fact that no one attended the funeral of the man they are burying. Scrooge walks over to discover his own name is on the tombstone at which time the ghost shoves him into the grave.

   Scrooge wakes up back in his own home. It is Christmas Day and having been given a second chance at life, he runs out cheerfully donating to the poor. He makes his way over to the Cratchits home and pretends to be bringing a large sack of laundry for Bob to take care of but then he reveals its contents. The bag is filled with gifts, toys for the children and a giant turkey for Christmas dinner. Scrooge also gives Bob a raise and even makes him his business partner. The family is overjoyed and Tiny Tim ends the happy story with the famous line, "God bless us, everyone!"

  This is great way to expose your children to the Charles Dickens classic. They will love seeing Mickey and friends in this Christmas tale of kindness.

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