Walt's Disney's 1983 version of
"A Christmas Carol"
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
After thirty years with no new big screen
material, Mickey returned in this
featurette-length condensed adaptation of Charles
Dickens' immortal classic A Christmas Carol.
Scrooge McDuck is a natural choice to play the
role of Ebenezer Scrooge, a grouchy miser who
loves money and hates Christmas. Mickey plays Bob
Cratchit, Scrooge's hard-working and
Scrooge gets a chance for
redemption when the ghost of his old boss Jacob
Marley (Goofy) tells him he'll be visited by
three more spirits. These spirits (played by
Jiminy Cricket, the giant from "Mickey and
the Beanstalk", and Pete) seek to show
Scrooge the wrong he's done, doing, and will do
in an effort for him to change before it's too
late. Even though the familiar story is
condensed, it retains its effectiveness and stays
fast paced and full of classic Disney characters.
Mickey's Christmas Carol is
a rousing success of a return, as it's not only
one of the best Mickey shorts, but perhaps one of
the finest half-hour animated shorts ever made.
Along with the Muppets and Scrooged, it's
one of the most memorable recent film versions of
this excellent holiday tale. From its warm
opening titles with cheery song to its heartfelt
conclusion, Mickey's Christmas Carol is a
wonderful, spirited cartoon.
In addition to picking up an
Academy Award nomination, the film launched
careers for a variety of animators such as Mark
Henn and Pixar director John Lasseter.
Vintage LP cover for audio adaptation of the
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The First of the
The Second of
the Three Spirits
The Last of the
The End of It
items and pages that are part of this site:
Essays by Dickens
tree is decorated with bright merriment, and
song, and dance, and cheerfulness. And they are
welcome. Innocent and welcome be they ever held,
beneath the branches of the Christmas Tree, which
cast no gloomy shadow!"
So writes Charles
Dickens concerning a tradition that even in his
day was precious. Enjoy his story, "The Christmas Tree," as he recollects the joy it brought to
can be insensible to the outpourings of good
feeling, and the honest interchange of
affectionate attachment, which abound at this
season of the year? A Christmas family-party! We
know nothing in nature more delightful! There
seems a magic in the very name of
The family seated
around the Christmas dinner table is a treasured
time that becomes forever etched in our hearts.
Enjoy Dicken's story, "A Christmas Dinner," as he relates the joys it brings.
friend, lost child, lost parent, sister, brother,
husband, wife, we will not so discard you! You
shall hold your cherished places in our Christmas
hearts, and by our Christmas fires; and in the
season of immortal hope, and on the birthday of
immortal mercy, we will shut out Nothing!"
In his short
story, "What Christmas Is
As We Grow Older,"
Dickens encourages us to not forget the past joys
and loves we have known, in order to shut out the
pain of loss. Rather, we defeat the loss by
celebrating the memories of times and people once
close to us.
children, I am very anxious that you should know
something about the History of Jesus Christ. For
everybody ought to know about Him." -Charles
forgot the Source of the holiday cheer he spread
with his writings, or the meaning of the silent
night in Bethlehem so long ago. In this excerpt
from his private story written for his children,
"The Life of Our Lord," Dickens
explains simply in his own words "The Christmas Story."
and Film Versions
Information about the 1951 version with
Alastair Sim, with photos, comparisons to the
novel and excerpts from the soundtrack.
Information about the 1939
radio version produced
by Orson Welles and starring Lionel Barrymore.
Information about the BBC radio version starring Michael Gough.Also the 1975
CBS Radio Mystery Theater version starring E.G.
Information about Disney's "A
short animated feature
Information about "Scrooge," the 1970
musical version starring
Information about the Muppet's
Information about the upcoming 2009 CG version starring Jim Carrey.
Information about Rich Little's one-man version
of "A Christmas
Information about the 1971 Chuck Jones animated film featuring Alastair Sim
as the voice of Scrooge!
Information about Patrick
Stewart's one-man performance of the book, as
well as his 1999 movie adaptation.
Complete scan of "A Christmas Carol" comic book
adaptation from the
70's by Marvel Comics!
Enjoy scenes from the story in these antique
Classics Illustrated "A Christmas
Carol" cover #1.
Classics Illustrated "A Christmas
Carol" cover #2.
Pendulum's Illustrated Stories "A Christmas
A Dean Morrissey painting of Scrooge outside his London business. The print
can be bought here.
Montage of scenes from the novel by artist Jeffrey Bedrick made for a
puzzle, which can be bought here.
See Scrooge in
various ads for merchandise that make him
Other resources outside of this site:
Read the story
behind of the writing of this most-loved
Christmas story here, as originally published in Reader's
According to Dickens: A series of articles by
Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts.
Christmas: an excellent site!
incredible table-top reproduction of Dicken's
London on this page.
In an essay on
his favorite Christmas videos, columnist C. W. Oberleitner examines the
best adaptations of "A Christmas Carol"
film as viewed through the eyes of a horror movie
Very Scary Christmas!