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Author: Megan Scussel

Megan Scussel is a freelance writer who grew up with the likes of Rainbow Brite and She-Ra. She has every line from Ducktales: The Movie memorized. Her go-to sick day movie is Fantasia. She hopes to someday be the shining star of a Dreamworks poster, arms crossed and lips molded into a smirk. You can see more of her writing by going to http://meganscussel.blogspot.com.

Mickey’s Christmas Carol Comes To Blu-ray

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Christmas has always been a wonderful time of the year for my family. I carry warm memories of December days spent trimming the tree and watching TV specials until bedtime. One of my fondest recollections involves watching Mickey’s Christmas Carol, and Disney recently made me a very happy girl by releasing it on Blu-ray. Along with the Blu-ray, you also get a DVD version and a digital copy. The digital copy allows you to watch the movie on your tablet or other device while you travel or otherwise spend time away from home. I never use digital copies, but it’s something nice to have for the future.

Mickey’s Christmas Carol is exactly what you’d expect – a Disney adaptation of the story known for generations and retold in countless ways. Scrooge McDuck plays – wait for it – Ebenezer Scrooge, with Donald Duck as his nephew and Mickey Mouse as Ebenezer’s underpaid assistant Bob Cratchit. Goofy makes an appearance as Jacob Marley, and other characters leave their marks in some form if you keep your eyes sharp. It’s hard to go wrong with such a cast. While it does have its flaws, I think it’s something that any Christmas lover should add to their collection or watch at least once when they get a chance.

Rainbow Brite Joins 2013 Hallmark Ornament Collection

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Rainbow Brite may just join your cast of ornaments on the Christmas tree this year. Hallmark released the ornament to celebrate Rainbow’s 30th anniversary.

For those who may not be familiar with this ’80s icon, Rainbow Brite is about a little girl who spreads joy and color throughout the world. The series started as a franchise in 1983, and in 1984, Hallmark saw fit to turn Rainbow Brite into a prime-time special. Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer, a movie based on the license, came to theaters in 1985, followed by an eight episode series. Some people remember Rainbow Brite fondly, and finding Rainbow Brite merchandise both on and off the Internet is not a herculean task. From shoelaces to stickers, there is something to cater to just about any interest. Sadly, the cartoon series is still not available officially, and the DVD release of the movie is long out of print, going for high prices on various auction sites.

The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation – Great Reading for Any Fan

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When I was a little girl, I dreamed of working on a Peanuts special. I didn’t know how to get a job with the magical studio that made these specials – I assumed you had to look in the newspaper for a secret, hidden ad or ask your mom to call somebody in Hollywood and tell them you’d be the perfect Sally. I’m well beyond the appropriate age now, but I still think about it now and then. It sure would’ve been nice.

For those Peanuts fans who lived their pipe dreams through holiday reruns and stuffed Snoopy dolls, The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation: Celebrating Fifty Years of Television Specials is a great way to learn about the people behind the movies and specials. Don’t know the name behind the first voice of Charlie Brown? You will now. Want to know how difficult it is to draw Linus or Lucy? This book may give you the answer you seek.

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