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.
You don’t just get Mickey’s Christmas Carol. The Blu-ray also boasts animated shorts that center on the theme of the winter season or Christmas itself. Yodelburg (2013), Corn Chips (1951), The Art of Skiing (1941), Pluto’s Christmas Tree (1952), and The Hockey Champ (1939) are available to watch when the mood strikes you. I personally think they should’ve included Once Upon a Wintertime (1948), and it’s a shame that I won’t be seeing it in high quality.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol originally accompanied a theatrical reappearance of The Rescuers in 1983, and it was Disney’s first theatrical animated short in over thirty years at the time. You can purchase the Blu-ray on the Internet, or you can visit your favorite local store.