Well, Christmas is coming closer and I think it is time to talk about Disney’s take on the most famous Christmas story. Mickey’s Christmas Carol is special in more than one regards. For one, it was the first of what I call the Disney Featurettes: Stories which were longer than the usual shorts, but not long enough to be considered movies. This one was shown before “The Rescuers” and marked Mickey’s return to the big screen.
1. The Setting
As I mentioned back when I did my review of Oliver and Company, Charles Dickens lived during a time when poverty was on the rise, and a lot of his work is about pointing out this poverty, appealing to his readers to do something against it. So naturally, the original story describes the London he knew. The Disney version is more a fairy tale version of it. While poverty is addressed, it is done in a less graphic way than in the original.
2. The Characters
Like in all cartoons based on classic stories which feature Mickey Mouse and friends, the characters stay more or less the same. No matter which incarnation, Goofy will always be clumsy and...