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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
For "Christmas Carol," the usual sound lesson about how being miserly affects yourself and others. In "The Small One," a young boy is forced to sell his favorite donkey, who is old and unable to carry his workload. Teary goodbyes and lessons of kindness dominate this story.
Positive Role Models
Of course Scrooge transforms from miserly to very giving in "Christmas Carol." Mickey Mouse generally provides a kind and good-hearted role model. But in the cartoon "Pluto's Christmas Tree," he loses his cool and calls Pluto names while wringing his neck. The only females in any of these cartoons are wives and girlfriends.
Violence & Scariness
Some scary moments in the "Christmas Carol" cartoon, in which Scrooge is confronted with a frightening ghost of Christmas future and a burning coffin. A little comic violence in "Pluto's Christmas Tree," peaking with Mickey wringing Pluto's neck and saying: "You dumb mutt!"
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A flirtatious Daisy Duck wants a kiss from Scrooge in the "Christmas Carol" cartoon. She gives him a big kiss on the cheek and his eyes spin and his heart beats wildly.
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Products & Purchases
Money and greed are themes in the "Christmas Carol" cartoon, as well as "The Small One." Men count coins, grabbing bags of money and act irrationally around money. In "Santa's Workshop," a host of trains and dolls are prepared for Santa's gift bag.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigar and cigarette smoking take place in the "Christmas Carol."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in September 2009 "Mickey's Christmas Carol" became available on DVD as part of the Classic Short Films Animation Collection. Other shorts in the collection include "Pluto's Christmas Tree," "The Small One," and "Santa's Workshop." There are some mildly scary moments in the featured cartoon. Of course, these images serve to scare Scrooge into becoming a generous man when he wakes up in the morning, but youngest viewers might flinch at the ghostly presence. In "Pluto's Christmas Tree" there's one scene of comic violence when Mickey wrings Pluto's neck and shouts "You dumb mutt!" Also of note -- there are very few girls or women to be found in any of these animated classics. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL takes Dickens' lesson-rich tale of greed and redemption and gives it some light Disney touches, making it a better version to share with younger viewers. The theme of generosity comes up again in the touching cartoon (and most religious of the bunch) called "The Small One," in which a young boy must sell his pet donkey.
Not to be overlooked is the final animated short called "Santa's Workshop" -- an early Disney masterpiece complete with rhyming text and a wonderfully imagined North Pole. There are many funny and deliberate details to behold. All in all, these cartoons will get the whole family in the mood for a cheerful Christmas.
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