Disney Animation Collection 7: Mickey's Christmas Carol

 
Classic entertaining holiday shorts with perennial lessons.
  • Review Date: September 22, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 64 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value
Not applicable
Positive messages

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!"

Sexy stuff

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.

Consumerism

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."

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.

What's the story?

Ebenezer Scrooge is a busy duck when Christmas rolls around. He has to count lots of money in his Counting House. He does have a certain mouse helping him, named Bob Cratchit. And though Bob has a friendly attitude to his miserly boss, he is not duly rewarded for his work and his family doesn't have enough food to go around. Scrooge can't be bothered with other people's misery. That is, until he is visited by three ghosts, who show him the effects of his miserly ways. The other shorts are also related to Christmas, the most religous of which is called \"The Small One,\" which ends with a starlit cross lighting the sky on the eve of Jesus' birth

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about greed. Does it always have to do with money? Can people be greedy in other ways? What does Scrooge miss out on in his life because of his greedy nature?

  • Getting presents is a big part of Christmas. But should Christmas be ALL about the presents? Can you name three gifts that you can give that are not bought or sold?

  • Parents might like to check out these age-appropriate  tips that can help families navigate the consumer blitz during the holidays.

Movie details

DVD release date:September 29, 2009
Cast:Alan Young, Edward Brophy, Wayne Allwine
Directors:Burny Mattinson, Don Bluth
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:64 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent Written byamandabcook November 12, 2014
age 6+
 

Scary for my 4yo

Mickey's Christmas Carol is a classic; I remember it fondly from my childhood. I checked the age recommendation (4y) before showing it to my fairly sensitive 4yo. He was so scared that he was physically shaking. The scary scene is the one with the Ghost of Christmas Future showing Scrooge his future of burning in a fiery hell--there are flames and it is terrifying. Parents should also be prepared for questions about hell and afterlife. Common Sense Media let me down this time, my son was not nearly ready for this. (On the other hand, the shorts Pluto's Christmas Tree, Goofy Skiing, Donald Duck Corn Chips---all excellent and he laughed and laughed.)
Kid, 9 years old January 18, 2012
age 3+
 

Mickey Christmas Carol Review

In this I think it has a good role model thingy because Scrooge hates Christmas at first but in the end he learns that there is more than life than just money which I think is educational for kids.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great role models
Adult Written byLowe's man September 25, 2014
age 3+
 

prepares little ones for the standard story

I agree that Mickey's Christmas Carol is a much better version of the classic story to share with little ones than the standard versions, as it's true to the Charles Dickens classic but with its scary elements toned way down, not to mention shorter. Ideal for kids who don't yet have the attention span for full length movies. Since I've only seen this on tv I don't think I've ever seen the supporting cartoons that appear on this dvd, so I can't comment on those.

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