->''"Joy to the children far and near\\
What a wondrous time of year\\
Isn't it just grand to say\\
Merry, Merry Christmas\\
Merry, Merry Christmas\\
Oh, what a merry Christmas day!"''

It was the year [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation 1983]]. For years, MickeyMouse, a once mighty force in animation, was but a memory. After his fallout of popularity in the [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1940s]], and his final appearances in the 1950s, it seemed like there was no future for the mouse.

But then this film came along and changed that—well, sort of.

'''''Mickey's Christmas Carol''''' is a 24-minute film, and a fairly straightforward adaptation of [[Literature/AChristmasCarol that one classic story]] [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol everybody knows about by now]]. Despite the short being billed as Mickey's comeback, he serves only as the character of Bob Cratchit. Scrooge [=McDuck=] (in the role of—take a wild guess—[[spoiler:[[TheDanza Ebenezer Scrooge!]]]]) carries the bulk of the film instead, making his first animated appearance, having previously never appeared outside of the Creator/CarlBarks ''Uncle Scrooge'' comics.

Debuting with the 1983 re-release of ''Disney/TheRescuers'', this adaptation was fairly well received, but many moviegoers were obviously disappointed that the film had virtually nothing to do with Mickey at all. Although that feeling might have been a contribution to him coming back after that, since people wanted to see more of him. In 1984 it began airing annually around Christmas on network television, becoming a holiday favorite for many years.
!!Tropes Used in This Film:
* AccidentalBargainingSkills: After Scrooge's reformation, he goes to the alms collectors. They are stunned at his sudden turnaround, which leads him to think they're holding out for more.
->'''Scrooge''': Good morning, gentlemen. I've something for ya.
->''[Puts a bag of coins on the second collector's head]''
->'''Collector for the Poor #1''': Twenty gold sovereigns! Oh, no!
->'''Scrooge''': Not enough? Here.
->''[Puts another bag on the collector's pants]''
->'''Scrooge''': Fifty gold sovereigns!
->'''Collector for the Poor #2''': Really, Mister Scrooge. It's...
->'''Scrooge''': Still not enough! You drive a hard bargain. Here you are.
->''[Throws several bags at the collectors]''
->'''Scrooge''': One hundred gold pieces, and not a penny more!
->'''Collector for the Poor #1''': Oh, thank you, Mr. Scrooge! Thank you! And a *merry* Christmas to you!
* AdaptationDistillation: Shortens the already short story. This causes some points to be lost, while others condensed.
** Tiny Tim's BadFuture fate is shown in a few seconds, without a word.
** CompressedAdaptation: Can also be considered this.
* AllStarCast: Just about every major character from the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts appears in this, with the odd exception of Pluto.
** Noteworthy for being the final time Clarence Nash voiced Donald.
* AnimatedAdaptation: This one is an adaptation of Disneyland Records' 1974 audio [[TheMusical musical]] entitled ''[[http://www.mousevinyl.com/content/dickens-christmas-carol-disneyland-records An Adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol]]'', except that the first and third ghosts in the animated adaptation ([[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]] as Past, {{Pete}} as Future) are quite different characters than in the audio musical ([[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone Merlin]] as Past, [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs the Evil Queen/Witch]] as Future).
* AnthropomorphicShift: Inverted with Cyril Proudbottom the horse. He is a PartiallyCivilizedAnimal in ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'', but he's a NearlyNormalAnimal in this featurette.
* TheCameo: Several classic Disney characters make appearances, including the Disney/ThreeLittlePigs, [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]], [[Disney/FunAndFancyFree Willie the Giant]] and [[Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad Mr. Toad]].
* CarnivoreConfusion: Suckling pig makes an appearance when Scrooge meets the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Three Little Pigs have a cameo. Donald also invites Scrooge to have goose for dinner.
** Maybe that's what Scrooge meant when he said "You know I can't eat that stuff!"
* ChewbaccaDefense: Scrooge confounding the charity workers.
* DigitalDestruction: The 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray and Digital Copy have digitally smeared picture, which also looks zoomed in too closely.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: When Isabelle asks Scrooge about his decision, she means whether they get married, while he thinks it's about the mortgage on their honeymoon cottage, which he closes.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Scrooge's reaction to meeting the Ghost of Christmas Past, played by Jiminy Cricket. The Ghost's response is that if men were measured by kindness, Scrooge would be no bigger than a speck of dust.
* ExpospeakGag:
-->'''Ratty:''' Sir, we are soliciting funds for the indigent and destitute.\\
'''Scrooge:''' For the what?\\
'''Moley:''' We're collecting for the poor.
* FurryDenial: Scrooge [=McDuck=], who's playing Ebenezer Scrooge from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' is referred to as an "English''man''," despite being a ''drake'' (a male duck) (and actually Scottish).
* GotMeDoingIt: Mickey almost says "And a Bah Humbug to you" to Scrooge, but catches himself and wishes Merry Christmas instead.
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Isabelle's second dress, and her {{parasol|of prettiness}}, and [[PrettyInMink fur cape]].
* MythologyGag: The younger version of Scrooge when he meets Isabelle is based on Donald in the 1950 short "Crazy Over Daisy".
* OffscreenCrash: Happens to Goofy (playing Marley). Scrooge tells him to "watch that last..." Step.
* OutOfFocus: Despite getting top billing, Mickey only got a relatively small role, in what was supposed to be his comeback film (which fortunately happened anyway). Then again casting Mickey as Scrooge would have probably been too OutOfCharacter, and in any event he portrays a very sympathetic and likable Bob Cratchit.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Isabelle's first dress.
* PorkyPigPronunciation: As in ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'', Willie still can't say "pistachio".
* RuleOfFunny: Some of the greedy stuff Scrooge brags about. Marley's prat-falling. The giant walking around town.
* SecondFaceSmoke: Done by Pete as the Ghost of Christmas Future to Scrooge.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The Ghost Of Christmas Future AKA Pete
--> "Why, '''yours''', Ebenezer! ''The richest man in the cemetery!!''
* SpinOff: Sort of. The success of this movie led Disney to put together ''WesternAnimation/{{DuckTales}}'', with Creator/AlanYoung returning as the voice of ScroogeMcDuck.
* UniversalAdaptorCast
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol