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->''"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!"''

For years, WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, a once mighty force in animation, was but a memory. After his fall from popularity in the [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1940s]], and his final appearances in the 1950s, it seemed like there was no future for the mouse save as a corporate symbol for Creator/{{Disney}}.

But then, in [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation 1983]], 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—[[TheDanza Ebenezer Scrooge!]]) carries the bulk of the film instead, making his first animated appearance since the 1967 educational short ''Scrooge [=McDuck=] and Money''. (Otherwise, up to this point he'd only appeared in the Creator/CarlBarks ''Uncle Scrooge'' comics and this short's precursor, a storybook album from TheSeventies.)

Debuting as a supporting feature with the 1983 theatrical re-release of ''Disney/TheRescuers'' (after an animators' strike delayed an intended 1982 premiere on television), this adaptation was fairly well-received and nominated for an Academy Award as Best Animated Short Film. Many moviegoers were disappointed that, its title notwithstanding, the film had virtually nothing to do with Mickey at all; 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 and cable television, and remains a holiday season favorite to this day.
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!!This animated short features examples of:
* 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 / CompressedAdaptation: The result of telling an already short novel in a half-hour runtime. Some plot points are lost and others condensed and/or simplified; Tiny Tim's BadFuture fate for instance, is shown in a few seconds, without dialogue.
* AnimatedAdaptation: This 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]]''. The biggest difference is that the first and third ghosts in the animated short ([[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]] as Past, WesternAnimation/{{Pete}} as Future) are in the audio musical played by [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone Merlin]] (Past) and [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs the Evil Queen/Witch]] (Future), which was consistent with Willie the Giant playing Present (as all three of them are humans with magical abilities in their respective films).
* AnthropomorphicShift: Inverted with Cyril Proudbottom the horse. He is a PartiallyCivilizedAnimal in ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'', but he's a NearlyNormalAnimal in this featurette.
* BlackComedy: The Ghost of Christmas Future cracks an ironically cruel joke at Ebenezer's impending demise. See SuddenlyVoiced.
* BookSnap: Scrooge is working on his ledger when Donald Duck (as Fred) comes in and wishes him a Merry Christmas. Scrooge slams the ledger shut and asks him "What's so merry about it?"
* 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]]. And just about everybody at Fezziwig's appeared in a Disney feature (''Disney/RobinHood'' in particular) or short.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Suckling pig makes an appearance when Scrooge meets the Ghost of Christmas Present, after the Three Little Pigs have a cameo as carolers in the opening scene on the city streets. Donald also invites Scrooge to have goose for dinner!
** [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe that's what Scrooge meant when he said "You know I can't eat that stuff!"]]
* ChewbaccaDefense: Scrooge confounding the charity workers.
* CigarChomper / GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Pete as the devilish Ghost of Christmas Future.
* 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]].
* LonelyFuneral: The gravediggers say that nobody showed up for Scrooge's funeral.
* MythologyGag: The younger version of Scrooge when he meets Isabelle is based on Donald in the 1950 short "Crazy Over Daisy".
* NeverSayDie: ''Almost'' averted. Scrooge says "Then that means Tim will..." but gets cut off when he realizes that the Ghost of Christmas Present [[StealthHiBye has vanished]]. The next scene makes the conclusion abundantly clear, though.
* OffscreenCrash: Happens to Goofy (playing Marley). Scrooge tells him to "watch that last..." Step.
* OutOfFocus: Despite [[SpotlightStealingTitle getting title billing]], Mickey has a relatively small role in what was hyped as his comeback film (which it served as anyway). Of course, casting Mickey as Scrooge would have probably been too OutOfCharacter, and in any event he portrays a 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 pratfalls, and the giant walking around town.
* SecondFaceSmoke: Done by Pete (as the Ghost of Christmas Future) to Scrooge.
* SpinOff: Sort of: The success of this short paved the way for Disney to put together ''WesternAnimation/{{DuckTales}}'', with Creator/AlanYoung returning as the voice of Scrooge [=McDuck=].
* SuddenlyVoiced: The Ghost Of Christmas Future AKA Pete.
--> "Why, '''yours''', Ebenezer! ''The richest man in the cemetery!!''
* UniversalAdaptorCast
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol
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