->''"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 [[UsefulNotes/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 [[UsefulNotes/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=] ([[InkSuitActor 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. However, any 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.
!!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 (or at least pretend 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]''\\
'''First Charity Collector (Mr. Rat)''': Twenty gold sovereigns! Oh, no!\\
'''Scrooge''': Not enough? Here.\\
''[Puts another bag on the collector's pants]''\\
'''Scrooge''': Fifty gold sovereigns!\\
'''Second Charity Collector (Mr. Mole)''': 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!\\
'''First Charity Collector (Mr. Rat)''': Oh, thank you, Mr. Scrooge! Thank you! And a *merry* Christmas to you!
* AdaptationDistillation: 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.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In most adaptations, the Ghost of Christmas Future is simply a NecessaryEvil and VillainyFreeVillain; here, he actually finds {{Sadist}}ic enjoyment in forcing Scrooge through his potential BadFuture. Of course, this one's portrayed by [[{{Jerkass}} Pete]], so what else did you really expect?
* AdaptedOut: Since Daisy is playing Young Scrooge's love interest, Isabella, Fred's wife isn't seen or mentioned.
* AllJustADream: What Scrooge is very thankful for, given his nightmare's conclusion (the evil, miserly duck going to Hell for being an all-around creep), when he meets the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.
* 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). As well, in the audio adapatation, the alms collectors are played not by [[Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole]], as in the animated short, but by, of all characters, [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} J. Worthington Foulfellow and Gideon]].
* 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! Despite having at least two cousins who are geese! Maybe that's what Uncle Scrooge meant by "You know I can't eat that stuff!"
* ChewbaccaDefense: Scrooge confounding the charity workers.
* CigarChomper: Pete as the devilish Ghost of Christmas Future.
* TheDarkAgeOfAnimation: 15 years after ''The Simple Things'' in 1953.
* DemotedToExtra: Fred is a bit less important in this adaptation. Scrooge chews him out in the first act, then reconciles and promises to go to his party in the ending, but the Ghost of Christmas Present doesn't take him to see Fred's party in progress.
* DigitalDestruction: The 30th Anniversary Edition home video releases have digitally smeared picture, which also looks zoomed in too closely. The Digital HD release of the 2001 anthology special ''Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' does provide an un-cropped, more filmic-looking alternative, albeit without any credits.
* 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. Needless to say, she walks out on him forever.
* EvilLaughter: The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (aka Pete), after shoving Scrooge into his grave and mocking him with "The richest man in the cemetery!"
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Well, it has Mickey in it, but it's more of Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s christmas carol than Mickey's.
* 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:
-->'''Mr. Rat:''' Sir, we are soliciting funds for the indigent and destitute.\\
'''Scrooge:''' For the what?\\
'''Mr. Mole:''' We're collecting for the poor.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: In the scene where Scrooge is confronted by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, he is shown a newly dug grave, and told that nobody came to the funeral of the man who will be buried there. Upon learning that it is ''his'' grave, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (Pete) mocks Scrooge, saying he's the "richest man in the cemetery!" before shoving him into the grave. Scrooge, realizing what is about to happen, screams for mercy and vows to change, but he loses his grip on a twig and falls into a casket whose interior is on fire, implying he is about to enter Hell. Averted -- and revealed to be AllJustADream -- when he wakes up just an instant before the first fibers of his body touch the flames.
* 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).
** As it is fitting for the character of Scrooge, his accent is Scottish through and through. And he is ''still'' referred to as English. Wonder how ''that'' was received when the movie aired in England...
* GentleGiant: The Ghost of Christmas Present. At least he ''tries'' to be gentle.
* GotMeDoingIt: Mickey almost says "And a Bah Humbug to you" to Scrooge, but catches himself and wishes Merry Christmas instead.
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: When Isabelle leave Scrooge, her dress, {{parasol|of prettiness}}, and [[PrettyInMink fur cape]] are all dark purple.
* InkSuitActor: A rare case of an ''animated'' character doing it, [[ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck Scrooge McDuck]] was named after Ebenezer, though he himself was created in 1947; (long before this animated version) his name was based on the title character from the original story; first published in 1843.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Scrooge pulls this on the two charity collectors (played by [[Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole]]) as an excuse to avoid giving them any money for the poor:
-->'''Scrooge:''' You realize if you give money to the poor, they won't be poor anymore, will they?\\
'''First charity collector:''' Well, I--\\
'''Scrooge:''' And, if they're not poor anymore, then you won't have to raise money for them anymore.\\
'''Second alms collector:''' Well, I suppose--\\
'''Scrooge:''' And if you don't have to raise money for them anymore, then you'd be out of a job. Oh, please, gentlemen, don't ask me to put you out of a job. Not on Christmas Eve.
* {{Jerkass}}: The whole point of the Ghosts visiting Scrooge: To tell him what a mean, miserly, all-around creep he really is, and that he had better change or else his future won't be good.
* LittlestCancerPatient: Tiny Tim, who is terminally ill. Turns into a genuine Tearjerker moment when it is revealed -- as part of Scrooge's visit with the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come -- that Tim has died of his illness, and that Bob is deeply in grief, having never had a chance to say goodbye, much less spend with him during Tim's last few days (because Scrooge had cruelly worked him to the point of exhaustion, demanding that he work even when he needed/wanted to be home with Tim). In the future vision, Bob and his family are visiting the grave and Bob tenderly leaves Tim's crutch at his grave.
* LonelyFuneral: The gravediggers say that nobody showed up for Scrooge's funeral.
* MindYourStep: Happens as [[WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} Marley's ghost]] bids farewell to Scrooge and walks through the bedroom wall:
-->'''Scrooge:''' Marley, watch out for that first--!
-->'''Marley:''' Whoooa! [[StockScream YAAAAAH-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOOEY!]]
-->'''Scrooge:''' ...step.
* 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) along with MindYourStep. Scrooge tells him to "watch out for that first..." 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 is bright pink.
* 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=].
* StockScream: Related to OffscreenCrash above: as Marley's ghost leaves and falls down the stairs, one can clearly hear the iconic "Goofy holler" as he falls.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The Ghost Of Christmas Future AKA Pete.
--> "Why, '''yours''', Ebenezer! ''The richest man in the cemetery!!''"
* UniversalAdaptorCast: Every character is played by an established Disney animated character.
* WhamLine: A famous one, coupling perfectly with the WhamShot from the original story.
-->'''Scrooge:''' Spirit...whose lonely grave is this?\\
''(The ghost lights a match to reveal the name on the gravestone is "Ebeneezer Scrooge")''\\
'''Ghost:''' (''removes his hood to reveal a maniacally grinning Pete'') Why ''yours'' Ebeneezer! (''pushes Scrooge into the grave'') ''The richest man in the cemetery!'' (''laughs wickedly'')
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: An adaptation of the book.