Short Movie Review: Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Mickey’s Christmas Carol Trailer

Mickey’s Christmas Carol Summary

On Christmas Eve in 19th-century London, Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Scrooge McDuck) is a surly money-lender who is very selfish with his money and objects to the merriment of Christmas. He refuses to give money to a panhandler outside his office, declines his nephew Fred (Donald Duck)’s invitation to Christmas dinner, then brushes off two gentlemen (Rat and Mole) fundraising aid for the poor. His loyal employee Bob Cratchit (Mickey Mouse) requests to have half of Christmas Day off, to which Scrooge reluctantly accepts, but says Cratchit would be docked half a day’s pay.

Scrooge continues his business and goes home just before midnight. As he enters his house, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley (Goofy), who warns him that robbing the widows and swindling the poor was wrong and that as a result, Marley is condemned in the afterlife and the same thing will happen to Scrooge if he doesn’t change his ways. Scrooge becomes frightened and asks for help, and Marley informs him that he will be visited by three spirits that night and that he should listen to them and do what they say. 

At one o’clock, Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past (Jiminy Cricket), who takes him back in time to his early adult life. They visit his time as an employee under Fezziwig (Mr. Toad). Fezziwig throws a Christmas party where the young Scrooge meets a young woman named Isabelle (Daisy Duck), whom he falls in love with. However, the Ghost shows Scrooge how over time, he came to love money more than Isabelle and as a result, Isabelle left him when he chose money over her. A distraught Scrooge asks the Ghost to return him to the present, and the Ghost grants his request but reminds him that he created this past himself. Scrooge is left in his bed lamenting his past actions.

At two o’clock, Scrooge meets the gigantic, merry Ghost of Christmas Present (Willie the Giant). The Ghost takes Scrooge to an old, decrepit home which is revealed to be Bob Cratchit’s house. Scrooge is shocked to see that their Christmas dinner for their family of five consists of barely enough food to feed one person but sees that Cratchit’s family is surprisingly content with their small dinner. Scrooge takes pity on Bob’s ill son Tiny Tim (played by Mortie Mouse). The Ghost comments that if things don’t change for the family, Tiny Tim will not live to see many future Christmases and then disappears, leaving a bewildered Scrooge begging for clarification.

Scrooge is then transported to a cemetery, where he meets the Ghost of Christmas Future (later revealed to be Pete), who initially appears as a silent, cloaked, cigar-smoking figure. When Scrooge inquires about Tiny Tim, the Ghost points to a gravesite in the distance where Bob and his family are mourning Tiny Tim’s death. As a devastated Scrooge asks if this event can be changed, he sees two gravediggers (Weasels) who are amused that no one attended the funeral of the man they are burying. As soon as the gravediggers are gone, Scrooge creeps closer and asks who the grave belongs to. The Ghost reveals the man who died to be none other than Scrooge himself and shoves him into the grave, where his empty coffin opens to reveal the gateway to Hell. Now terrified out of his wits, Scrooge decides to change his ways once and for all and begs for the Ghost to let him out.

Scrooge suddenly awakens in his bedroom on Christmas Morning. He is happy that the spirits gave him a second chance and makes plans to do good to all the people he had been selfish with. He decides to surprise Bob’s family with a turkey dinner and Christmas toys and ventures out to spread happiness and joy around London. He accepts Fred’s invitation to Christmas Dinner and then donates a sizable amount of money to the gentlemen he earlier spurned. Scrooge then goes to the Cratchit house. At first, putting on a stern demeanor, Scrooge reveals he brought food and gifts for them and intends on raising Bob’s salary and making him his partner in his counting house. Scrooge and the Cratchits happily celebrate Christmas as the featurette ends.

Mickey’s Christmas Carol Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I watch this movie yearly with my kiddo for the Holiday season and it was only this year I noticed that there were a ton of Easter eggs. I mean I should have expected it writing my book series but how did I not catch them before?

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