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Given the fact that today a horribly CGI-animated Christmas special is aired on the children’s channel I’d say it is more important than ever to remind us that Disney (not Pixar) has not always been a heartless sell-out company and that there was a time when they were able to tell magical tales.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol is in my eyes on of their best achievements. The name similarity between Scrooge McDuck and Ebenezer Scrooge is something that got lost in the german translation but even in the german version the Ebenezer character fit perfectly for McDuck.
This version of the Christmas Carol manages to stir up our emotions and despite the characters being well known to most people who watch it – especially for their comedic roles – the movie is suspenseful and quite scary some time.
Especially the ghost of Christmas yet to come is done in a brilliantly scary fashion that makes the audience feel as reliefed when Scrooge awakens as Scrooge himself.