There are lots of adaptations out there of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol—and many are really good, too—but at only 26 minutes long, this one wins the “Least Boring” award. It was also nominated for an Oscar, but let’s be honest, academy awards are slightly less prestigious than those awarded by a ruggedly handsome Sunday Movies blogger in his late twenties.
This was actually a musical album from Disneyland Records before it was an animated cartoon, though all of the songs ended up being dropped from the production except that one at the end called “Oh What a Merry Christmas Day.”
I’ve always loved the Disney character cameos in this film. Aside from the small group of classics like Donald and Goofy, most of the appearances are made subtly in the background by characters from Disney’s Wind in the Willows and Robin Hood.
There are some other interesting tidbits, including how this was Mickey Mouse’s first animated appearance in a short in 30 years, but I’ll let you watch the exhilarating special from the 1980s on the making of Mickey’s Christmas Carol on your own.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: Only recently did I notice that one of the tombstones from the graveyard scene reads Gladys Knight & The Pips, which I thought was a little harsh. After all, you never know which artists will make a comeback. That’s why I still have a poster of Hanson on my ceiling.
Chief of all thy wondrous works
Supreme of all thy plans,
Thou hast put an upward reach
In the heart of man.
Those words were written by Harry Kemp, and it was often quoted to me by an ecclesiastical leader who changed my life when I was 19 years old.
This movie reminds me of that poem. Contrary to what many people teach, I believe each of us came to this earth as inherently good people, instilled with a quiet but deep desire to “reach upward” toward a nobler and greater existence.
Alas, like old Ebenezer, that divine desire can gradually be drowned out by the carnal cravings of our mortal nature.
The reality is, all of us can improve. There exists a better version of ourselves in the future, crafted by the choices we make in the present. As Joseph B. Wirthlin simply said, “Who knows of what we are capable if we only try?”
There is more for us. The Lord is waiting to bless us. The question is, how long will we wait to reach upward and more fully become the people we were meant to become?
“… If you desire, you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation.” – Doctrine & Covenants 6:8