Mickey's Christmas Carol

Mickey's Christmas Carol
Scrooge McDuck a.k.a. Scrooge is a miserly creature who enjoys spending most of his time counting his money. But on Christmas Eve, he’s warned by the spirit of his deceased partner, Jacob Marley a.k.a. Goofy, that if he doesn’t change his ways, he’ll suffer the same fate as him. Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching the Disney animated classic “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”.

∙ At the beginning, when Scrooge first walks into the counting house, the view of the quill on the wood stove shows it’s standing straight up with no ice on it. It cuts to Bob Cratchit a.k.a. Mickey Mouse when he says “Good morning” and the quill is noticeably bent with ice on it.

∙ Scrooge is at his desk. As he’s writing “forty schillings…”, there are four bags of coins near the upper right of the ledger. The black ink jar and the loose coins are near the left side of the ledger. It cuts to a close-up of Scrooge when he mentions the “eighty percent interest” and two bags of coins are to the left of the ledger and the other two bags are between the stacks of coins. The bags and coins are back in their original position when Scrooge’s nephew, Fred a.k.a. Donald Duck comes in and Scrooge says “Humbug”.

∙ When Scrooge throws Bob the bundle of shirts, the clock on the wall shows that it’s about eight o’clock. When the two donation collectors show up and Scrooge asks “What can I do for you?”, the clock on the wall to his right shows it’s about nine o’clock. After he slams the door on them and he’s talking to Bob, the clock shows that it’s just before seven o’clock.

∙ Scrooge is searching his room after the visit from Marley. His feet are bare and there are n bedroom slippers anywhere. He hops into bed and blows the candle out and there are still no slippers to be seen. He then says “humbug” and draws the bed curtains closed. It cuts to a wider view and there are now slippers on the rug next to his bed.

∙ The Ghost of Christmas Past a.k.a. Jiminy Cricket arrives and as they’re leaving via the window, Scrooge’s slippers fall off his feet. They’re still gone when they visit Fezzywig. But, the slippers are back on when they arrive at the counting house.

∙ Scrooge is traveling to Bob Cratchit’s home with the Ghost of Christmas Present a.k.a. Willie the Giant. When the ghost first shines the light on the house, there is no wooden X at the bottom of the door. When he drops Scrooge in the snow outside the window, there is now an X at the bottom of the door. It’s still there when Scrooge turns around and the spirit is gone. But it’s gone again when it cuts to an overhead view of Scrooge calling for him.

∙ After visiting with the spirits, Scrooge is running through town. When he comes across the collectors who were asking for donations for the poor, Scrooge opens his coat to give them coins. There are five bags—three at the top and two at the bottom of the coat. He reaches in and grabs one of the bags on the bottom which he tosses into the back of one of their pants. When he says “still not enough”, he has his coat open again and there are now two bags at the top and three bags at the bottom. When it shows the collectors, Scrooge throws them six bags. The one in the back of the first collector’s pants is still there and they end up with seven bags of coins—although he originally only had five.

∙ Near the end, Scrooge visits Bob Cratchit’s home. When he walks in with the sack over his shoulder, the wider view of him and Tiny Tim shows the picture on the wall says “HOME Sweet HOME”. In the close-up of Scrooge, when he says “I’ve had enough of this half day off stuff”, the picture says “HOME SWEET HOME”. It’s back to the original view when Scrooge sits down in the rocking chair.

“Mickey’s Christmas Carol” (1983) is based on the story by “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. It features the voices of Alan Young, Wayne Allwine and Hal Smith, runs 26 minutes and is rated G.

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