This marks my first post from outside Maryland since we began the Yule Log. I figure since I am visiting Walt Disney World this week I should be looking at the connections between the mouse and the holiday. Easiest place to start is in that famous Disney vault to see what films and animated treasures are hiding waiting to be found. There are many but not as many as I thought I would find. There are those that just take a popular character or story and twist it to Christmas like Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. There are the ones I bet you didn’t connect with Disney including The Santa Clause and The Muppet Christmas Carol (yes, the Muppets are Disney’s too). I found two that I think you should add to your own Disney collection.
The first is a rare find, not yet released on DVD. A Walt Disney Christmas is a 1982 VHS released collection of six short films from Disney Studios. The oldest from 1932 shows elves busy trying to finish the toys before Christmas. A gem from 1954 follows a young couple out ice skating joined by a pair of rabbits. There’s a selection from the Silly Symphonies collection, Pluto being teased by Chip and Dale, and even Minnie & Mickey enjoying some winter sports. The last of the collection is a snowball battle between Donald and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. I hope Disney will decide to release this great collection on DVD so I can pick it up and send it to my nieces and nephews.
The second find is the 1984 Academy Award nominated animated short film Mickey’s Christmas Carol. This marked Mickey’s first Academy nod since 1948! The film casts Mickey in the lead role of Dicken’s classic tale. Scrooge McDuck is obviously Ebeneezer Scrooge. This film was a big happening for the mouse. His first new film since the 50s. It was an instant holiday favorite and continues to be popular with children of all ages. The tale cast other Disney favorites too, including Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Jiminy Cricket, Donald and Daisy Duck, and Mr. Toad. More recently the film is often packaged with other Disney holiday fare, including Winnie the Pooh. Look carefully and find your copy today.