Well, December is here, so it's time for a Christmas post on my journal!
I'm sure many of you are familiar with the 1983 Oscar-nominated Disney featurette "Mickey's Christmas Carol." But what many people don't know is that it originally started out as an LP album from Disneyland Records in 1974!
It starred the late Alan Young, whom passed away over six months ago, in his first performance as Scrooge McDuck, and he'd go on to be Scrooge's main voice actor for several decades. In fact, his final performance before his death was voicing Scrooge in one of those new Mickey Mouse shorts on the Disney Channel! Fitting, isn't it? Young also voiced Mickey Mouse (sounding a little strange, I will admit) and a few other characters. Also included in the voice cast is the also recently-deceased Janet Waldo, whom did all the female voices on this record. It was released as a "Storyteller" album, with the story played out and six original songs (none of which appeared in the animated version), along with an 11-page illustrated booklet to visualize what's happening on the record.
This album is pretty similar to the animated version, but a major difference is some of the casting. We have Merlin of "The Sword in the Stone" play the role of the Ghost of Christmas Past (Jiminy Cricket played him in the cartoon), and the Wicked Queen in her witch disguise from "Snow White" play the role of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (played by Peg Leg Pete in the cartoon version.) Additionally, two charity collectors on the record are played by Foulfellow and Gideon from "Pinocchio" (rather out of character for them, too!) In the cartoon, Ratty and Moley from "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" played the charity collectors.
You can hear this album HERE, on mousevinyl.com. A great website for fans of Disney's old record releases. Highly recommened!
In 1982, when the animated version was in production, an updated version of the album was released, with a new song at the start (the same song heard during the opening credits of the cartoon version), and some modified/replaced audio, changing it so we have Jiminy Cricket, Pete, Ratty and Moley play their respective parts.
The booklet also had a few new illustrations, and a transcription of the record program and lyrics to the songs.
I have both versions, and I reviewed the latter today in what may be my longest Big Bad Wolf video to date, in memory of Alan Young and Janet Waldo...
Yep, and the Big Bad Wolf did make a cameo in the animated version too, as I mention in the video.