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Mickey's Christmas Carol is a 1983 theatrical featurette featuring established Disney characters enacting A Christmas Carol. Originally intended for a televised premiere on CBS in 1982 but pushed back a year due to an animators' strike, the special was inspired by An Adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol, Performed by The Walt Disney Players, a 1972 record conceived by Alan Young and Alan Dineheart. The film marked the first screen production in which Young provided the voice of Uncle Scrooge McDuck, whom he voiced on the aforementioned album. The featurette also marked the first theatrical outing for Wayne Allwine as the voice of Mickey Mouse, as well as Clarence Nash's final performance as the voice of Donald Duck. In addition to Scrooge McDuck as his namesake, the cast includes Mickey as Bob Cratchit, Donald as Scrooge's nephew Fred, Daisy Duck as Scrooge's first love, Minnie Mouse as Mrs. Cratchit, Morty Fieldmouse (one of Mickey's nephews) as Tiny Tim, Goofy as the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Jiminy Cricket as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Willie the Giant (from Fun and Fancy Free) as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Pete as the Ghost of Christmas Future, and scores of other cameos from the theatrical shorts and films. (more)
- Sesame Street has begun production on a new Christmas special, featuring guest appearances by Audra McDonald, Jim Gaffigan, and Zosia Mamet.
- Ronnie Claire Edwards passed away at the age of 83 on June 14th. Best known for the role of Corabeth Walton in The Waltons, she also played Martha in Guess Who's Coming to Christmas.
- The Hallmark Channel has announced eleven different original movies set to premiere as part of their Countdown to Christmas this year, including A Curveball Christmas, A Family for Christmas, A Prince for Christmas (not to be confused with last year's Ion Television movie of the same name), A Wish for Christmas (starring Joey Lawrence), Christmas Bucket List, Christmas Makeover, December Bride (not to be confused with the Roseanne episode), Joy to the World, Christmas Cookies, Suddenly Santa (formerly Picture Perfect Christmas), and Pair of Jacks (formerly I'll Be Home for Christmas).
- Alan Young, known to Disney fans as the voice of Scrooge McDuck, tragically passed away on May 19th at the age of 96.
- Comcast, the parent company of NBC Universal, has purchased DreamWorks Animation fpr $3.8 billion, thus bringing such franchises as Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, and the Classic Media library (which includes the works of Jay Ward, UPA, and pre-1973 Rankin/Bass) under NBC Universal's ownership.
- Doris Roberts tragically passed away on April 17th at the age of 90. Best known as Marie Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond, her Christmas movie credits also included Francis Smith from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Ma Bailey in It Happened One Christmas, Philomena in A Mom for Christmas, and Mrs. Miracle from the Hallmark Channel movie of the same name and its sequel.
- Patty Duke, star of The Patty Duke Show (including its Christmas episode), and who also played Lori in Once Upon a Christmas Time and Sook in A Christmas Memory, died on March 29th at the age of 69.
- Writer Tom Whedon, Joss Whedon's father, died on March 23rd at the age of 83. His writing credits included The Mike Douglas Christmas Special, the Alice episode "A Semi-Merry Christmas", and The Golden Girls episode "Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas".
- David L. Smyrl, who played Mr. Handford on Sesame Street (including one of its Christmas specials) and starred in The Preacher's Wife, Long Gone, and Little Senegal, died on March 22nd.
- Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced a new holiday TV special spun off from Frozen, directed by Prep & Landing directors Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton. It will be premiering on ABC in the 2017 holiday season.
- Universal Pictures has scheduled A Meyers Christmas, directed and written by David E. Talbert, for a November 11th release date.
- Illumination Entertainment is working on an animated movie adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! that will be directed by Pete Candeland and will star Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the Grinch. It is scheduled for release on November 27, 2017.
Upcoming Video Releases
- June 28th
- Shout! Factory is releasing a Complete Series DVD set for Two Guys and a Girl (which will include "Two Guys, a Girl and a Christmas Story").
- July 5th
- As a tie-in with the new Ghostbusters movie, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing five two-disc DVD volumes of The Real Ghostbusters (the first of which will contain "Xmas Marks the Spot").
- July 12th
- Amazon.com is already taking preorders for the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Season Five DVD set, which includes "Heathbreakers".
- August 9th
- The Maude episode "Maude's Christmas Surprise" will be made available on Shout! Factory's Maude: The Complete Final Season DVD set.
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