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Wednesday, November 06 2013 14:18

Holiday Gift Guide: MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray (Review)

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Mickeys Christmas Carol I distinctly remember the first time I watched MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL. It was 1983, and THE RESCUERS (which I was too young to see the first time around) was reissued to theaters. Ahead of the film was an "all-new featurette" called MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL. It was a big deal, and everyone wanted to see Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, Goofy, and a host of familiar characters in the Walt Disney version of the Charles Dickens classic.

Let's hop in the DeLorean for a minute and take a look at how we were lured to the theater back in '83:

mickeycc300I remember the special later running on the Disney Channel, and it would eventually become a perennial staple - a must-watch for each holiday season. Eventually, I became a grownup, got married, and my wife sent me on the hunt for MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL on DVD... but it wasn't available, and the VHS (remember those?) was also out-of-print. Then, it finally got released in 2009, and we got it... right after our first daughter was born. While I can't seem to find it, I distinctly recall taking a picture of when I showed Addie this Christmas classic for the very first time, and although she won't remember it (December '09 - she was only four months) I was trying to preserve the moment. The question is: What device did I take it with, and on what drive does it reside today?

Now, for the very first time, Walt Disney Studios has digitally restored MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL for a 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray release, and it's astonishing just how good it looks. We've been watching our DVD for the past four years, and even though it's digital - the film looks old. Not so on the Blu-Ray, which looks absolutely fantastic, and now captivates our entire family, including now four-year-old Addie, and her little sister.

TRF approved125While MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL is a five-star staple on it's own, the inclusion of the additional short films, Pluto’s Christmas Tree, Art of Skiing, Corn Chips, & The Hockey Champ (all of which will be familiar to 30-somethings like myself that had Disney Channel in the 80s), make this a must-own release, and a great gift idea. And, there's a brand-new short called Yodelberg, which is from the new series of Mickey Mouse short films that I previously posted about earlier this year.

Rock Father-Approved.

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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