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Amazing Stories from Burny Mattinson and Mark Henn about Mickey’s Christmas Carol

By Jocelyn Buhlman

This holiday season, we’ve been celebrating 35 years of Mickey’s Christmas Carol throughout all of D23 Days of Christmas. As a special merry celebration of this milestone anniversary, we asked director and Disney Legend Burny Mattinson and legendary Walt Disney Animation animator Mark Henn to share some favorite memories from the creation of…

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Christmas Carols of Disney’s Past, Present, and Future (Kind Of)

By Karina Schink

The star is placed perfectly atop the brightly lit tree, you’ve got a hot cup of hot cocoa and are curled up on the couch ready to partake in one of the most quintessential holiday traditions, a viewing of Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

Thirty-five years ago, this classic Mickey Mouse cartoon featurette premiered, and what a merry occasion it…

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7 Disney Characters to Inspire Your Giving Spirit

By Jocelyn Buhlman

Today, we celebrate Walt Disney’s birthday and all the magic and joy he brought to the world. During this holiday season, magic is important—not just the magic in our own lives, but the magic we can bring to others when we give back. In honor of Walt’s legacy, we encourage you to give to others this holiday season and help make our world a…

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D23 Days of Christmas Printable Christmas Card 2018

By D23 Team

As we celebrate the holiday season and Mickey’s milestone 90th anniversary, D23 is pleased to share this festive depiction of a scene from Mickey’s Christmas Carol, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this yuletide.

Originally designed as the 1983 Christmas card from The Walt Disney Studios, the piece represents the Studios’ tradition of…

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The Winter Issue of Disney twenty-three Is Practically Perfect in Every Way

If you can’t wait until December, when the world’s most beloved nanny will fly back into our lives, we have just the spoonful of sugar you need: an early look at Mary Poppins Returns in our winter issue of Disney twenty-three, the quarterly publication exclusive to D23 Gold Members. While visiting the London set of the Rob Marshall-helmed movie musical, we spoke…

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Lasseter, Keane, and the Mickey’s Christmas Carol crew

Disney Legend Burny Mattinson, producer-director of Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) and his crew, including future Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, far left. Under Burny’s guidance, this youthful group of artists brought the Mouse back to the big screen after a 30-year absence. Their reward: an Academy Award®-nomination for Best Animated Short Film.

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Celebrate Christmas in July with this Sneak Peek at Disney Parks Holiday Fun!

By Jocelyn Buhlman

There are lots of ways to cool down on a hot July day: ice cream, a pool party, a strategically planned trip to a Disney park, or even adding a little bit of winter magic… It’s true—nothing chases away the dog days of summer like Christmas in July! We experienced holiday cheer at Walt Disney World today, through sneak peeks into some of the…

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5 Fascinating Facts—Disney Legend Burny Mattinson

By Steven Vagnini

“Animation is 75 percent thinking and 25 percent drawing,” Disney Legend and Walt Disney Animation Studios animation director Burny Mattinson once said. “Everything must be carefully thought out first. Our animators not only have to think like actors but have to figure out how to get that performance across on paper and on the screen. Our…

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A Behind-the-Sketch Look: Art from Favorite Disney Holiday Moments

By Nicole Nalty

Whether it’s Mickey and Minnie exchanging gifts in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, or Lady popping up out of a hatbox on Christmas in Lady and the Tramp, there’s something about holiday moments in Disney films that have just an extra sprinkling of pixie dust. Our friends at the Animation Research Library preserve the artwork from these and…

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