Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

            Released to video on November 9th, 2004, this anthropology film is 67 minutes of Christmas fun with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and their family.  The narrator ( Clive Revill) begins reciting the first line from The Nightmare before Christmas before saying “wrong story.” Then the narrator goes on to talk about elves, loving and giving. The book opens with Belles on Ice. The first segment is on ice skating competition between Daisy (Tress MacNeille) and Minnie (Russi Taylor). When the two friends realize the hurt they are causing, they decide to skate together creating a wonderful show beating out the other competitors.

       The second segment is Christmas Impossible, which follows Huey, Duey and Louie (Russi Taylor) going to the North Pole to save Christmas for themselves. The boys plan on putting their names on Santa’s good list. While trying to find the list at Santa’s workshop, they cause a disaster. With the mess piling up the elves start to freak out thinking Christmas would be canceled. Santa (Chuck McCann) gets the elves back on track and has Huey, Duey and Luey help clean up. With super speed they succeed. As the boys are about to head home, they see a janitor elf opening up the room to Santa’s list. They trick the elf and add a name to the right list. When Huey, Duey and Luey arrive home they see a present addressed to their Uncle Scrooge (Alan Young), whom they added to Santa’s list. Thanks to the boys actions, Santa brought more presents for the boys hidden behind the tree.

      The next short is Christmas Maximus, which follows Goofy (Bill Farmer) trying to put on the perfect Christmas for Maximus (Jason Marsden) and his girlfriend Mona (Kellie Martin). Embarrassing Max, Goofy and his typical clumsy self, stress Max out as he tried to impress Mona. Mona on the other hand was having the time of her life, happy to be in a place where she could feel like herself.

       The fourth segment is Donald’s Gift, a gorgeous which shows Donald being cranky as usual, annoyed by his nephews Huey, Duey and Louie and Daisy, he just wants a quiet day to himself. Since that wasn’t happening, Donald is dragged to the mall to find the perfect gift. Getting increasingly annoyed by all the joyous singing. Getting to his wits end, Donald snaps and destroys the window display. The security police kick him out. Huey, Duey and Louie walk ahead with Daisy who is ashamed of Donald’s behavior. As they are headed home, Donald sees Christmas Carolers arguing about the correct way to sing “We wish you a Merry Christmas.” Donald takes over and start conducting, soon everyone is singing,

The last segment, Mickey’s Dog Gone Christmas, starts with Mickey going crazy decorating his home. Pluto (Bill Framer) keeps interrupting, As Mickey is about to put the star on the tree so his place will be ready for the party, Pluto destroys all the decorations. Mickey gets so angry he sends Pluto out to his dog house. Mickey leaves to go buy new Christmas deco. As Pluto is laying in his dog house heartbroken he hears a train roll by. Pluto runs to catch it and ends up at the North Pole. The reindeers adopt him as their dog Murray.

Meanwhile Mickey was only able to get a small box of new ornaments. Mickey decorates again and realizes Christmas isn’t the same without his best bud. Mickey goes to Pluto’s dog house to find him, but only sees pluto’s collar. Mickey, sad and desperate, searches for Pluto the rest of the day. He even asks Santa before returning home.

Meanwhile Pluto learns to fly but keeps seeing Mickey shaped things, reminding him of his best friend. The reindeers try to help but cant figure out why he’s so sad. Santa tells them that its because he wants to go home. Pluto and the reindeer fly Santa in his sleigh, first stopping at Mickey’s home to reunite the two pals. Santa continues on his way before Goofy, Donald, Daisy and Minnie show up for the Christmas party. The movie ends with the book closing.

This movie is just a bunch of fun for the kids while keeping the fab 5 characters. It is the second film done in this way but still original. It’s on our Holiday movie list, which will come out shortly. Plus a lot of what these characters are doing, we do as well. Signing off with my favorite scene.

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