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Last year, I did a quick review on ‘Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas’, which my parents and I saw on Disney+. This year, my parents and I have seen ‘Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas’ on Disney+. I really enjoyed the 2004 sequel to the 1999 anthology film. Mind you, it isn’t as good as the first film.
Instead of being a 2-D animated cartoon film like ‘Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas’, this film is a computer-animated film. The film also features five stories as opposed to three stories. I don’t think all of the five stories are executed well-enough to deliver the messages that they’re trying to convey.
The film features Mickey Mouse; Minnie Mouse; Pluto; Goofy and his son Max; Donald Duck; his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie; Daisy Duck and Scrooge McDuck. I did watch ‘Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas’ on ITV2 once, but this is the first time I’ve seen the film in its entirety on Disney+.
The five stories featured in the film are as follows. There’s ‘Belles on Ice’, ‘Christmas: Impossible’ (seriously?!), ‘Christmas Maximus’, ‘Donald’s Gift’ and ‘Mickey’s Dog-Gone Christmas’. The first four stories did seem to go swiftly by in the first act compared to the fifth tale featured in the second act.
Instead of Kelsey Grammer who narrated the first film, Clive Revill narrates ‘Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas’. Clive Revill played Fagin in the 1963 Broadway production of ‘Oliver!’ He also voiced the Emperor in the original theatrical edition of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, which is interesting to know. 🙂
In ‘Belles on Ice’, Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck compete in an ice skating competition. They’re joined by their respective boyfriends Mickey and Donald. Daisy becomes envious of the crowd’s reaction to Minnie and tries to steal the spotlight for herself, to which they argue with each other. 😐
I’m not sure about Daisy’s sudden jealously with Minnie, since it does seem to come out of nowhere. Thankfully they do forgive each other after Minnie slips during a stunt when blindfolded. The ‘Fantasia’ hippos and alligators appear, and my Mum spotted the words ‘Peace on Earth’ in the tale.
‘Christmas: Impossible’ has Huey, Dewey and Louie celebrating Christmas Eve with Donald and Daisy at Uncle Scrooge’s mansion in Duckburg (that’s in ‘DuckTales’, didn’t you know? – Woo-hoo!!! 😀 ). The three boys cause trouble, especially with eating Scrooge’s cookies before the Christmas meal. 😐
As Arnold Schwarzenegger would say, “Put that cookie down!” 😀 Huey, Dewey and Louie end up travelling to the North Pole to write their names on Santa’s good list and not be on the naughty list. After causing trouble at the North Pole, they help out in order to earn their names on the good list. 🙂
In the third story called ‘Christmas Maximus’, Max brings home his girlfriend Mona to meet his father Goofy! I assume this is Max following the events of ‘A Goofy Movie’ and ‘An Extremely Goofy Movie’. Not having seen ‘An Extremely Goofy Movie’ yet, I wondered what happened to Roxanne. 😀
Max becomes embarrassed by his dad’s antics when they’re entertaining Mona for Christmas. But after a while, Max forgets being embarrassed and they soon make popcorn which goes haywire when using the popcorn-making machine. The song ‘Make Me Look Good’ is performed throughout.
‘Donald’s Gift’ looks into Donald Duck and his Christmas wish of peace and quiet. But Daisy, Huey, Dewey and Louie want him to come out in order to shop at the mall. Donald is annoyed by everyone being joyous around him and the song ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ being constantly sung here.
I felt sorry for Donald. I’m sure I would want to stay at home for Christmas and not be forced to go out. Donald likes his hot chocolate, which I’m currently enjoying at cafes with marshmallows on top. Donald does help Christmas carollers, who have trouble singing ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’. 🙂
The film’s final story, ‘Mickey’s Dog-Gone Christmas’, is one my parents and I enjoyed a lot. Mickey is preparing for a Christmas party, but it goes haywire when Pluto attempts to put up the star on the Christmas tree. He inadvertently destroys all the decorations and knocks down the Christmas tree. 😐
Mickey becomes angry with Pluto. Pluto soon runs away to end up in the North Pole. Apparently, the North Pole is easy to gain access to in this film. 😀 Mickey becomes guilty for being angry with Pluto and posts several ‘lost dog’ posters to bring him back, to which he eventually does have him back. 🙂
The film concludes with Mickey and Pluto joined by Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Uncle Scrooge, Goofy, Max and Minnie. They sing carols together, including ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’. Unlike the first film, the five stories aren’t based on any well-known Christmas stories. 😐
‘Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas’ is a nice anthology film to sit through for 1 hour and 11 minutes. I don’t think this is as good as the first film, but it’s entertaining enough. I’m glad I’ve seen it on Disney+ recently and hopefully I’ll get to watch both this film and the first one again over Christmas.
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I have read that Roxanne isn’t in this because computer technology at the time didn’t allow them to do her hair 😕
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Thanks for sharing that insight. I suppose this was made in the early days of Disney CGI films.
Despite Roxanne not being in this film, her voice actress Kellie Martin voiced Mona in this film. 😀