Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 8/10

Classic Disney stories for Christmas

Goof Troop story could turn kids into non-believers, Mickey's story isn't great

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

Studio:  Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Genre(s):  Animated/Family/Seasonal

Release Date(s): Movie Release Date

MPAA Rating: Movie Rating

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Merry Christmas from your friends at Disney!

It is Christmas time and everyone in town is getting ready.  The holidays can bring out the best and worst in people and Huey, Dewey, Louie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Max, Mickey, and Minnie are about to find it out.

Directed by Alex Mann, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas was a straight-to-video movie starring lots of different Disney characters.  The show is made up of three shorts with narration by Kelsey Grammer.  It can often be found airing on the Disney Channel around the holiday times.

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“Stuck on Christmas”

Stuck on Christmas

Huey, Dewey, and Louie decide to wish everyday would be Christmas and their Christmas wish comes true. As Huey, Dewey, and Louie find they are having to live Christmas over-and-over again, they have a chance to get it right.

This segment plays like Bill Murray’s Groundhog’s Day.  The day repeats and repeats until Huey, Dewey, and Louie realize they aren’t treating the holiday correctly.  When they learn to respect their family, the holiday moves on and everyone is happy.  As a fan of DuckTales this is my favorite segment.

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“A Very Goofy Christmas”

A Very Goofy Christmas

Goofy and Max prepare for Christmas, but when Pete tells Max that there is no Santa Claus, Max grows suspicious.  Refusing to give up on Santa, Goofy finds himself as the only believer in the house when Max decides he’s been tricked.

This was an odd segment.  Despite Santa being proven real at the end, if a kid was on the edge of believing, this could push him or her over the edge.  It tells the truth about the situation but then re-establishes Santa Claus so it becomes almost a strange double-lie.  I am not a Goof Troop fan so this was not very interesting to me.

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“Mickey and Minnie’s The Gift of the Magi”

Mickey and Minnie’s The Gift of the Magi

Mickey and Minnie are struggling to get gifts for each other for the holiday.  As Mickey tries to get a chain for Minnie’s watch, Minnie tries to find the money to buy Mickey a case for his prized harmonica.

Adapting O. Henry’s story, Mickey and Minnie’s The Gift of the Magi might be my least favorite of the series because it is so predictable.  I never have liked Mickey and this short didn’t help the cause by having a so-so story.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas is a rather average, cartoon that kids will enjoy.  I do wonder about some kids seeing the Goofy segment of the cartoon with the Santa Claus question and think that it could put enough doubt in the minds of some of the viewers that could ruin Christmas.  Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas was followed by Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas in 2004.

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Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)

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2 Comments on "Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)"

  1. Paul L June 22, 2021 at 5:36 am - Reply

    “I have never liked Mickey…”. That’s your prerogative, but then why are you reviewing this movie??

    • JPRoscoe June 24, 2021 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      As you stated, it is my prerogative. The film, despite having “Mickey” in the title, isn’t a Mickey-centric movie. I like Donald and I like Goofy. Not liking a character, actor, series, etc. doesn’t mean you don’t review it. Just reviewing things that are things you like isn’t necessarily casting a critical eye at things and feels rather shortsighted.

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