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Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas

Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas isn’t a sequel to Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas but it follows the same short story with lessons about giving and shit. Some of the stories are ok and some are teeth-grinding abysmal but what makes this video in-terminal are the CGs, they reek of sour poo.

Pluto, Mickey, Minnie, Scrooge, Daisy, and Donald Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas  picture image

Pluto, Mickey, Minnie, Scrooge, Daisy, and Donald

The first story is about Minnie and Daisy having a contrived feud for attention on ice with the Hippos and the Alligators from Fantasia. It was ok, I just wished it was not a story but purely about the visuals and the music. I’m not even sure why they were mad at each other either.

The second story is Huey, Dewy and Louie break in to Santa’s workshop to put their names on the good list being they are hellions apparently. They then ruin Christmas, then fix it and they put Uncle Scrooge’s name on the list since that is the only this he were wanted that he couldn’t buy with money. In doing so the boys get on the list. This story is the worst one as the duck boys are just really insincere and I don’t recall them being such selfish jerks in DuckTales. I mean they are still selfish twits in the end.

The third story is Max is brings a girl home for Christmas and fears being embarrassed by Goofy. I thought I was going to HATE this one since that is pretty much a rehash of the Goofy movies, Max being embarrassed by Goofy, but it was all told in like a music video. The song was stupid but it wasn’t that bad as a whole.

The fourth story was Donald just wants to spend some quiet time at home with hot cocoa but fuck that, that is selfish behavior so Donald has to go to a mall with Daisy and the boys. Donald is tormented by the song We wish you a Merry Christmas, so he goes a little crazy and Daisy and boys get mad at him. So he gets their forgiveness by having a sing-song of the song. This one was dumb, I side with grumpy Donald. I really hate it when people tell me how I should feel about Christmas, it just makes me want to act grumpy.

The fifth and final story is Mickey getting mad at Pluto for accidentally wrecking his decorations. Pluto runs away and hangs out with Santa’s reindeer. Mickey I guess learns some lesson about decorations don’t mean anything when to comes to friends. It was just sort of tacted on, not a bad story though.

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Donald, Daisy, Minnie and Mickey

The thing that struck me about this video from the on-set was that this wished it was a Fantasia. All the stories had a musical component and I have to say wouldn’t a Holiday Fantasia movie be awesome? They should make that for some Christmas.

Daisy, Huey, Dewy, Louie and Donald Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas  picture image

Daisy, Huey, Dewy, Louie and Donald

This video should be harmless but the very plastic ugly CG made it hard to watch. Of course it begs the question which is worst, Bad seemingly hand-drawn animation or ugly competent CG stuff? It’s a tough question. Call me old but there is a heart  that even in the bad hand drawn stuff has that is harder to get in CG animation, CG animation often looks cold. It’s getting better but this video is just cold and artificial feeling.

Also the jokes are so dull and predictable especially in the second story with Huey, Dewy and Louie.

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Mickey with Santa

In all the Disney Christmas videos I have watched this month this one was the hardest to watch. I think if Disney had just loose up with the lessons and had more fun stories it would have been fine but the trite lessons and those CGs just make for a cringe-induceing viewing experience
Also in the Huey, Dewy and Louie story did anyone else think it was ironic that Srooge would say there is more to life than money? It’s a direct-to -video Disney movie, making money is its reason for existing.


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Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas

For the month of December I’m going to take a break from the Non-Disney Princesses to view three direct to video Disney Movies, Gwahahahhaha, I hope they suck. I also may post a few Christmas related things that I like on the weekends but I’m not 100% on that.

Why am I doing this? Because Christmas! So I’m going to go watch our first offering, Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas

(an hour later…)

Ok, that was inane sappiness. The End. I kid, Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas was released as Direct to video in 1999 and tells three sepreate stories that feauture Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey.

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Mickey and Minnie opening their gifts

Donald Duck story is called Donald Duck Stuck on Christmas. It’s basically Huey, Dewey and Louie wishing that Christmas was everyday. This causes a groundhog effect where the live the same Christmas off and over again till they learn that Christmas is about giving and love and not about presents.

Goofy’s story is called A Very Goofy Christmas, gee cleaver title. It’s about Max, at his youngest, losing his faith in Santa Clause and Goofy tring to regain it. In the end Max tries to regains Goofy’s faith in Santa and they wish for each other happiness.

The last story is Mickey’s and it’s called Mickey’s and Minnie’s The Gift of the Magi. It pays out like The gift of the Magic except with Mickey’s Harmonica instead of the watch and Minnie’s watch instead of hair. It’s pretty much just gift of the Magi which is another fine story about giving and the Christmas spirit. Though I would point out that Mickey and Minnie can still use their gift unlike the couple in the Gift of the Magi because Minnie gave Mickey a box for his harmonica and Mickey gave Minnie a necklace which was supposed to be for her watch but it’s still a necklace. Also what time period is this because it have like old fashion cars, and Mickey’s attire look like Victorian street urchin but there is a computer story, ah whatever.

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The Story Gifts

Basically all three stories are the same thing, Christmas = Giving +Love. You have seen these stories over and over, there is nothing new to them. The only spin that they made is adding slapstick that gets rather old after a while. There are better way to get the Christmas spirit message to kids. Maybe this video thinks it will be the first but Mickey’s Christmas Carol does it better.

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The cast

There is not a lot to say on this video, it’s boring, sappy and inane but that is not a surprise. The most I can say is it’s harmless and the worst I can say is meh. I did chuckle a bit in the Goofy story when they think they see Santa and it’s just a Beagle robbing a house, that was funny. The sadest part was when Donald repeated dropped the pancakes on the floor, too sad.

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Fantasia 2000

Fantasia 2000 is the sequel to the 1940 Disney movie, Fantasia. I love Fantasia, it’s so cool but  Fantasia 2000 is meh. There is like one great  segment, some good segments and the rest are meh. However since it’s music videos to classical music with Disney animation it very subjective, though we can all agree that the celebrity cameos were annoying and they  screamed sell-out.


I’m going to take it by the parts.


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Symphony No 5 Butterflies

Symphony No 5 in C-minor-I. Allegro con brio by Ludwig van Beethoven with abstract Butterflies.
They were trying to recreate the lines of the original’s Toccata and Fugue. I feel like they were trying way t0o hard to make this combo work. They also told a little narrative while trying to be abstract so it lowers the point of fluid shapes and movement with music.  It just didn’t really work.


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Pines of Rome Flying Whales

Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi with Flying Whales
I give them credit for imagination but again I felt a disconnect between the visuals and the music. I didn’t hear night or a cold climate in the music. The icy night with whales is pretty, I give it that. Also the narrative was weak. This doesn’t  even need a narrative, Whales Flying is enough. Then there was storm because the music demanded it but not because of flow. There was also this lovely piano movement when the little calf was trapped behind the icy and they failed to capitalize on it.  The ending scene was pretty and the Whales breaching the clouds was lovely.


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Drummer from Rhapsody in Blue

Rhapsody in Blue by Geogre Geshwin with 1930’s New York
At first I liked this one. I thought the sync was fun but it worn on me. I just got bored with it. It was also a conventional choice for the music.  I suppose the “risk” with this one is the animation. But you expect Disney to push animation boundaries and not narrative or visual boundaries.


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Tin Soldier and Ballerina


Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major-I. Allegro by Dmitri Shostakovich with  Tin Soldier
Apparently the creators on the original Fantasia wanted to use this story for Fantasia but couldn’t find the right music. Given that, it’s not a surprise that the visuals just tell the story of the Steadfast Tin Soldier albeit with a Disney happy ending.  I would have liked this more if not for the style of the CGs. They just looked not good but they did move well. If this one was tradition drawn animation it would have been way better.


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Flamingos and a yo-yo

The Carnival of Animals, Finale by Camille Saint-Saëns with Flamingos and a yo-yo
Groans. I didn’t love this one. It was cute and goofy but it didn’t work for me. At least it was short. Personally with Camille Saint-Saëns I would have rather seen the Aquarium  or Danse Macabre, I love Danse Macabre. The music choice isn’t the issue though this is too goofy and silly.


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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas with Mickey Mouse
This one was shameless thrown in to pad out the movie. I will admit this one isn’t one  of my favorites from  the original but it’s iconic.  Though having this piece in here defeats the purpose of an ever evolving series of movies which was Fantasia’s original intent.


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Noah’s Ark with Pomp and Circumstance

Pomp and Circumstance -Marches 1, 2, 3 and 4 by Edward Elgar with Donald Duck and Noah’s Ark
I hate Pomp and Circumstance. I didn’t like this one but I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would since  the story is cute. But the sync is weird at time. the animals burst out and there is nothing musically. I think combo works in a way but I didn’t like that much.    Disney doesn’t have enough power to change how the Graduation song is perceived by the public. They should have picked another song or something.


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The Spring Sprite in The Firebird Suite

Firebird Suite -1919 Version by Igor Stravinky with The Spring Sprite
Hands Down this one is the best of the bunch. It’s gorgeous, the sync is not always there but of the newer bunch it’s best. Though it’s very Miyazaki, seems like it was inspired by Princess Mononoke. I also take umbrage with the Firebird from Russian folklore as a source of destruction.


Flying Whale Calf Fantasia 2000 picture image

Flying Whale Calf

None of these measure up to the original. Reading the trivia I think part of the problem is they were too concerned with the style of animation and not the synergy of the combos. They also seemed to mimic the original but didn’t capture the mood and drama.


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The Firebird getting its flame on

Also there is no mood or darkness. These parts are all soft and nice. The Firebird suite is darkest this movie goes and it’s no Rite or Spring with fighting Dinosaurs, or Zeus throwing lightening for fun or Chernobog partying with the dead. It’s kinda all one note and safe.


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The Little Girl from Rhapsody in Blue

Another issue is  all these segments are stories. Stories in it of themselves are not a bad things but it made the segments limiting in scope. In the original, the segments were not devoid of stories but they had little story vignettes. The Pastoral symphony is the a great example of little story vignettes in a cohesive setting and style.

Story vignettes allowed the music and setting more a chance to mingle instead of a flowing narrative.  The trouble with Fantasia 2000 is there was no spectrum to how the animators approached the visuals, they were all story driven. Because of  the lack variety, the segments have interesting concepts but not so much with the sync and the visuals.


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Donald Duck and Daisy Duck

As a fan of the original I was really disappointed by Fantasia 2000. It was far too calculated and didn’t have the same power as the original.

Since it’s Friday and January 6th which is the Feast of Fool, It’s a Feast of Fools Fan-Art (or Topsy Turvy Day to you Disney Fans).

This Fan-art is by GenkiTenshi. It’s uses the Feast of Fools as a setting with the characters from Kingdom Hearts Characters; Sora, Donald Duck, and Goofy fighting the Heartless (yeah, I’ve played Kingdom Hearts before). This pairing is appropriate because Kingdom Hearts 3: Birth by Sleep, will go into the Hunchback of Notre Dame world.

Topsy Turvy Day by GenkiTenshi

Topsy Turvy Day by GenkiTenshi