Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999) voices Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Kelsey Grammer Movie Review

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Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

A Traditional Animated Christmas

I'll be honest I don't really do children's animations, it's not that I don't enjoy them but I find those modern computer generated animations a bit soul less. But I don't mind watching those old animations from the house of mouse as these hand crafted cartoons not only entertain but they tend to have meaning as well. That brings me to "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas" a trilogy of shorts all of which have a Christmas angle and for those like me who grew up on Disney cartoons is like a blast of nostalgia.

So as I said "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas" is a trilogy of shorts with the first featuring Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie who having one fun Christmas day wish it could be Christmas every day and there wish comes true. But after a while Huey, Dewey, and Louie start to tire of doing the same thing over and over again until they learn their lesson that there is more to Christmas than just what is in it for them and that Christmas happens once a year to keep it special.

The second little animation features Goofy and his son Max who after a mad rush to deliver their letters to Santa begins to doubt that Santa exists. But Goofy believes and is determined to prove to Max that Santa is real no matter what.

And finally the third short features Mickey and Minnie doing their take on "The Gift of the Magi". With little money Mickey decides to sell his prize possession, his harmonica, to buy Minnie a gold chain for her watch, meanwhile Minnie is selling her prize possession, her watch, to but Mickey a case for his harmonica.

Each of these three stories have their individual message, they also have their humour with some old fashioned cartoon slapstick as well as the obligatory moment of sappiness. Plus each of these shorts have that visual style which make them a Disney movie, by that I guess I mean there is a simplicity to them which young audiences might think tacky but for those who grew up watching Disney cartoons is a welcome trip down memory lane. It may sound daft but in the first short watching a Turkey escape up the chimney and end up stuck at the top in a mini Santa outfit made me laugh more than I have in a long while, it is that sort of simple, innocent humour which makes these trio of shorts so much fun.

What this all boils down to is that "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas" is technically a trio of Christmas shorts for children. But they are just as much a trio of Disney cartoons for adults who miss the fun of these old style Disney animations.

Tags: Christmas Movies