These Disney holiday classics have some memorable moments, aside from not being full-length films. Rather, they are broken up into short specials.
“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas”
1: When Huey, Dewy, and Louie opened presents early in the first short
This is bad manners in real life. But on screen, it was funny. Huey, Dewy, and Louie get so excited on Christmas morning that they open their gifts early. Then Donald Duck comes and says to them, “Shouldn’t you wait for the family?”
Shortly after that, Daisy, Scrooge McDuck, and some other character whose name I don’t remember arrive, wishing the boys a Merry Christmas.
2: That same special resembling a plot of “The Fairly OddParents” Christmas special, “Christmas Every Day”
Although this was released before “The Fairly OddParents” first aired, the plot of the special above reminded me, as well as another friend of mine, of “Christmas Every Day.” There, the main character, Timmy, wishes it was Christmas every day, but that made it unfair to the other holidays.
In “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas,” Huey, Dewy, and Louie also wish it were Christmas every day, but upon a shooting star. It also recycles the same events that happen on the actual day of Christmas.
“Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas”
1: The fact that it’s CG-animated rather than 2D
Who hasn’t had enough of CG-animation, especially since that’s pretty much the only type these days, except the occasional stop-motion?
Anyway, the sequel came out in 2001, when 2D animation was still common, whether it was produced by Disney or other companies. Not only did this surprise me, but it also kind of disappointed me, too. I miss 2D animation.
2: The special where Donald Duck wants peace and quiet during the holidays
As Donald Duck tries to get a break from the Christmas spirit, different characters and objects play, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The fact that even inanimate items would play that song cracked me up a bit. Yet, it bothered him.
I totally do not blame him for that. In fact, I can relate a lot. I get overwhelmed by Christmas music and even the spirit at times, too.
Sometimes, I will go to the Kosher deli, Ben’s, where you won’t hear Christmas songs. That is a safe haven for me when I need a break from Christmas tunes.
That being said, I still appreciate Christmas. When I was little, I used to get jealous of houses that had lots of Christmas decorations, and mine had none.
However, regardless of what movies show, if somebody dislikes Christmas, or gets overwhelmed by holiday songs, that does not make him or her a bad person. I actually consider the idea that only those who have Christmas spirit to be good people insensitive.
There are even people who don’t celebrate Christmas, because it isn’t part of their culture. That doesn’t mean they’re bad people.
Hopefully, one day, there will be a movie, or some form of creative work, that expresses that.
The theme songs of both movies
Both films have the sensational six, as well as a few other characters, like Goofy’s son, Max, singing a Christmas melody, combining the songs, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Deck the Halls,” and “Jingle Bells.”
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I love honest reviews of Disney films and enjoyed reading your review especially where you commented about Donald Duck’s reaction to Christmas music. I think many of us feel like he and you do as I know I get overwhelmed with Christmas music at times. Christmas is a tough holiday for our family mostly because my husband passed away a week before Christmas when my children were little. He absolutely loved the holidays, mostly sharing with others with either gifts or good deeds to brighten that time of year. I love learning about your blog and look forward to catching up!
Thanks. Sorry for your loss, as well.