Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Three average Christmas stories highlight positive messages.
  • NR
  • 1999
  • 70 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Santa is real because we believe in him. Christmas isn't about things like toys and presents; it's about sharing with family and friends. Love is what makes Christmas special, but you can make the feeling last all year long.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mickey and Minnie work hard to save money so they can buy presents. Mickey helps stop a family from spending more than they can afford. Goofy helps his neighbors who don't have much by bringing them a big Christmas dinner. Max willingly helps shovel snow and tries to give his dad a happy Christmas when Goofy feels sad. Donald sometimes loses his temper but loves his nephews and wants them to appreciate what's special about Christmas.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon-y pratfalls and slapstick caused on accident. No one is hurt.

Sexy Stuff

Daisy and Donald try to kiss under the mistletoe several times and do kiss once on the lips. Mickey kisses Minnie on the forehead.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Crazy Pete smokes a cigar, others cough, and he eventually sets his pants and his entire Christmas tree lot on fire.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this trio of holiday stories features many Disney favorites. The tales stress positive messages about love, caring, the spirit of giving, and the magic of the season. Parents should note that in the second story Max's neighbor tells him that there's no such thing as Santa. The tale's ultimate message is that  Santa is real because we believe in him, but the story could introduce a seed of doubt about Santa's existence.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6-year-old Written byNunyaa November 28, 2019


If you want a 5-7 year old to start questioning about whether or not there's a Santa, this is your go to movie. Very mad about the Goofy storyline.
Parent Written byInnaRV November 23, 2019

Santas not real

One of the movies centered around the notion that Santa might not be real. My 3 year old had never considered that and even though it goes on to say santa is re... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 23, 2020

Silly film!

I think Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas is for kids because it teaches about loving you family and that Christmas is about giving, not getting. My most favorite... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 18, 2017

Adorable! For all ages!

This movie is so cute! It has three stories: Stuck on Christmas, A Very Goofy Christmas, & The Gift of Magi. In A Very Goofy Christmas, there is a part... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the first story, Huey, Dewey, and Louie's wish that it could be Christmas every day is granted. But it gets pretty old pretty fast when the same thing happens every day. How can they break the spell? In the second story Max's neighbor tells him there's no such thing as Santa, and his dad Goofy will do anything to show Max about the true meaning of Christmas. In the third story, Mickey and Minnie both are working hard to save enough to buy each other a special present. But when the money doesn't come through, what are they willing to sacrifice for the other?

Is it any good?

MICKEY'S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS falls squarely in the middle of the many holiday choices out there. Disney fans will enjoy watching their favorite characters: fly-off-the-handle Donald, goofy Goofy, and heart-of-gold Mickey all are true to form. If your holiday viewing time is limited, you may prefer a classic such as RudolphFrosty, or A Charlie Brown Christmas. If you do have some time to kill on a snow day, you could do a lot worse than these gentle stories that emphasize love, caring, and the spirit of giving.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Christmas special. What do you like best about the holiday?

  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie try to make Christmas fun again by "livening things up." What happened instead? Why didn't their pranks help them enjoy Christmas more?

  • What is the holiday spirit? How can we keep that feeling alive all year long?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love the holidays

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