Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas

  • Review Date: November 16, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 68 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Collection of unmemorable holiday shorts, but fun extras.
  • Review Date: November 16, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 68 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids will learn the value of sharing, overcoming any "embarrassment" they feel toward their parents, being "nice" rather than "naughty," and helping others.

Positive messages

The Christmas tales all demonstrate the importance of friendship and family during the holiday season.

Positive role models

Max discovers that his father isn't someone to be embarrassed by; Mickey learns to appreciate Pluto; Daisy and Minnie decide to put their friendship before a medal; and Huey, Dewey, and Louie help their Uncle Scrooge instead of just thinking of themselves.

Violence & scariness

Cartoonish pratfalls and a push-and-shove competition while ice-skating.

Sexy stuff

Max brings home a girlfriend for the holidays. They make eyes at each other and eventually kiss.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Disney merchandise is everywhere, and this movie reinforces kids' interest in buying it.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this DVD includes five short stories about Christmastime, all of which are fine for preschoolers and up. There's no violence or language (just some pushing and shoving during an ice-skating competition and a few pratfalls that don't injure anyone), but one of the vignettes does feature some mild flirting, hand-holding, and a near-kiss between Goofy's son Max and his girlfriend. All of the segments teach little lessons about showing generosity and kindness toward both loved ones and strangers during the holidays.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In this sequel to Disney's 1999 straight-to-video Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, Mickey and his closest pals face different challenges around the holidays. The first story, Belles on Ice, features Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse, who become jealous and angry with each other during a hometown ice-skating competition. In Christmas: Impossible, brothers Huey, Dewey, and Louie travel to the North Pole to try to get off the "naughty" list. Christmas Maximus follows Goofy's son, Max, who brings home his girflriend, Mona, to meet his dad, only to be embarrassed by everything Goofy does. Donald's Gift stars an annoyed and overwhelmed Donald Duck, who wants to skip Christmas festivities and just have some peace and quiet. The final story revolves around Mickey and Pluto, who ends up hopping a train to the North Pole after Mickey sends him to the dog house.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Christmas-themed DVDs are so plentiful -- and profitable -- that it seems like every kid-friendly movie franchise, cartoon, and TV series creates one to release before each holiday season. This benign Disney entry in the Christmas genre seems like just another churned-out special. The computer-generated animation isn't up to Disney's usual standards, and the stories lack the kind of charm that you'd expect from the Mouse Factory. It's sweet (albeit a bit odd) to see Goofy's son realize that his silly father isn't purposely trying to embarrass him -- he just loves him to death -- and those rascally brothers Huey, Dewey, and Louie are always funny, but the videos are just a passing diversion, nothing memorable.

But if you watch this DVD, be sure to play the behind-the-scenes features, which include a fascinating look at how Daisy and Minnie's ice-skating routines were based on Olympic skater Michelle Kwan's movements. The thorough interview with Kwan and footage of her skating the choreographed scenes in the movie is a treat. And in interviews with the animators, they admit that in the Pluto sequence, the reindeer were originally drawn as a host of other animals "training" to become reindeer, which explains why they don't look like reindeer at all.

Families can talk about...

  • What do Minnie and Daisy learn about being overly competitive with friends? How do they settle their differences?

  • Max is embarrassed of his father for being Goofy, but he later realizes that his father does everything out of love. What gave Max a change of perspective? Do you treat your parents like Max?

  • How do Huey, Dewey, and Louie redeem themselves after wreaking havoc at the North Pole? How can we make an effort to be "good," and not just so we can get toys?

Movie details

DVD release date:November 9, 2004
Cast:Russi Taylor, Tony Anselmo, Wayne Allwine
Director:Matthew O'Callaghan
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:68 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent Written byObietiger3 December 14, 2012
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5
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Good DVD could have have used more charters

After watching this I would say its a pretty good DVD .Although I thought they could have used more charters like Miss Beakley,Webby,Gosalyn and Drake.I would like to have seen a Darkwing Duck esposide in this video .And the missing of Miss Beakley and Webby at mansion made it off.Sure the usually charters are great Mickey,Minnie,Donald,Daisy,the boys ,goofy,max ,uncle scrooge etc but anyone who remembers the cartoons remember the side charters .If you have young children they will love this video and makes great Christmas present if you want spend your day watching it repeatedly as your children will want to keep watching it.
What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written bygbsfan December 21, 2011
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Not as good as Once Upon a Christmas

I really liked "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas" so I thought I might enjoy this one. Not really, I mean, it was OK, but you know.......
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much consumerism

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