Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas is a direct-to-video Christmas film released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment on November 9, 2004. As the title suggests, it is a sequel to the 1999 direct-to-video film Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas. The special marks one of the first appearances of Mickey Mouse and his friends in CGI animation.
Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck in "Belles on Ice"
This first segment tells the story of Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck competing in an ice skating competition. The girls each are joined by their boyfriends, Mickey and Donald, as they prepare to take the ice. Minnie is announced to take the ice first for her routine, which involves a bell choir and the Fantasia Alligators as backup skaters. As Minnie and the Alligators perform their routine, Daisy becomes jealous at how much the crowd enjoys the performance. She decides to ruin Minnie's routine by stealing the spotlight for herself, performing amazing jumps and tricks on the ice.
Trying to regain the spotlight, Minnie performs a daredevil jump over the Alligators, turning all eyes on her. Not to be outdone, Daisy enlists her secret weapons: the Fantasia Hippos. The Hippos charge out of a huge golden gift box and become Daisy's backup skaters. They perform twists and jumps and help Daisy to once again gain the crowd's affection.
Fed up, Daisy and Minnie begin to argue and shove. This creates a huge pinwheel on the ice, with the Hippos hanging on to Daisy and the Alligators hanging on to Minnie. The spinning is so violent that the Hippos and Alligators are thrown in all directions, causing an Alligator to spill bells across the ice and one of the Hippos to crash onto the ice. Seizing her moment to shine, Daisy lines up her Hippos and performs a massive jump off of the lift and over the Hippos. Trying desperately to outdo Daisy, Minnie instructs her Alligators to hoist the Hippos up and launches herself off the lift and over the skaters. As she lands, her skate hits a stray bell on the ice, and she falls hard.
When Daisy realizes her friend is hurt, she then helps her. Minnie does the same, and the two friends begin a grand finale. The huge golden present raises upward and out on the top pops Minne and Daisy. The two hug and wish each other a "Merry Christmas".
Huey, Dewey, and Louie in "Christmas: Impossible"
The second segment begins with Donald and his nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, celebrating Christmas Eve at their Uncle Scrooge's mansion in Duckburg. Donald is decorating the mansion's huge Christmas tree when in come his nephews, who without noticing, knock over Donald's ladder and cause him to fall. The boys run into the kitchen to find Uncle Scrooge baking Christmas cookies. When they ask for cookies, Scrooge tells them they can only have some after their dinner. At the dinner table, Donald, Daisy, Scrooge, and the boys are ready for dessert, but when Scrooge uncovers the dessert tray, he finds that all the cookies have been eaten by the boys. Donald angrily sends his npehews to bed. In the boys' bedroom, Scrooge warns the triplets not to make the same mistakes they made in their own lives, so that Santa Claus does not put them on his Naughty List, just like Uncle Scrooge. Realizing that they are likely all on the Naughty List for sure, the nephews decide to mail themselves to the North Pole in order to write their names on Santa's Good List.
Upon arriving at Santa's factory, Huey, Dewey and Louie find a map to Santa's list room, but when they arrive there, the door is locked. They then go to Santa's office in order to steal the key, but find that Santa is inside napping. To steal the key without waking Santa, the boys enter through an overhead grate. Louie is dropped down with a fishing rod in order to get the key, which lies on Santa's desk. After getting the key, the boys race back through the toy room, where they steal skateboards and skate through the room. This causes them to make a mess on the toys, especially knocking down a stack of Jailbreak Bobs and scattering the toys' keys all over the floor. The boys and the other elves help to sort out the keys, but one elf finds a key that does not fit. Not knowing it is the key the boys want, the elf throws it, causing it to land in a box, which is then wrapped and placed into Santa's toy sack among many other gifts. The triplets begin to unwrap each gift in search of the key, ruining the elves' hard work. The boys find the key and run for the List Room, but accidentally bump right into Santa. Santa sees the key and thinks the boys were returning it to him, so he puts it in his pocket.
Meanwhile, the toy room is in disarray and the elves begin to think that Christmas is ruined, so the boys help to clean up the mess in record time in order to save Christmas. Afterward, the boys start to walk out of the factory feeling sorry that they were unable to get on Santa's Good List. But as they walk, they see an elf janitor open Santa's List Room! The boys rush in, tell the janitor about a mess somewhere else, and find the list for Duckburg. Just as they begin to write their names on the list, the boys think twice and instead write down Uncle Scrooge's name.
The boys mail themselves back to Duckburg just in time for Christmas Day. Donald, Daisy, Scrooge, and the nephews all gather around the tree to find a present just for Uncle Scrooge. The boys open it to reveal bagpipes, the present Uncle Scrooge has wanted ever since he was small. Donald then finds more presents behind the tree, and everyone opens their gifts. Amazed that they received gifts from Santa, the boys find a letter addressed to them. It is from Santa, and in it he tells the boys that their good deed of putting Scrooge on the Good List allowed them to be put on the Good List as well.
Goofy and Max in "Christmas Maximus"
The third story features Max Goof and Goofy celebrating the holidays. Max, now all grown up, is bringing home his new girlfriend Mona to meet Goofy. At the train station, Max calls Goofy to remind him of Mona and also to ask his dad not to embarrass him during the visit. Mona and Max leave the train station on the train and arrive in Max's hometown to find Goofy. Goofy is dressed in a chauffeur's getup standing in front of his car and holding a sign that says "Maxie" with the "ie" crossed out in red.
Goofy drives Max and Mona to his home, where many Christmas lights and decorations are all over the house and lawn. After that, Goofy seems to accidentally keep embarrassing Max by showing Mona Max's baby pictures and wiping cocoa off Max's face. Max at first is embarrassed by his dad, but then realizes that Goofy is always, well goofy, and that's why he loves him. Max forgets about being embarrassed and decides to join in the fun.
Donald Duck in "Donald's Gift"
The fourth story begins with Donald returning home from Christmas shopping. As he exits a store, he sees an ad for cocoa and imagines himself at home in his warm armchair, only to realize that he just missed the bus. He runs to catch it, but is slowed down by a tree decorator, a Christmas donation collector, a caroling barbershop quartet, and an old woman. As he tries (and fails) to catch up with the bus, he hears all the townspeople he sees sing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and becomes very annoyed.
Once at home, Donald prepares himself a cup of cocoa and rests in his armchair, but is disturbed by the arrival of Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Daisy also arrives and asks Donald if he is ready to go to the mall to see the Christmas decorations and the windows at Mousy's Department Store. Donald initially refuses to go, until he is forced by Daisy to come with her and the boys.
At the mall, Donald, Daisy, and the boys gather in front of Mousy's with other people to watch the window unveiling. Donald then wanders off to buy some hot chocolate. After he gets his cocoa, every little noise he hears in the mall seems to play the tune to "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". It seems as though Donald can not escape the tune until he finally finds a door into another room. He enters a dark room and thinks he is finally safe when he discovers that he has stumbled on to the Mousy's window display. The dolls begin singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and Donald finally has had enough. Back in front of Mousy's, a woman announces that the unveiling will commence. A curtain rises to reveal Donald inadvertently vandalizing the window display to the horror of the crowd. Daisy and the boys feel disappointed at Donald and leave the mall sadly without him.
After a policeman throws him out of the mall, Donald begins walking home in the snow, thinking about how he let Daisy and the boys down. He sees a group of carolers trying to sing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", but unable to sing together. Annoyed at their terrible singing, Donald takes charge and conducts the group. The lovely singing causes a small crowd to form, with people joining in and singing with the carolers. Soon the crowd draws in Daisy and the boys, who see Donald finally showing some Christmas spirit. Donald apologizes and joins in on the singing, making sure to sing from his heart.
Pluto and Mickey in "Mickey's Dog-Gone Christmas"
The fifth and final segment of the movie begins when Mickey makes decorations for the Christmas party, until Pluto keeps interrupting. When Pluto tries to put the star on top of the Christmas tree, he inadvertently destroys all the decorations and knocks down the tree, which causes Mickey to send Pluto to his doghouse. Pluto decides to run away from home, removing his collar and hopping onboard a train. Pluto finds himself shipped to the North Pole, where the reindeer adopt him and call him "Murray" (as in "Murray Christmas").
When Mickey arrives back home, he cleans up the mess and puts the decorations back. He begins feeling guilty for how he yelled at Pluto, and when he goes to Pluto's doghouse to apologize, he finds Pluto missing. Mickey goes all around Mouseton, posting "Lost Dog" posters in hope that someone can help him. He even turns to a Santa at a department store for help, unaware that he is talking to the real Santa.
Meanwhile, Pluto is feeling homesick, and when Santa comes by with a picture of him and a glum-looking Mickey together, Pluto decides to return home. Santa and the reindeer drop him off back to Mickey's where the rest of the gang gathers for their annual Christmas party.
- A comic book adaptation of this film was published by Gemstone Publishing (who held the comic book rights to the standard Disney characters at the time). Unlike the film itself, the comic adaptation contains a framing device featuring the characters telling the stories themselves.
- While aging for cartoon characters is always uneven, it's worth noting that, in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, Max, Huey, Dewey and Louie were roughly the same age, being preteens. Here, Donald's nephews are still preteens, but Max is now of college age.
- Disney Wiki: Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
- Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas at the Internet Movie Database
- Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas at the Big Cartoon DataBase