Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
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I know, because I had to. My son was obsessed.
The five shorts comprising "Twice Upon A Christmas" are all delightful, and perfect family viewing.
First I must say that the digital re-creation of our favorite animated characters has been done to perfection. Eye-popping crystalline perfection.
The Minnie-Daisy ice skating duel features those dancing hippos and crocs from Fantasia, and beautiful digital effects and designs.
Huey, Dewey and Louie's journey to the North Pole has a classic caper feel to it; it's fast and funny. When one of the little guys drifts a little too close to a snoring Santa's breath, he initially winces. Then he smiles and says, "Hm! Peppermint! With a hint of mocha!" It's cute. My wife and I laugh, and my 2.5 year old wonders why.
Goofy and his son Max has some nice musical numbers in it. Again, seeing these characters in their three-dimensional glory is a sheer delight. I liked the moral of this piece, not quite sweet enough to give you cavities, but close.
Donald's discovery of Christmas spirit is also a heart-warmer, and here the animators show off their magic and skill in giving innumerable facial expressions to our favorite hysteric.
Mickey's Christmas party, with Pluto going off to be a reindeer is a fine ending to a great set of cartoons. Paying attention to the dialogue pays off as well; the creators have inserted lots of sly asides for us older folks.
Kids will be entranced...literally. Adults will totally enjoy this. It reminded me of the way I felt when I watched those stop-motion Rankin-Bass classics as a kid.
These really could be the next generation of Christmas Classics!
An open "Storybook" presents each tale, and we are whisked away into five magical stories showing true-to-life situations involving relationships. (And you KNOW how the whole family/relationship thing can get during holidays... *wince*).
Clever writing abounds, as well as numerous sight-gags. My son and I think it's hilarious when Huey, Dewey and Louie burp to a Christmas song--and when Daisy implores Donald to "say something!", he burps in response.
For those who think this DVD is mean spirited and violent, I have to say it seems like I was watching an entirely different movie than they apparently were... I mean, the classic Huey, Dewey and Louie animated shorts AND comics always presented their mischief. In fact, in the original theatrical shorts, the nephews were sent to live with Donald because their father was in the hospital! Why? Because the boys sent him there by putting firecrackers under his chair! (So I hardly think that ol' Walt is rolling in his grave. Lighten up, people--this is the guy that gave us Fantasia!Read more ›
While I agree with many that seeing the characters in full-fledged 3D animation, I don't think this new rendering of these wonderful characters could have been done any better. No, it's not animation of the quality in the top budget motion picture releases, but it's nonetheless extremely well done.
If you love Christmas and you love Mickey and the gang, you and your family will love this DVD.
There are five short features included, each running in the 6 - 18 minute range.
"Belles on Ice" features Daisy and Minnie in a figure-skating duel.
in "Christmas: Impossible", Huey, Duey, and Luey mail themselves to the North Pole to guarantee they get presents for Christmas.
"Christmas Maximus" features Goofy and his son Max, as max is worried about pops messing things up when he comes home from college with his girlfriend. Max is in college AND has a girlfriend???? where have I been??
"Donalds Gift" deals with Donald's frustration with the holiday season and hearing We Wish you a Merry Christmas over and over.
The last and best feature is Mickey's Dog-Gone Christmas" Mickey punishes Pluto and send him out to his doghouse. Pluto then Runs away to the North Pole and Mickey goes off in search of him.
All in all a pretty good DVD of Christmas fun. The Animation certainly is not Pixar quality but it's decent but takes a bit of getting used to.
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My great grandchildren truly enjoy this movie. They have watched it many times.Published 1 month ago by mamawnorris
The great thing about this movie is that it is a timeless classic. The music and storytelling is magical. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. White
This is an awesome program my son wants to watch it whenever he is in our room.Published 2 months ago by Frank Stella
My son (18months) has been watching this almost daily for 5 months and can never get enough!! 👍👍👍👍👍Published 4 months ago by SarahRNBSN
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