Headscratchers: Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers

  • Donald's characterization in this movie. Cowardice has never been his biggest flaw, or even a huge part of his personality. Not that he hasn't shown cowardice, but no more than any of the other characters. His major traita has always been his temper, and it only is really displayed in one scene in this movie (when Troubadour sings his You Suck song). It's not like it couldn't work as a believable flaw (it had been working for over half a century till that point), Pete could say he's too much of a loose cannon, that he flies off the handle at any slight (except, you kno, the way Pete would say), and that Muskateers need disipline.
    • Maybe they thought that a constantly angry character wouldn't be fun to watch. Or that he would be a too good fighter by always charging in...
    • Actually, this is a bit of Fridge Brilliance: Donald being a coward is an established part of his character; it's just that this particular trait is more a staple of the Donald who appears in comic books and strips than Donald in animation — and this movie is narrated from a comic book!
      • It varies from story to story just how cowardly he is, though a fair rule of thumb is that if there's another character with him who can play the brave hero (like Mickey or Uncle Scrooge) Donald is usually portrayed as a bit of a coward as a contrast; he's all gung-ho as long as there's no actual danger involved, but when things get scary he's just as likely to lose his nerve. For a good example of a "cowardly Donald," you can check out the classic Floyd Gottfredson comic, The House of Seven Haunts from 1936.
      • Yes, it most certainly does vary between comic book authors. The example of Floyd Gottfredson isn't a very good one since he's always been credited more of a Mickey Mouse author rather than a Donald one so of course, his Mickey would be the hero. But there are plenty of Barks' and even some of Don Rosa's comics (and Don Rosa is usually notorious for making Donald even more unlucky and "cowardly" than Barks' or his animated counterpart ever was!) where Donald demonstrates bravado like "The Black Knight Glorps Again" where Donald almost sacrifices himself in trying to stop a thief with armour that acts like a balck hole which destroys everything it touches! There are also examples of Donald's bravery in the newer European comics. And let's not forget that it was his incarnation in the comics that gave us Donald's avenger/superhero alter ego, Paperinik/Duck Avenger as well as his secret agent alter ego, Double Duck! So although his cowardice might show up more in the comics than in the cartoons, he's only scared when there's actual danger, not at the drop of a hat like they portrayed him in the movie! And even then, he usually does still face his fears head on!
      • Like I said: Varies from story to story. If one story demands that Donald be a Fearless Fool, then he will be. If the story demands that he's a Lovable Coward, he will be that. The great thing about Donald is that his personality is flexible enough that he can play both these roles and not come across as OOC.

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