Western Animation / Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers

All for one and one for all!

A direct to DVD feature from Disney that for once isn't a sequel to a much better film or a TV episode compilation. As the name suggests, it's the stars of the Classic Disney Shorts in the roles of The Three Musketeers, or at least a story similar in nature.

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy are three janitors who dream of becoming musketeers, but Mickey's size, Donald's cowardice and Goofy's intelligence (or lack thereof) are handicaps from their goal. However, they get their chance when Princess Minnie demands bodyguards from Captain Pete. Since said captain is planning to take over the kingdom, he decides to promote the three, hoping they'll be bungling enough not to ruin his plans.

The story is told by the Troubador, a singing turtle who is supposedly narrating it on live television. (Though not given a real name in the film, Word of God has it that the Troubador is an updated version of 1930s Disney character Toby Tortoise.)

Considering it's a DTV movie, it's actually quite an improvement on previous sequels which were mostly excuses to try and kick off (bad) television series.

A world based on the film, called Country of the Musketeers, appeared in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, making this the first direct-to-video Disney movie to appear in the Kingdom Hearts series.

This movie contains the following tropes.

  • Adaptation Decay: Admitted by the movie, especially in the commentary provided by Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Pete in the fixing-the-plumbing scene.
    • Bizarrely, it seems to be a sort-of sequel to the original Three Musketeers, as the four Musketeers show up at the beginning to inspire Mickey.
  • Anachronism Stew: Several examples.
    • This movie seems to take place in 18th century France, pre-revolution. And the opera, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, wasn't around until 1879.
    • Don't get started on the fast food Minnie and Daisy are eating as they discuss romance. This is clearly Played for Laughs, however.
    • Indoor plumbing (seen in the opening), Electric lights (during Pete's crowning) and high-quality seamwork (seen on Mickey's and Donald's traditional apparel) certainly were not in vogue during this time. Lampshaded in the in-character DVD Commentary.
  • Aside Glance: Pete after the second mention of the Opera followed by the fanfare.
  • At the Opera Tonight: Cut to the poster and cue the fanfare!
    Pete: "That little ditty's startin' to grow on me!"
  • Berserk Button: "French words make me mad!" said by a Beagle Boy.
    • Donald, when he's had enough of the Troubadour Turtle berating him in song.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Donald, despite already being a bird, turns into a literal chicken a few times during the movie to illustrate that he is a coward.
  • Beta Couple: Donald and Daisy, with Goofy and Clarabelle forming a Gamma Couple.
  • Call Back: During the first fight with the Beagle Boys, one of them slice through Mickey's musketeer uniform, revealing his trademark outfit underneath. Cue Mickey making his well-known pose before cut to the next frame. Donald is also shown wearing his trademark sailor suit under his uniform when he decides to quit being a musketeer.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Donald, after hearing the Troubadour berate him.
Donald: I'll be a musketeer the day cows fall from the sky. (Cue Goofy and Clarabelle — a cow — falling on top of Donald and all but destroying his boat.)
  • Dressed in Layers: Mickey dresses in at least two layers, and Donald dresses in at least three, judging by the way they rip off their clothes to reveal either Musketeer uniforms or their classic outfits underneath. Even Pete dresses in at least two layers.
  • Drowning Pit: Captain Pete tries to off Mickey by locking him in a dungeon in Mont-Saint-Michel, which floods when the tide rises.
  • Expy: The Troubador is essentially an updated version of Toby Tortoise from the two Silly Symphonies shorts.
  • Extreme Omnivore: When Pete is getting the Beagle Boys out of the pit, they are doing things to pass the time (drawing Pete with an arrow though his head for one). One of them was playing with jacks, and when Pete sees them relaxing, he quickly eats all of the jacks and the rubber ball.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Minnie is a princess, though she seems to be the monarch of France and a queen in everything but name. No mention is made of any king or queen existing.
  • Evil Laugh: Pete, naturally. But also Clarabelle, who as his number two gets a hilariously cow-themed maniacal laugh.
  • Face Palm: Pete. Understandable, considering that he is Surrounded by Idiots with the Beagle Boys as henchmen.
  • Falling in Love Montage: Mickey and Minnie when they first met in this film.
  • Framing Device: The film is told through a live recording of the Troubador reading a comic book.
  • Freudian Excuse: Pete says his reason for being evil is because his mom didn't like him. However, his excuse doesn't really work here because he tells himself that the reason his mother didn't like him in the first place was that he was really always an evil selfish jerk, even as a newborn.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: It zips by for half a handful of frames before getting too far to tell, so you gotta have sharp eyes: The license plate of one of the carriages is A113.
  • Iconic Outfit: Mickey and Donald were both shown wearing their default clothing at some point in the movie. However, the weight of the situation when they started wearing them were completely different, Mickey was revealed to be wearing his outfit under his Musketeer uniform as a gag, while Donald quickly changed into his sailor suit when he decides to abandon Mickey at a crucial time of need.
  • Idiot Ball: It don't matter how Bad Ass you think you are - anytime a villain who's three times your size starts saying, "By the power vested in my fist..." that's a good time to run away.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: When Minnie first kisses Mickey, as is tradition in classic Disney media, with special thanks to Mickey's hat. Averted at the end when they kiss on the stage.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Pete, to an extent. While he swaps back and forth from Laughably Evil to vile and intimidating throughout the whole movie, as the plot goes on his villainous scenes become darker and more intense, and the movie becomes more tense as a result. The part where he throws Mickey into the dungeon to drown has almost no humor at all, and the final battle against him an action (if cartoony) scene played surprisingly straight.
  • Large Ham: Pete as always. Just LISTEN to the "Bad Guy Song"!
  • Love Redeems: Clarabelle ends up falling for Goofy while having him executed.
  • Medium Awareness:
    • Pete. "Why'd the music stop?" He actually does this twice. When he is bringing The Beagle Boys out of the pit, the scene shifts to the poster for the opera and plays the same music bit again. When the scene shifts back to Pete, he stare at the poster, blinks his eyes a few times and continues speaking. He does it a third time when the opera bit happens, saying, "That little ditty's starting to grow on me."
  • Never Say "Die": Averted. Everyone is open to admitting that people will die, saying words like "Die" "Death" "Kill" (etc) and Donald is put in a Guillotine at one point. Pete and Clarabelle do use (fairly obvious) euphemisms once, but they make the scene much scarier.
  • Nice Hat: Mickey treasures a hat given to him by the original Musketeers.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: The little Beagle at first seems like he's incompetent and silly. However it's revealed he's an expert in using the sword, especially a great wicked - looking one.
  • Oh Crap!: Mickey's reaction to the "You Must Be This Tall to Survive this Dungeon" sign when the sewer begins to flood.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Pete turns Mickey's attempt to arrest him into one of these.
    Mickey: Captain Pete, by the power invested in me, I arrest you!
    Pete: Well, with the power invested in my fist, I clobber you! (cue ass kicking)
  • The Power of Friendship: It's what ultimately enables Mickey and co. to emerge victorious.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: The musical numbers are sung to the tune of classical pieces.
    • Pete's Villain Song is set to "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg.
    • The main theme sung by the Musketeers is set to the Infernal Galop from Offenbach's Orpheus In the Underworld, better known as the Can-Can.
    • Some other classical tunes you'll hear are Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr., and the "Habanera" aria from Bizet's Carmen.
    • The Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Pirates of Penzance plays a minor part in the plot. Even though it shouldn't exist yet.
  • Pit Trap: Pete puts the Beagle Boys in one when he finds out that they were going to kill Minnie, However its subverted in the fact that it is just a few feet deep.
  • Princess Classic: Princess Minnie is spoof of this trope with her over-the-top prancing around dreaming of her true love.
  • Red Boxing Gloves: When kidnapping Minnie, the Beagle Boys conceal one in a jack-in-the box to lure Goofy into looking at it. Considering that this is a cartoon, its kind of surprising that the glove isn't oversized.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Inverted with Pete who explains how he was abandoned by his mother because he was already a despicable villain with no redeeming quality when he was a newborn.
  • Running Gag: The same music, which happens to be the chorus of "With Catlike Tread" playing everytime the opera poster is shown.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shown Their Work: The three protagonists being rescued by four musketeers, as there was in the original book: Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and d'Artagnan.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: The Toby Tortoise Expy incites Donald into this by singing "This is the end"—to the tune of a classic Beethoven song.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Pete did warn Clarabelle about the bricks at least.
    • Minnie and Daisy also tumble down the stairs along with Mickey and Goofy.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Pete, upon being ordered by Minnie to find Musketeer bodyguards to protect her, deliberately picks Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in hopes that their bumbling will prevent them from protecting her, and therefore making all the easier for him to kidnap her. It comes to backfire on him spectacularly when the trio actually starts becoming competent at their job.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Minnie is forbidden to date Mickey since he's a commoner. This just attracts Minnie more.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: Justified in some places, since the Troubadour openly admits to wanting to pepper the narration with songs that he wrote; in other parts, not so much.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • Mickey Donald and Goofy pile on Daisy Duck, mistaking her for a bad guy.
    • In the comics adaptation, an earlier scene has Mickey tell Donald about recent threats to the kingdom. It seems "Prince Gimlet" was murdered by a royal waitress with an hors d'oeuvres knife. Hapless Daisy appears to be about to pull off a similar crime.

Alternative Title(s): Mickey Donald Goofy The Three Musketeers