Western Animation / Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is a 1999 direct-to-video Disney movie. Narrated by Kelsey Grammer, the film features three Christmas stories starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy where each learn about the meaning of Christmas.

  • Donald Duck — Stuck on Christmas: Huey, Dewey and Louie have such a great Christmas, that they wish upon a star so that it would be Christmas every day, but once their wish comes true and they get tired of it, they learn the true meaning of Christmas.
  • A Very Goofy Christmas: When Max begins to question Santa's existence after Pete questions him with Santa's apparently impossible abilities, Goofy is determined to keep his faith alive.
  • Mickey and Minnie's Gift of the Magi: Mickey and Minnie plan to give each other great gifts for Christmas with a lot of money they plan to earn at their jobs, but when circumstances dash these plans, they learn the meaning of giving by sacrificing their prized possessions for their gifts.

The film received a computer-animated sequel, Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, in 2004.

Stuck on Christmas

  • Artistic License Biology: Played for Laughs when Louie puts on weight. He is shown to have a belly button which real life ducks do not have.
  • Balloon Belly: Louie gets one when he gorges on feast after feast.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The boys wish for Christmas every day and get stuck experiencing the same Christmas Day over and over again, which gets very monotonous for them.
  • Big Eater: Louie, who is seen eating the most at each Christmas, and puts on several pounds because of constant holiday feasting.
  • Big "NO!": The boys do this at the end when Donald asks if they'd like it to be Christmas every day.
  • Butt-Monkey: Donald Duck. The boys also expectedly suffer the brunt of their "Groundhog Day" Loop.
  • Christmas Every Day: Huey, Dewey and Louie wish upon a star for Christmas to be everyday. At first they are delighted, only to discover it's not just Christmas everyday, but the exact same day even down to their presents from the previous day getting wrapped up again. After getting fed-up they try to ruin Christmas to put an end to it. However they then notice a card from Donald and Daisy explaining the true meaning of Christmas in being about family rather than presents, to which the boys embrace the Christmas spirit and help everyone else enjoy Christmas, thus breaking the time loop.
  • Cue the Falling Object: In the Stuck on Christmas story, Donald's decorated living room is trashed after his nephews' prank involving a live turkey gets out of hand. While examining the wreckage, Donald sees that the Christmas tree is still standing and remarks "Well, we still have the tree", after which the tree falls down on him.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: The boys get stuck experiencing the same Christmas Day over and over again.
  • Hidden Depths: The boys constantly ignore the card Donald attached to their present. After ruining one Christmas loop however, they finally read it, to find it to be a surprisingly poignantly written poem about family and love during the holidays.
  • Make a Wish: The boys wish upon a star when they wish for Christmas every day.
  • Meaningful Echo: In the disastrous loop, Aunt Gertie laments sadly "Some Christmas this turned out to be". In the next loop where the boys redeem themselves and make a truly heartwarming Christmas she repeats the quote, albeit in Tears of Joy.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The boys after their attempts to shake up their holiday end up ruining everyone's Christmas, prompting them to make the next Christmas better for everyone.
  • Mythology Gag: Uncle Scrooge being especially jolly about Christmas carols.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Instead of screaming his head off and flying into a rage, Donald is very withdrawn and sad after everyone's Christmas is ruined. This is what makes the boys realise how low they sunk.
  • Remember the New Guy: Aunt Gertie only exists in this special. Somewhat odd given that Donald has quite a few established relatives.
  • Sanity Slippage: Huey almost loses his mind after one too many Christmases and goes into a insane rant.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Donald mutters things like "Anchors aweigh" and "Full speed ahead" in his sleep.
  • Tempting Fate: After the disaster with the turkey that leaves everything wrecked, Donald remarks that at least the tree is still intact, after which it falls down on top of him.
  • Under the Mistletoe: The boys set up Donald and Daisy under the mistletoe.
  • Whole Plot Reference: To Groundhog Day, right down to the protagonists needing to make the last run through perfect for everyone in order to get out of the loops. The whole "Christmas Every Day" thing dates back to 1892 though, from a short story of the same name by William Dean Howells. Still, the solution to the problem seen here is very much like Groundhog Day.

A Very Goofy Christmas

  • Accidental Pervert: Goofy becomes this as part of two gags in the beginning. When rushing to help his son get his letter to Santa Claus mailed, Goofy accidentally runs into a mall section called "Lumberjack Lingerie", and we hear some women scream. Shortly afterward, a woman screams when he gets close to her while crawling, and Goofy simply says "I didn't mean to get fresh."
  • Bait-and-Switch: After waiting through the night for proof of Santa, Goofy and Max spot a silhouette on a house carrying a large bag. It turns out to be a burglar.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When Max says it was Pete who caused him to question Santa's existence, Goofy looks at the screen and says, "Well, that figures."
  • The Cameo: One of Goofy's ornaments is Angelique.
  • Good Parents: For all his Bumbling Dad antics, we also see Goofy teaching his son about charity and responsibility by bringing him along to share Christmas dinner with their poorer neighbors.
  • Indecisive Deconstruction: The short tries to deconstruct the idea of parents telling children about Santa Claus: Pete tells Max that Santa isn't real. Max examines the facts and ends up concluding that Pete probably is right. Goofy and Max eventually lose their faith in Santa Claus, but they think it's okay, as they have each other. The deconstruction doesn't go all the way when it turns out that Santa is real after all.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After being a constant jerkass, Pete demands a present from Santa and gets a house covered in snow.
  • Manchild: Pete acts this way after Santa Claus buries him in snow, asking where his squirty gun and yo-yo are in a childish whine. Goofy's also a man child, but a far more endearing and well-meaning one.
  • Real After All: Santa Claus, who flies by to give Max his snowboard (and cover Pete's house in snow).
  • Yes, Virginia: Max's belief in Santa is shaken by Pete, and Goofy struggles to reaffirm it.

Mickey and Minnie's Gift of the Magi

  • Accidental Misnaming: Minnie's boss, Mortimer Mouse, keeps mispronouncing Minnie's name.
  • Bad Boss: Pete to Mickey.
  • Friend to All Children: Mickey just can't resist playing at the performance if it means helping children.
  • Gender Flip: In the original story of The Gift of the Magi, Jim owned a watch, for which Della bought a chain. In this version, Minnie owns a watch, for which Mickey buys a chain.
  • "Gift of the Magi" Plot: Mickey trades in his harmonica for a chain for Minnie's watch, and Minnie sells her watch to get Mickey a harmonica case.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Pete gets this. After he takes Mickey's money for messing up a sale deal, he puts his lit cigar in his back pocket, causing a chain reaction that leads to his 10-foot trees burning to the ground.
  • Rump Roast: Pete after he puts his cigar in his back pocket.
  • Same Character, but Different:
    • Downplayed case. Daisy cameos in this short as well, but unlike her appearances in the rest of the movie, she has blue irises and a different voice actor.
    • Mortimer also appears in this short, but compared to his usual obnoxious Casanova Wannabe personality in other Disney cartoons, here he is Minnie's tight-fisted boss with a posh accent.