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Recap / Mickey Mouse S3 E21 "Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special"

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"Duck the Halls" is a special installment of the Mickey Mouse (2013) series created by Paul Rudish for the Disney Channel and Disney.com. It's the 58th to air on the Disney Channel and be put up on Disney.com.

The Christmas season has arrived and Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto are getting into the holiday spirit, while Donald and Daisy prepare to migrate south for the winter with the other ducks. However, Donald, jealous that he's never gotten to enjoy a real Christmas, decides to stay north so he can join his friends in celebrating the holiday.

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This episode contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: As Santa Claus himself points out to the characters, "It's not where you have Christmas that's important. It's how you have it!"
  • Anger Born of Worry: As Daisy grows concerned for Donald's health, she and Donald's family decide go back home and bring him down south. She notes that as soon as she know's he's safe, she's going to kill him until he revived with the rest of group. Upon their arrival, Daisy gets even more worried about her Donald and faints when she thought he is a now dead roasted duck but was actually alive and well. When they're reunited, she slaps him after exclaiming that he scared her for making her though of him to be death. But then her anger turned to true dramatic happiness and she kisses him because she also missed him so much and is really happy because he's alive and safe.
    Daisy: (looking at her lover with a red face) YOU SCARED ME! (She then slaps him as her anger turns into happiness) I MISSED YOU! (She smooches her beau in happiness)
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  • Ascended Extra: Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Scrooge McDuck have supporting roles in this episode, compared to their previous series appearances which were just cameos.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: At the end of the special when Donald finally celebrates Christmas in the South.
    Mickey: Well pal, is Christmas everything you thought it would be?
    Donald: No... It’s EVEN BETTER!
  • Big Red Button: The hyperdrive button on Santa's sleigh. Pushing it activates a mechanical arm with a thumbtack to prod the reindeer to go faster.
  • Blah Blah Blah: Daisy sounds like this when Donald is torn between going south or staying for Christmas.
  • The Cameo: Bambi and Thumper are seen on the ice during Donald's rampage.
    • The toy soldiers from Babes in Toyland appear during the "Jing-a-Ling" musical number.
    • Gus Goose also appears among the ducks in Florida.
  • Christmas Episode: A full-length one in fact.
  • Cold Turkeys Everywhere: As Daisy and Donald drive south, Donald sees people celebrating Christmas everywhere, culminating with a huge billboard that says "Xmas is awesome!!!"
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  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: Von Drake covers the nephews' eyes when it appears that Donald had gotten cooked in the sleigh crash.
  • Deus ex Machina: Santa uses some "Christmas magic" to instantly fix the devastation caused by Mickey crashing his sleigh.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: "Jing-A-Ling-A-Ling" is loaded with these.
  • Disney Death: When Mickey and the gang crash Santa's sleigh down south, Goofy finds a roasted duck and believes that Donald had perished in the crash. It turns out to be another duck sunbathing in the raw.
  • False Dichotomy: Donald believes his only choices are to either go south for the winter with the other ducks and not celebrate Christmas or stay home with Mickey and celebrate the holiday but get sick in the cold weather. At the end, Santa himself points out to Donald and everyone else that even if it doesn't snow in the South, they can still celebrate Christmas (albeit not necessarily in the same exact way as northerners).
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Donald after downing some of Goofy's hot cocoa.
  • Furry Reminder: The ducks going south for the winter, behavior that the Disney ducks have never engaged in until now.
  • Good-Times Montage: Donald spending Christmas activities with Mickey and the gang, set to the song "Jing-A-Ling-A-Ling".
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!/It's the Best Whatever, Ever!: When Donald returns, Mickey proclaims this will be "the best gosh-dang Christmas ever".
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Parodied when Donald threatens Mickey with a broken candy cane.
  • Hiss Before Fleeing: Donald after going crazy.
  • Historical Longevity Joke: Mickey's childhood appears to be set in the Victorian or Edwardian period, complete with his aunt and uncle being called Victoria and Albert.
  • Instant Roast: Goofy thinks this is what happened to Donald after the crash. Turns out it was just another duck sunbathing in the raw.
  • It's Always Sunny in Miami: Although never explicitly mentioned, "Down south" is clearly Miami, judging from the art deco architecture. Naturally, it's sunny and the beach is full of sunbathers.
  • Medium Awareness: The end of Mickey's narration involves him describing the camera zooming out of his childhood home to reveal its snowy front yard.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Near the end of the special, Donald Duck goes crazy over his friends trying to get him to the south and starts to go on a rampage without clothes or feathers.
  • Negative Continuity: This special shows that Donald cannot survive in winter weather, while in all other appearances, he goes outside in winter and did not suffocate. He also says he never celebrated Christmas before, when he did in past productions.
  • Oh, Crap!: Mickey and Donald when they realize they've wrecked Santa's sleigh and see a very pissed-off Santa towering behind them.
    Mickey: Looks like someone's going on the naughty list.
  • Only Sane Man: Daisy's the only one who doesn't stay for Christmas because she's a duck and ducks migrate for the winter and is concerned about Donald's safety.
  • Reality Ensues: The winter weather eventually takes its toll on Donald's health and the gang tries to get him to go south before he dies.
  • Sanity Slippage: Donald undergoes some as he tries to stay for Christmas despite his failing health, culminating with him rampaging through town nearly nude.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Daisy gives one to Donald when he finally makes it down south.
  • Unexplained Accent: Mickey, for some reason, has a British accent in his childhood flashback.
  • Visual Pun: When Goofy mentions mistletoe, his toes rocket into the air like missiles and turn to mistletoe leaves.
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