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

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A 2004 Direct to Video feature from Disney that for once isn't a sequel to a theatrical 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. At 68 minutes, it is the longest fully-animated non-interactive sustained story that Mickey and Donald have ever starred in.note 

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.

  • 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.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Instead of killing Mickey, Pete locks him up in a dungeon that will be flooded with water and leaves, allowing Goofy and Donald to come and rescue him.
  • 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 stock 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 stops being a coward and goes to help Goofy save Mickey after hearing the Troubadour berate him.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Subverted when one of the villain's lackeys rips Mickey's clothes to shreds. It instead reveals his familiar red shorts.
  • Continuity Cameo: The Musketeers from the book save Mickey, Donald and Goofy when the latter were children. They even autographed Mickey's hat, which has the correct number of four signatures.
  • Covered in Kisses: Daisy Duck does this to Donald at the end of the film.
  • Cowardly Lion: Donald is portrayed as one in the film. One of the main hooks of the plot is that Mickey, Donald and Goofy all have flaws to overcome. The strange thing is, while Donald already has many, many flaws, the most notable being his iconic temper, the unwarranted cowardice he shows in the movie isn't usually one of them. None of this really hurts the film, but it's still an odd choice on the writers' part.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Pete has his smallest henchman pose as Minnie in order to fake a succession ceremony.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: At his low moment, Donald declares he'll be a musketeer if cows fall from the sky. Cue Clarabelle falling onto him.
    Donald: I'll be a musketeer the day cows fall from the sky. (Cue Goofy and Clarabelle falling on top of Donald and all but destroying his boat.)
  • Curse Cut Short: "Villains, bad guys run in fear, when they see the Musketeers. Saving Minnie is our duty, mess with her, we'll kick your..." (Musketeer stabs a training dummy through the chest with his sword)
  • Dating Catwoman: Goofy hooks up with Clarabelle.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Daisy is shown to act resentful and uninterested in Donald due to his cowardice, unlike Minnie who immediately became infatuated with Mickey until the end where she returns Donald's love.
  • Dirty Coward: Donald was willing to retreat from fights leaving only Mickey and Goofy to do the heavy work and wasn't above abandoning his friends by leaving Paris, but he eventually comes back in the end.
    Donald: It's every duck for himself!
  • Disaster Dominoes: Between Mickey's short height, Goofy's stupidity and Donald's cowardice, they manage to screw up cleaning so badly Pete's bathtub falls several stories while he was in it, and they weren't even on the same floor.
  • Distressed Damsel: Minnie and Daisy both get kidnapped by the Beagle Boys working for Captain Pete, and it's up to the Musketeers to save them.
  • Divide and Conquer: With the trio proving more effective than Pete anticipated, he has his men opt for this. First, Goofy is made to think Mickey is calling to him, so he's lured away from his post and grabbed. Next, Donald is confronted and nearly beheaded; he escapes and warns Mickey, but he's too scared to keep fighting and leaves. Mickey's on his own when Pete gets the drop on him.
  • The Dragon: Clarabelle works for the Big Bad Captain Pete, at least until her High-Heel–Face Turn.
  • 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.
  • Dying Alone: Pete leaves Mickey to die in an isolated prison. Thankfully, Goofy and Donald save him.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: Pluto does a Face Palm when Minnie chastises Mickey, Donald and Goofy for mistaking Daisy for a crook and beating her up.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are picked explicitly to fail, but Pete hypes them up as extremely competent and trained.
  • 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.
  • Funny Animal: The entire cast is this, apart from Pluto and some background animals (notably, the cow that kicks Goofy in the tower scene).
  • Furry Confusion: Naturally, with Goofy and Pluto in the same movie. Clarabelle and a non-anthropomorphic orange and white cow show up, as do horse-driven coaches.
  • Furry Reminder: Pete's furniture is subtly cat-themed.
  • Hair-Trigger Sound Effect: Every time Pete mentions the opera, it cuts to a poster and a snippet of The Pirates of Penzance.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Donald, as usual, wears a shirt, but no pants.
  • Heroic BSoD: A very brief bout. Already struggling with his cowardice, Donald is ready to give up upon learning Pete set them up to fail. After being saved from the dungeon, Mickey also laments they're not real Musketeers. Goofy snaps them out of it.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Hilariously spoofed with Clarabelle Cow who defects after Goofy woos her.
  • 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 badass 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.
  • The Idol's Blessing: Captain Pete chooses Mickey, Donald, and Goofy to guard Princess Minnie, saying they have what it takes to be Musketeers. He doesn't actually think they are capable, and in fact only recruits them in hopes that they will fail. However, Mickey doesn't know this, and so having the captain of the group he idolizes tell him that he is capable falls well into this trope.
  • Inspirational Insult: Donald almost abandons Mickey to die because of his cowardice but after The Troubador mocks him with a whole song, Donald becomes so enraged he forgets his cowardice and goes to save Mickey. Donald actually thanks The Troubador for singing that insulting song.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As harsh as he was in telling Mickey, Donald, and Goofy why they have no hope of becoming musketeers, one can't deny the fact that Pete was correct in pointing out that Donald's cowardice and Goofy's idiocy were traits that would make them largely unsuitable for jobs as important as musketeers. He also calls Mickey unfit due to his shortness, which does prove to be a hindrance several times during the movie.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Pete actually promotes Mickey, Donald and Goofy to musketeers because of how unfit for the job they are. He's sure they're too inept to properly serve as Princess Minnie's bodyguards, so they won't interfere with his plans to take over the kingdom.
  • 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"!
  • Loophole Abuse: Mickey doesn't care if Pete set them up to fail; he says they're honor bound to be heroic so long as they wear the Musketeer uniform. Donald agrees completely and immediately changes into his traditional sailor suit.
  • Long Title: See the movie's title above.
  • Lovable Coward: Donald's main personality flaw to overcome in this movie is cowardice, but he's one of the heroes.
  • Love at First Sight: Mickey and Minnie immediately fall for each other before even exchanging a word.
  • Love Redeems: Clarabelle ends up falling for Goofy while having him executed.
  • Major General Song: Pete's Evil Plan is to kindnap Minnie during a performance of The Pirates of Penzance, so of course the most famous song of the opera shows up.
  • Man Hug: Mickey to Goofy and then Donald once rescued from the dungeon.
  • 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."
  • Mythology Gag: The three protagonists being rescued by four musketeers, as there was in the original book: Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and d'Artagnan.
  • 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.
  • Parental Bonus:
    • For a few seconds in which he is seen falling into a hole, the original narrator (who was a complete ass towards the Troubador) is revealed to be a donkey.
    • One of lines in the Falling-in-Love Montage song is "birds and bees".
    • When Captain Pete goes for a shower early in the movie, his bar of soap is tightly bound in ropes as to not drop it.
  • 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.
  • Pre-Asskicking 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)
  • Princess Classic: Princess Minnie is spoof of this trope with her over-the-top prancing around dreaming of her true love.
  • Princesses Rule: Minnie is cast as 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rewritten Pop Version: This movie has an strange case where the song isn't a variant of one of the songs from the film. The song used in the music video to promote this film, "Three Is A Magic Number", is actually a cover of a song from another Disney property, Schoolhouse Rock!.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: The Beagle Boys normally only menace Donald when he's interacting with his Uncle Scrooge; here, they're working for Pete.
  • Rousing Speech: With Mickey lamenting they're not real heroes, it's Goofy who snaps him out of it. He says he knows they're not perfect (citing Donald's cowardice, Mickey's short stature, and his own stupidity), but he says they can do anything if they work together.
  • 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.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After narrowly avoiding an execution by guillotine, Donald decides it's time to call it quits, switching to his default sailor attire and running off in fear. Don't worry, he comes back around eventually.
  • Shout-Out:
  • 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.
  • Shy Shelled Animal: The Troubadour is a cartoon turtle who gets nervous around some characters, like his apparent boss Mr. Narrator, and Captain Pete. He sometimes literally hides in his shell from them.
  • 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.
  • Spanner in the Works: Pete's new plan to kill the three musketeers after they prove to be more competent than expected so that no one can stop him from getting rid of Minnie and becoming king nearly succeeds, Mickey and Goofy are captured and prepared to be executed and while Donald escaped, he decided to flee rather than fight, but Goofy's love for Clarabelle causes her to make a High-Heel–Face Turn before she can kill him, which in turn allows him to stop Donald from running away and the two of them saving Mickey, leading to them coming back and stopping Pete.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the 1990 short The Prince and the Pauper, casting Mickey and his friends in a historical period piece based on a literary classic again.
  • 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 make it 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.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Pete has a low opinion of his bumbling Beagle Boy henchmen.
  • 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.
  • You Must Be This Tall to Ride: When Mickey is locked in a Drowning Pit by Pete, the dungeon has a sign well above Mickey's head that reads "You must be this tall to survive this dungeon".


Video Example(s):


Petey's King of France

Like the Troubadour said: "When ze bad guy is that happy, it always, always means... BAD GUY SONG!"

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