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Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas is a 2004 direct-to-video film and the sequel to Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas. It's one of the first productions to show Mickey Mouse with 3D animation. It contains five short Christmas stories featuring characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.

  • "Belles on Ice": Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck are competing in an ice skating competition. Daisy becomes jealous of the crowd's reaction to Minnie and tries to take over the spotlight. The battle for the spotlight escalates when Minnie summons Fantasia alligators, Daisy responds with Fantasia hippos, and both girls perform daredevil stunts.
  • "Christmas: Impossible": Huey, Dewey, and Louie are celebrating Christmas Eve. They're convinced that they're on Santa's naughty list, so they travel to the North Pole to write their names on the nice list themselves. However, at Santa's workshop, they accidentally make a huge mess and ruin the gifts. The boys feel guilty and have to fix the mess to save Christmas.
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  • "Christmas Maximus": Most of this story takes place within the song "Make Me Look Good". An adult Max brings his friend Mona home for Christmas. Unfortunately, Max finds Goofy's behaviour amazingly embarrassing.
  • "Donald's Gift": Donald wants a Christmas of peace and quiet. The others want Donald to enjoy Christmas, but Donald just becomes annoyed.
  • "Mickey's Dog-Gone Christmas": Pluto accidentally ruins Mickey's Christmas decorations and is sent to the dog house. He leaves Mickey in shame and ends up being adopted by Santa's reindeer. As Christmas approaches, Pluto becomes homesick and Mickey searches for his lost pet.

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This film provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Pluto running away after a harsh scolding from Mickey can be pretty hard to stomach for pet owners.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Once again, we have Max learning to appreciate his dad and that he is lucky to have him even if he is embarrassing. You know, the exact same lesson that he learned in A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie?
  • Alternate Continuity: Despite being promoted as a sequel to the first film, it is computer animated and has several continuity errors (such as Max and the nephews having a large age gap, whereas in their previous appearances, including the first movie, they were the same age).
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: When Max brings home his friend Mona to meet Goofy, Goofy shows Mona baby pictures of Max.
  • Attention Whore: Daisy in “Belles on Ice.”
  • Award-Bait Song: Share This Day by Josh Kelley.
  • Arc Words: "Less is more" in Mickey's Dog-Gone Christmas.
  • Break the Cutie: This happens to all of the main characters.
  • Brick Joke:
    • "Christmas: Impossible" has Santa and an elf reference a horrible sleigh crash that occurred in 1964. It's discussed later on in "Mickey's Dog-Gone Christmas" by Blitzen and Donner.
    • A cranky-looking heavyset man in a plaid shirt keeps turning up somewhere in all the stories except the first. He most noticeably appears in "Donald's Gift", getting his hot chocolate spilled on him, twice.
  • The Cameo: The alligators and hippos from Fantasia perform with Minnie and Daisy’s skating shows.
  • Christmas Light Chaos: Played for Drama in "Mickey's Dog-Gone Christmas". Mickey's over-the-top Christmas lights actually work painlessly at first. Pluto then tries to put the star on the tree but falls, which causes a bowl of punch to spill onto a power strip and short circuit everything. Mickey then scolds Pluto and sends him to the dog house. This makes Pluto feel unappreciated and disgraced, so he decides to run away from home.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: While Minnie is performing, the spotlight is pink, but it turns green when Daisy steals it, representing her jealousy. Then when both perform together, the spotlight becomes a bluish white.
  • The Comically Serious: Blitzen
  • Defcon Five: Averted. Santa's Workshop gets it right. The code for catastrophe is "Elf-Con 1".
  • Denser and Wackier: When compared to the more emotional stories of the previous film.
  • Disappointed in You:
    • Daisy and the triplets, after Donald wrecks a display in a fit of annoyance.
    • Mickey becomes this towards Pluto after the latter accidentally destroys Mickey's Christmas decorations due to ignoring his order to be patient and careful.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: In-universe. Scrooge tries to tell Huey, Dewey and Louie to be nice. When they point out that Scrooge became rich despite not being nice, he says it was because he was selfish, HD&L's reaction? "We want to be rich and selfish, too!", followed by talking about some cool stuff they could buy with the money they wanted.
  • Drives Like Crazy: "Mickey's Dog-Gone Christmas" sees a snowplow driving up onto Mickey's lawn. Goofy was driving. It's heavily implied that he was also driving the snowplow that buried Mickey's car earlier in the story.
  • Dreadful Musician: Scrooge is shown to play the bagpipes so bad, the nephews and Donald have to plug their ears.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Max hates it when Goofy calls him "Maxie", even though he was okay with it in all of his other appearances.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: In "Christmas Maximus", Max brings his girlfriend home from college to meet his dad. At one point while Max is proudly showing her old pictures of himself as a child graduating high school, Goofy brings in an enlarged photo of Max as a naked baby.
  • Everything's Louder with Bagpipes: At the end of "Christmas: Impossible", Scrooge gets a set of bagpipes for Christmas. He's unskilled and plays loudly. Santa saw this coming and sent Huey, Dewey and Louie earplugs.
  • Flushing Toilet, Screaming Shower: In "Christmas: Impossible", Huey, Dewey and Louie flush the toilet while Donald is in the shower. Donald screams because the temperature of the water abruptly changes.
  • Friend to All Living Things: The other characters drop whatever they were doing in "Mickey's Dog-Gone Christmas" to help look for Pluto. Scrooge even bought an entire snowplow company.
  • Gilligan Cut: Daisy tells Donald to stop being selfish and to come with her and his nephews to the mall.
    Donald: I'm not going! And that's final!
    (cut to Donald and Daisy at the mall)
    Daisy: Don't dawdle Donald.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Mickey orders Pluto to "get out, and stay out" when sending him to his dog house in order to make his point clear and have him stay put until he gets back from shopping. Unfortunately, Pluto ends up misinterpreting it as disownment and runs away.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Daisy and later Minnie in "Belles on Ice" when fighting over the spotlight.
  • Heroic BSoD: Mickey while searching for Pluto. Pluto is initially thrilled to be with the reindeer, but after seeing a cloud resembling Mickey, he becomes depressed.
  • Imagine Spot: After being sent to his doghouse by Mickey for ruining his Christmas decorations, Pluto imagines Mickey disowning him and telling him to go away. This proves how Pluto took Mickey's words to "get out and stay out" note  too much to heart.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After having lectured the boys on their manners throughout "Christmas Impossible" while ignoring his own poor manners, Donald gets the "Big Book of Manners" for Christmas.
  • MacGuffin: The key to Santa's list room.
  • Meaningful Echo: From "Mickey's Dog-Gone Christmas": "Who's my pal? Who's my pal?" It's what Mickey says to Pluto early on and Donner later saying it briefly shakes Pluto from his depression.
  • "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop: Louie does this to get the key from a sleeping Santa.
  • Mondegreen: The guy doing the subtitles for both the DVD and Blu-Ray apparently has trouble understanding Donald's voice. During the end of "Donald's Gift", Donald says "Everybody, from the heart!" while the subtitles claim he's saying "Everybody, clap your hands!", despite the fact that no one is clapping in that scene.
  • Musical Episode: Most of "Christmas Maximus" is set to the song "Make Me Look Good".
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Minnie and Daisy's antics in "Belles on Ice" reach this point.
    • Huey, Dewey, and Louie in "Christmas: Impossible" after realizing that their antics in Santa's workshop have made it impossible for Santa to make the big trip thus ruining Christmas for the world.
    • Mickey during "Mickey's Dog-Gone Christmas":
      "Oh, Pluto, if only I hadn't yelled at you."
  • Narrator: Clive Revill narrates the film.
  • Never My Fault: Daisy disowns Donald after he embarrasses her by destroying a Christmas display. While she may not have been aware of Donald's stress, she never acknowledges that the reason why he snapped was because she refused to take no for an answer when he sternly told her he would rather stay home and have his hot chocolate.
  • Noodle Incident: The Sleigh Crash of '64. First brought up in Christmas: Impossible by a minor character, it's referenced again by Donner and Blitzen in Mickey's Dog-Gone Christmas.
    Donner: I've never seen so many toys scattered!
    Blitzen: That barn came out of nowhere!
  • Oh, Crap!: Played for laughs during "Belles On Ice"; as the skating war escalates, Minnie and Daisy end up trading insults, which gets to the point where Mickey's and Donald's reaction is basically "run and hide".
  • Out Of Control Popcorn: The "Christmas Maximus" segment ends with a house being filled to the brim with popcorn thanks to Goofy's clumsiness.
  • Over The Top Christmas Decorations: As usual Mickey has a very over-the-top Christmas display at his house despite Minnie warning him not to overdo it. When Pluto ruins the very fancy Christmas display Mickey is forced to simplify, which does make Minnie happy.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Huey, Dewey, and Louie mosey around Santa's workshop wearing their usual monochrome shirts plus green hats. Their doubts of success disappear the moment an elf addresses one as "fellow elf." The end of the short, though, reveals that Santa wasn't fooled.
  • Pun-Based Title:
    • Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas is the sequel to Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas.
    • "Mickey's Dog-Gone Christmas". "Doggone" is an an exclamation of annoyance, disappointment, etc, and the episode is about Mickey's dog being gone.
  • Punny Name: Donner names Pluto "Murray" as a spin on "Merry Christmas."
  • Running Gag:
    • A grumpy dog citizen having his hot chocolate spilled on his shirt.
    • A Snow Plow driving along, getting Mickey covered in Snow. Turns out, it is Goofy.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Donner constantly, much to Blitzen's annoyance.
  • Saving Christmas: When, Huey, Dewey and Louie accidentally ruin the gifts at Santa's workshop, they try to fix the problems they've caused.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Pluto has an Imagine Spot of Mickey berating and disowning him for ruining his Christmas decorations, which leads to him running away. What really happened was that Mickey was upset at Pluto for ignoring his warnings to be patient and to not put the star on top of the tree without his help, and had simply told him to stay in his doghouse until he returned from shopping for new decorations.
  • Shout-Out:
    • At Santa's workshop the PA system being a statue with a mouth that drops opens when "speaking" and then snaps closed when done, both with a clunk sound, might be a nod to the old design of Cybermen.
    • When Pluto, Santa, and the reindeer land on the roof, they hide themselves by pretending to be a rooftop decoration. Decorations that look just like them have been real for a long time.
  • Sustained Misunderstanding: When Santa tells his reindeer that the dog "Murray" that they adopted is really Pluto.
    Donner: Who's Pluto?
    Blitzen: I think he's Murray.
    Donner: Murray's Pluto?
    Blitzen: Bingo.
    Donner: Bingo's Pluto?
    Blitzen: [beat] Yes.
  • Verbal Tic: Jailbreak Bob has one, see?
  • Was Too Hard on Him: Mickey sends Pluto to his doghouse after his attempt to put the star on the Christmas tree results in all of Mickey's decorations being destroyed. Later, when Mickey fixes everything, he begins to feel bad for how he yelled at him and goes to the doghouse to apologize, only to find that Pluto had run away.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Having traveled to the North Pole, intent to get their names on the Nice List; Huey, Dewey & Louie are able to make it to the room with the Naughty & Nice List, but rather than writing their own names on the Nice List, they decide to write Uncle Scrooge's name. This selfless act proves them nice as well, and they get presents too.
  • You Need a Breath Mint: Subverted. Santa yawns in Louie's face, causing him to recoil. He suddenly says that his breath smells like peppermint and mocha.
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