Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.

I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.

The rules are as follows:

  • The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
  • The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before

Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

For today’s entry in 90 from the ’90s I thought I’d get into the Christmas spirit with a festive movie, which is why I’ve plumped for Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas. My understanding is this movie is composed of three animated tales featuring the likes of Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse and was popular enough to warrant a sequel.

I don’t know any more than this, but back during the early ’00s, when I worked in a video rental store, I do remember this film being a consistent renter with kids. I’m not sure if this speaks volumes about the quality of the movie or the fact we only had one copy, but either way it was out on loan a lot, so someone must have liked it! 

Will it be any good?

Will the combined talents of Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse put me in a festive mood?

Will I get through this movie without the aid of a drink?

I’ll know for sure in just over an hour’s time!

*Clicks the play button*

10secs – Kelsey Grammer narrates this? Cool.

20secs – If I wanted my movie narrating (not that I have a movie), I’d choose Kelsey Grammer. Or Sir Patrick Stewart. Or Sir Ian McKellen. On my budget I’d struggle to get Mr. Blobby.

1min 30secs – Into the first segment of this movie and it’s a story involving Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie.

4mins – What the fudge?! Daisy Duck has just served up turkey for all of the Ducks to eat! That’s cannibalism, right?!

4mins 30secs – More importantly, why is Daisy having to cook? Donald is an ex-sailor – he should know how to cook! He might have spent years surrounded by sea men, but I’m sure he knows how to stuff a bird.

6mins – OK, so this first segment is a Groundhog Day scenario, with Huey, Dewey and Louie caught in a Christmas Day time loop. Of all the days to be caught in a time loop, Christmas Day is arguably the best day for it to happen. Either that or the day when you tell your boss where to go.

8mins – Oh jeez, Daisy is serving up turkey again. If this time loop continues these ducks are going to be chowing down on birds for eternity. When will this carnage end?!

15mins – After repeating the day numerous times, Huey, Dewey and Louie decide to make Christmas Day the best day possible, by not being selfish arseholes. 

17mins – It worked! The time loop is over. Brilliant – now they can go back to being brats.

18mins – And now into segment two, starring Goofy and his son Max. 

18mins 30secs – Can anyone tell me why Goofy can talk and act like a human, but Pluto is treated as a pet? This seems unfair to me.

25mins – Pete – Goofy’s next door neighbour – has told Max that Santa doesn’t exist. For some reason, Max believes him. Pete is a nasty piece of work.

30mins – To convince Max that Santa does exist (and to point out that Pete is a jerk) Goofy has dressed up as the big man himself. I see this falling at the first hurdle.

31mins – Yep, Goofy has been rumbled. Now Max has to deal with the fact that his dad is a liar and his neighbour is vile human being… bear… dog? Seriously, what is Pete supposed to be? Anyone?

37mins – Because the adults in his life have let him down, Max is now forced to dress up as Santa to live out this fantasy. This kid needs to be taken into care for his own good. 

40mins – Into the final segment now and that means it’s time for Mickey (finally).

42mins – Pete is in this story too. Probably trying to ruin Mickey’s Christmas.

51mins – Mickey is playing Jingle Bells on his harmonica. It sounds dirtier than it is.

*Clicks stop*

As an (almost) 37-year-old in 2018, it’s pretty clear that Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas is not aimed at me. Back in ’99, when I was 18, it also wasn’t aimed at me. 

Now that said, if I was a kid back in ’99 I’d have found much to enjoy here. The animation is crisp and clean; the characters are likeable (apart from Pete – the arsehole); and each story is suitably festive.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas is not something I’m likely to revisit, but it’s fine for younger audiences. A perfectly serviceable Crimbo treat!

For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: Hercules and Xena: The Battle for Mount Olympus (1998)Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)F/X2: The Deadly Art of Illusion (1991)Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)Showgirls (1995)American History X (1998)North (1994)Jack Frost (1998)Psycho (1998)A League of Their Own (1992)Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)Patch Adams (1998)My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)You’ve Got Mail (1998)Sleepless in Seattle (1993)Graveyard Shift (1990)Johnny Mnemonic (1995)Striptease (1996) Indecent Proposal (1993)My Girl 2 (1994)The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)Poison Ivy (1996)Body of Evidence (1993)Turbulence (1997)Fatal Instinct (1993)True Romance (1993)Newsies (1992)Contact (1997)The Pelican Brief (1993)Natural Born Killers (1994)Shakespeare in Love (1998)A Perfect Murder (1998)Quigley Down Under (1990)Of Mice and Men (1992),Friday (1995)Mannequin on the Move (1991)She’s All That (1999)Double Dragon (1994)Stay Tuned (1992)Murder at 1600 (1997),Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993)My Own Private Idaho (1991)Wagons East (1994)In the Line of Fire (1993)Postcards from the Edge (1990)Universal Soldier (1992)Passenger 57 (1992)Mo’ Better Blues (1990)The Client (1994)Good Will Hunting (1997)Pump Up the Volume (1990)Mr. Nanny (1993) Fargo (1996)Hudson Hawk (1991)So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).