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Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (also known as simply The Three Musketeers) is a direct-to-video animated adaptation of the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père. As the title suggests, it features Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy Goof as the three musketeers. This film was directed by Donovan Cook, produced by DisneyToon Studios, and released directly to VHS and DVD in 2004 by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

Plot

The movie opens with Troubadour, a French-speaking turtle who loves songs, reminding a television-show narrator (who, as seen in a quick frame, is a donkey) that he had promised Troubadour one of Troubadour's songs would be used in the show that day. The narrator silently breaks his promise and walks away from Troubadour. He does not look where he is going and falls in a hole in the floor as the show is about to begin. Consequently, Troubadour has to tell a story to the audience. He tells the story of The Three Musketeers.

"Our story begins in the gutter", he says, where Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy (and Mickey's dog Pluto) are street urchins, who, while being robbed by masked bandits (played by the Beagle Boys), are saved by the Royal Musketeers (Athos, Aramis and Porthos). Afterwards, a kind musketeer gives his hat to Mickey. They then dream of being great musketeers some day. Years later, the three are working as janitors and are still dreaming of becoming musketeers, despite their flaws: Donald is a coward, Goofy is a doofus, and Mickey is just too small - at least, according to Captain Pete of the Royal Musketeers. This leaves the three downhearted.

Meanwhile, Minnie Mouse, princess of Francemarker, and her lady-in-waiting, Daisy Duck, are in a palace discussing Minnie's obsession with finding her "one true love." Daisy says that she must marry someone who is of royal blood, and Minnie insists that she cannot marry someone she does not love. Minnie says the man she loves will stride into the room, light will glow from him, she will hear music, he will bring her flowers, and she will know that he is "the one" when he makes her laugh. Minnie then takes a walk in the palace garden and barely escapes with her life when the unseen Beagle Boys attempt to drop a safe on her.

The Beagles run to tell their boss, Captain Pete, that they were not successful in dropping the safe on Minnie. Pete gets upset because they were actually supposed to kidnap the princess ("I didn't say 'Drop a safe on her', I said 'Keep her safe!'") before the opera, which is when he plans to take over the kingdom. This is accompanied by a running gag: whenever Pete says "...before the opera" or "...at the opera" a poster of the opera is shown and an operatic voice sings. Just then, Pete's lieutenant, Clarabelle Cow, tells Pete that Princess Minnie requests his presence. Pete goes to the princess, who tells him that she wants musketeer bodyguards. Pete, knowing that skilled musketeers would jeopardize his kidnap plans, appoints Mickey, Donald, and Goofy to protect her.

When the three "musketeers" meet Princess Minnie, she believes Mickey to be her true love. The boys are so caught up wanting to make a good first impression that when Daisy comes in with a tray of cheese for Minnie and they see the accompanying knife, they tackle Daisy, thinking her a villain. While Minnie and Daisy, protected by Mickey, Donald, and Goofy, are on a journey, the Beagle Boys jump on the carriage they are traveling in. Donald is immediately afraid and hides inside the carriage, and Goofy, not realizing that the figure sitting beside him is a villain, is easily defeated, leaving Mickey to fight the intruders. Mickey is also easily defeated, leaving Donald (who has by this stage been pushed out of the carriage by Minnie and Daisy) alone to fight. Donald falls off the carriage in response to "Boo!" from one of the Beagles. Mickey, Donald, and Goofy rush to rescue the princess, only to find her with Daisy in a tower with the Beagles. The entrance door is locked, and Goofy tells his fellow musketeers to stand back. But Mickey opens the door to find Goofy rolling past the Beagle Boys and out of the tower. After getting hit by things, Goofy gets kicked (by a cow) back to the tower rolling past the Beagle Boys again. Mickey and Goofy, with no help from Donald, repeat Goofy's actions and manage to knock the Beagles out of the tower and rescue Minnie and Daisy. Soon after Mickey, Donald and Goofy realize that Minnie and Daisy are still tied up, Mickey nervously tries to untie Minnie, making an excuse that it was kind of tight. Unfortunately, this doesn't work out as he planned because as the rope comes untied, it seems to pop open instead of gracefully falling to the ground. The rope falls all over Minnie and mostly on Mickey, who then seems very embarrassed, then smiles and giggles nervously, and says "oops," making Minnie laugh. Then and there the two fall instantly in love (not counting the scene where the meet for the very first time).

Needless to say, Pete is furious that the Beagle Boys failed in their task and realizes that those three heroes are more of a threat than he thought. While on night duty, Goofy is lured away from the palace by Clarabelle. The Beagle Boys appear before Donald, capture him, and try to do away with him, but he escapes and tells the whole story to Mickey before running off, leaving Mickey by himself. Mickey is then captured by Pete, who chains him up in a dungeon that will flood when the tide comes in.

Meanwhile, Clarabelle is about to throw a chained Goofy to his death off a bridge, when Goofy wins her heart with his "numbskull charm". The two later fall in love, and Clarabelle lets Goofy go to rescue Mickey. Goofy then finds Donald (who was under him and Clarabelle), who, after some convincing by Troubadour, goes with Goofy to help Mickey by ripping his clothes off to reveal his musketeer outfit underneath and putting on his hat.

The two arrive just in time and, after Mickey regains consciousness, they go to the opera, rescue the princess, and defeat Captain Pete. After she is rescued, Goofy and Clarabelle fall in love, Daisy and Donald fall in love, and last but most certainly not least, Minnie says, "C'est l'amour!" and Mickey and Minnie share in a passionate and romantic kiss. Later Mickey, Donald, and Goofy, are dubbed royal musketeers by Minnie Mouse. And they all live happily ever after!

Trivia

  • A113 gag: The carriage that has Mickey held as captive has a licence plate that says "A-113".
  • When Pete brings Mickey to the island prison, he quotes part of the Mickey Mouse March ("Hey there, Hi there, Ho there, You're as welcome as can be."). Then, when is leaving Mickey to drown, he mentions he's going to a show-stopping number he likes to call "I Just Can't Wait to Be King", referencing the Lion King song of the same name. Also, when one of the Beagle Boys is looking through the keyhole and sees Pete's bottom, he says, "Get a load of Monstro's better side," reference the giant whale from Pinocchio
  • This is Minnie's only appearance with bangs (a tuft of hair between her eyes acting as a fringe).
  • Pete sports his once-trademark peg leg for the first time since the 1930s.
  • A hidden Mickey is clearly visible when Goofy and Donald arrive to rescue him. As Mickey lets go of the breath he'd been holding, the bubbles float up and arrange themselves into a Mickey (which is destroyed by Donald and Goofy diving into the water right through it). A less subtly hidden Mickey is when Minnie puts a flower with three-petals in a vase, and says she will know her true love when she sees him. A petal falls off, making the flower form a Mickey head.
  • Both Mickey and Donald wear their original clothing at points in the film. Mickey's is revealed under his uniform during a fight with one of the Beagles (he then quickly makes his cheery, best-known pose and giggles before the shot changes). Donald's is shown when Mickey tells him that as long as they wear their uniforms, they have to protect Minnie. In reply, Donald tears off his to reveal his sailors attire. Unlike Mickey's (which would be classed as a cameo), Donald wear his until he is convinced to return to save Mickey.
  • At one point Goofy is reading a "Complete idiot's guide to Musketerring". This is a reference to old Goofy "How to..." shorts.
  • The picture which appears behind Pete, after he becomes the king of France is in fact parody of pictures which were shown in opening of original Disney shorts. The shorts usually did open with a picture of Mickey, Donald or Goofy's head. In this case it is a picture of Pete in a crown.
  • Except for Pete and the three title heroes, all of the musketeers look like Goofy. This is an homage to old Goofy "Everyman" shorts, where all characters look like Goofy.
  • When one of the Beagle Boys is dressed up as Minnie, he has the Mouseketeer's ears on.
  • The Beagle Boys are completely remodeled, looking and sounding nothing like the gangsters they were in the past; they now wear hoods, are more of a greyish color and the two taller ones (voiced by Jeff Bennett and Maurice LaMarche) have British accents while "Shorty" (voiced by Jeff Bennett) has a French accent. As a result, they are the only characters in the movie to not be voiced by their usual voice actors.
  • The opera in the movie contains songs from The Pirates of Penzance and some music from the overture of Princess Ida, both by Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert. The songs in question are "With cat-like tread", "Poor wand'ring one", "Climbing over rocky mountain" and "I am the very model of a modern Major-General"
  • The Goofy holler can be heard by Goofy and Clarabelle in this movie.
  • The piece in which Donald says to Pete "How's this for a coward?" and pokes him in the eyes was edited out when the film was aired on Disney Channel and Toon Disney.
  • The comic adaptation of the film (published by Gemstone Publishing) included a gag at the end where "Shorty" suggests to Pete that, after they make an escape from prison, they "rob the rich duck clan I heard about in Scotland". This line of course refers to the Beagle Boys' primary adversary, Scrooge McDuck.


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