on 6 October 2011
My seven year old daughter is a huge fan of Mickey, Donald and Goofy cartoons, and loves watching the old classics on Youtube, even the old black and white ones! I bought her "The Three Musketeers" on DVD as a present. It is one of her favourite DVDs and she watches it over and over again.
The film is set in France, and features all of the main characters in Mickey's gang: Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie, Pluto, Daisy and the villain, Peg leg Pete. The film starts off with three childood friends who dream of growing up to be musketeers, but instead end up as janitors. When the evil Pete, captain of the musketeers, realises this, he formulates a dastardly plan, enrolling the three, who he deems as incompetent fools, to be the bodyguards for the princess, thinking that it will be easy for him to kidnap her and take the throne.
The story has a theme of teamwork and shows how anything can be accomplished by teamwork and friendship and the motto "one for all and all for one". The story has all the elements of a great kids movie, action scenes, a little romance and great songs. The songs in the film are based on well known opera and classical pieces, which everyone knows the tune to, such as pieces by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Strauss and others, but with a Disney twist, and very silly words!
This film would appeal to most kids under 10, as the characters are realy lovable and the film is fast paced, with lots going on to entertain the viewer. The film is rated U. There is plenty of humour in the film, mainly the trademark slapstick, typical of Mickey mouse cartoons, but the songs are really humorous, and the characters have some really witty lines.
The animation is really good, and although not up to feature film standard, there is still plenty of attention to detail. The DVD has plenty of bonus footage, including a "produce your own opera" feature, which is really funny, "the many hats of Mickey", "get the scoop", deleted scenes and a Disney song collection. The running time of the film is 65 minutes and the languages available are English, Spanish and Portugese.
I would heartily recommend this DVD to parents with young kids, as well as any Mickey fans who are young at heart. Although Disney have been making Mickey mouse cartoons for decades, this movie is faithful to the legacy and coninues the same style of humour and animation as the original cartoons. Long may they continue as new generations of kids enjoy the simple pleasures of watching Mickey, Donald and Goofy in many more adventures to