After a little break (about half a year now) from the animated Mickey Mouse series, we got a Christmas special earlier this month. Originally intended to be a short episode in the main series [Huffington Post interview] this episode was instead developed as an extended 21 minute special. I haven’t heard any official confirmations about a new season of shorts, but they are working on another Halloween special for an October 2017 release.
In this special episode we learn that Disney ducks also migrates south to warmer climate during the winter. When Mickey, Goofy and Minnie starts to prepare for Christmas, Donald decides to stay with them to experience the holidays – leaving Daisy to travel south by herself. One interesting thing to note is that Huey, Dewey and Louie are not together with Donald when they are about to travel – instead they are already present down south with Uncle Scrooge when Daisy arrive.
|Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Daisy and Ludwig taking a bath|
Also present down south is Gus Goose. I think this is the first time we’ve seen him in the new Mickey Mouse series. His character design looks closer to the "classic" look seen in old animation and in the comics than the rest of the gang.
There are a lot of other interesting things to note in this special too. We get a flashback scene with Mickey as a kid and Pluto as a pup.
|Mickey as a kid and Pluto as a pup|
We also see the house Mickey lived in as a kid, with a silhouette of Mickey’s parents.
We don’t get to see their faces, but we see them again as a silhouette together with the rest of the family.
And we also get the names of some (to now) unknown family members.
|Mickey's family (click to enlarge)|
If you’ve seen Stanley Kubrick's movie The Shining you might recognize the twins.
There are also several references to old Disney cartoons. The horses in Duck the Halls are modeled after the horses in Once Upon a Wintertime (1948/1954)
The toy soldiers are modeled after the ones in Babes in Toyland (1961).
Santa Claus looks like he’s modeled after the Santa in Santa’s Workshop (1932).
And there's a cameo appearance of Bambi and Thumper on the ice, a reference to the ice skating sequence in the Bambi movie (1942).
We also see Mickey and Donald on the ice, a scene that is not directly referring to, but might be inspired by the 1935 short On Ice
And is this a Darkwing Duck reference??
Anyone spotted any interesting references I missed?