The Nutcracker (1999)
Starring: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Ludwig Von Drake, Donald Duck and Goofy
Setting: Maria’s Dream
Plot: Mickey, Minnie and the gang take part in a whimsical retelling of the classic story.
This short originally appeared in Mickey Mouse Works
British funny man, Jon Cleese, narrates the short.
The players and their roles are as follows:
Mickey Mouse: The Nutcracker
Minnie Mouse: Maria
Ludwig Von Drake: Grandpa Drosselmeyer/King of the Sugar Plum Fairies
Donald Duck: The Mouse King
Goofy: The Magical Snow Fairy
As the Mouse King, Donald dons the iconic Mouse Ears and a pair of buck teeth.
Donald only goes forward with the play because the narrator tells him “The Mouse King wins…” But of course, the Mouse King ends up losing – much to Donald’s chagrin.
Putting a Bow on It:
Of all the Mickey Mouse Works cartoons I’ve reviewed, this one is my favourite. This is a fun adaptation of the famed Nutcracker Suite highlighted by the wit of Jon Cleese.