Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers is a 2004 American direct-to-video animated family musical action comedy film based on original characters of Mickey Mouse universe from Mickey Mouse by Walt Disney and film adaptations of the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père. As the title suggests, it features Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy as the three musketeers. This film was directed by Donovan Cook, produced by Walt Disney Pictures and the Australian office of DisneyToon Studios. It was released directly to VHS and DVD on August 17, 2004 by Walt Disney Home Entertainment, and was later re-released on Blu-ray Disc on August 12, 2014, coinciding with the film's 10th anniversary.
The story begins with Troubadour, a French accented turtle who loves songs, backstage of a show trying to remind the narrator that he promised to use one of Troubadour's songs. The narrator ignores the turtle and breaks his promise, but accidentally falls through a trapdoor just as the show is about to begin. Consequently, Troubadour is ushered to tell the audience the story at the last minute. Panicking, Troubadour quickly picks up The Three Musketeers storybook and begins reading.
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Mickey's dog Pluto are street urchins, who, while being robbed by masked bandits are saved by the Royal Musketeers, Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan. Mickey is gifted one of their hats, inspiring them to follow their example and become musketeers; however, in the present day, Mickey, Donald and Goofy are lowly janitors for the musketeers' headquarters and their dream was still far away. Unfortunately, they are very clumsy and constantly cause messes. After an incident disturbs the captain of the musketeers, portrayed by Pete, he scornfully tells the trio that they cannot become musketeers because Donald is a "coward", Goofy a "doofus" and Mickey "just too small", leaving the three downhearted.
Meanwhile, Minnie Mouse, princess of France 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 she will know "the one" when he makes her laugh. Minnie then takes a walk in the palace garden and barely survives an attempt on her life as the Beagle Boys attempt to drop a safe on her.
The Beagle Boys run to tell their boss, revealed to be Captain Pete, that they were not successful in dropping the safe on Minnie. In response, Pete clobbers them for misunderstanding his orders, saying he wanted them to "keep her safe" until he can take over the kingdom. The Beagle Boys are misunderstood and are punished by Pete's lieutenant "Clarebelle", who all fall into a short pit. Pete is then summoned by Minnie, who demands he produce musketeer bodyguards. Realizing that skilled musketeers will jeopardize his plan to overthrow the princess, Pete quickly goes to the janitor room and tells Mickey, Donald and Goofy that they passed his test and have what it takes to become musketeers, knowing that will be easy to get rid of. After meeting each other and attacking Daisy by mistake, Minnie falls in love with Mickey and feels safe at the hands of his bravery. Pete gives a chance to the Beagle Boys to kidnap Minnie and Daisy, so he can become King tomorrow when he is announced at the Opera.
While Minnie and Daisy are protected by Mickey, Donald and Goofy, who all go on a journey in a carriage, they are all ambushed by the Beagle Boys who attack and fight Mickey, Donald and Goofy. Donald hides while Minnie and Daisy persuade him to fight back and Goofy is easily defeated, who is thrown off the carriage leaving Mickey and Donald to fight the intruders. Mickey is also defeated and thrown off, leaving Donald to fight, but he is too scared and throws himself off. The three heroes are stranded, but Mickey encourages his friends not to lose hope when Pete made them become musketeers. The trio rush to rescue Minnie and Daisy in an abandoned remote tower. When they are unable to open the door, Goofy tries to break it down, but Mickey, upon seeing a Push sign on the door, opens it as Goofy rushes by. He zooms pass the Beagle Boys and out the tower window where is thrown by a tree, kicked by a cow, and launched back into the tower by a windmill where he falls pass the Beagle Boys and back down to where Mickey and Donald are. The trio quickly catch up to the Beagle Boys just as they thrown Minnie and Daisy into a cage. While battling the Beagle Boys, Donald retreats while Mickey and Goofy are cornered but Goofy, upon seeing a Goofy-shaped hole in the window behind the Beagle Boys, remembers what happened when he tried to break down the tower door and gets the idea to do the same thing again with Mickey, knocking the Beagle Boys into the river and allowing them to save Minnie and Daisy. Donald reconciles with the group and declares victory. Afterwards, Mickey manages to untie Minnie, which he makes her laugh and the two mice fall in love and spend time alone with each other as they head home.
Pete is furious that the Beagle Boys failed in their task and realizes that the three protagonists are more of a threat than he originally anticipated. He then plans to get rid of them one by one. While on night duty, Goofy is lured away from the palace by Clarabelle, who uses a shadow puppet of Mickey with her hands, which makes Goofy follow the shadow (after hearing about peanut butter). The shadow then vanishes, in which Goofy is cornered, subdued and kidnapped by Clarebelle. The Beagle Boys appear before Donald and attack him, scaring him into hiding, before Pete traps him and puts Donald in a guillotine. Donald discovers a picture of Pete dressed as a king and laughing at a caged Minnie along with three gravestones with his, Mickey, and Goofy's names on them and finds out about Pete's plan to become King and trap Minnie somewhere, where she will be hidden, and that the trio will be killed and not able to rescue Minnie. At that moment, Donald escapes at the last second, causing Pete to lose his peg leg after he dives under the guillotine's blade to try to prevent his escape.
Pluto finds out that Goofy and Donald are missing and bumps into Mickey to warn him. Donald returns to the castle and tells the whole story to Mickey in which they have got to go and quits becoming a musketeer, claiming "it's every man for himself". Mickey convinces that they could stop Pete from kidnapping Minnie, but Donald reveals he was hiding when they were fighting the Beagle Boys before. Mickey gives him advice that he will be on his side and that when he went to warn him, it took courage. As he persuades Donald to stay, Donald refuses and apologizes, before running off in fear and leaves the palace, leaving Mickey and Pluto behind. Mickey is then captured by Pete, but Pluto isn't able to save Mickey. Pete chains him up in a dungeon in Mont Saint-Michel that will flood when the tide comes in.
Goofy is meanwhile chained by Clarabelle and is about to be thrown off a bridge over a river to drown, but Goofy falls in love with Clarabelle and wins her heart with his "numbskull charm". As Clarabelle tries to change her ambitions to evil, she changes her behavior and reveals Pete's true intentions and that Mickey is in danger. The bridge crumbles and Goofy and Clarabelle fall to the river below. Donald, who is rowing across the river to escape France, breaks their fall. The tide arrives, where Mickey is about to drown. Goofy fails to convince Donald to help him save Mickey, but thanks to a ridiculing song from Troubadour, this makes Donald angry and he changes his ways. The duo save Mickey in time before he drowns. After reconciling with each other, they set off to rescue Minnie and Daisy.
Minnie and Daisy are captured in a theater and locked in a chest by the Beagle Boys, in which one of them impersonates Minnie, announcing to the public that the control is now being handed over to "King Pete the Magnificent". Pete is happy to become the King and the Opera begins. Pluto uses his nose to smell where Minnie and Daisy are. Mickey, Donald and Goofy arrive and battle Pete and the Beagle Boys onstage, first defeating the Beagle Boys by making them collapse downstage along with Donald and Goofy.
Pete then challenges Mickey into a final sword fight but after Mickey flings Pete's sword, he is punched by Pete and easily beaten, but Donald and Goofy (having survived the fall) return and help him defeat Pete by beating him up physically and Pete is knocked unconscious. The trio save Minnie and Daisy right in front of the audience, although it is unknown what happens to Pete and the Beagle Boys. Clarebelle arrives, reuniting with Goofy as Mickey and Minnie finally declare their love for one another, as the others do the same: Donald and Daisy, Goofy and Clarebelle. At the end, Minnie dubs Mickey, Donald and Goofy as royal musketeers. Troubadour announces that this was the day where the three heroes have finally made their dream come true. Mickey, Donald, Goofy and the rest of the musketeers of France sing the final song "All For One and One For All" at the end of the film.
Sound Effects Used
- BABS BUNNY SCREAM (Daisy Duck)
- Goofy Holler
- Hollywoodedge, Long Tire Skid CRT055202
- Hollywoodedge, Screams 1 Woman Singl PE133501 (Heard once in a high pitch.)
- Hollywoodedge, Screams 4 Woman Singl PE133801
- Sound Ideas, BOING, CARTOON - THIN WOOD BOING
- Sound Ideas, COW - SINGLE MOO, ANIMAL 02 (Heard in a high pitch.)
- Sound Ideas, HORSE - EXTERIOR: WHINNY, ANIMAL 06
- Sound Ideas, HORSE - INTERIOR: WHINNY, ANIMAL 02 (Heard once in a high pitch before the song "All for One and One for All".)