Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004)

Genres - Adventure, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Children's Fantasy, Swashbuckler  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - G
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Review by Craig Butler

The direct-to-video The Three Musketeers is a fairly entertaining little cartoon, but even the children that are its target audience are unlikely to list it among their favorite Disney outings -- or even be able to remember too terribly much about it ten minutes after they've finished watching it. Musketeers is diverting enough, but for the most part it's unmemorable; the only moments that really stick in the mind are the songs, and that's mainly due to the fact that they are familiar classical pieces to which lyrics have been set. The story is not really based upon the familiar Dumas novel, settling instead to simply take the idea of musketeers and the setting and grafting a "new" story onto it -- although in fact there's really not much that is new to the plot. Still, the story is told with gusto, there are a handful of good gags, plenty of action sequences, an appropriate message for young viewers and, despite it being only a DVD/video offering, animation that has the professional mark of the Disney studio. And, of course, it features a trio of animated characters that, even today, are a pleasure to be with. Not a terriby good film, but certainly an amiable enough way to pass an hour.