Donald the Musketeer

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With the expansion of the Magic Kingdom’s Hub nearing completion, it’s great to see that area emerging from behind the construction walls and scrims that have dominated it for months. With new pathways, landscaping, fountains, and, of course, the new castle turrets, there’s plenty of new eye candy in the heart of the park. As a result, it’s easy to overlook that something is missing, at lest during this time of year.

In previous year, The Hub had been home to several statues representing Disney characters in costumes holding pumpkins as part of the park’s Halloween decorations. Among them were Minnie Mouse dressed as a princess, Goofy portraying a court jester, and Donald Duck dressed as a musketeer. This was not the first time that Donald has been seen in such a uniform, though. In 2004, Disney released “Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: The Three Musketeers,” a very loose adaptation of the classic Alaxandre Dumas story, directly onto DVD through DisneyToon Studios.

In the film, the three title characters’ dream of becoming musketeers is complicated when they find themselves in the middle of an attempt by Captain of the Guards Pete to overthrow Princess Minnie. One notable subplot of the film focused on Donald having to overcome his own cowardice in the line of duty. Eventually, he is berated in song (set to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, no less) by Troubadour Turtle, the story’s narrator, for letting his fellow musketeer friends down. This enrages Donald, who is finally able to find his courage by engaging his temper. Perhaps transitioning from fear to anger is not a strategy that Star Wars’ Master Yoda would approve of, but it worked pretty well for Donald here. When the chips are down for Mickey and his friends, it’s truly all for one and one for all!

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