At just over 17 minutes long, Mickey - Donald - Goofy: The Three Musketeers is one of the shorter soundtracks released by Disney in a while, but it's also one of their more consistent albums. Like the direct-to-video film it supports, the soundtrack casts Disney characters in a retelling of Alexandre Dumas' classic tale; the songs, meanwhile, appropriate well-known classical pieces and add appropriate lyrics. Most of the songs are sung by "the Troubadour," which makes the album less annoying to grown-up ears than having, say, Donald Duck sing on all of the tracks, but it's also a slightly bland approach. Still, the climactic "This Is the End" -- sung to Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor -- is well written and carries some genuine excitement, and "Love So Lovely" uses excerpts of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, Op. 71 and Romeo and Juliet playfully. "L'Opera," which excerpts Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, is another highlight, and on the whole, the album uses classical music so well that it could serve as a baby-steps introduction to the style for some kids. And even though the Schoolhouse Rock! classic "Three Is a Magic Number" has been given a slightly annoying update, it still works well enough to justify its place on the album. Mickey - Donald - Goofy: The Three Musketeers may not be essential children's music, but it does deliver more than might be expected.
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Review
by Heather Phares
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