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“Duck the Halls” with a new Mickey Mouse Christmas Special this week

Keep an eye out for puppy Pluto

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Mickey Mouse crew over the past few years, you might have missed their new look. Disney blended retro-animation design with newer CGI animation techniques to create the new ‘Mickey Mouse’ series, and fans of all ages can enjoy the upcoming Christmas Special when it debuts this week.

In the special Donald Duck’s family and friends migrate south for a warmer holiday, but he stays put to finally experience his first Christmas winter. Don’t worry, he won’t be alone for Christmas, and Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy will be with Donald to celebrate the holidays.

Although Donald is out of his element in the freezing cold, he wants to do it all – so his pal Mickey creates the ultimate list of everything that will make Donald’s first Christmas great.

If you need to set a quick reminder, “Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special” will premiere this Friday on December 9th at 8:30pm on Disney Channel. It will also be available on the Disney Channel app and Disney Channel VOD. It will also be televised Monday, December 12 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on Disney XD.

Part of the Emmy Award- and Annie Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoons, the holiday special includes appearances by Uncle Scrooge McDuck, nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, Professor Ludwig Von Drake, Gus Goose and Santa Claus, among others. It also features a flashback to Mickey’s childhood when he dashed through a Dickensian town pulled on a sleigh by Pluto (as a puppy), greeting townsfolk in a British accent.

Original songs in the special include the jazzy and warm “Joy, O It’s Christmas Time” performed by Mickey wearing a retro sweater vest and hat, and a show-stopping spectacular performed by Mickey and Donald (and featuring Minnie and Goofy), “Jing-a-Ling-a-Ling.”

Emmy Award winner Paul Rudish is the executive producer and supervising director; Todd Popp is the line producer; Alonso Ramirez Ramos and Dave Wesson are the directors. The music is by Christopher Willis. Jenny Gase-Baker and Joseph Holt are the art directors and Illya Owens is the editor. The story was written by Darrick Bachman.