(The Disneycember logo is shown, before showing clips from Davy Crockett and the River Pirates)
Doug (vo): Well, with the popularity of Davy Crockett the movie and the show being so successful, they, of course, had to make a sequel. But how the hell do you do that? You see Davy Crockett die in the last film. Well, this one, they straight up say, is a pure legend. In that, it's completely fictionalised. In that, there may have been a Mike Fink, him and Davy Crockett, may have crossed paths at some point, but that's where the history stops. There's no other truth in this. Hell, they even straight up admit it in the song.
[Opening with The Wellingtons signing a revised version of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett"]
The Wellingtons: But most of his chores, for freedom and fun, got turned into legends, and this here is one.
Doug (vo): And as one of these totally unneeded sequels just glorifying a myth goes, it's a lot of fun. Not for Davy, not for his partner Russell, but for Mike Fink. Oh, my God, this guy is so enjoyable to watch. He is just the right amount of over-the-top. He's goofy, he's big-eyed, he's always got his mouth open, he's always drinking or smoking a cigar. He's always fighting, he's always punching, he's always looking to get in trouble. You just love this guy! Listen to what a loudmouth he is.
Mike Fink: I am the original ring-tailed roarer from the Thunder Lighting country! I'm a real snorter and a head buster! I can out-run, out-jump, out-sing, out-swim, out-dance, out-shoot, out-eat, out-break...
Mike Fink: ...Yeah, outtalk!
Doug (vo): Look at his expressions: nothing he does is subtle! But it's just, so...oh my God...you can't stop watching him!
Russell: Why, that's plain uncivilised piracy!
Mike Fink: (Laughs) Ain't no question about it! Now make up your minds and let me know before mornin'. You keep me from my drink.
Doug (vo): He just steals every single scene that he's in. And it just makes for a great time.
Story and review
Doug (vo): Which is good, because the story, or...stories, there's two in this one...are kind of lackluster. Russell gets drunk and accidentally challenges Mike Fink into a boat race. Mike Fink, of course, agrees, knowing that Davy and his crew know absolutely nothing about doing any boat work. But, through hard work, determination and...their own theme song, they find the courage to actually be a fitting match. While the first half is about the race, the second half totally changes direction. Mike Fink and Davy become friends and now they're on the lookout to stop some sort of Native American scheme where people dress up like Native Americans in order to rob people, and that's gonna start a war between a white man and them. Again, yeah, it's kinda silly. But, (scoffs) who cares, it gives a chance for Mike Fink to be in more of the movie, and I'm totally okay with that. But, to the film's credit, it's not all Mike Fink and his gang, I mean Davy Crockett is still Davy Crockett and Russell's still Russell; they're both really charming. And once in a while you come across another funny character. For example, there's this one guy who sends messages in code to a bunch of smugglers about what the boat is carrying. If a boat is carrying gold, he'll sing about a woman who has hair just like gold. And that'll be the queue to rob it.
Colonel Plug (singing): The colour of yeller, yeller, yeller gold.
Doug (vo): This makes for a really funny scene when he discovers that it's actually Davy Crockett and Mike Fink, and how he tries to suddenly alert them of what's going on.
Colonel Plug: I thought maybe you fellas might like to here a little music. (Starts to sing and play banjo) It's Crockett and Fink! (Russell tries to shut him up) And down in the hold, there's a cannon instead... (mumbles)
Doug (vo): It all builds up to a climax with the smugglers and, it's just kinda goofy, silly, hokey goofiness. Which I loved as kid and, I gotta be honest, I kinda still like as an adult.
Doug (vo): It's the same reason I like the original Davy Crockett, it's just totally glorifying the myth and lore, except this time they're throwing in a bit of comedy. But the comedy works. So if you're looking for a lighter version of the Davy Crockett story maybe without the heavier moments, I say this is a good one to check out. Nothing spectacular, just the right amount of excitement and laughs.
The Wellingtons: (singing) Davy, Davy Crockett. Tangling with big Mike Fink.