Western Animation: Mickey Mouse
is an animated Disney Channel
Original Series created by Clay Morrow, Aaron Springer and Paul Rudish, the last famous for his work on Cartoon Network
shows Dexter's Laboratory
and The Powerpuff Girls
. It began airing on June 28, 2013. Season 2 began airing on April 11th, 2014.
The show brings Mickey Mouse
, Minnie Mouse
, Donald Duck
, Daisy Duck, Goofy
in contemporary settings such as New York City
, and Tokyo
. It takes the humor of Classic Disney Shorts
and places Mickey in humorous situations that showcase his pluck and rascality, along with his long-beloved charm and good hearted-ness. Several episodes have their own pages, as indexed at the Main Mickey Mouse page.
This show contains examples of the following tropes:
- Art Shift: The shorts combine the classic 30s looks of Mickey and his friends with the present day look of the town.
- Big Eater: Donald and Goofy occasionally.
- Bilingual Bonus: Certain shorts set in other countries have the characters speak the language of said country (i.e., French in "Croissant de Triomphe", Japanese in "Tokyo Go", Mandarin Chinese in "Panda-minimum", Italian in "O Sole Minnie", Portuguese in "O Futebol Classico", Hindi in "Mumbai Madness", Dutch in "Clogged").
- Butt Monkey: Donald, and Mickey to a lesser degree.
- Characterization Marches On: Instead of his original mischievous rascal persona or his everyman persona, these shorts instead tend to take Mickey's heroism and determination and play them for laughs.
- Darker and Edgier: The series tries to show off some of Mickey's old pluck and rascality.
- Demoted to Extra: Pluto and Pete, who have appeared many times in the classic shorts, have had the least amount of appearances so far.
- Denser and Wackier: More so than the classic shorts.
- Deranged Animation: It's often been compared (either favorably or unfavorably) to Ren & Stimpy in terms of how the shorts are animated. Especially when Mickey ends up going off the deep end (which is surprisingly very frequent).
- Fantastic Voyage: Mickey and Goofy have one when Donald swallows them whole.
- Furry Confusion: After all the years of confusion, the fact that Pluto and Goofy are both dogs is addressed for once in "Dog Show", where Mickey has Goofy switch places with Pluto after Pluto gets injured jumping off a cliff trying to catch a stick (caused by Goofy no less).
- Gross-Up Close-Up
- Negative Continuity: Much like the classic shorts, many of these shorts have Mickey and friends in different settings.
- Out-of-Character Moment:
- In "No Service", Goofy deviates from his usual bumbling self and becomes quite a jerk as he runs a seaside snack shack, strictly following its "no shirt, no shoes, no service" policy. As part of all that, he unceremoniously turns Mickey and Donald away because the former does not wear a shirt and the latter does not wear shoes. He's tryin' to run a classy establishment!
- Goofy seems to slightly be going back to his "George Geef" days in these, a period in the 1950s when Goofy would appear in a number of bit parts as various characters.
- Pie-Eyed: Everyone has these eyes, making it a throwback to the classic shorts.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Donald Duck's red.
- Shout-Out: This series contains several of these to Disney as a whole, particularly the Disney Animated Canon, and also, occasionally, the Disney Theme Parks:
- In "Croissant de Triomphe", as Mickey tries to fight traffic in Paris, he races through Cinderella's castle (looking exactly the castle from Walt Disney World) and goes between Cinderella and Prince Charming as the prince is about to put the glass slipper on Cinderella's foot. As the mouse races by, the prince drops the glass slipper and it shatters.
- "Tokyo Go" has several: 1) Mickey's job as a live steam train conductor, which is a reference to Walt Disney's Carolwood Pacific Railroad; 2) The train in question resembling Casey Jr. (whose theme song is heard playing in the background); 3) The bullet trains' horn sounds sounding the horn sounds of the Disneyland Monorail; 4) When the bullet train goes through the tunnel, the animation takes on a Mario-esque style (complete with the Mushroom get sound effect from the original Super Mario Bros. for the NES); and 5) When Mickey is getting ready to jump to the bullet train that will take him to Casey Jr., a TIE Fighter shrill can be heard as the trains blaze through Tokyo.
- "Potatoland" looks exactly like Disneyland made out of potatoes, gravy, and lumber.
- In "'O Sole Minnie", Willie the Whale from the Make Mine Music segment "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met" interrupts Mickey's serenade. At another point, Mickey bumps onto the Disneyland "it's a small world" clock tower.
- In "Third Wheel", Lady and the Tramp are at the restaurant having spaghetti. They are about to do a Spaghetti Kiss, but Goofy accidentally ruins the moment.
- In "The Adorable Couple", Donald bumps into Belle and the Beast while dancing and gets beat up.
- In "O Futebol Classico", Jose Carioca is the announcer at the football game. Also, similar to Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the players and spectators are all animals.
- "Down The Hatch" has several to the old Disneyland attraction "Adventure Thru Inner Space", culminating in Donald singing the song "Miracles From Molecules" in the credits.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Goofy and Minnie have made the most appearances with a total of 17 shorts each. By contrast, Donald appeared in only twelve shorts, Daisy in five, Pluto in three and Pete in two.
- Minnie has even gotten no less than three whole shorts to herself, "Eau de Minnie", which only features Mickey as a cameo near the end, "Clogged", in which Mickey doesn't make an appearance at all (but Donald does, albeit, again, in a cameo), and "Doggone Biscuits", which does feature Mickey, but places most of the emphasis on Pluto.
- Stock Scream: The series occasionally makes use of the Goofy Holler.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In the classic shorts, Goofy was just The Klutz. In these shorts, he's a moron.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: As much of a Jerkass Donald was in the classic shorts, much of it was arguably justified. But here, he's a bit of a prick to everyone — often just because.
- Toothy Bird: Donald.
- World Tour: Well, not exactly a tour, per se, but depending on the cartoon, Mickey and company are, more often than not, seen in some area of the world.