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Mickey and the Roadster Racers is a Disney Junior show that premiered in 2017. It focuses on the Sensational Six characters (Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie, Daisy, and Pluto) living in Hot Dog Hills and racing customized hot rods. On the side, Minnie, Daisy, and Cuckoo Loca run a business called Happy Helpers, where they help out others in need.

The show acts as the spiritual successor to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. The two key differences are that episodes are composed of two 11 minute segments instead of one 22-23 minute story, and there is no fake interactivity.

Mickey and the Roadster Racers Tropes:

  • Absentee Actor: There are a few episodes that don't have all the main characters. Despite the title of the show, Mickey is absent in some episodes.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Much like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Pete is softened up to the point that he’s still mischievous, but still well-meaning.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: While not to the level of Ludwig Von Drake, Goofy is noticeably smarter here than other incarnations while still maintaining his eccentric personality.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Mortimer Mouse is known as Morty McCool in this series. Though slightly downplayed in that Morty is short for Mortimer.
  • Adorkable:
    • Emmy Lou follows this trope to a tee. Being voiced by Kate Micucci helps out.
    • Suzie Beagleman also qualifies, with her curiosity and excitable personality
  • Art Evolution: The animation is much more fluid and detailed than the previous series, given the technical advances in computer animation.
  • Artifact Title: To some extent, the Roadsters and the overall racing theme themselves due to being less prevalent in later episodes. Later episodes focus on plots like trying to stop a hot dog heist or being wary of a sticky-fingered fugitive.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Double subverted in "Safari, So Goody". When Daisy, unsure about her knowledge in animals, refers to elephants as canines, one kid "corrects" her by claiming elephants are pachyderms, a mammal group that no longer exists. Disney just won't let go of that term, will they?
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Later episodes do give Billy Beagle more prominence.
    • Suzie Beagleman has more direct involvement with the plot in "Camp Happy Helpers".
  • The Bus Came Back: Several "Mickey and Friends" characters that did not appear in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, such as Horace Horsecollar, Clara Cluck, José Carioca and Panchito, return in this series.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • To no one's surprise, Donald, though Mickey and Goofy occasionally fall into this
    • Commander Heist suffers amusing injuries in his appearances.
  • Catch-Phrase: Donald's a treasure trove of them. "Ah, phooey!" "Here comes the duck!" "What's the big idea?" and calling people "big palooka".
  • Cats Are Mean: When Commander Heist’s Cat, Lazlo, puts Ludwig von Drake’s Smarty Hat, he plans to make all of the hot dogs in Hot Dog Hills disappear with the Soni Hot Dog Eliminator and target the secret recipe, which was supposed to be Heist’s plan, for himself.
  • Cat Stereotype: Lazlo is a fawn point Exotic Shorthair cat to the Bond-villain-esque Commander Heist.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • In "Billy Beagle's Tip Top Garage", Pete said that Mickey doesn't have to tell him twice to sit still. He needs to be told at least three times .
    • In "Thrillin' Hilda," Minnie gets an idea when Hilda talks about taking a bubble bath. Daisy replies, "Right! Everybody loves competitive bubble baths!"
  • Couch Gag: A non-visual example. Whenever Minnie and Daisy sing the Happy Helpers theme song, Cuckoo Loca often makes a comment expressing her dislike for the song, usually correlating with the episode's theme.
  • Crazy-Prepared: "I have bows in the van just in case of an emergency!"
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • "The Impossible Race" for Cuckoo Loca.
    • "The Big Broadcast" for Billy Beagle.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Cuckoo Loca has this trope in spades.
  • Denser and Wackier: Compared to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, this series is more fast-paced and has more comedy.
  • Ditzy Genius:
    • A lot of the inventions Goofy makes have practical purposes, but are rather eccentric in how they work, like his Goofy Gas.
    • Daisy can think of good ideas. It's just that they're usually crazy and off the wall.
  • Edutainment Show: The show manages to weave in a bit of world culture in some episodes.
  • Fake Interactivity: It's averted here. As mentioned above, the show separates itself from its parent series by not having the characters ask the audience for help.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Donald in "Mickey's Perfecto Day" when he eats spicy patatas bravas. Unfortunately, this causes him to get laryngitis right before his performance with Panchito and José.
  • Foil: Portia DeHound to Morty McCool; while both are famous actors, Portia is kind-hearted and very grateful that Happy Helpers were able to help her with her singing problem, as Morty didn't even thank Goofy saving him and just went on to steal the win from him. it leads to his comeuppance.
  • Foot Focus
  • Genre Shift: The show has a bit more action to it than its parent series.
  • Halloween Episode: The two episode segments, "Haunted Hot Rod" and "Pete's Ghostly Gala" are both this. The former is about racing against a driver who has a haunted hot rod that only comes out on Halloween. The latter is about the Happy Helpers helping Pete get rid of a ghost.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Whenever an episode is set in another part of the world, the characters would encounter a doppelganger of Pete. "It's Wiki Wiki Time" has four of them, including a female version.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Daisy means well, but she can sometimes accidentally do or say something that makes things worse.
  • It's All About Me: Pete is a more downplayed example. While he will do anything to win a race, his mischievous behavior comes more from being stubborn and single-minded instead of narcissistic. Plus, he's shown to be a decent person with standards off the track, and even sometimes on it.
  • Jerkass Realization: "Donald's Garage" has Donald acting mean to his friends in trying to get Mr. Bigby's car fixed for a family member. He gets over it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Pete is a bit mischievous and thick-headed, but is ultimately a decent person.
    • Donald also applies, being a bit short-tempered, but still friendly when the time calls for it.
    • Horace Horsecollar too, considering how in the Spain episodes, he had a one-sided rivalry with Goofy, who he ended up becoming good friends with after the Goof saved him from being run over by a bull.
    • Figaro may be somewhat of an attention whore, but he will show appreciation for those who help him out.
  • Large Ham: Billy Beagle, the announcer, is shown to be very boisterous and fast paced in his announcements. So much so, when he has to announce a golf game for an episode, he has trouble keeping quiet.
  • Lighter and Softer: It's downplayed considering the show is still intended for much younger audiences, but has plenty of older skewing material for the periphery demographic.
  • Mondegreen: In "Mickey's Perfecto Day", Goofy brings plastic flamingos to dance with at a flamenco dance competition due to misinterpreting flamenco as flamingo.
  • Mythology Gag: Mickey's Roadster, the Hot Diggity Hot Rod, has 28 as its race car number, as in 1928, the year when Steamboat Willie debuted.
    • Morty McCool's roadster has 36 as its race car number, this time referring to the year Mortimer made his debut in Mickey's Rival.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: On TV, Morty McCool is a hero will do anything to save others. In real life, he's a narcissistic, selfish diva who will do anything to win and look good. Goofy is initially too naive to be Broken Pedestal, but eventually realizes Morty is not the hero that he thinks he is when he doesn't thank him for rescuing him from falling off a broken bridge.
  • Only Sane Man: Mickey, Minnie, and Cuckoo Loca tend to be the most rational characters.
  • Out of Focus: Since Pluto can't drive, he doesn't get as much screen time as the other characters.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: In "Safari, So Goody", Lulu wants to get a photograph of Penny the Panda (not that one), and Minnie, Daisy and Cuckoo Loca take the tourists on a photo safari where they encounter some playful gorillas, elephants, a giraffe, with the animals offering to help change a flat tire, and in the end, Lulu and the tourists see that Penny is a new mother to two baby panda cubs. Everyone gets the opportunity to take "panda selfies".
  • Race Lift: Horace Horsecollar is made Spanish in at least 3 of his appearances in this series.
    • Some of the other supporting characters such as Pete and Clarabelle also tend to take on different ethnicities in a few episodes. Pete for example played French, English, and Hawaiian ethnicities.
  • Reimagining the Artifact:
    • Goofy's food truck from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is remade into a restaurant trailer.
    • Minnie, Daisy, and Cuckoo Loca ran Minnie's Bowtique on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Minnie's Bow Toons. In this series, they run the Happy Helpers, a caring service that helps with their problems, not necessarily about bows.
  • Role Reprisal: The following actors return to their roles:
    • Bret Iwan as Mickey.
    • Bill Farmer as Goofy, Pluto and Horace Horsecollar.
    • Tress MacNeille as Daisy and Chip.
    • Russi Taylor as Minnie and Clara Cluck.
    • April Winchell as Clarabelle.
    • Jim Cummings as Pete.
    • Carlos Alazraqui as Panchito.
    • Rob Paulsen as José Carioca.
    • Corey Burton as Dale and Ludwig Von Drake.
    • Nika Futterman as Cuckoo Loca.
    • Maurice LaMarche as Mortimer Mouse (albeit the character is made into an action hero, and renamed Morty McCool).
    • Frank Welker as Butch and Figaro.
    • Avalon Robbins and Grace Kauffman as Minnie's nieces, Millie and Melody.
  • Running Gag: There's Cuckooloca complaining about how awful Minnie and Daisy's "Happy Helpers" song sounds.
    • Daisy pulling out her special mallet, which she's named Molly The Mallet.
  • Seldom-Seen Species:
    • "It's Wiki Wiki Time" features the reef triggerfish a.k.a. humuhumunukunukuapua'a, which is the state fish of Hawaii.
    • A hermit thrush appears in "The Hiking Honeybees".
    • "Daisy's Photo Finish" prominently features the kinglet calyptura. White-headed capuchins also appear in the same episode.
  • Shout-Out: In "Mickey's Ukelele Jam", he says he got his Ukelele from his friend Walt, a nod to his creator, Walt Disney.
  • Show Within a Show: Action Ashton, Goofy's favorite show.
  • Spot of Tea: "Tea Time Trouble" has the main crew being invited for tea with the Queen of England. The boys also has to learn how to properly drink from a cup of tea while training to be gentleman.
    Goofy: Uh, you got any hot cocoa?
    Dr. Crutchley: No! A gentleman drinks tea.
  • Title, Please!: Season 1 had title cards, but when Season 2 began, these were dropped entirely.
  • Third-Person Person: Donald regularly refers to himself as 'The Duck'.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Try to guess what Hot Dog Hills is named for.
  • Ultimate Universe: The show combines many aspects of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Minnie's Bow-Toons, House of Mouse, and even the classic shorts.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Morty McCool, whose too cool for the audience to notice how much of a jerk he is.
  • We Interrupt This Program: In "Garage Alone", Goofy's favorite show Action Ashton gets interrupted by a report that the infamous criminal Sticky Fingers Fred has escaped from jail.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The show's location of Hot Dog Hills is ambiguous. They've been to Hawaii, Spain, Italy, England, France, Brazil, and Switzerland all of which the characters can drive to even though they're usually in different parts of the world.
  • World Tour: Some episodes would have the races being held in other places around the world.
  • You Watch Too Much X: In "Camp Happy Helpers", Minnie and Cuckooloca remark that Daisy watches too many horror movies, which causes her imagination to get the best of her.


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