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Mickey and the Roadster Racers is a Disney Junior show that premiered in 2017. It focuses on Mickey Mouse and his friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Goofy 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. Other recurring characters include Pluto, Chip 'n Dale, Pete, Clarabelle Cow and Professor Ludwig von Drake.

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.

The show was renamed Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures for its third season, which premiered on October 14, 2019. You can find the premiere here.

The show ended on October 1, 2021, shortly after its successor, Mickey Mouse Funhouse, had started airing a few months prior. Two specials set in the show's continuity were also released in 2021; the Halloween Special Mickey's Tale of Two Witches and the Christmas Special Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas.

Compare Mickey's Speedway USA, a Mickey Mouse racing game developed by Rare for the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color.

This show provides examples of:

  • 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.
  • Art Evolution: The animation is much more fluid and detailed than the previous series, given the technological advances in computer animation.
  • Art Shift: This holiday commercial is animated in stop motion, done by Stoopid Buddy Studios of Robot Chicken fame.
  • 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. This hasn't gone unnoticed by the showrunners, as the series gets retooled to Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures in its third season.
  • Artistic License – Animal Care: Discussed in "The Snoozy Doozy Pet and Breakfast", where it's pointed out pets have different needs than their owners. It's also fortunately averted in the scene where the pets refuse the garlic and goat cheese souffle served to them (garlic is poisonous especially to cats, dogs, and rabbits).
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • In "Mickey's Perfecto Day", Donald gets laryngitis from eating patatas bravas. Spices cannot hurt the throat. Also, being a bird, Donald shouldn't have even felt the spices. Finally, Daisy uses water to relieve Donald, when milk would be a much better remedy.
    • 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?
    • The jaguar seen in "Llama Drama" has solid spots rather than rosettes with a spot in the middle.
    • The toucan from "Animal Antics" has feet like a typical bird, rather than two toes in front and two in back.
    • In "Mickey's Roommate", Pete calls an opossum (referred to as a "possum" as usual) a rodent.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Later episodes do give Billy Beagle more prominence.
    • Suzie Beagleman has more direct involvement with the plot in "Camp Happy Helpers".
  • Brits Love Tea: "Tea Time Trouble" has the main crew being invited for tea with the Queen of England. The boys also have to learn how to properly drink from a cup of tea while training to be gentlemen.
    Goofy: Uh, you got any hot cocoa?
    Dr. Crutchley: No! A gentleman drinks tea.
  • 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.
    • Season 3 reintroduced the Hot Dog Dance from Clubhouse, as well as bringing back all of its tropes.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • To no one's surprise, Donald, though the rest of the main cast (such as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Daisy, and Cuckoo Loca) occasionally fall into this.
    • Commander Heist suffers amusing injuries in his appearances.
  • Casting Gag:
    • The characters Jiminy Johnson, Gordon Gear, Pippa Powers, and Dani Sue, all racecar drivers, are voiced by real-life racecar drivers Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Pippa Mann, and Danica Patrick.
    • "Diner Dog Rescue" has Gordon Ramsay voicing Chef Oxley.
    • The episode "Stop That Heist" shows that Billy Beagle has a car collection, much like his voice actor, Jay Leno.
  • Catchphrase: 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
  • Clever Crows: "Old McMickey Had a Farm" features a trio of mischievous crows that annoy Donald. Their shenanigans end up ruining the farm, causing them to feel guilty and offer to help the crew fix things up.
  • 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!"
  • Cosmetic Horror: In "Tree House Trouble", Chip calls the Happy Helpers extra early. A sleepy Daisy tries to hide her "sleep face" with a picture frame of herself only to show her real face in morning temper, scaring Chip. Minnie is also frightened by Daisy's sleep face with curlers.
    Daisy: I hate mornings.
  • 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!"
  • Cuckoo Clock Gag: Cuckoo Loca, the mechanical bird who lives inside the clock at Minnie's Bow-tique, went on to appear on this show as a Happy Helper along with Minnie and Daisy.
  • 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 has more comedy and utilizes slapstick just like in the classic shorts.
  • 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.
  • Evolving Credits: Once the Roadsters get super-charged in season 2, the opening and closing titles are updated to reflect this.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Season 2 features "Goof Mansion" where Goofy must spend a night in his uncle's haunted mansion, guest-starring Guillermo del Toro in Inksuit Actor form.
  • 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.
  • Mascot Racer: A non-video game example.
  • Mischief-Making Monkey: In "A Gollywood Wedding", a bonnet macaque steals a necklace for the wedding, forcing Mickey and Donald to chase after it.
  • Misplaced Vegetation: "Goof Quest" shows coconut trees in a rainforest. Coconuts are coastal plants.
  • Mondegreen Gag: 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.
    • Horace's one-sided rivalry with Goofy can be seen as a nod to how the character faded into obscurity after Goofy was introduced to the franchise, even having a pitch for a Disney Afternoon series with him as the star tossed aside for Goofy's own show, Goof Troop.
    • Two from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's alarm clock resembles Toodles (who was originally going to be a supercomputer before being changed to a robot), while a scene in the episode "Papa Pluto" has the birds watching a clip of the Sensational Six doing the Hot Dog Dance from Clubhouse, complete with the original instrumental; said instrumental also plays in the following scene when Pluto catches the birds playing in the bathroom (though in a faster tempo).
  • New Season, New Name: Starting in season 3, the show is now called Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures.
  • 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 notice right away, 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.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Golden Gander is not actually a goose but a duck.
  • 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.
  • Pineapple Ruins Pizza: Averted when it's shown one of Donald's favorite foods is pineapple pizza.
  • Piranha Problem: Discussed by Cuckoo Loca in "Llama Drama" when the Happy Helpers end up in a river.
  • 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 Italian, English, and Hawaiian ethnicities.
  • Rascally Raccoon:
    • A cranberry-loving one appears in "Happy Thanksgiving Helpers!". According to Cuckoo Loca, raccoons love Thanksgiving.
    • "Hanami Hijinks" features a rascally raccoon dog.
  • The Real Spoofbusters: In "Pete's Ghostly Gala", the Happy Helpers and Pete put on jumpsuits and arm themselves with vacuum cleaners to deal with ghosts in a Haunted House.
  • 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.
  • Running Gag:
    • There's Cuckoo Loca 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.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In "Mickey's Ukelele Jam", Mickey says he got his ukelele from his friend Walt, a nod to his creator and original voice actor, Walt Disney.
    • In "Goof Mansion", the Villain of the Week is named Mr. Talbot. He even makes wolf-howling noises as his first attempt at scaring the crew away.
  • Show Within a Show: Action Ashton, Goofy's favorite show.
  • Smelly Skunk: "Donald's Stinky Day" has Donald getting into mishaps with a skunk, who becomes his friend at the end and, in later episodes, his pet.
  • Snakes Are Sinister:
    • Averted with Nusta, who is a friendly and helpful companion to Alistair Coop De Ville.
    • In "Llama Drama", Daisy gets spooked by a boa which she mistook for a vine.
  • Stock Ness Monster: "The Mystery of Hot Dog Lake!" features a lake serpent called the Scronchasaur. Lampshaded by Alistair Coop De Ville when he compares it to the Loch Ness Monster.
  • Tanuki: One is prominently featured in "Hanami Hijinks", causing trouble for Donald and co. by making off with their mochi for the Hanami.
  • Thanksgiving Episode: The two episode segments "Mickey's Thanksgiving Family Fun Race!" and "Happy Thanksgiving Helpers!". The first segment involves a race with Thanksgiving-styled Roadsters. The second segment is about the Happy Helpers preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for their friends and family only to go through a string of misfortunes (Hilda left the yams candied too long, Goofy accidentally drops all the pumpkins for the pie, Donald burns the rolls, Pete couldn't find the recipe for the bean casserole, the roast turkey gets reduced to a skeleton by a hungry Figaro, Daisy's cranberry sauce gets ruined by a raccoon).
  • Third-Person Person: Donald regularly refers to himself as 'The Duck'.
  • Title, Please!: Season 1 had title cards, but when Season 2 began, these were dropped entirely.
  • 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.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Averted in "The Snoozy Doozy Pet and Breakfast" when Minnie points out cats don't like fruit.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Morty McCool, who's 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 various states and countries, 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 Cuckoo Loca remark that Daisy watches too many horror movies, which causes her imagination to get the best of her.

Alternative Title(s): Mickey Mouse Mixed Up Adventures