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"By bringing Mickey’s comedic adventures to life with vitality, humor, inventiveness and charm, the entire Disney Television Animation team of artists, animators and directors have worked to capture the essence of what Walt Disney himself created 85 years ago."
Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer of Disney Channels Worldwide.

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.

The show brings Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto in contemporary settings such as New York City, Paris 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. The episodes are indexed in the Recap page.

All shorts can be seen on, DisneyNow, Disney+ and YouTube, and the first season and some holiday specials have been released by Walt Disney Home Video on DVD.

The cartoons have also inspired a Disney Theme Parks attraction, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. The ride opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios on March 4, 2020, with an west coast version opening at Disneyland in 2022. Walt Disney World also has an exclusive Mickey Mouse cartoon called "Vacation Fun" which is shown at the "Mickey Shorts Theater".


It's important to note that this is the second Disney animated TV show to get renewed for a fifth seasonnote , the first being Doc McStuffins. The series is currently on indefinite hiatus since then, due to the death of Russi Taylor,

Mickey Mouse provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Dumbass: In the classic shorts, Goofy was just The Klutz. In these shorts, he's a moron.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Donald is even more angry and trigger happy than usual.
    • In some shorts, Goofy plays a more antagonistic role with a Jerkass personality, rather than his usual Nice Guy behavior.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: Goofy has a more unhealthy look than usual, with an unshaven muzzle, an exaggeratedly long, gangly build, worn-out clothing, and yellowish eyes.
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  • Animal Gender-Bender: Donald lays eggs multiple times.
  • Art Shift: The shorts combine the classic 1930's look of Mickey and his friends with a modern day setting and more contemporary animation techniques.
  • Author Appeal: An unusual case, since the man's been dead for decades, but the series features a lot of butt jokes and shots of characters' rears because Walt Disney was a huge fan of that type of humor.
  • Badass Adorable: Since this new series is a retread to the early days where Mickey was more adventurous and scrappy, he is naturally this.
    • Minnie has her moments as well, such as in "Cable Car Chaos" and "Sock Burglar".
  • Big Eater: Donald and Goofy occasionally. In one short, he eats Mickey and Minnie.
  • Bilingual Bonus: There are several shorts that take place in countries outside the United States and have all the dialogue in the language of said country:
  • Birthday Party Goes Wrong: Mickey explains to his friends that he does not want a surprise birthday party, because the surprise frequently just ends up scaring him. In an attempt to make up for this, Minnie decides to make the birthday party as big as she can, and the friends spend the whole day making a massive birthday cake. Mickey, not being able to find anyone, is left in a constant state of fear all day, just waiting for the surprise. When he finds out what they are up to, the cake-making has gotten so out of hand that the cake is growing so big that it endangers Mickey and friends' lives.
  • Black Comedy: Incorporates elements of this.
  • Butt-Monkey: Surprisingly enough, while Donald is still a frequent victim of slapstick, Mickey is even more of a victim than he is.
    • Oswald’s first appearance has Mickey digging him out of a pile of garbage only to toss him right back in.
  • The Cameo: There are plenty of cameos from other Disney characters, from Snow White to Belle and the Beast.
    • Though he only made one physical appearance in the show so far, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit has made multiple background cameos throughout the series.
  • 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.
  • Clip Show: The short "Vacation Fun" consists of flashbacks from previous episodes.
  • Company Cross References: Mostly to the Disney Animated Canon. Just to name a few examples, Lady and the Tramp appear in "Third Wheel" and have their signature Spaghetti Kiss interrupted by Goofy, Donald bumps into Belle and the Beast during a dance in "The Adorable Couple", and "Wish Upon a Coin" features appearances from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Mickey.
  • Creator Cameo: Many side characters are voiced by members of the show's production team, including Paul Rudish and Dave Wasson.
  • Day in the Limelight: Several episodes such as "Eau de Minnie", "Clogged", "Sock Burglar" and "No Reservations" focus on Minnie instead of Mickey.
  • Demoted to Extra: Pluto and Pete (and Daisy to a lesser extent), who appeared many times in the classic shorts, have had the least amount of appearances so far. They make appearances in more shorts later in the series, however. The three even have prominent scenes in Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway with the rest of the main cast.
  • Denser and Wackier: There's much more physical comedy and surreal humor than in the Classic Disney Shorts.
  • Deranged Animation: It's often been compared (either favorably or unfavorably) to The Ren & Stimpy Show in terms of how the shorts are animated. Especially when Mickey ends up going off the deep end (which is surprisingly very frequent).
    • A few elements of the classic Tex Avery MGM Cartoons can also be spotted in these shorts.
  • Disaster Dominoes: A lot of episodes start with a small mishap that starts snowballing to put Micky and his pals through the wringer.
  • Feather Fingers: While Donald, Daisy and the rest of the ducks' designs usually avert this, their redesign for this series seems to have devolved their arms back into wing-arms, like Donald had in his very first appearance.
  • Formerly Fat: Minnie, according to "Doggone Biscuits".
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: "New Shoes" has this occur between Mickey, Donald and Goofy.
  • 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).
  • Gainax Ending: The ending of "Bee Inspired" reveals that Minnie's painting is actually a Droste Image and every single time the camera zooms out to reveal another layer of said image, Mickey and Minnie change into another one of the many official designs they've had over the years.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Down the Hatch" has Donald crying from laughter, but the puddle is positioned to make it look as if he wet himself.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: "Touchdown and Out" has Mickey, Donald and Goofy playing a football match against Pete, the Beagle Boys, and even Chernabog. Partly subverted, as the match soon clearly becomes an excuse for beating down our heroes.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Happens on occasion.
  • Hartman Hips: Frequent on a lot of background women. Two more prominently featured examples are Erica from Shipped Out and the synchronized swimmers from Roll 'Em.
    • Minnie Mouse herself has a much larger butt than usual in this series.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: In "A Pete Scorned" Pete has a moment of this.
    Pete: What's the idea letting that guy pick on you? That's my job!
  • Informed Ability: In "Captain Donald" it turns out that Donald's ability as a sailor is this. He only wears the suit because Daisy loves a man in uniform.
  • Jerkass: Most often Pete. Also the pigeons from Feed The Birds and the flamingo waiter from No Reservations. The pig bikers from ''Road Hogs'' start out as this, with even their own BIKES being bullies, but become considerably nicer after Mickey saves their boss.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As per usual, Donald and Daisy. Also Depending on the Writer, Pete is this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Donald, due to being an Adaptational Jerkass, he has his moments.
    • In "Bronco Busted", he, Mickey, and Goofy needed money to fix their car, and get the idea to compete in a rodeo to get the necessary money, with Donald pretending to be a horse. A millionaire offers to give Mickey and Goofy money in exchange for Donald due to mistaking him for an actual horse. Mickey is about to correct the millionaire until Donald eagerly accepts his offer, but he did it more because of the millionaire's promise to treat the "horse" like a king. After happily giving the money to Mickey and Goofy on behalf of the millionaire, Donald's parting words to them at the end of the short are even "So long, suckers".
    • "Wonders of the Deep" has him comfort Mickey when he blames himself for Professor Ludwig Von Drake being shot into sea, only to agree with him that it is his fault.
  • Mickey Mousing: The animation and musical beats match up. Especially noticeable in episodes like "The Birthday Song", where a song is the main focus.
  • Negative Continuity: Much like the classic shorts, many of these shorts have Mickey and friends in different settings and some even have their own versions on how they met like Turkish Delights, Year Of The Dog, and Our Floating Dreams.
  • Nice Guy: Mickey, to almost exaggerated degrees. He's so nice, he can't bring himself to cheat during a Three-Legged Race, is physically incapable of saying "No", and will put himself through harm's way in order to save a Bee's life.
  • Off-Model:
    • This series intentionally tends to do this quite often with the characters, despite being a show done in 2D flash using the ToonBoom Harmony software.
  • 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 some of 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. The slit is used for a few gags too, like when Mickey's eyes turn along with a clock's hands in Yodelburg, or when his eyes scream and run away in Entombed.
  • Recycled Soundtrack:
    • "Third Wheel" uses the melody from "Some Day My Prince Will Come" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
    • "The Perfect Dream" involves Mickey and Minnie trying to finish a duet of "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from Cinderella.
  • Reality Has No Subtitles: The episodes note in English are rarely subtitled, unless used for a joke like in "Panda-monium". Some of the YouTube versions of the videos include what they are saying in the foreign language, but others simply say "(speaking [language])". "Our Floating Dreams" includes English subtitles in the YouTube closed captioning.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: As usual, Mickey is the blue to Donald Duck's red.
  • Retro Universe: Aside from the character designs owing more to the original shorts, the technology and aesthetic greatly owe to the '50s.
  • Revisiting the Roots: The series is like this, since it has the characters return to their golden age roots from the 1930s.
  • Sadist Show: Some shorts occasionally border on this; one example occurring in "Croissant de Triomphe", when Mickey speeds past Prince Charming and causes him to drop Cinderella's glass slipper before he can get her to try it on.
  • Sanity Slippage: Mickey suffers these surprisingly often, especially when the whole world seems to turn against him.
  • Shout-Out: This series contains many of these to Disney as a whole, particularly the Disney Animated Canon, has taken a page or two from nearly every single dominant animation studio to ever operate in Hollywood as a tip of the hat, and also, occasionally, the Disney Theme Parks get a nod:
    • 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 (a photo of Walt is visible at the end of the cartoon); 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 Clássico", 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.
    • "Wish upon a Coin" not only features Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but inserts a small dose of Shrek parody in it with the villainous scheme and how things go.
    • "Mumbai Madness" features the vultures and King Louie's monkey troop from The Jungle Book (1967).
    • "¡Feliz Cumpleaños!" features The Three Caballeros in a birthday band for Mickey, who also tries to pin Eeyore's tail on the lead piñata.
    • "Wonders of the Deep" has several BIG ones to the Disney classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, including Captain Nemo's organ and a giant Kraken monster. And then there are cameo appearances by Pinocchio and Geppetto, who had been swallowed by the Kraken.
    • In "Couple's Sweaters", the dancing couples are the teenagers from the Make Mine Music! segment "All the Cats Join In".
    • In "Touchdown And Out", none other than the Devil himself, Chernabog from Fantasia, rises from Hell to lend Pete some demon players for his football team.
    • In “The Perfect Dream”, the Cinderella song “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” plays several times throughout the episode.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Unlike the Classic Disney Shorts, no character is exempt from getting hurt for the sake of a laugh. "Eau de Minnie", "Clogged" and, as of recent, "No Reservations" are a few episodes that have instances of this trope in them.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the original Classic Disney Shorts, as they are done in the vein of 30's black-and-white animation (one of them, "Yodelberg", was even included in the cartoon classics compilation that followed a 2013 Mickey's Christmas Carol feature package).
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Minnie has made the most appearances with a total of 63 shorts in all (65 counting "Perfect Picnic" and "Vacation Fun"), followed closely by Goofy who appeared in 52 shorts (54 counting "Perfect Picnic" and "Vacation Fun"), and then by Donald with 41 shorts. By contrast, Daisy and Pete each appeared in 20 shorts, and Pluto in last with 19 shorts, though he gets one more short than the former two if "Perfect Picnic" and "Vacation Fun" are counted with 21 shorts. 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. As of "No Reservations", it's officially five shorts.
  • Stock Scream: The series occasionally makes use of the Goofy Holler, though usually provided by Bill Farmer.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Played straight with Daisy, but actually somewhat inverted with Minnie. While she retains her usual eyelashes, bow, and dress; Minnie has also been given a much larger and rounder feminine posterior than her male counterpart. It does seem to vary from costume to costume, but her iconic dress actually shows this off and her costume in Carnival outright gives her Hartman Hips.
  • Toothy Bird: Donald.
  • Visual Pun: A few crop up from time to time.
    • In "No Reservations", Minnie, Daisy and Clarabelle attempt to sneak into a fancy restaurant by blending in with a group of female chickens. It's a hen party.
    • In "Split Decision", in order to demonstrate Donald's tendency to go into an angry rant "at the drop of a hat", Mickey pulls out a hat out of nowhere and drops it (of course causing Donald to lose his temper).
    • In "Touchdown And out", as Mickey, Donald and Goofy are getting trounced in a football match, the latter laments that they have to find an idea, otherwise they'll get their backsides handed to them. Cue Czernobog (yes, THAT Czernobog ; he's on the opposing team) literally handing them their asses.
  • World Tour: Well, not exactly a tour, per se, but certain episodes transplant Mickey & Co. to exotic cities and locales, with them speaking the language and wearing the dress. These, more often than not, involve Mickey trekking across said cities, such as him taking the wrong train on the Tokyo Metro, racing across Paris to deliver croissants, or driving an auto rickshaw in Mumbai.
  • Zebras Are Just Striped Horses: A one point in the episode, "Safari, So Good," the zebras sound like donkeys.


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Three-Legged Race

Mickey vows to win the three-legged race fair and square, even if it takes him YEARS to get to the finish with Pete stuck to him.

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