Welcome to another edition of Why You Need To Watch…
This is where we take a look at some underrated or overlooked TV shows that are more deserving of more attention than they get.
With that said, who doesn’t love Mickey Mouse?
Since his first appearance in Steamboat Willie in 1928, Mickey Mouse has been one of the biggest icons in history, Mickey Mouse made Disney, literally.
So, over 85 years later, Mickey Mouse has enjoyed a nice resurgence back to the classic cartoons that made his name known thanks to Disney Channel’s continuing series of Mickey Mouse cartoons:
Mickey Mouse is an American animated comedy television series produced by Disney Television Animation. It features classic cartoon characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto in contemporary settings such as Paris, Venice, Tokyo and New York. The series has the slapstick feel of classic Mickey Mouse shorts, while providing a modern update with the extensive use of Toon Boom and Flash animation, and “presents Mickey in a broad range of humorous situations that showcase his pluck and rascality, along with his long-beloved charm and good heartedness”. The animation is being provided by the Canadian studio, Mercury Filmworks.
It is being executive produced by Emmy Award-winning artist Paul Rudish, who was co-creator of Sym-Bionic Titan on Cartoon Network and is also directing the series, along with Aaron Springer and Clay Morrow. Joseph Holt is the series’ art director. On September 15, 2013, Paul Rudish, Jenny Gase-Baker, and Joseph Holt won 3 Emmy Awards for their work on the episode “Croissant de Triomphe.”
The first episode, “Croissant de Triomphe”, was released as a special preview on March 12, 2013 on Disney.com. The series officially premiered on June 28, 2013 on Disney Channel, followed by the releases on Disney.com and Watch Disney Channel. A total of 18 episodes aired in the first season, while the second season, consisting of 19 episodes, premiered on April 11, 2014. The third season premiered on July 17, 2015.
So, when these first starting, nobody really had any idea how these were going to play out, they were premiering very quietly on Disney Channel and about half as long as the usual 7 minute cartoons…which, by the way, why do they keep cutting these cartoons in half? These shorts used to be 7 minutes in length during the golden age of animation and now they, for some reason, just cut them in half to 3 and a half minutes. Why?
Okay, enough with criticizing the length, what’s important is whether or not they actually do something with that length itself and you know what, they do a lot with these cartoons that actually make these pretty damn good.
For one thing, the animation is very good, it’s that kind of animation you’d expect from this team, you’ve got people that have worked on Powerpuff Girls, SpongeBob Squarepants, and many others and their creative animation style is brought into this series of shorts and it gives these beloved characters a new unique style to them.
The voice work is really solid here too, you not only have the current voices for all of the Disney characters but the biggest shocker of this series is Chris Diamantopolous as Mickey Mouse, I can not believe how impressive his talents as an actor are, this is the guy who also did a really solid Moe in the 2012 Three Stooges movie, this guy is friggin’ talented. His Mickey Mouse channels the original voice from Walt Disney and he just gives it his all as Mickey and he’s the real reason why these work as well as they do.
The comedy is pretty funny too, you will laugh at least once in every one of these shorts and sometimes some pretty good hard laughs, it’s very creative and very fun to watch. In the Yodelberg episode alone, the way they do the Yeti chase alone is one of the funniest things you will ever watch.
They’ve been doing these for a number of years now and you should definitely give these a watch, if you want to see classic Mickey Mouse in a modern day style, you’ll definitely want to check these out.
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