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Second Season of "Mickey Mouse" Shorts begin April 11th

Television
by Jerry Beck
March 28, 2014 2:54 PM
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Season two of "Mickey Mouse," the multiple Emmy and Annie Award-winning comedy cartoon spotlighting Disney's #1 star, debuts Friday April 11th (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and will be available on WATCH Disney Channel, Disney.com and iTunes the day after their linear premiere. 

The new season finds Mickey and pals – Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto – in an array of modern locales around the globe including Spain, Holland and India, as well as a trip to outer space. The season will also include several Minnie Mouse-centric shorts.

In the San Francisco-set season opener, Cable Car Chaos, (clip above) Mickey and Minnie must stop a runaway cable car as it careens through the city's famous streets. Other new episodes include Fire Escape, where Mickey attempts to rescue Minnie from her burning apartment building, Friday, April 25th (7:55 p.m., ET/PT); Eau de Minnie, in which Minnie's new perfume enchants an entire city, Friday, May 23rd (8:25 p.m., ET/PT); and The Boiler Room, where Mickey must face a monster living in the basement of Minnie's apartment, (in June, TBD).

Emmy Award-winning artist and director Paul Rudish (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Dexter's Laboratory) is the executive producer and director. Aaron Springer (SpongeBob SquarePants, Gravity Falls) and Clay Morrow (Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls) are directors, and Emmy Award-winner Joseph Holt (Sym-Bionic Titan) is the art director. The series is produced under the supervision of senior vice presidents Eric Coleman and Lisa Salamone at Disney Television Animation.

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  • Philip | April 3, 2014 11:47 PMReply

    Sorry, MOSTLYFREDERICKSOMETIMESSAM, but I don't care if one of your relatives worked on the original Mickey shorts, regardless of whether or not you're lying. You're still completely wrong and you know it!

    Besides, the pantless Goofy/Dippy Dawg is ONLY for these specific shorts, since they're designed harken back to the 20's and 30's, so having him in this look makes him fit in better with the other 20s/30s-esque character designs! And don't you dare compare episodes like "Third Wheel" to something from Kricfalusi or the post-movie Spongebob--they're not even in the same ball park!

    As for you, ÖH, you need to quit being an idiot and stop being wrong as well! The new shorts ARE faithful to the classics and you know darn well that they are! >:(

    Man, such pompous individuals like yourselves really know how to give people coronaries...

  • ÖH | March 30, 2014 11:00 PMReply

    This comment is in regard to the text of this and previous articles concerning the new shorts.

    The new Mickey Mouse cartoons fail not as a result of a "shock of the new" phenomenon, but rather in that they borrow from the wrong source material. Although the studio used the UPA limited animation style while Disney was alive, it is my understanding that it was relegated to animation featuring new, rather than classic, characters with the exception of the American Motors 1955 Nash commercials by UPA designer Tom Oreb.

    In contrast, the new Mickey Mouse shorts borrow from modern limited animation which was itself inspired by UPA and old Hanna-Barbera such as SpongeBob and Dexter's Lab, instead of picking up where Disney's limited animation UPA-crossover experiments left off. The new cartoons simply aren't faithful to the easily accessed source material, and would have better served as vehicles for new, not classic Disney characters.

  • Nic Kramer | March 31, 2014 7:51 PM

    Obviously, you haven't seen the Tom Orab ads, have you?

  • seriously | March 29, 2014 11:07 PMReply

    When will they have Donald Duck come out of the closet. They have to keep current afterall.

  • ILDC | March 30, 2014 1:51 PM

    It's a joke.

  • Nic Kramer | March 30, 2014 10:02 AM

    You know darn well that Disney would not approve that idea.

  • Tim | March 29, 2014 10:39 PMReply

    Hi, any word on weather the first season of these shorts will be available on Blu-ray or DVD? Would really like that a lot.

  • ILDC | March 30, 2014 1:49 PM

    It's a joke.

  • MostlyFrederickSometimesSam | March 28, 2014 9:26 PMReply

    I liked most of the new Mickey Mouse shorts EXCEPT the Valentine's Day one. I mean, good god, Goofy swallows Mickey and Minnie? And flirts with both? I think the writers are getting a little too John Kricfalusi with the series, and if it continues, they'll probably wind up killing it, just like John killed his own "Ren and Stimpy". Excess and gross humor does NOT add up to laughs.

    And for God's Sake give that man-dog back his pants!!!!

  • Nic Kramer | March 30, 2014 10:08 AM

    Out of curiousity, which cartoons did your relative worked on?

    Also, to Nate, I hate to sound like a broken record, but can we cool it with the lame "Cartoon Brew"-like jokes? I like those as much as I like having a sore thumb.

  • MostlyFrederickSometimesSam | March 30, 2014 9:56 AM

    To Philip - one of my relatives worked on the original Mickey shorts, so thanks, but I don't need a history lesson, 'kay?

    Yeah, Dippy Dawg/Dog, who replaced Horace Horsecollar as Mickey's chum, didn't have pants in his original incarnation. But Disney eventually GAVE him pants, and after comparing the two, it was a hell of an improvement. So please stop telling me not to "freak out". Plus, speaking of Dippy Dawg, I don't recall him EVER having yellow eyes.

    And who the hell is complaining about "No Service"? I was referring to "Third Wheel". That one was gross and weird, instead of clever and funny. It totally crossed the line into dumbass Kricfalusi territory. It reminded me of what's happened to Spongebob. And it's tragic. Diminishing that character with lousy writing is bad enough; god forbid it should happen to Mickey. Hopefully that one was an anomaly and the next ones will be more up to par.

  • disneyphilip | March 29, 2014 8:02 PM

    Time for a little history lesson:

    1) They're not getting John K. on this show. The humor is not getting excess, so there's nothing to worry about. If they really were to cross the line, then we can talk.

    2) Stop asking them to give Goofy back his pants. Goofy didn't always wear pants--in the early 30's, when he was Dippy Dawg, he did not wear pants then. And his design in these shorts resembles his "Dippy Dawg" look (including being pants-less), so please stop freaking out about that one.

    3) STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT GOOFY'S CHARACTERIZATION IN "NO SERVICE"! The characters are just acting and even the old shorts were never really big on continuity anyway. Also, this is just an attempt to restore Goofy's reputation as Disney's most versatile character by having him play such random roles (the cook in "No Service", a woman in "New York Weenie", a zombie version of himself in "Ghoul Friend", etc.) like he did in the old days (such as in his "everyman" where he played characters like "George Geef"). Plus, the Goof has played a number of antagonistic roles in the past as well, such as in "Ye Olden Days" (as the prince), "Motor Mania" (as Mr. Wheeler), "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (as Jacob Marley) and "Freewayphobia" and "Goofy's Freeway Troubles" (as the various bad drivers demonstrated in them). And a lot of the Goofy character extras in the Goof's sports shorts (How to Play Football, How to Play Baseball, Hockey Homicide, Double Dribble, Tennis Racquet, etc.) were frequently depicted as aggressive jerks as well. He was even a bit of a jerk in the "Dippy Dawg" period, too. And the Goofy in "No Service" is most likely just one of those many aforementioned "Goofy extras" from the old shorts and not the Goofy that is close to Mickey and Donald. So there!

  • Nate Bear | March 29, 2014 2:42 PM

    I for one am very excited about the Donald-Daisy-Pluto threeway they have planned. I hear Walt always wanted to make such a cartoon but felt constricted by the mores of mid 20th century culture .

  • Richard | March 28, 2014 10:07 PM

    I'm excited for these shorts, though the only one I detest was "No Service". Oh Goof, what did they do to you!?

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