Mickey Mouse: Mash Up

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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In cute but flawed app, kids' drawings join video short.

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Educational Value

Mickey Mouse: Mash Up wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The app is very clear on what it wants players to do. Some timed challenges move too quickly, though. 

Violence & Scariness

Goofy throws Donald out of his diner, with the usual cartoon depictions of violence shown. 

Sexy Stuff

Mickey is naked throughout most of the short -- and Donald is later called out and mocked for wearing clothes. 


The app contains apps promoting other Disney titles.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mickey Mouse: Mash Up is an interactive entertainment app that asks kids to help "finish" a cartoon short starring Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. Kids will draw elements that show up in the cartoon and participate in mini-games while they watch the short. Mickey is naked throughout most of the cartoon -- and he's embarrassed -- and will ask players to draw things to hide him. Also, Goofy is a short-tempered short-order cook in this app, which might confuse kids. 

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What's it about?

Kids will draw and color objects of their choosing, which will be included in a cartoon short starring Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie, and Daisy. They'll also be asked to quickly draw items for Mickey to hide behind when he's unclothed. After drawing pictures with their fingers, kids will be offered the chance to color them using a limited color palette. They'll also participate in mini-games guiding Mickey when he's floating in the air or searching for objects, sometimes by using the phone or tablet's motion control and other times using touch buttons on-screen.

Is it any good?

MICKEY MOUSE: MASH UP works a lot better on paper than in reality. Letting kids take part in the creative process of making a cartoon, for example, sounds great. But the drawing feature simply doesn't work well. Straight lines often come out broken. And putting dots on a picture only works some of the time. Similarly, mini-games seem like an easy addition to the app, but they're so simplistic that kids will quickly tire of them. 

On the upside, the cartoon short itself is a funny one, and kids likely will enjoy watching as Mickey tries to hide his pants-less state from Minnie and Daisy. And, although a grumpy Goofy may confuse some kids, he's not particularly mean. (Though why Disney used him in the gruff role instead of using its go-to villain Pete is a bit baffling.) 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about embarrassment. Can kids think of a time they were embarrassed? Everyone gets embarrassed about something at some point, and it's usually not something to dwell on.

  • If kids have seen the friendlier version of Goofy, ask them to compare and contrast him with the grumpier version featured in this app.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: December 20, 2013
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 352.00 MB
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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