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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mickey and the Roadster Racers is set in a bustling town filled with race cars and favorite Disney characters and special guests voiced by racing stars such as Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. The characters' experiences represent for kids how communities and their residents work, and their interactions have subtle reminders about building and sustaining friendships. There's always ample opportunity for the characters to race around the town to the delight of young fans in the audience.
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What's the story?
MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER RACERS is set in Hot Dog Hills and stars Mickey Mouse (voiced by Bret Iwan) as the proprietor of a garage where he tends to the town's race cars. He and his friends Donald Duck (Daniel Ross), Pluto (Bill Farmer), and Goofy (Farmer again) race around their town and outlying areas for fun, sport, and the occasional errand or two. Minnie Mouse (Russi Taylor) and Daisy Duck (Tress MacNeille) run a business of their own helping their neighbors with all sorts of daily needs. Hot Dog Hills is never short on entertainment, especially when the residents' favorite racing buddies -- Jiminy Johnson (Jimmie Johnson), Danni Sue (Danica Patrick), and Gordon Gear (Jeff Gordon) -- zoom into town for a visit.
Is it any good?
Disney favorites and tricked-out race cars spell potential for this fast-paced show that's all about fun. For wheels-obsessed kids, this series shows racers of many shapes and sizes, from the pros' streamlined machines to Goofy's absurd shower/race car combo. And with Minnie's Motor Makeover Salon at the ready, the vehicles can get a quick change any time they need it.
Mickey and the Roadster Racers gives kids an idea of how different people work together to serve a community. Hot Dog Hills is a place where everyone has a niche, from town leader Mickey to the sometimes mischievous Pete, and there are subtle lessons about relating to others in every experience. And if your kids happen to be racing fans, they might even enjoy the involvement of NASCAR stars in the voice cast.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about communities like the one in Mickey and the Roadster Racers. What community helpers or service people do you encounter where you live? How would your town work differently if they weren't there?
Kids: Does the idea of racing appeal to you? If you could design your own race car, what would it look like?
How do the characters show they're good friends? Does that mean they never have a disagreement? How do they resolve issues when they come up?
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