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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mickey Mouse follows the zany adventures of Disney's poster mouse and his pals. Because it's a short-form animation, the stories feel rushed and chaotic, but that plays into the wackiness of the characters' experiences. Slapstick-style accidents often are accompanied by words such as "Crash!" on the screen, and some cause injuries that last the length of the minutes-long episode. Mickey and Minnie's romance is a frequent theme of the stories as well.
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What's the story?
MICKEY MOUSE is an animated shorts series about Mickey (voiced by Chris Diamontopoulos), Minnie (Russi Taylor), Goofy (Bill Farmer), Donald Duck (Tony Anselmo), and the rest of the classic Disney gang. Stories range from Mickey matching wits with an obstinate car to the group exploring outer space. In each case, the pals must figure out the best way to resolve whatever bizarre predicament they face and remain friends in the meantime.
Is it any good?
With CGI animation being the modern TV trend, this show's bold 2-D animation style is striking and suits content that's edgier than that of other shows with the same cast. Mickey Mouse is rooted in the wacky and bizarre and promises many colorful characters and odd scenarios, all with the intended purpose of making viewers laugh.
There's no attempt at teaching anything, and it's hard to glean any positive messages from the content, but at three and a half minutes running, at least it's a short-lived guilty pleasure. Of course, there is that thorny issue of commercialism to contend with, especially when the stars of other productions such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves drop in for cameos. All in all, though, this is a fun way to get your fix of Mickey and friends.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the Disney corporation's success. What would you say accounts for it? Is there any area (TV, movies, products, even vacations) in which it faces stiff competition?
Do you think self-promotion is a factor in this show? Does seeing it make you want to watch other Disney productions?
Kids: Do you watch any shows or movies whose violence surprises you? Do you think kids generally can differentiate between reality and fantasy with regard to content like this?
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