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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse is an animated series of shorts from the creators of the similar 2013 show Mickey Mouse. The characters are put in different outlandish scenarios from one episode to the next and play versions of themselves that maintain their relationships and personalities. Familiar foes arrive on scene to cause trouble, but injuries are quickly remedied and accidents rarely amount to any realistic harm. Mickey and Minnie's romance is a recurring factor, and they show affection by blowing kisses and swooning in each other's presence.
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What's the story?
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MICKEY MOUSE is a series of shorts starring Disney’s leading mouse, Mickey (voiced by Chris Diamantopoulos) and his friends like Minnie Mouse (Kaitlyn Robrock), Goofy (Bill Farmer), Pluto (Farmer again), and Donald Duck (Tony Anselmo). The stories place the characters in different settings and eras with episodes that take place in frontier towns or feature technology of the future. Classic Disney villains like Pete (Jim Cummings) make appearances in some of the shorts as well.
Is it any good?
This series bridges the gap between old and new with classic characters, a retro animation style, and new settings that surprise in fun ways. Mickey and crew play roles that change with each episode, giving the shorts almost a variety-show feel when they’re watched one after another. Even so, there’s consistency in how the characters bring their own personalities to each role, which is especially enjoyable for fans who’ve watched them for years.
The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse is designed to be fun, but that happens at the expense of any kind of substantial content. It will delight seasoned Disney fans with homages to other franchise productions in varying degrees of subtlety. Even better, it’s in keeping with Disney's tradition of family-geared entertainment, so parents and kids can happily tune in together.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about this show’s use of mild stereotypes to put character types into context. How do the characters' appearances and mannerisms reflect their settings and the time period in which the story is set? What gender stereotypes do you see? Are stereotypes always harmful? Why or why not?
Does this production distinguish itself and its famous characters from other similar ones? Does it have a promotional effect on you, in that it prompts you to watch other shows or movies with the same characters?
Why do you think Disney has been such a successful franchise? Now that the brand includes so many different entertainment products, where would you say it has done its best work? What are some of your favorite Disney titles?
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