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The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse
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"Hot dog! We're back to our old comedy roots on Both Disney Channel and Disney+!"
Genre: Children
Slapstick
Comedy
Fantasy
Animation
Running Time: 3-4 minutes (Seasons 1-5)
7 minutes (Season 6)
24 minutes (Season 7)
Country: United States
Release Date: June 28, 2013 - July 20, 2019 (Mickey Mouse)
November 18, 2020 - Present (The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse)
Network(s): Disney Channel and Disney XD (Seasons 1-5)
Disney+ (Season 6-present)
Created by: Paul Rudish (developer)
Distributed by: Disney Television Animation
Starring: Chris Diamantopolus
Russi Taylor (Seasons 1–5)
Kaitlyn Robrock (Season 6–present)
Tony Anselmo
Bill Farmer
Tress MacNeille
Jim Cummings
Corey Burton (Season 2–present)
April Winchell (Season 3–present)
Alan Young (Seasons 2–3)
John Kassir (Seasons 4–5)
Seasons: 7
Episodes: 116 + 2 specials
Previous show: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Have a Laugh!
Next show: Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures
Mickey Mouse Funhouse


The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse (formerly Mickey Mouse 2013) is an American animated comedy television series produced by Disney Television Animation. Featuring Disney cartoon characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto in contemporary settings such as Paris, Venice, Tokyo, and New York, the series has the slapstick feel of the earliest Mickey Mouse shorts while providing a modern update, and "presents Mickey in a broad range of humorous situations that showcase his pluck and rascality, along with his long-beloved charm and good-heartedness". The animation is provided by Mercury Filmworks.

The series was developed by artist Paul Rudish, who was the co-creator of the Cartoon Network television series Sym-Bionic Titan and is also the series' executive producer and supervising director, while Joseph Holt is the series' art director. Paul Rudish, Jenny Gase-Baker, and Joseph Holt won three Emmy Awards for their work on the series in September 2013. The pilot episode, "Croissant de Triomphe", was first released as a special preview on March 12, 2013, on Disney.com.

The series officially premiered on June 28, 2013, on Disney Channel, followed by the releases on Disney.com and Watch Disney Channel. A total of 18 episodes aired in the first season while the second season, which premiered on April 11, 2014, consisted of 19 episodes. The third season premiered on July 17, 2015, with 20 episodes aired. The fourth season premiered on June 9, 2017, with 19 episodes aired. The fifth (later final of the classic era) season of the original series premiered on October 6, 2018, with 18 episodes aired.

The series is now continuing as The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, which premiered on Disney+ on November 18, 2020, to coincide with Mickey's 92nd birthday.

Why It Is A "Wonderful Hot Dog" To Disney

  1. Unlike a lot of reboots made by CN and just like the 2017 DuckTales reboot, Nickelodeon's 2018 Rise of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, CN/Boomerang's The Tom and Jerry Show and New Looney Tunes and HBO Max's Looney Tunes Cartoons, the show is largely known for staying faithful to the original Mickey Mouse shorts when it comes to the comedy, writing, animation, acting, cameos, and many more. And it has its own distinctive style at that.
  2. Very fluid, expressive, and lively animation for Disney Channel and Mercury Filmworks standards, especially from Season 4 onwards, and gives the characters a ton of emotion. Two examples of this are most notably the scene in Boiler Room, where Mickey is seen running away from the evil boiler, and the scene in Canned where Mickey chases a garbage truck while rolling on a large pile of trash. These scenes show how talented Mercury Filmworks is.
  3. Speaking of which, this show is like a mix of Mickey Mouse if it met Ren & Stimpy and The Powerpuff Girls. Just thinking about the slapstick violence and comedy, it can sometimes give you Looney Tunes, Tex Avery, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Tom and Jerry vibes as well.
  4. Tons of likable charactersː such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck (Season 6-onward), Daisy Duck, Goofy (has a lot of funny moments here and there, despite being somewhat Flanderized in Seasons 1-5), Pluto, Clarabelle Cow, Pete (in A Pete Scorned and Season 6-onward), Scrooge McDuck, Ludwig von Drake, Huey, Duey, and Louie, Chip 'n' Dale, and Mickey's scooter.
  5. Great voice acting from Russi Taylor, Bill Farmer, Tony Anselmo, and Tress MacNeille who reprise their roles from various Mickey Mouse media.
    • Additionally, newcomer Chris Diamantopolus, while not sounding close to Bret Iwan or Wayne Allwine, does an absolutely fantastic job voicing Mickey in the series, as he sounds very close to Walt Disney's voice of Mickey, which is another reason why people love this show. Also, the main reason why Chris was cast as Mickey in this show was that the producers had stated that they wanted Mickey to sound like Walt Disney's voice of the character.
      • He even voiced Mickey in a brief cameo in one scene in the series finale of the DuckTales reboot.
  6. The new character designs and art style, apart from staying true to the original shorts, look unique and beautiful.
    • Additionally, the background artworks are absolutely stunning to look at.
    • The character designs for most of the characters in general are a nice homage to the early rubber-hose style Mickey Mouse cartoons of the late-1920s and early-1930s (with the notable exceptions for Donald Duck and the duck characters whose character designs retain their early-1940s looks), with both Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Peg-Leg Pete retaining their original 1928 looks from "Steamboat Willie", Goofy retaining his old "Dippy Dawg" look from the early-1930s cartoons, and Pluto retaining his early-1930s look.
  7. It has a bunch of hilarious moments, all of which have become featured in several out-of-context videos, such as:
    • Really funny line in Cheese Wranglers in which Goofy asks Mickey to tell him and Donald about the code. In hilarious faces, they all say “The code…” Watch it here.
    • In "Shifting Gears", when Mickey is injured, he says “Is that you.. Walt?”, in which this show portrays Walt Disney as Mickey's god.
    • The beloved scene in "Game Night" where Donald imagines himself as Walt Disney, with even a quote from Walt Disney altered, to change it from "by a mouse" to "by a duck" which is not only very funny but surprising that Disney let it air.
    • The series gives out its true nature, as in the episode "A Pete Scorned", Mickey says to Pete that he's the worst person he ever met, way worse than Mortimer.
    • Nature's Wonderland” and ”Feed the Birds” also have references to Walt Disney in it. Speaking of which, he'd likely love this show if he was still alive.
      • Because of its hilarious humor, there are YouTube videos containing several out-of-context moments and memes from this series which they can be very hilarious to watch.
  8. Lots of Disney cameos including Cinderella, Pinocchio, and Beauty and the Beast (each of them for one episode only). Despite these Disney cameo characters generally having a different visual style from the series, at least their redesigns in this show, while faithful to their original film counterparts, at least blend in with the series' overall visual style very nicely and don't feel out of place nor do they stick out like sore thumbs in this show.
  9. Introduced new characters such as Mickey's scooter and Goofy's grandma (who was revealed to be Goofy all along).
  10. It spawned a pretty nice game titled Where’s My Mickey based on the Where's My Water game.
  11. The two specials titled Duck the Halls and The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular! are fun to watch.
  12. Some episodes have plots that are so bizarre that they actually kind of work. An example of this has to be the plot of New York Weenie. The plot centers around Mickey chasing a sausage around New York to give the sausage to Minnie, who was going to eat it for a hotdog. It's a coincidence since Mickey's first words ever spoken in Mickey Mouse media was "Hotdog, hotdog!"
  13. It marks the return of old characters such as Oswald, Donald's nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Scrooge McDuck, and Ludwig Von Drake.
  14. Awesome and creative writing.
  15. Everything's worked out in the end. Even the bad episodes have good endings (except some episodes such as Pandamonium, Al Rojo Vivo, Down the Hatch, and Wonders of the Deep, as they have bad endings).
  16. Great music by Christopher Willis, who composed the HBO series, Veep. The opening theme in the show's episodes (which is composed by him) is fun to listen to. The songs composed by him are absolutely fantastic, with examples including the songs in The Adorable Couple, Mickey's song in A Flower for Minnie, "Jing-a-Ling-a-Ling" from Duck the Halls, "I'm on Top of the World" from New Shoes, the song in Our Homespun Melody, the song from Carried Away, "The Wranglers Code" from Cheese Wranglers, "Bubble Gum Days" from Houseghosts, "Island Rhythm" from The Enchanting Hut, "As Long as I'm With You" from Duet for Two and "Feelin' the Love" from Once Upon an Apple.
  17. Excellent development by Paul Rudish, as he understood the characters and their personalities.
  18. Just like the good and bad episodes (except for Wonders of the Deep) having good endings, the show's episodes can have some good morals.
  19. Nice pacing.
  20. Some episodes have Mickey and his friends taking adventures in different places such as France, (Croissant de Triomphe), Germany (Yodelburg), Netherlands (Clogged), China (Year of the Dog), Japan (Tokyo Go), Turkey (Turkish Delight), Italy (O Sole Minnie, Amore Motore, Bottle Shocked, and Carried Away (the beginning and the end only)), India (Mumbai Madness), Southeast Asia (Our Floating Dreams), Korea (Locked In Love), Brazil (Carnnaval and O Futebol Classico), Mexico (Al Rojo Vivo and ¡Felíz Cumpleaños!) and even worldwide (Carried Away) which is an interesting concept as it would fill in more ideas to the Mickey Mouse universe.
  21. There are loads of great and memorable episodes such as:
    • Yodelberg
    • Croissant de Triomphe
    • New York Weenie
    • Bad Ear Day
    • Gaspǃ
    • The Boiler Room
    • O Futebol Clássico
    • O Sole Minnie
    • Potatoland
    • The Adorable Couple (which ended Season 1 on a high note)
    • Fire Escape
    • Down the Hatch
    • Goofy's Grandma
    • Captain Donald
    • Mumbai Madness
    • Panda Monium
    • Space Walkies
    • Clogged
    • A Flower for Minnie
    • Bronco Busted (which ended Season 2 on a high note)
    • Wish Upon a Coin
    • Shifting Gears
    • Black and White
    • ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!
    • Wonders of the Deep
    • Road Hogs
    • Dancevidianiya
    • Ku'u Lei Melody
    • No Reservations
    • Split Decision
    • Good Sports (which ended Season 3 on a high note)
    • Locked in Love
    • Bee Inspired
    • Shipped Out
    • Nature's Wonderland
    • Ghoul Friend
    • Eau de Minnie
    • The Perfect Dream
    • Carnaval
    • The Fancy Gentleman
    • New Shoes
    • Springtime
    • Flushed!
    • Roll 'em (which ended Season 4 on a high note)
    • Amore Motore (which started Season 5 on a high note)
    • House Painters
    • Surprise!
    • Hats Enough
    • Outta Time
    • Our Homespun Melody
    • Carried Away (which ended Season 5 and the entire classic era on a high note)
    • An Ordinary Date
    • Supermarket Scrabble
    • Houseghosts
    • The Enchanting Hut
    • Duet for Two
    • Birdwatching
    • Bellboys
    • Untold Treasures
    • Once Upon an Apple
    • Game Night
    • The two holiday specials, "Duck the Halls" & "The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular!" were great as well.

Bad Qualities

  1. There are some bad episodes of the series, including:
    • "No Service" (depending on your view, started the series on a mediocre note).
    • "Pandamonium"
    • ”Flipperboobootosis” (depending on your view)
    • "Tapped Out"
    • "Third Wheel" (depending on your view)
    • ”Mickey Monkey”
    • "Workin' Stiff"
    • Al Rojo Vivo
    • "Coned" (depending on your view, started Season 3 on a sour note)
    • "Safari, So Good"
    • No” (depending on your view)
    • Roughin' It
    • ”You, Me, and Fifi”
    • ”School of Fish”
    • "Just the Four of Us" (a torture Donald and Daisy episode)
  2. Some episodes can occasionally treat Mickey unfairly, just like in the first episode. Donald is also usually treated like a punching bag, despite his fiery temper and moments of violent wrath, even having himself get Flanderized during the first 5 seasons to become grouchier and more selfish and mean-spirited than he previously was.
    • Unlike Donald's fellow Warner Bros. counterpart who suffered flanderization in the past in the mid-to-late 1960s Looney Tunes cartoons, at least Donald isn't miscast as a villainous role despite his character Flanderization, and there are certain episodes in the first 5 seasons where Donald still retains his old likable persona.
    • Goofy, while not as bad as Donald's, also suffered Flanderzation (albeit marginally) during the first 5 seasons to become a lot dumber than he previously was.
    • Pete also suffered from Flanderization as he went from trying to steal Minnie from Mickey to being a big belloga who would pick on a fight for no reason.
    • When season 6 began, Donald, Goofy, and Pete redeemed themselves and got their original personalities back (the same cannot be same for Fifi..)
  3. Season 1, while still decent for the most part, is not as good as the other seasons as the humor was a lot cruder and the fact that this season had a starter episode that started things off in a weak way.
  4. There are some plot holes in episodes. For example, the episode "New York Weenie" is about Mickey chasing a hotdog to eat, even though there are ACTUAL PIGS in the episode.
  5. Most of the jokes can be a little inappropriate for kids, such as the crude nudity jokes used in the entirety of "No Service" and some of the out of place gross-out jokes used in certain episodes such as "Third Wheel" and "Flipperboobootosis".

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Reception

The series received mixed to critical acclaim reception from various Mickey Mouse fans, most notably for its faithfulness to its source material (as well as Disney cameos), animation, voice acting, music, writing, and humor. Not only this, but the fans claimed that Walt Disney, Mickey's creator as well as his original voice actor, would be proud of the show, also stating that the series is one of their favorite Mickey Mouse TV adaptations. Just like DuckTales (2017) and ThunderCats, this show also marks a rare time where a reboot TV show is faithful to its source material, unlike Teen Titans Go.

The show has won and has been nominated for several awards and nominations over its years. The show has an 8.1/10 score on IMDb. The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse has been a prime example of spawning a large majority of memes, mainly due to its funny moments. Many funny moments of the show have become several memes in their own separate videos on YouTube, many of which are combined together, which have been known as out-of-context videos, many of which have comments turned on, but some have comments turned off. A praised episode of the show is No Surprise, in which the episode involves Mickey tricking his friends into not giving him a birthday surprise to the point where they make a giant cake. The episode has been praised, most notably for release on November 18, which is Mickey's birthday.

Trivia

  • Minnie's voice actress Russi Taylor died one week after season 5's finale aired. In season 6, she was replaced by Kaitlyn Robrock as the voice of Minnie.
  • While in the first five seasons the episodes, in general, are 3 minutes long, there are 6 episodes in the first five seasons which are seven minutes long. These episodes consists of: Split Decision, Outta Time, Surprise!, Wonders of the Deep, Potatoland, and New Shoes.
    • But since Season 6 (a.k.a The Wonderful World arc), the duration of the episodes, in general, has been extended slightly from 3 minutes long to 7 minutes long.
  • The Houghton brothers Chris and Shane, creators of Big City Greens wrote some episodes for the show.
  • It spawned the "How old is this milk?" meme as the line was in the episode, The Fancy Gentleman.
  • The series developer Paul Rudish voices several recurring, background, and minor characters in the show such as Mickey's scooter in three episodes.
  • The first episode of the Wonderful World arc Cheese Wranglers, premiered on November 18, 2020, Mickey's 90th birthday.
  • As mentioned above, the producers chose Chris Diamantoupolus as the voice of Mickey mainly because they wanted somebody to sound close to Walt Disney's voice of Mickey.
  • It spawned memes over the years.
  • All of the episodes (except for season 6) are now available on YouTube on the official Mickey Mouse channel.
  • The Three Little Pigs and the Bad Wolf, some characters of Silly Symphonies, made appearances in the show, most likely due to their popularity.
  • According to composer Christopher Willis, Mumbai Madness was the hardest episode of the entire series he had to compose.
  • In November 2021, a seventh season (or known as a second season) for The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse was announced to be in development. On January 18, 2022, a trailer was revealed by IGN with the second season's special The Wonderful Winter of Mickey Mouse to be released on February 18 on Disney+. The seventh season will feature three more extended-length specials.

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