A new series of 2D cartoon shorts featuring everyone’s favorite mouse debuts today on the Disney Channel. Simply called Mickey Mouse, the shorts air this weekend with three new cartoons, and continue with Friday premieres starting July 5.
The cartoons draw their inspiration from the 1930’s-era Mickey Mouse cartoons, but have their own contemporary touches. The characters’ designs featured a “rubber hose” style for exaggerated animation, and the background designs reflect the style from the 1950s and 1960s. And keep your eyes open for some magical touches – animators have included the occasional homage to other Disney icons in the cartoon shorts.
In the cartoons, Mickey finds himself in funny situations that showcase his charm, good heartedness, and pluck. The series puts Mickey in a different modern setting including New York, Paris, Santa Monica, Beijing, Tokyo, Venice, and the Alps where he’ll face a silly situation, a complication, and many physical and visual gags. He also has heroic moments as Mickey experiences life with his trusted pals Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto, and gal-pal Minnie Mouse.
Friday’s premiere episode called Yodelberg finds Mickey wanting to visit Minnie at her mountaintop chalet, but he realizes there’s an avalanche threat which makes his trek up the mountain more dangerous than normal. Saturday’s episode is called New York Weenie features Mickey and Minnie buying hot dogs that take them on a chase through Central Park. Upcoming episodes include Tokyo Go and Stayin’ Cool.
The first cartoon short – Yodelberg – airs tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.