Are you a fan of Mickey Mouse? If you are reading this blog, I will go ahead and assume that you are. This past week Disney announced a new website and mobile app featuring both new and classic Mickey Mouse shorts.
Both the app and the website are nicely laid out and are easy to navigate. New shorts are prominently featured, or you can browse by selecting from the featured characters (Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, Daisy and Goofy) to see videos featuring that character. The one complaint I do have about the app on the iPhone is that it is a little to easy to accidentally play a video while scrolling through the list.
The new shorts are currently being released weekly, first on the Disney Channel, then on the website and in the app. The cartoons draw their inspiration from the more slapstick and zany era of the early Mickey Mouse cartoons, while taking place in modern settings. I particularly enjoyed New York Weenie, which takes place in Central Park in New York City (where I happen to live), and Croissant de Triomphe, which takes place in Paris (where I recently spent my Honeymoon). Croissant is entirely in French, although even if you do not speak the language, you will likely be able to understand the story.
Some of the classic Mickey cartoons are included as well, such as Mickey and the Seal, On Ice, and Mickey’s Trailer. I must have watched Mickey and the Seal hundreds of times as a child, including while sitting in the lobby of a Disney resort waiting for my parents to check in. Okay, and this past year while standing in the lobby checking myself in.
I am really happy to see the Mickey Mouse cartoons getting featured again. If you have an iOS device, it really is worth downloading this app, especially since it is free. Everyone else can check out the website to get the same content, as well as some flash games based on the new shorts. Enjoy!