Mickey and friends experience Spring through the lens of a nature documentary in the “The Wonderful Spring of Mickey Mouse.” This is the second in a series of shorts based on the seasons from the creators of “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.” Keith David narrates three shorts. In the first, Mickey and his friends are flowers who are trying to get enough sun to grow. In the second, Mickey and Minnie are using their love to grow flowers, but Goofy ends up being allergic to one and it causes mayhem. And, in the third, it’s Spring-cleaning day and Mickey is refusing to throw anything away.
My favorite of these was the final one. I know too many people who refuse to throw things away for a variety of reasons. It made complete sense that Mickey needed to clean his apartment but didn’t want to get rid of anything. Plus, the disgusting, rancid churro taking over everything and forcing Mickey to finally throw it away leading to him being able to clean is a nice touch.
My least favorite was probably the one where the Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy are all flowers. That one was still funny with Dopey serving as the sun, Mickey Mouse shaped clouds serving as a drum set, and the flowers finally blooming leading to a big flower concert. I enjoyed it and it was my least favorite.
In the middle was the allergy short. Watching Goofy being unable to control his sneezing and causing mayhem all over the place was great. It led to destruction everywhere except Mickey and Minnie’s yard. The pair then decide to grow a giant flower and cause the entire planet to sneeze getting rid of all the destruction from Goofy’s allergies. It’s a wild adventure.
I also loved the many references to the Disney parks sprinkled throughout this special. The churro in the third short is obvious. But there’s also a People Mover car, a snowglobe, a Main Street Electrical Parade bug, a clock and boat from the original Tomorrowland, items from the Museum of the Weird, plush toys and a reference to 1980s EPCOT and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
And there were cameos galore that brought in other Disney properties. You can see figurines of Baby Yoda and R2-D2; Kermit the Frog; Mrs. Potts, Chip and Lumiere. Alice and the Magic Mirror make an appearance. The chimney sweeps from Mary Poppins are singing. The Black Cauldron, Mary Poppins’ umbrella and carpet bag, Pooh’s hunny jars, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit toys, the Enchanted Rose and Jafar’s snake staff all appear. And we get to see some Mickeys from past specials; including “The Prince and the Pauper,” “Yodelberg,” and “The Brave Little Tailor.”
This is one of my favorite Mickey Mouse animated specials in a long time. I couldn’t stop smiling seeing all the callbacks. I enjoyed Mickey being exactly as we expect Mickey to be. I love seeing Goofy, Donald and Daisy. This is fun and a great way for a new generation 0f Disney fans to enjoy the mouse that started it all.
Ranking 5 stars out of 5
What did you think of “The Wonderful Spring of Mickey Mouse?”