Mickey Mouse and friends are back and they have accidentally destroyed the spot where the summer spectacular fireworks show is supposed to take place in the latest Disney+ Original special, “The Wonderful Summer of Mickey Mouse.” As the mayor questions the five friends, each of them recaps their day and what led them to the area. After realizing they are all a little bit responsible for the destruction of the fireworks spectacular stage, the gang works together to provide a spectacular event for their friends and neighbors.
This is my least favorite of the three seasonal specials connected to “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse,” so far. While I really enjoyed the Winter and Spring specials, the Summer special left a lot to be desired for me. I would’ve preferred a few stories of what they did for the summer rather than each of the group of friends recapping what they did that day. From a narrative standpoint it worked, but I would’ve liked more.
While this is the weakest of these seasonal specials for me, it’s still good. The animation, with the exception of Goofy, is still amazing. The story does work. There are some great moments like when Donald destroys Daisy’s car with his helicopter, Daisy celebrating being on time despite the fact the stage is destroyed, and Goofy being excited to tell the mayor how he was involved in the stage’s destruction. It being the weakest, at least to me, really speaks to the strength of these shorts and specials. They are good and even the weakest of them delivers something.
I’m still looking forward to the special focusing on Autumn. I would like to see more than four of these a year, but I agree that switching it away from the 10 shorts, 2 per week, format of the first season was an improvement. Maybe it should be a monthly series with 30 minute episodes. I like what I’ve seen and I can’t wait to see more Mickey Mouse.
Ranking: 2.5 stars
What did you think of “The Wonderful Summer of Mickey Mouse?”