Mickey and Minnie attend a magic show that inspires Mickey to try his own hand at being a magician in “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” short; “Disappearing Act.” After Mickey’s first attempt at magic fails, he buys a wand from the magician. Then, he attempts magic again and appears to turn Minnie into a rabbit. Chaos ensues as Mickey tries to chase down Minnie to turn her back to a mouse before learning the magic has been inside him all along and destroying the wand before everything returns to normal.
While I completely understand the use of magic in this short given the magic many feel attending Disney parks and watching Disney movies, the overall magic is missing from this short. Mickey always has that wide-eyed innocence of a child that has appealed for many generations; most of whom haven’t seen the early days of Mickey in the 20s, 30s, and 40s where he could be a bit rough and tough. But, beyond that, this one just doesn’t work in its efforts to appeal to an older audience. It’s a very similar plot to an episode of “Mickey and the Roadster Racers” my son has watched more times than I can count on Disney Jr. But, in that one, it’s funny watching Mickey, Goofy and Donald try to chase down a rabbit that Goofy thinks is really a famous race car driver. In this one, it’s not that funny to watch Mickey chase a rabbit Minnie down to turn her back into a mouse. It’s kind of meh.
While I’m certainly down on the plot of this story, I like the message that the magic has always been inside of Mickey. I also like the throwback to classic Disney music. That’s what this series needs to do. While the magic has always been inside is an easily recycled message, it doesn’t make it any less true and we are talking about a series of Mickey Mouse shorts that is meant to appeal to kids slightly older than the Disney Jr. audience. It’s got its place and this series is the place for that message. Still, we also need to throw back to older music to tie the entire Disney universe together. I wouldn’t mind seeing some older characters such as Pinocchio or Dumbo worked into an episode. It would be a nice tie in to the past.
I’ve really enjoyed this series and I like its potential moving forward. While I believe this selection of shorts has had more misses than the first 10 episodes released on Disney+, its hits have still been wonderful and there’s a bright future going forward for this series and Mickey Mouse.
Episode: 2 stars out of 5
Series: 3.5 stars out of 5
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