Mickey is a loving fish owner who can’t let his fish enjoy his first day of school in the latest episode of “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.” In this 8-minute short, titled “School of Fish,” Mickey’s pet fish Gubbles is headed to his first day of school. But, once Mickey remembers how traumatic his first day of school was, he insists on following Gubbles to school to over see his day. This creates problems for Gubbles with the other fish at school until Mickey slips into a yard with a bulldog fish and Gubbles must protect Mickey, making him popular amongst the other fish.
This is your typical father can’t let go of child story. They aren’t exactly breaking new ground with the plotlines, but in this 8-minute short format, it works really well. Mickey is truly funny here as he tries to oversee everything Gubbles does. You can feel the embarrassment of Gubbles as Mickey tells him he loves him, makes a heart on the window and won’t let Gubbles out of his sight. How many of us have been in situations where our parents embarrassed us just by showing us how much they love us? How many parents have accidentally embarrassed their kids just by trying to show them love? It’s relatable and it works.
I do wish there were more of the core group of Mickey and friends seen here in this episode. Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pete all show up in Mickey’s dream sequence. Maybe one of them could’ve had a different type of fish as a pet that was also going to school so we could’ve seen more interaction. My personal pick for this short would’ve been Pete. He could’ve even raised a fish that served as either a bully or an unlikely friend for Gubbles. But, this short needed a little something more. I know I’ve been critical of Goofy’s animation, but even more of his presence would’ve helped, even if he wouldn’t have been my choice.
This has been my least favorite of the episodes so far, and I still really liked it. There’s something special in this series of short that I, genuinely, love. I’m excited to see what the rest of this season has to offer.
Series: 3.5 stars out of 5
Episode: 3 stars out of 5
What did you think of this episode of “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse?”