8 July 2011 | mjnorcross
A good show for preschoolers, but a pretty odd way to introduce newer generations of kids to Mickey Mouse
They don't call Disney the "Mouse House" for nothing. There's no question that Mickey Mouse is the king of the classic Disney cartoon characters. He's iconic, memorable, and almost every Disney fan and cartoon fan in general knows his name. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is perhaps the latest show to have him as a star, and for some bizarre reason, they decided to create a show aimed at preschoolers.
The show follows the same interactive formula used in two Nick Jr. shows, Blues Clues & Dora the Explorer. The main character interacts with the viewer and asks him/her for help on a certain something. In addition to Mickey's familiar pals like Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, there are some elements that are exclusive to the show such as the clubhouse itself, a floating mouse-eared device named "Toodles", and the "Mousketools" the device usually carries. There are some bright sides to the show. It teaches children creative skills and problem solving, and that is a very important thing to teach to children nowadays, because there is no creativity when it comes to television for kids and tweens.
This was an odd route Disney chose to reintroduce their mascot to new generations of kids. With the character's track record of being on shows such as Mickey Mouse Works and House of Mouse, Mickey's no stranger to television. But, an interactive "edutainment" show for preschoolers does not seem like a very good fit for him. I don't think rendering the characters into 3D CGI was the best idea either, but the show sure did work. I know someone whose daughter watches the show and now also watches the original Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts by Walt Disney himself because of it.