Mickey and his friends experience spring through the lens of a nature documentary in “Mickey Mouse’s Wonderful Spring.” This is the second in a series of shorts based on the creators’ seasons of “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.” Keith David narrates three short films. In the first, Mickey and his friends are flowers trying to get enough sunlight to grow. In the second, Mickey and Minnie use their love to grow flowers, but Goofy ends up being allergic to one and it causes chaos. And, in the third, it’s spring cleaning day and Mickey refuses to throw anything away.
My favorite was the last. I know too many people who refuse to throw things away for various reasons. It made perfect 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, allowing him to clean up is a nice touch.
My least favorite was probably the one where Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy are all flowers. This one was still funny with Dopey serving as the sun, Mickey Mouse-shaped clouds serving as the drums, and the flowers eventually blooming leading to a big flower concert. I liked it and that’s what I liked least.
In the middle was the allergy short. Seeing Goofy unable to control his sneezes and wreaking havoc everywhere was awesome. This led to destruction everywhere except Mickey and Minnie’s garden. The pair then decide to grow a giant flower and make the whole planet sneeze by getting rid of all the destruction of Goofy’s allergies. It’s a wild adventure.
I also loved the many Disney park references sprinkled throughout this special. The churro in the third short is obvious. But there’s also a People Mover car, a snow globe, a Main Street Electrical Parade bug, a clock and ship from the original Tomorrowland, artifacts from the Museum of the Weird, plush toys, and a reference to EPCOT from the 1960s. 1980 and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
And there were cameos galore that brought in other Disney properties. You can see Baby Yoda and R2-D2 figures; Kermit the Frog; Mrs. Potts, Chip and Light. Alice and the magic mirror appear. Mary Poppins chimney sweeps sing. Mary Poppins’ Black Cauldron, Umbrella and Carpet Bag, Pooh’s Honey Jars, Oswald’s Toys the Lucky Rabbit, Enchanted Rose and Jafar’s Snake Staff all appear. And we see Mickeys from past promotions; including “The Prince and the Pauper”, “Yodelberg” and “The Brave Little Tailor”.
This has been one of my favorite Mickey Mouse animated specials for a long time. I couldn’t stop smiling seeing all the reminders. I appreciated that Mickey was exactly as we expect Mickey to be. I love seeing Goofy, Donald and Daisy. It’s fun and a great way for a new generation of Disney fans to enjoy the mouse that started it all.
5 out of 5 star rating
What did you think of “Mickey Mouse’s Wonderful Springtime?”