Confessions From a Disney Fanatic: I HATE the New Mickey Mouse Cartoons!

Hello, my name is Molly, and I am a certified Disney Fanatic! I came home to a Minnie Mouse nursery, I begged my parents to take me to Disney World every chance I got, and I somehow managed to make my Disney obsession my career by running around Disney World and talking to my phone like a crazy person.

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Normally I am very gung ho about (almost) all things Disney. I am the first in line to see a new Pixar film, I cry every time I see fireworks, and I STILL go see characters as a grown human.

Farmer Mickey at Garden Grill

I say all this to establish my credibility as a Disney Fanatic. I say all this so you’ll take my next statement VERY seriously:

I HATE  the new Mickey Mouse cartoons.

To be clear, I mean the style of drawing — not the cartoons or plots themselves.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Let me refresh your memory (or shine a light on this new “Mickey Mouse.”)

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Why are his eyes like that — long oval eyes with small, slanted pupils? Why is he so skinny, but his pants are so big? How are they staying up?! WHO IS THIS? That is certainly not my Mickey Mouse.

They didn’t just do this to Mickey — check out Donald.

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I agree Donald — NOPE. It’s honestly hard to put into words why I don’t like them so I reached out to a few other AllEars Team members who I know share my sentiments. Words like “disproportionate” “bad style choices” and “Ren and Stimpy” came up.

Unfortunately, our dear friend Goofy got the brunt of it.

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I can’t.

His arms and legs are SO skinny! With weird hairs poking off them? His eyes are bugged out and off-color. Has he slept in the last decade? And where are his pants?! He’s not Donald!

Goofy is a successful single dad who put his son through college. He should have more self-respect than this!

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There, that’s better. Do you see what I mean now that you see this version of the trio?

I know animation styles changes over time; Mickey and the gang have had quite a few variations over the last 90 years. But there is something about this latest version that feels cheap? Too angular? Less cuddly?

Whatever the reason, we aren’t fans. And TBH, it makes us a little nervous about Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, which will heavily feature this new style of the gang. (But this ride promises to be like nothing we’ve ever seen before so it will likely be amazing. Maybe that will help these characters grow on us?)

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Concept Art

At the end of the day, we will always love Mickey, Goofy, and Donald. We just love them a little more when they look like themselves.

What do you think? Do you like this new style of Mickey and the gang? Or are you not fans? Let us know in the comments!


Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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31 Replies to “Confessions From a Disney Fanatic: I HATE the New Mickey Mouse Cartoons!”

  1. Right! The Ren & Stimpy style is just part of it. Mickey has some major anger issues in these shorts. You were spot on with Goofy, he looks like a homeless drug addict.

  2. I completely agree. The new look is pathetic. As a Mickey fan for over 60 years I’m ready to sign a petition to bring back the characters that we’ve grown to know and love. Sign me up!

  3. I’m going to go against the echo chamber in the comment section and say, no I don’t agree. The style of the characters reflect the comedic tone of the cartoons perfectly. It’s a tribute to the rubber hose style, makes great use of the principals of animation such as squash and stretch, and is great form of 2D animation. People claiming “Ren and Stimpy” and nothing else makes me wonder if they bothered to watch the shorts (or even ren and stimpy) considering the later cartoon is geared to gross out humor. I can understand why this may be not someone’s cup of tea, but its certainly a disservice to dismiss the effort and creativity behind these shorts.

  4. When I first saw these, I thought they were some sort of joke. The comparison to Ren and Stimpy is so perfect! I liked Ren and Stimpy for what it was, but it has NO place in Disney animation! I’m a long time fan of Mickey’s pie-eyed look, but even that can’t save these Fab 5 abominations! I absolutely hate all the ways that Disney is taking the magic and the individual character out of so many facets of what makes Disney, Disney. From removing so much personality from WDW Resort rooms (all the white is so darn boring, I miss the comforters and stuff that were specific to each resort) to putting out cartoons that have far worse quality than the Saturday morning cartoons I grew up with, it all would have broken Walt’s heart. And don’t get me started on welcoming the Simpsons to the Disney family. Like Ren and Stimpy, I liked the Simpson’s for what they were/are, but I pray that the day I see Bart and Homer walking around Magic Kingdom or Hollywood Studios never comes. I mean, I like bloody horror movies too, but I don’t want to see them in the most magical place on earth!

  5. I CAN’T DO IT!!! IT’S LIKE REN AND STIMPY CARTOONS!!! Now they are using these versions to make a ride in Toontown!!! WTF!!!! I love Mickey and the Roadster Racers…even as an adult! That’s the Fab 5 and friends that I LOVE!

  6. I thought I was alone…I am a huge Mickey fan and just hate the way he looks now…I know he has changed through the years but I absolutely hate the way his shorts if they are 4 sizes too big…I am not a fan of the new style and wonder if the classic look is better with Mickey and Coca Cola!

  7. New management doesn’t care what Walt would think. They care more about money and less than what Disney stands for.

    Goofy looks like a meth addict.

  8. I completely agree! I can barely stand to watch this style of animation – it looks cheap and unfinished. It’s bad enough that they removed The Great Movie Ride with its authenticity, film history and actual connection to Walt Disney, but to replace it with this! Appalling.

  9. OMG !! I SO AGREE !!! Why does Mickey look like that ! I will ride once to see what replaced the Awesome Great Movie Ride – but I will not purchase anything that has that imitation Mickey on it !!!!

  10. Don’t disagree. But Of all of the pathetic changes to DL & WDW in recent years and this is the only thing you use the word “hate” on. I could fill a book on the things I now hate about Disney.

  11. Walt made his creations with such care and precision. to run so seamlessly that it looked real. What would the rain in Bambi look like in this style. This style is BAD, CHEAP and totally against what Walt would do.

  12. Totally agree!!! They have an anime look about them. They don’t appear as warm and friendly as their original counterparts. Just too harsh for my taste!

  13. I completely agree! I hate this new look and am so sad to see them this way. I hope they don’t feature them like this too much but am also worried about the new ride having them looking like that

  14. I agree that these Mickey figures and the cartoons they star in are alarming. Jolting. They are campy and outrageous. Just the way they were intended to be! Have you watched the cartoons? They are crazy! Some are hilarious! Have you seen the one where Minnie watches Pluto while Mickey goes out of town? She overfeeds Pluto and he becomes ginormous! These cartoons, I believe, are seen all over the world. Disney went for a universal funny crazy theme, easily understood by everyone. These are not the usual situations the Gang of Five gets themselves into! So the artists made them different looking maybe? Just my opinion, I could be wrong! Watch a few episodes, they might grow on you!

  15. Sadly, they’re trying to make them hip and cool or something, and it falls a little flat. Not sure why they couldn’t have just given Mickey a little tweak to update him, not withhold meals from him.

  16. Couldn’t agree more!!! Get rid of the scary, nasty Ren and Stimpy drawings! Bring back what Mickey is suppose to look like! Lovable, sweet, cute Mickey. So glad to hear we are not alone.

  17. I HATE HATE HATE the new look!!! My child works at WDW and says the same thing!! These dont seem like the loveable characters and the ones Walt would have approved of. WHY and who made the decision to do this to such beloved characters!!!

  18. Walt would have put a stop to these figures because he knew how we and he loved
    the original characters. I hope when the attraction begins people will make a fuss and it will be changed.

  19. Glad to hear I’m not alone on this. I absolutely hate the way they are currently drawn. It feels like cheap nickelodeon 90’s cartoons than Disney.

  20. I too dislike the anorexic-looking figures. (No offense intended). There is something just sooo wrong with these caricatures. They dont have the Mickey/Minnie/Goofy/Donald/Daisy styles and bodies we all love. Could you really cuddle up to stick figure?

  21. I’m so glad I’m not alone in this. As much as I loved Ren and Stimpy, I don’t feel like that style fits with Mickey and the gang. I also hate the way they have chosen to draw these characters and was surprised I didn’t hear much negative feedback about it. That being said, I am looking forward to Runaway Railway!

    1. Hmmmm… A different opinion here. My family absolutely LOVES the new mickey cartoons — We saw them for the first time while on property one year. We think they are so clever, hilarious and enjoy the artwork and aesthetic — I do see/recognize what the author/article are pointing out.

      Particularly love the episode where Mickey loses his ears and the episode is ‘silent’ while his ears are missing!