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

  1. First I want to say I love you (as a Disney fanatic). You are the epitome of a Disney fan. I love your stamina, story telling, energy, sense of humor,tips, etc. You seem to be the person any fan would love to go to the park with. keep it going! Love your videos.
    To answer your question, I have disliked the new characters since the first time I saw them.

  2. I hate the new look too. It looks lazy and sloppy. The mouth winds me up too. Are the animators just too lazy now? Disney stopped doing hand drawn films which I prefer to CGI.

  3. I do not like the “new” Mickey either. They look unkept, like bums, like they are hobos. Then our kids are to watch these and yet dress appropriately. I don’t see anything good coming from this, shall I say “grunge style”!

  4. I agree with you. I hate the new designs for Mickey and the others. It looks too Nickelodeon for me. And the characters look like they would stink and should have flies buzzing around them.

  5. I agree the “new” gang is not what we are used to BUT, with the writing and scripting of the stories, the characters fit perfectly with it. These new cartoons aren’t exactly the typical antics Mickey and pals have portrayed in the past, so the rough styling with the new Mickey team seem to fit the edgy story lines which at times are borderline inappropriate for the little ones.

  6. I don’t like the tone or content of the new cartoons. I feel like I’m watching a Ren and Stimpy knockoff (and I liked R&S). Also, Mickey is obnoxious. To me the characters have lost what made them famous. I refuse to watch them and really don’t let my kids watch them either.

  7. I am right there with you!!! Absolutely do not like the new animation style. Also don’t like the new shorts!! they are so spastic and violent. There was a marathon on one of our cable channels, and I couldn’t even stand to sit through 5 minutes. Bring bag the CLASSIC Fab 5!!!

  8. I’m definitely not a fan of this style either. Even my 11 yr old asked me what was wrong with them because they don’t look anything like the previous styles. I have to just say ick!

  9. Couldn’t agree more. I would’ve really enjoyed a reboot of the old cartoons with a throwback animation style if it felt more old-school Disney. I enjoy a few jokes that might be over the kids’ heads, that’s always been fun in cartoons. But it doesn’t have to be all gritty and dark. That seems soooooo off-brand for Disney.

  10. Totally agree! There is no warmth to them and the Ren and Stimpy comparison is the first thing I thought of. Are they going to try to make the characters walking around WDW look more like them now? I am so turned off to them!

  11. Let’s agree to disagree, I love this new style of animation which fits the tone and humor very well. I haven’t watched a disney cartoon in decades and now I’m watching it with my daughter who is 10. She loves it too! We talk about and reenact scenes and movements the characters make in the cartoon. It was a pleasant surprise for me but I get why it’s not for everyone. All cartoons are exaggerated, these are just exaggerated a bit more which I’m a fan of.

  12. I totally agree with you! Why do they have them looking like they are in drugs or drunk? Why mess with what Walt Disney created? This doesn’t make sense! I don’t like it! By the way I love all your videos!

  13. I hate them too. They are very close to being scary looking. My grandson runs when Goofy is on & says No! Please go back to the sweet looking characters we all love! Where is that petition?

  14. I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds these designs off-putting. It’s like a cheap, Flash-animated Cartoon Network short, and I especially dislike the short, jerky motions that they (and most modern animation really) have. I saw the ridethrough of Runaway Railway, and while it does look like a cute, family-friendly ride, I don’t really like that 2 1/2D approach. It reminds me more of the more generic dark rides you see at other amusement parks. I’d hate to see Disney start relying more heavily on things like this, than on the full-sized animatronics they popularized.

  15. I can’t agree, Molly. I LOVE every bit of it. They look like Mickey and the gang should have always looked, IMO. In fact, they have actually made me enjoy Mickey for the first time in my 55 years. I would buy EVERYTHING merch related to this Mickey, Minnie, Donald , or Goofy. Love them.

  16. I despise the style of these shorts, and I am disappointed in Disney for making the very first Mickey Mouse attraction using these monstrosities.
    I am loathe to say something like “Walt would not have approved,” but in this case, I will say it.

    #notmymickey

  17. I’m with you! People will like the new ride because, well … it’s NEW. And it’s at WDW. But I HATE the characters’ new look. Hate it. I really want to protest by not riding but I know that would never have an impact (and then, depression set in!)

  18. Unlike everyone else here (who either love the Mickey shorts or hate them), I’m neither of those. I have a very mixed opinion. Some of the shorts can be pretty funny, and I love all the Disney references and callbacks. You can tell they have fun producing these shorts and coming up with such off-the-wall ideas. On the other hand, it doesn’t really feel like Mickey Mouse. The “Ren and Stimpy” comparison is pretty accurate with its ugly art style, and a lot of the characters look stoned out of their mind. The shorts can get very weird, especially “Ghoul Friend” and “Stayin’ Cool” which are way too creepy and deranged. I wonder what Walt Disney would think of these shorts if he saw them.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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 look..as 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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 !!!!

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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!!!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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?

  39. 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!