From classics films such Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the newest film Moana. Animated adventures of Scrooge McDuck, The American Dragon known as Jake Long and Princess Elena of Avalor (just to name a few). Disney has been crafting timeless tales filled with beloved and cherished characters for what seems like forever.
But like everything else, there was to be a start for everything. And in Disney’s case the origins fall back onto the one and only Mickey Mouse.
Since his grand debut back 1928, Mickey has found himself at the heart of countless stories across the decades. From the small screen to the silver screen this famous mouse become an icon.
If Walt Disney had never developed Mickey…well, you can image that things might differ greatly now. Mickey Mouse is the heart of Disney.
And this year specifically has been a good one for Mickey. Back in November he celebrated his eight-eighth birthday. An event that garnered a Fathom event in his honor. And despite being as grand as that was, it looks like more awaits Mickey next year as he stars in a new series, Mickey and the Roadster Racers.
According to the press release, Mickey and the Roadster Racers is set to premiere in simulcast Sunday, January 15 at 9 a.m. EST on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Two more episodes will cross the finish line Monday, Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. on Disney Channel.
The series takes Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald and their unique transforming vehicles on humorous, high-spirited races around the globe — as well as hometown capers in Hot Dog Hills. Off the track, Minnie and Daisy also run their successful Happy Helpers business, solving problems for anyone in need. Aimed at kids 2-7, Mickey and the Roadster Racers is designed to impart social and emotional lessons about friendship, teamworks, optimism and good sportsmanship.
Episodes of the new series will also be available on the Disney Junior app and Disney Junior VOD beginning Jan. 15 and on iTunes Jan. 16. Starting Dec. 25 on the Disney Junior app, kids can unlock daily content including short videos and mini-games via a Hot Dog Hills interactive map counting down to the show’s premiere. A suite of games featuring each “Fabulous Five” character will arrive on the app Jan. 15.
Excitingly, the series will also feature guest stars like NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon in recurring guest star roles as Jiminy Johnson, Danni Sue and Gordon Gear. More special guest voices included in the series are Jay Leno, as announcer Billy Beagle; Tim Gunn (Project Runway) as Robbie Roberts; Gordon Ramsay (MasterChef) as Chef Oxley; Hoda Kotb (The Today Show) as Mrs. Sweetums; Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Dr. Crutchley; Jane Leeves (Frasier) as the Queen of England; Fred Willard (Best in Show) as Mr. Doozy; Hector Elizondo (Last Man Standing) as Grandpa Beagle; Tony Shalhoub (Monk) as Luigi; Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates) as Emmy Lou; Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World) as Antie Olina; and comedian Patton Oswalt as Mr. McSnorter.
Mickey and the Roadster Racers will then premiere internationally throughout 2017.
Join the conversation: What do you think of this next chapter for Mickey and friends?