Mickey's Rival Returns

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : February 5, 2000

Synopsis

Mickey tries for a relaxing day at the beach and maybe a date with Minnie afterwards, but his day is ruined by the return of Mortimer Mouse, an old rival for Minnie's affection.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Mortimer Mouse

Credits

Television

Mickey Mouse Works: Season 2 - Episode 12
House of Mouse: Season 2 - Episode 6

Technical Specification

Comments

From Patrick Malone : Here was another good one, and a definite tip of the hat to the classic shorts as Mortimer, Mickey's Rival comes back for another shot at Minnie's affections. Mortimer has apparently cleaned up a bit; he looks less rat-like but is still as show-offy as ever. I had a bit of concern at the beginning of the short that they were going to let Mickey's worry about using Minnie as a trophy go unpunished, but they did come back to that in the end. The volleyball gags were pretty clever; I especially like the one where Mickey pops up out of the pile of balls as a 'hidden mickey', then sans ears as the balls rolls off. And notice quickly on the maps that roll by; on one, none of the states' names are correct except for California's. In the other, various foreign countries are named including China, cities such as London, then when he comes back over the states, Oklahoma? Why Oklahoma? It got a little giggle out of me just for the random surrealist of it. And Mortimer? Well, I don't think we've seen the last of him. Very well done, even in comparison with the original.
From Thomas Mulligan : Here's a "voiced similar" fact: Mortimer is voiced similar to former "Saturday Night Live" alumni, Jon Lovitz.
From David Gonterman : For someone who's was around during the era where females were the fairer sex, Minnie has grown quite modern. It's almost too bad that Mortimer put words in poor Mickey's mouth, she would have made both of them eat crow. You know, it would have been very surprising, but just as funny, if we heard a whip, followed by her crackle (Borrowed by "Penn and Pluto's Sin . . ." check that, Minnie Takes Care of Pluto) and we see Mortimer do a flame trail into the horizon. But no. Damage to Minnie: Sexual Harassment. At least Mickey was there to make the save.
From Lee Suggs : The Mickey of the 1930's black and white shorts was always a bit of a scamp. This made him interesting, and fun to watch. Later shorts turned him into a rather bland straight man. "MouseWorks" has often returned him to his 1930's form. This short is an example. When Mickey agrees to play Mortimer to "win" Minnie, its not something a nice Mouse would do. The sight gags, during the game, are great. Lots of use of Mickey's ears, and very impressive volleyball serves. Its engaging that Minnie punishes Mickey for using her as a trophy. The only part of this short that disappoints is the rather forced ending.

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