Mickey's Mixed Nuts

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : February 26, 2000

Synopsis

After accidentally eating the last of Minnie's bag of nuts (which she had planned to use in her famous nut stuffing), Mickey has to fight Chip 'n' Dale for the last bag at the supermarket.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Goofy
Donald Duck
Daisy Duck
Chip 'n' Dale

Credits

Director
Rick Schneider
Mike Moon
Story
Brian Swenlin
Story Editor
Thomas Hart

Television

Mickey Mouse Works: Season 2 - Episode 15
House of Mouse: Season 3 - Episode 18

Technical Specification

Comments

From Patrick Malone : This is the first time that Mickey has ever been matched against Chip 'n' Dale, and the match-up works excellently. They were traditionally matched against Donald, but then it seemed like it was just Donald's temper they were going up against. Here, it's more of an intelligence battle as each tries to outsmart the other. Mickey has to fight the chipmunks for the last bag of nuts in the supermarket (note where the bag is located : "Aisle B - Nuts.") The chase that ensues is hilarious, and episodes like this seems to be where the strengths of this show lies, as evidenced also in a previous entry Survival of the Woodchucks" (see also the later short, Mickey's Mountain.) (I also liked the inclusion of the Mickey Mouse nutcracker; another reference to an earlier short.)
From J. D. Weil : Chip 'n Dale share the spotlight with Mickey in this one. This is the first time that the Mouse has been paired directly with the chipmunks and it is pretty funny (especially when we cut to the chase). In this short Mickey goes to the the supermarket to buy a fresh bag of nuts for Minnie (it seems he ate all of hers) and he tries to get the last bag of nuts on the shelf. I say tries because Chip 'n Dale are also there with the same idea. (It seems that they are also out nuts because Dale mistakenly stored up golf balls instead.) What follows is one for the books. I kind of wonder what this cartoon would be like if the chips traditional antagonist Donald had been in it, but this film didn't give me time enough to think which is what it should be.
From Juan F. Lara : Chip 'n' Dale went up against Mickey Mouse instead of Donald Duck. But Mickey didn't blow his stack as Donald would, or try to hurt the 'munks. So the tone of the short was more like a competition between equals rather than heckler vs. villain. Mickey did get beat up in a couple of scenes. But the more entertaining scenes were the ones of Mickey trying to hold his own against whatever the 'munks dished out at him. Like in that scene where the 'munks flung Mickey through that aisle of eggs and meats, and the scene where Mickey had to dodge the 'munks obstacles to get to the cash register. The fun was in seeing if Mickey could withstand the 'munks schemes as much as seeing if Chip 'n' Dale could outwit him.

DYN: Set in Christmastime, this short had many references to the Nutcracker short. Mickey had his own Mickey Mouse nutcracker, and the soundtrack featured a lot of nutcracker suite music as well as other Christmas tunes. The holiday references made the short more attention grabbing, and more fun to watch.


From David Gonterman : This makes me week every time I think of it for recording this episode on a poor quality tape. (WAAAAGH!) This is where Mickey really goes back to his roots, where he was a less controllable and more precocious - like when he was during the times when cartoons were still being done in black and white. If you have a chance to see one of them, do so. He even cracks a joke at a certain long-standing rumor by getting himself frozen!
From Thomas Mulligan : It's great! It's brilliant! It's passionate! It's energetic! Do you know what I'm saying? It's all "Disney Dyn-o-mite!" But' why does Tress McNeille keep using her helium-pitched voice as Chip and Dale?
From Lee Suggs : This is one of the best shorts in the series. Mickey eats all of Minnie's nuts using his nifty classic Mickey nutcracker. Minnie then orders him to buy more so she can make her famous nut dressing. When he goes to the supermarket he picks up two stowaways. It seems Dale collected golf balls instead of nuts. So he and Chip hitch along with Mickey to buy their own bag of nuts. Of course, it works out there is only one bag of nuts left. Mickey picks it up, the monks grab it from him, and the fun begins. What follows is a truly wonderful series of gags with the nuts switching possession over and over. Mickey has a real competitive edge here, and won't be beaten by the monks. He finally buys the nuts, only to be surprised by the monks in the end. I really enjoyed seeing Mickey in a highly aggressive mode, but still true to his character. This short is an example of what can be done to make Mickey a modern popular cartoon character.
From J Pox : This is one of my favorite "modern" television shorts. Mickey in a battle of wits with Chip 'n Dale, who's going to win? My favorite scene is where Mickey is trying to escape with the bag of nuts, but his tail is tied with a piece of string cheese. He looks up in time to see a giant cooler falling towards him, goes into a great take and is squashed. The door opens revealing a frozen Mickey in a running pose as Chip 'n Dale snatch the last bag of nuts. Great bunch of gags in this one!
From Grace Yang : This short is hilarious and it's perfect for the holidays. In most previous Disney shorts, Chip and Dale battle against Donald, but in this short with a little twist to it, it's Mickey vs Chip and Dale. I find the short really funny because from the beginning to the end, you feel like that you are lying on the floor laughing. I highly recommend it for the holidays!