The 16th installment in the DisneyShorts series is Tapped Out, in which Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy go to a wrestling match, and Mickey’s machismo earns him a spot in the ring.
After bragging to his friends about how he’d like to take on the bully, Mickey finds himself the reluctant challenger to a wrestling champion, a character designed after Pegleg Pete, but bearing striking resemblance to a couple WWF stars from the early ’90s.
To date, Tapped Out is the farthest removed from classic Mickey Mouse shorts in terms of style and content. In his early days, Mickey Mouse was a mischievous rascal who would get himself in trouble and learn a lesson. When sidekick Donald Duck took over some of Mickey’s bad habits in later years, Mickey became the lovable straight man, setting up the gags for the other guys. In this new short, Mickey Mouse goes from obnoxious braggart, to coward, and back again. Set against a background of John K-inspired artwork, this cartoon will definitely appeal to a crowd that has never needed me as a member.
The highlight here is Donald Duck, who plays true to character and has a couple great moments as a result of his usual self-serving nature.
I don’t have much else to say about Tapped Out. It’s my least favorite of the modern Mickey Mouse shorts to date, and that’s especially disappointing on the heels of Sleepwalkin’. You can watch the short below and tell me if you agree.
What are your thoughts on Tapped Out and the other modern Mickey cartoons? Am I being too nostalgic, or do you agree? Is this new Mickey the wave of the future or a flash in the pan?