|Mickey Mouse has come a long way since his days of having only four fingers, black buttons for eyes, and that unmistakable falsetto. Since his debut in 1928's Steamboat Willie, Mickey has been entertaining audiences and proving that he is the mightiest mouse of them all.
Disney’s Mickey MouseWorks was conceived as an attempt to recreate the golden age of Disney's animated shorts, featuring some of Disney’s most popular characters-Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, and others. By using basic colors and the original sound effects, tremendous effort was put forth to capture the look and feel of classic Disney.
Each half-hour episode consisted of a variety of cartoons, varying in length from ninety seconds to twelve minutes. These shorts fell into three general types: the brief “Gag Cartoons,” the longer “Character Cartoons,” and the more classically-based “Mouse Tales” (usually the show’s longest segment). The "Character Cartoon" segments also included a “Silly Symphony,” carrying on the long-standing Disney tradition of setting a dialogue-free animated short to classical music (a la Fantasia).
With no established schedule or routine, Mickey MouseWorks was designed to look like one spontaneous flow. Adding to that feeling were the show’s opening credits, which ended differently each week, the only constant being an elaborate interruption from a spotlight-stealing Donald Duck.
In addition to the more world-famous faces, Mickey MouseWorks also included a large cast of supporting characters like Chip n’ Dale, Pete, Ludwig Von Drake, and Donald’s nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Many of these characters had starred in relatively recent Disney series like DuckTales and Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers, but for the Mouse himself, this was the first major role in quite some time. Mickey handled it like the old pro he's always been, giving a new generation of kids a weekly reason to go "mad about the mouse."