This was an older article, but a year and a half later, it's much of the same info we face today. I'm mostly not a fan of how the company has handled the Mouse or what their long term plans are. If anything, I feel they are "playing it safe" by not coming up with new shorts.
The best and only great thing they have done with Mickey in the last few years in the Wii game, "Epic Mickey." I stand by many here when I say they need to do more with that. I'm not just talking another game, but bring that version of the character to tv or even better, the movies. How cool would an "Epic Mickey" film be?
As for "Clubhouse," it is to Mickey what Elmo is to "Sesame Street." It has taken Mickey from Corporate Logo status to 1-4 year old fan icon status. I'm not going to say winning that age group isn't a good thing, but Mickey needs to appeal to the masses, from new born babies to 99 year-olds. Putting more stock into this early childhood show then other avenues isn't the way to do that. Plus, CG Mickey make me want to vomit.
As of this "Have-a-Laugh" thing,w hat an insult! Forget purist for a moment, these shorts are saying that modern Disney Chanel audiences are to restricted by things like ADHD to invest in a more story appropriate 6 to 7 minute cartoon. Plus, they just come off as lazy. Instead of taking the time to craft new stories, even at 3 to 4 minutes, they just hack the death out of shorts that much more creative minds came up with years ago and feed that to the masses. Not cool, and it tarnishes both Mickey and Disney.
I know what you mean. It's okay that they're not doing new classic shorts right now, they just need (Yes I'm going to say it, i'm sorry) to make a new hand drawn series of Mickey Mouse and friends. Mickey Mouse is not for preschoolers. He's for everybody. I mean, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a cute show, but come on Disney! Stop being a pansy. I wrote a letter to Disney about this, but they didn't send me back and they're making me suffer of my anxiety. Why can't Mickey Mouse Clubhouse end their run already? Oh wait, don't tell me, it's because those meddling preschoolers!