Vroom Vroom!!! Engines ready for Mickey and the Roadster Racers! I was excited about the name of the show. Having a mega huge car aficionado at home I couldn’t watch the program fast enough! Mickey and the Roadster Racers is definitely a program to look forward to. It brings with it all values and fun we have come to expect from Mickey and his gang in The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse infused with great adventure mixed in with great STEM curiosity. After we became the first crowd to watch two episodes of the newest show for the Disney Junior Channel, we sat down to talk about it with its executive producers Mark Seidenberg and Rob Laduca.
About Mickey and the Roadster Racers
Disney Junior’s animated “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” a madcap car-racing adventure series for preschoolers led by Disney’s No. 1 star, Mickey Mouse, and his pals Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald, will make its television debut in a simulcast SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 (9:00 and 9:25 a.m. EST), on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Two more episodes will premiere MONDAY, JANUARY 16 (9:00 and 9:25 a.m. EST), on Disney Channel. Episodes will also be available on the Disney Junior app and Disney Junior VOD beginning Sunday, January 15, and on iTunes beginning Monday, January 16.
Talking with Mickey and the Roadster Racers Executive Producers
During our Rogue One Press Trip we visited the Walt Disney Family Museum where admired we “The Art of Pinocchio” exhibit and viewed two episodes to the new Mickey and The Roadster Racers show. We also sat to a fabulous conversation with the executive producers of the show, Mark Seidenberg and Rob Laduca. The moment we started talking, they took us into their world. The love and passion they have for all things Disney and their jobs simply radiates and fills the room! I was taken by their excitement and pure joy about their work.
The producers shared that they took what works for The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show and expanded on it. Mickey’s Road Rally is one of the most popular episodes of the show, and so they ran with it. Just like in that episode, everyone has a very particular car model. Mickey’s car is the very same one from The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. In the new show, the car gets some magic done to it and converts into a classic American Hot Rod.
“Goofy’s personality, being so goofy, if his car could transform, what would it transform into? A bathtub. And Minnie being elegant, and into fashion, we went with kind of a bow car, but basically the design comes from a French car called a Delahaye that had very smooth curves, and looked kinda like a bow.
Daisy loves flowers, so we wanted to turn her car into a smoking dragster. Snap dragon.
Donald, well, he’s a sailor, so we created the cabin cruiser. His is the only roadster at this point that can go on land, and in the water. Which is very cool.
Minnie’s got a Pink Thunder. And Mickey’s is the Hot Dog and Hot Rod, and Goofy’s is the Turbo Tubster.”.
To get inspiration for the different cars, Mark Seidenberg and Rob Laduca looked at George Barris who did the Batmobile, the Adam’s family Munster-mobile and the Monkees van. In the end it was the Jay Leno car collection that closed the deal. So much so that Jay Leno has been invited to voice over one of the characters. Naturally so have Danica Patrick and Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon! Tim Gunn will play a travel critic, Gordan Ramsay a chef and Hoda Kotb who Mrs. Sweetums. The kids will be happy to know they will be seing a lot of Chip and Dale, Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle and Pete.
So Much Mickey and The Roadster Racers Fun!
Besides having a grand time watching Mickey and his friends enjoy time together, we will be learning about things like teamwork, sportsmanship. loyalty and friendship. It will touch upon topics that will help kids work around issues like temper control or never giving up. After watching the advance screening of the show I can also see how it will spark interest on STEM projects for the kids. It complements beautifully The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse which has reading and math at heart. I can almost hear my son asking to try and build a machine that makes bubbles or better gasoline. I am all smiles about it already!
Time to get ready for a Mickey Mouse and the Roadster Racers viewing playdate! Do you think your family will love the show too?