If you can put the original out of your mind, it was a pleasant enough
short. It was nice to see more interaction between all four of the players;
Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy. Especially the "romance" between Mickey
and Daisy; another pairing that I think we've seen the first of here.
Goofy reprises his "fairy" role as Puck in what looks like reused animation
from "Dance of the Goofys." John Cleese gives a nice intro and outro
(although I wasn't too pleased with the Goofy gag at the tail of the
short; it seemed like it would have made a more "romantic" ending without
that sting at the end.) And John Rhys-Davies turns in a nifty voice-over
as Oberon (looking a little bit, now that I think about it, like King
Neptune from "The Little Mermaid.")
More Shakespeare? Would it be too much to ask for "The Merchant of
Venice" with Mickey as Antonio and (of course) Pete as Shylock?
I've only been taping MMW Episodes in recent events, but this one's
the best I've got on tape so far. Of course, when I get to see other
eps, I'll let you know.
Now, if we can get Disney to use the part Shakespeare (sp?) said
about Lawyers....heh, heh, heh.
Damage to Minnie: Had her life threatened by Ludwig (Minnie: "Ack!
Slashing!" Scrooge: "That's a fifty thou fine, Laddy, and I'll see to
it the NFL Brass collects!") Being the receiving end of a textbook Jerry
Springer Episode (Mickey: "Minnie, I love you, but I slept with Daisy
last night") Got run over a total of six times (!!) Probably kissed
a ton of germs when Mickey swaps his cheek with a string mop, got into
the worst four toon pile-up this side of a good NASCAR race, and finally
plots the death of Mickey when he considers getting married a nightmare.
At least no chairs were flying and I didn't see Steve anywhere. Nice
to know that Disney shows some taste.
The short took until the commercial break for Goofy/Puck to make
his mistake. Then the second half consisted of just the fab four running
after each other. In fact it had one lengthy sequence of Mickey and
Donald trading off Daisy. The fairfolk were reduced to just Puck and
a dull looking Oberon. Sorely missed were Queen Titania and her subplot,
and the Pyramis and Thisbe play. With those elements missing this short
seemed empty more than anything else.
The short did end with a plot twist that put me in a good mood regarding
it. Overall I liked this short a bit more than
Around the World...,
but not by much.
The Athenian setting made me nostalgic for "Hercules". And for "Gargoyles"
as well. I missed that show's Titania and Oberon.
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