Disclosure: This post is part of my all expense paid trip to San Francisco, CA provided by Disney. However, typos, misspelled words and opinions are 100% mine.
Mickey and the Roadster Racers is the new, action packed adventure series from Disney. Kids can follow along with Mickey and the Roadster Racers crew on both Disney and Disney Junior channels as they take their transforming vehicles on amazing races around the world as well as solving capers in their home town, Hot Dog Hills. It’s going to be a wonderful, funderful adventure for all kids, and I was super excited to get to learn about it on my recent Disney press trip to San Francisco!
Today, I’m taking a different approach and giving you all a synopsis of what was said about the show in an effort to keep the post under 1,000 words. LOL
Mickey and the Roadster Racers – Fantastically Fun
The new series featuring Mickey, Minnie, and the gang is all about fun and adventure. In addition to all the racing and unique vehicles that I just referenced, Mickey, Minnie, and Daisy also run their own business, Happy Helpers, which helps the locals around Hot Dog Hills solve problems. The show is squarely focused on sportsmanship, loyalty, teamwork, and of course, fun!
Disney is also bringing some A-list talent to the show, as well. Jimmie Johnson will appear as Jiminy Johnson. Danica Patrick will be Dannie Sue. Jeff Gordon is Gordon Gear. And they’re all recurring characters. Very cool! They have some other great talent as well, with Jay Leno as race announcer, Billy Beagle; Tim Gunn as Robbie Roberts; Gordon Ramsay as Chef Oxley; Hoda Kotb as Mrs. Sweetums; Peter Serafinowicz as Dr. Crutchley; Jane Leeves as the Queen of England; Fred Willard as Mr. Doozy; Hector Elizondo as Grandpa Beagle; Tony Shalhoub as Luigi; Kate Micucci as Emmy Lou; Tia Carrere as Antie Olina, and Patton Oswalt as Mr. McSnorter. That is A LOT of talent packed into one show!
Chatting About Mickey and the Roadster Racers with Rob LaDuca and Mark Seidenberg
As part of the trip, we had the chance to sit down with executive producer, Rob LaDuca and co-executive producer, Mark Seidenberg to talk about Mickey and the Roadster Racers, and how they came to the idea.
How Mickey and the Roadster Racers Came to be, and How the Cars Were Born
We began with how Roadster Racers came to be and how they went about getting ideas for each car. they said that the show expands on the most popular segment on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – the Clubhouse Road Rally. They knew this new show would resonate with what the kids already loved. From there, they went on to think about cars.
According to both Rob LaDuca and Mark Seidenberg, they tried to make cars that would fit perfectly with their characters’ personalities. They gave Mickey a classic hot rod. It’s actually his car from Clubhouse, but it changes into a classic American roadster. To play on Goofy’s, well, goofiness, they gave him a Model T that changed into a bathtub. Because Minnie is so elegant and fashion focused, they gave her a bow car. Daisy got a smoking dragster called the Snap Dragon because she loves flowers. And because Donald is a sailor, he got a cabin cruiser which can travel on both land and water.
How the Cars Were Researched
The team wanted their cars to be fun and unique, so they looked at the work of designers, such as Big Daddy Roth, a car customizer and George Burris, designer of the Batmobile. They also drew inspiration from the Adam’s Family Munster-Mobile and the Monkees van.
Those are impressive in themselves, but the crew didn’t stop there. They also went to the meccha of classic cars, Jay Leno’s garage. That’s actually how they got Jay to be on the show. They were looking at all of his cars, and when they asked him if they would voice a character. I didn’t realize this, but Jay is a huge Disney fan. So he immediately said yes.
Which Characters Will We See in Mickey and the Roadster Racers
According to Mark and Rob, kids will see all the characters that they love in Clubhouse. Minnie, Daisy, Chip and Dale, ClaraBelle, and Hilda the Hippo. Kids will also see some other favorites like Horace Horsecaller and Pete. Of course, Pete will be playing many different roles, as he always does.
Talking Disney and the Roadster Racers was So Much Fun
Talking with Mark and Rob about their new show, Disney and the Roadster Racers was a ton of fun. Their new show looks to be classic Disney in every way, from the classic adventure, to solving capers, to a focus on teamwork and friendship. And heck, we even got to hang out with Mickey, our surprise celebrity appearance at the end of the interview. It was so much fun!
Visit the Disney Junior Website for even more information on this new and exciting show!