Season 3, Episode 3: “Wish Upon a Coin” 8/21/15
Starring: Mickey Mouse
Co-starring: Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Pete
Featuring: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Setting: Disneyland and Around Town
Plot: Mickey must return the coins Pete stole from Snow White’s Wishing Well in order to keep the Dwarf’s from rioting.
The short opens with Snow White humming the intro to “I’m Wishing.”
Just like at Disneyland, Snow White’s Wishing Well is located just east of Tomorrowland.
Goofy’s drops a coin in the well he pulled from his belly button while Dopey throws in a button.
Mickey, Minnie and Pete pick up where Snow White left off while singing their own rendition of “I’m Wishing.”
Since Pete is only robbing coins, his money bag is appropriately labeled with a “cent” sign in lieu of a $.
Mickey evokes Snow White’s flight into the forest with his very own, albeit short-lived, horror filled jaunt into the woods.
Mickey nails the line of “what happened?” when finding a fallen Minnie who has just tripped over a Dwarf.
Minnie trips over Sleepy, Mickey sits on Doc and then licks Bashful.
While trying to avoid the Dwarf’s wrath, Minnie quotes Mary Poppins (“everybody needs a big spoon full of sugar”), Pinocchio (“you need to wish upon a star”) and Cinderella (“a dream is a wish your heart makes” and “bibbity bobbity”).
Goofy’s primitive garb evokes his wild-man character from the classic short Frank Duck Brings ‘Em Back Alive (1946).
Goofy’s wish is to own Cinderella’s pair of glass slippers.
Even while sitting vigil over a sleeping/dead Snow White, six of the Dwarf’s wishes were to have a full head of hair while Dopey wished for a beard.
In fact, we never see Snow White come to! We leave off with a presumably dead princess!!!
Mickey’s wish was for Minnie.
The silhouetted characters (including Pete as proxy for the horse!) with the castle in the sky mirrors the ending to the classic Snow White.
Final Grade: A+
This is one of the very best shorts yet and easily just as good, if not better, as The Adorable Couple and Mumbai Madness. It’s relentlessly funny with wall-to-wall jokes that seemingly get funnier and funnier (with a bitted Pete being pulled by Mickey the peak of hilarity). We also get two masterclass comedic performances from both Mickey and Goofy. And, most importantly, as a scathingly witty and irreverent homage to Snow White, it hit all the right notes and leaves me hopeful that we can get more shorts of this particular ilk in the future.