Season 4, Episode 15: “New Shoes” 4/13/18
Starring: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy
Costarring: Pete, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Huey, Dewey & Louie, Spike the Bee, Uncle Scrooge, Minnie Mouse and Clarabelle Cow
Cameos by: Casey Jones, Casey Jr., Dumbo, Timothy Q. Mouse, Jim Crow, Fats, Deacon, Dopey, and Specks
Setting: Around town
Plot: Mickey, Donald, and Goofy literally walk a mile in each other’s shoes when they suffer through a Freaky Friday like body swap.
This is the fifth seven-minute episode, all of which featuring the Big Three:
* Potatoland, S1
* Wonders of the Deep, S3
* Ku’u Lei Melody, S3
* Split Decision, S3
A lyric from Mickey’s song, “I’m On Top of the World,” reveals that Goofy is 6’7.”
The stars of Dumbo (Dumbo, Timothy, Casey Jr. and the Crows) make a cameo during the train scene. While the conductor, Casey Jones, is from the titular character from the 1950 short, The Brave Engineer.
Little known fact, the Crows actually have names:
Jim Crow – the leader
Deacon – the sharp dressed one
Fats – the fat one
Specks – the one with purple lenses
Dopey – the one with the ripped hat
The crater formation on the moon creates a hidden Mickey.
We first saw the Bestaurante Restaurant in Season One’s Third Wheel while the flamingo maître d’ cuts a similar figure to the pink feathered flamingo in Season Three’s No Reservations.
Goofy’s infatuation with potatoes continue as he expresses his intent to fly to Potato Vallarte while in Donald’s body.
While getting beaten to a pulp, Goofy-as-Donald parrots the lyrics from Donald Duck’s theme song from the classic shorts.
It’s cool to see some of Donald’s greatest adversaries make an appearance but it only makes me long for a classic Donald vs. Chip ‘N’ Dale episode or one with him squaring off against his nephews.
Mickey’s framed picture of Pluto has him donning a green collar while he’s worn the red for all of his appearances this series.
Mickey-as-Goofy finding himself in Clarabelle’s bath tub pays homage to 1935’s Mickey’s Fire Brigade when the trio attempts to save Clarabelle’s from her burning house while she’s taking a bath.
Final Grade: A-
This short isn’t just good for a laugh, it also gives insight into each of the big three’s true character. As Goofy, Mickey wants to use his newly-found-height to help people. As Mickey, Donald aims to take advantage of all the fame and adulation afforded to the popular mouse. As Donald, Goofy desires to explore the quirks of being a bird – like making his own breakfast (by laying eggs) and flying to Potato Vallarte. In short, Mickey is good-natured, Donald is a jerk, and Goofy is a weirdo.
It’s cliché but walking in someone else’s shoes really does provide for an intimate understanding of who someone is – their strengths, their flaws, and what makes them tick. Both the characters and we, the viewer, come away with an appreciation of what makes these three who they are. Beneath all the slapstick and pratfalls, there really is a sense of profundity and depth to this episode.