Why Bother? If It Aint Broke...
If there's a decrease in the popularity of Mickey Mouse then I am as yet to notice it, which leads me to scratch my head a little over the motive for changing Mickey in the first place. Is Bob Iger just out to make even more of a name for himself by making this change, or does he see a genuine need for doing it?
I see little point in change for change sake. Sure kids like the cheeky appeal of the Monsters Inc gang, the Toy Story characters and Phineas and Ferb, but they also love the gentle approach of Oso, Handy Manny, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. None of the main characters in these shows are cheeky or fool around, and kids adore them.
After all, Mickey might be seen as a bit bland to some, but the millions that tune in to watch his Clubhouse every day don't seem to mind. Mickey is never really alone, like he was in those early cartoons, where he was the only one that could be cheeky. Nowadays he always has his gang around him, and they each bring their own qualities. If they were all acting cheeky and fooling around then it would be a show like any another, rather than a show that parents let their kids watch for both entertainment and education.
I told my five-year-old daughter that they might be changing Mickey Mouse and her response was, "Why?" Why, indeed.
What do you think? Is it about time Mickey was given a marvelous mousey makeover, or is he just fine as he is? Should we try to go back to the way he was, or maybe make him over further to be a thoroughly modern mouse with trendy kicks and an iPhone?