December 07, 2019

MINNIE'S BOW-TOONS


MINNIE’S BOW-TOONS
(Disney Junior, November 14, 2011-January 22, 2016)

Disney Television Animation, DQ Entertainment, Technicolor Animation Productions

            Spinning off out of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode “Minnie’s Bow-Tique”, Minnie’s Bow-Toons followed Minnie Mouse (Russi Taylor) and Daisy Duck (Tress MacNeille) as they ran Minnie’s Bow-tique; a specialty shop stocked with an assortment of colorful bows and bowties. Helping them out was their clock-dwelling bird assistant, Cuckoo Loca (Nika Futterman). Also residing in the Bow-tique was Figaro (Frank Welker), the pet cat from Pinocchio. Although the male Disney characters weren’t stars in the series, they did make occasional guest appearances.

Minnie, Daisy and Cuckoo taking a break from the bow business for some kitchen adventures.

            Minnie’s Bow-Toons debuted on Disney Junior on November 14, 2011. Like Clubhouse, the series was completely rendered in CGI. Episodes would typically start out with something bow-related that would serve to help in a given situation; such as rubber bows being used to stop leaky pipes, Figaro-shredded material helping a cheerleader friend replace her lost pom-poms, or fluorescent paint on bows to light-up Daisy’s birthday party when the fuses blow. Over the course of the series, the focus expanded to include a new pet-grooming salon across from the Bow-tique, as well as a world-spanning travel adventure. The series ran for 5 seasons, spawning a variety of merchandise and video games. The series would continue on in reruns on Disney Junior, eventually finding its way onto the Saturday morning schedule.

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