Disney’s ‘Mickey and the Roadster Racers’ Features All-Star Voice Casting

Jeffrey Totey

What do Jay Leno, Hoda Kotb, Gordon Ramsay, and Jeff Gordon all have in common? They have recurring roles in the upcoming animated TV series, Mickey and the Roadster Racers, coming to Disney Junior this January. One wouldn't think that Ramsay, the foul-mouthed star of Hell's Kitchen, would make a good choice for voicing a children's program or that Kotb, the morning show host of NBC's Today, would have time to spare, but they have signed on along with a slew of other top talent. Perhaps, Disney hopes the name recognition will encourage parents to "buy in" to the program before it even airs.

Mickey and the Roadster Racers features Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto and their "unique transforming vehicles" as they travel across the world and compete in various races with a variety of high-spirited races similar to Hanna-Barbera's Wacky Races from the 1960s or Yogi's Space Race from the late 1970s.

The Roadster Racers comedy adventure series aims at kids ages 2-7, and the content intended to serve as a positive role model teaching children about friendship, teamwork, optimism and good sportsmanship. Half of the new show will focus on Minnie's and Daisy's "Happy Helpers" outreach project that offers a helping hand to anyone who needs it. (Those two girls must have tons of energy).

— Disney Channel PR (@DisneyChannelPR) December 1, 2016


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Disney described the goals for the series in a press release.

"As with all Disney Junior programming, Mickey and the Roadster Racers is guided by an established curriculum that nurtures multiple areas of child development: physical, emotional, social and cognitive, thinking and creative skills, as well as moral and ethical development. Stories emphasize multiple ways to solve problems and help kids develop critical thinking skills, along with perseverance and resilience. Curiosity and discovery are central to the series, as Mickey and his pals explore different countries, cultures and traditions on their adventures."

— Jim Hill Media (@JimHillMedia) November 10, 2016

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