To celebrate his upcoming birthday, Disney’s Mickey Mouse (the theme park walk-around version, that is) has started a tour around the world. And courtesy of Facebook and Instagram, we’ll all get to follow along in the fun.
So, this “little thought experiment” I came up with in January was supposed to take only a few months, and ended up spanning all of 2015. Usually, a delay like that would embarrass me, but this time I think it’s sort of nice. Bookending the year with the start to and completion of a series that I am proud of feels gratifying, especially since I am teeming with unfinished, (not-even-started) projects all the time. Looking back, I am still in 90% agreement with my choices, although I now find Spot from The Good Dinosaur to be a must-have addition to the list. Anyhoo, I’m sure there’s no one following along who’s been completely simpatico with me, and this final choice will assure many readers that I am an animation rube. However, I hope you read the entire argument as to why I believe this endearing, enduring mouse deserves the top spot. Oh boy!
The funny people at Drunk History have released a new video pertinent for our animation history-savvy readers—they’ve created a (mostly accurate) version of how Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created Mickey Mouse.
Walt Disney Television Animation’s entertaining and stylish Mickey Mouse shorts will start their second season run on April 11th. First up is Cable Car Chaos, where Mickey and Minnie try to stop a runaway cable car as it wreaks havoc on the streets of San Francisco. The short will debut on Disney Channel on April 11 (check your local listings) and will be available the following day on Disney.com, iTunes, and on the WATCH Disney Channel app.
This review does include spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the film—go see it!
The anticipation for Disney’s 53rd feature-length Animated film has been over-the-top in some realms and under whelming in others. I told all my friends and family over the last few days that I was going to see Frozen (yay!) and only a small percentage knew what the heck I was yapping about. So, forbid me to question the geniuses at Disney marketing, but for whatever reason, I’m not 100% sure how many people will turn out this opening weekend. In my theater at the “midnight” (9pm) showing, there were 7 of us. I’m sure it will succeed, though—or at least I hope it will because this was definitely a film worth going to see.
Walt Disney World is promoting their annual “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” event with a cool new 2D animated short starring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck. Available for viewing on the Disney Parks YouTube channel the short was created by Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group. Check it out after the jump…
The Walt Disney Company’s forever young symbol and star Mickey Mouse turns 85 today. As we all know, Mickey’s theatrical debut was in the short film Steamboat Willie which premiered in New York City on November 18, 1928.
Seventy-three years ago today, Walt Disney Productions released their third Animated Feature, Fantasia. I didn’t realize that this film was so closely released after Snow White and Pinocchio—in fact it was released the same year as Pinocchio! There are so many remarkable things about this film, which was initially a bomb in the box office, but which has gone on to be the 22nd in the US (when adjusted for inflation). It initially had mixed critical reviews, but today has a Fresh rating of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.