Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Mickey Shorts on the Way!

Click her to watch "Croissant de Triomphe"
A whole package of Mickey Mouse shorts will soon be heading our way. Not the red ones with the yellow buttons, although he does wear those  traditional tights. Rather Mickey Mouse, the beloved icon of the Disney empire is making yet another of his acclaimed "comebacks"! Mickey, first introduced in 1928 by the fledgling Walt Disney Studios, will be making his way back to the screen or we should say screens, as in the Disney Channel along with internet distribution for the mass mouse market.

The first short entitles, "Croissant de Triomphe" is already online and is racking up some very positive reviews in addition to some not so happy with the look. With the recent announcement by Disney CEO Robert Iger that the Disney Studio is done with 2D animation as far as Feature Animation is concerned, this confirms that they are at least still in the magical mood for 2D for the world of shorts and special projects. The clip included here is the first of 19 offerings by Executive Producer and Director Paul Rudish late of "Dexter's Laboratory", and "The Powerpuff Girls".

The press releases describe the design esthetic as reaching back almost 80 years to borrow from the bold stylings of the 1930s. I don't completely agree with their statement as the design( to me at least ) also reaches back into the late 1920s with its rubber hose limbs and pie sliced corneas.

These vintage looking character designs combine with background graphics that resemble a throw-back to the retro look of the 1950s through the 60s to form a merging of styles that give an updated modern twist while including a nod to Mickey's roots. Those used to "webisode" online toons will most likely be more thrilled with the end result than some more aligned with traditional full animation, some of whom have expressed  disappointment with the perceived lack of quality when compared to the Mickey shorts of yesteryear.

Hopefully however, wonderful projects like these if well received by the public, may usher in many more 2D productions at the "House of Mouse" and perhaps, just perhaps... even lead back to hand drawn feature animation again someday.