Mar 13, 2013

"Croissant De Triomphe" - The First Mickey Mouse Cartoon In 20 Years

The last time we saw Disney release a Mickey Mouse cartoon was close to two decades ago with the rather controversial Runaway Brain, which attempted to bring Mickey to a modern generation. It looks like the folks at Disney are hoping to reconnect with their roots with the creation of 19 new shorts that will be released on all Disney platforms.

Bringing together talent like Paul Rudish, Aaron Springer and Clay Morrow and many more directors behind just about every successful modern cartoon series in recent memory (Sponge Bob, My Little Pony, Chowder and many others), it looks like these shorts will be top notch with this strategy. The first short (Art direction by Joseph Holt) is rather unfamiliar in it's humor compared to the classics, but visually appealing. Check out the official Disney press release after the break.

'With the slapstick feel of classic Mickey Mouse, the series of cartoon shorts presents Mickey in a broad range of humorous situations that showcase his pluck and rascality, along with his long-beloved charm and good heartedness. Each cartoon short finds Mickey in a different contemporary setting including Santa Monica, New York, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Venice, and the Alps, facing a silly situation, a quick complication, and an escalation of physical and visual gags. The stories also feature genuine heartfelt and heroic moments as Mickey explores and experiences life with his comical partners: Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto.

Produced in 2D animation, the design esthetic for the Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts reaches back almost 80 years and borrows reverentially from the bold style of his 1930s design, but not before adding a few contemporary touches. Designs for other characters have a similar approach, favoring a “rubber-hose” cartoon style for more exaggerated animation. Background designs closely reflect the graphic design sense of 1950s and 1960s Disney cartoons. And for those true eagle-eyed Disney fans, the production team has also included the occasional homage to other icons from the storied Disney heritage.'

You can also view the video here on the official Disney website.

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