Mickey Mouse in Ghoul Friend
is a new Disney short, featuring the reanimated corpse of Goofy. With this information, you might get the idea that this is not what you might expect from modern Disney cartoons, and you'd be right. It's one of 19 new shorts
that are part of the new Mickey Mouse series of shorts
that are inspired by the 1930s era Disney shorts
. If you'd like to see more, 11 of the shorts are currently available to view on YouTube
(in a playlist with two bonus behind the scenes clips), from the DisneyShorts YouTube acccount
. [more inside]
A new set of Mickey Mouse shorts
have debuted this summer. Mickey heads around the world, getting into slapstick situations on his own and with Donald, Goofy, Daisy, and Minnie.
In 1966, with America in the grip of spy fever, some bright spark at Dell/Gold Keythought it would be a good idea to have the long running Mickey Mouse comic join the bandwagon. This didn't mean just getting Mickey to dress up as James Bond. It was much more bizarre than that. For three issues Mickey was running around in a human world, thwarting the plans of assorted evil villains, rescuing beautiful female agents, do all the things any other self respecting super spy would do, just as a cartoon mouse. The way they went about it was to have regular Mickey Mouse cartoonist Paul Murry draw Mickey and Goofy in his normal funny animal style, while Dan Spiegle, a much more realistic artist, drew the rest of the strip. The results were striking
Thousands of movie posters from the Mouse
, from Alice's Day at Sea
(March 1, 1924) to Wreck-It-Ralph
(November 2, 2012). Includes US and foreign posters, historical
versions (the changes in poster design are particularly interesting), trailers and advertising material. The site (in French) covers movies produced under the Disney umbrella (including Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures and Pixar but not Miramax): shorts and feature films, animated
and live action
and less classic
"Over the years in animation, there have been a lot of great animators. Ub Iwerks
was one of those people. We know his work, but we don't necessarily know the man." The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story
(in 5 parts on DailyMotion: 1
, and 5
) tells of the life of Ubbe Eert Iwerks, from the formation of the friendship with Walt Disney when they met at advertisement studio in Kansas City, their artistic collaborations and Ub's 20 years of animation, to Iwerk's technical creations that kept Disney animated pictures ahead of other studios. [more inside]
"Inspired by the iconic sleeve of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures
album, this Waves Mickey Mouse Tee
incorporates Mickey's image within the graphic of the pulse of a star. That's appropriate given few stars have made bigger waves than Mickey!"
An unfinished Donald Duck comic story, designed and roughed out with story complete, by Don Rosa!
Written to promote the grand opening of Disney's MGM theme park, for one reason or another they dropped it before it could be completed. It's interesting because, in the comic book universe, Donald Duck isn't a movie star, but Mickey Mouse is
-- so the duck seeks out his autograph. It even makes an explicit reference to a certain other duck
A 1961 fashion shoot from Disneyland
which was featured in Midwest Magazine
, a supplemental newspaper insert in the Chicago Sun-Times
Always wished you could listen to a scene from Full Metal Jacket
[imdb] with the voices provided by Disney(tm)-sounding characters? Well, then you'd like Full Metal Disney
. (SLYT - nsfw - swearing).
Mickey Mouse's early road to fame
(yt playlist with ~160 videos) has some odd twists and turns. One of Walt Disney's early cartoon creations was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
, the star of Trolley Troubles
(5:45, 1927) and other early shorts. Disney had big plans for the popular little rabbit, and wanted to increase his budget from Universal Pictures. Unfortunately, Charles B. Mintz
wanted to scale back the budget, and in the end Universal kept control of Oswald Rabbit
. Without Oswald, Disney needed something new. Jack Dunham, one of Disney's Nine Old Men
recalled animating Oswald and "the one without the ears
." Initially, this one was called Mortimer, but Lillian Disney, Walt Disney's wife, believed the name "Mortimer" sounded too pompous and suggested the name Mickey
, though Mickey Rooney claims he was the inspiration
. Either way, the mouse was renamed Mickey in short order
, and he starred in Plane Crazy
, 6:00, 1928, previously
). By 1929, he was wearing his iconic gloves (and talking), in The Karnival Kid
, 7:41). But Mortimer returned, as Mickey's Rival
(8:16, 1936), eventually getting his own themesong
(1:56, modern recording off of TV; better quality song
with a still image, 1:35) and again in a modern short
(1:30, 2000), amongst other appearances
. Then there's Uncle Mortimer
, who first traveled with Mickey Mouse in Death Valley
, though it's not always clear whose uncle he is. And in the alternate universe that is Bloom County
, Mickey's fraternal twin is Mortimer
(technically, he resides in Outland
Plane Crazy [Wikipedia]
was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon produced; it debuted on May 15, 1928. It was followed by The Gallopin' Gaucho [Wikipedia]
, which had a sneak preview
on August 28, 1928. [more inside]
He had an awesome name for an animator
. He created Mickey Mouse.
He won two Academy Awards
. He invented rotoscoping
. Now he is mostly forgotten, except among cartoon aficionados. Also forgotten: Flip the Frog
. He was Ub Iwerks
- As part of their 75th anniversary celebration of Mickey Mouse
in 2003, Disney
collaborated with celebrities and designers to create new takes on the classic pose
. The statues
include work by Dick Vitale
, Jerry Bruckheimer
, and James Gandolfini
, among others. In case you missed it the first time, they're bringing these statues on tour to parks around the country this spring and summer
Disney's War Against the Counterculture.
Parody Mickey Mouse and see your life turn to madness, even if things are more or set straight in the end. “The main point,” O’Neill says, “was to buck corporate thinking. We just didn’t like bullshit.”
Mickey Mouse attempts suicide
and fights the Nazis
. Minnie Mouse goes wild at National Lampoon
, while Donald Duck has a drug problem
. Read about a 1970s porn film
, a series of underground comics
, the missing black centaur
in Fantasia, and all the other cultural history that Disney doesn't want you to see.
Display of Mickey Mouse as act of subversion?
Who'd've thunk it? On April 15, 2003, Mickey Mouse would've been public domain, if it weren't for Sonny Bono. And so on that day, the linked site proposes that all websites display the mouse as an act of deliberate civil disobedience. No one ever said the 21st century would make sense.
In designing, constructing or adding the final touches to a Disney park attraction, Imagineers
subtly "hide" Mickey Mouse silhouettes in plain sight
Free The Mouse [Literally this time] This Story
from FL says Walt Disney Co. officials have until July 30 to decide whether to challenge the Genesee District Library's mascot for an alleged similarity to Mickey Mouse.
Last summer, the library submitted a trademark registry request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office for "Book Mouse," a blue, large-eared rodent wearing red-rimmed glasses and a backpack. Book Mouse appears on bumper stickers and in coloring books, and even marches in local parades.
Library attorney Patric Parker said "I don't think we cut into their movie profits this last year."
Mickey Mouse draws "get out of jail" card.
US Supremes agree to hear challenge
to the 1998 "Sonny Bono" retroactive copyright extension.
Talk About Your Graven Images!
Look out, Golden Calf - you've got competition! Now up for sale on eBay, a two-foot-tall, 100+ pound solid gold statue of Mickey Mouse.
"The manufacturer of 'Celebration Mickey', The Great Western Mint, adds 'Never in the history of art has a work of such enormous size been cast in pure gold. We are proud to be able to present this piece with expectations that art lovers and cultural historians yet unborn will look back upon this 1,500 troy ounce casting of pure gold and marvel at the technical prowess that it exhibits.'"
Wow. I thought I heard all the theories, but it never dawned on me that Mickey Mouse was the Antichrist.
Did you know that Mickey Mouse
was kept out of the public domain by the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act? [via librarian.net]