Hidden Mickeys:
November 9, 2002 2:55 AM   Subscribe

Hidden Mickeys: In designing, constructing or adding the final touches to a Disney park attraction, Imagineers subtly "hide" Mickey Mouse silhouettes in plain sight.
posted by ahughey (15 comments total)
I'm having a lot of trouble locating this one (silhouettes).
posted by ginz at 4:45 AM on November 9, 2002

There's a teensy steamboat willie looking fellow boat-centre.
posted by robself at 4:47 AM on November 9, 2002

God I hate Mickey, that annoying little prick. Even so, that's pretty clever. It's cool to hide things in plain sight.
posted by joedan at 4:48 AM on November 9, 2002

What's the deal with the Hidden Mickeys site, though? Advertising at the top. "Book mark this." "A Picture From Hidden Mickeys." "This photograph was obtained from and is copyrighted by the Hidden Mickeys website: http://www.hiddenmickeys.org/." "Click the picture below to return to the Hidden Mickeys page that brought you here..." "This picture is courtesy of Hidden Mickeys of Disney Web Site." "Back to Hidden Mickeys."

It's some kind of bizarre branding based upon self-importance and self-promotion for a more-or-less "hmm" site you look at once and never have a need to visit again.
posted by Mo Nickels at 5:26 AM on November 9, 2002

Hidden Mickeys has been around for a long, long time - I remember going through it in 1996, and other than a few ad banners, the page design is pretty much the same. (Which may explain why it looks odd to you, Mo). Kind of cool it's been running for so long.

It would be great if there was a shorter guide to print out and take to the park to use to find the hidden images. That would give people something to do while waiting in the long lines.

Hidden Mickeys may be the ultimate entertainment easter egg.
posted by jazon at 7:08 AM on November 9, 2002

I'll Hidden Mickey you, buddy!
posted by y2karl at 7:16 AM on November 9, 2002

y2karl, that's just nasty.

.....and I wish Snow White would turn and face the camera a bit.
posted by bradth27 at 7:32 AM on November 9, 2002

Mickey seems to be an exact twin of a Bad Gateway Error. Damn, I hadn't seen this before... :(
posted by Dark Messiah at 7:59 AM on November 9, 2002

Alright, in response to the initial "Hidden Mickey" thing: this is just creepy. I guess you have to be into this sort of thing. Frankly I never saw the allure....but I admit it's clever. Clever and creepy.
And in response to the cartoon-character-porn posted by y2karl: I question the mentality of people who find this stuff amusing. It's even creepier than above-mentioned creepiness.
posted by Zulujines at 11:27 AM on November 9, 2002

posted by y2karl at 1:22 PM on November 9, 2002

Zulujines: I question the mentality of people who find this stuff amusing.

But then the point isn't just amusement; it's also a vehicle for subversion of the sanitized wholesomeness of Disney icons. Tijuana Bibles were doing much the same decades ago.
posted by raygirvan at 3:54 PM on November 9, 2002

how very, subliminal!
posted by LouReedsSon at 4:14 PM on November 9, 2002

My above comment was a couple notches bitchier than I was aiming for--I was going more for "playful" than "snooty"--sorry about that.
By the by, I found the rest of the site to be fascinating, and this guy is a genius.
posted by Zulujines at 4:44 PM on November 9, 2002

Wally Wood (the artist of y2karl's link) was also one of the original Mad Magazine artists, and is ranked #6 (scroll down) on Atlas Magazine's Greatest Comic Book Artists of All Time. I'd say that's about right.

Just goes to show, sometimes you need some context before you can say whether or not something that may appear to only "appeal to a prurient interest" has any "redeeming social value".
posted by yhbc at 6:12 PM on November 9, 2002

Whatever you say, Commissioner.
posted by Zulujines at 8:35 PM on November 9, 2002

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