Disney is finally ready to bring back Mickey Mouse and friends to a new generation. Since his first appearance in Steamboat Willie in 1928 Mickey Mouse has appeared in 127 animations but has only appeared in three since the 1980’s. (Four if you count Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) Disney Animations has now teamed up with Paul Rudish who is the American animator who brought us Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Disney is set to release 19 new animation shorts which will take place in many contemporary cities such as New York, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Venice, The Alps, and Santa Monica. They will have the throwback look and feel of the 1930’s Mickey Mouse designs although slight alterations are made blending Paul Rudish’s style of his previous work. If you have a keen eye, you will be able to catch tributes of other previous Disney animations thrown in the mix.
The first one, titled Croissant de Triomphe, has already been released through Disney.com. Minnie Mouse runs out of Croissant’s at her cafe and calls Daisy at her pastry shop. Mickey Mouse must urgently deliver the croissants through all kinds of traffic and fun obstacles. It is a joy to watch especially after not seeing Mickey Mouse and crew in so long. The whole thing is in French too which adds to the fun of it. No subtitles are needed as the dialogue is simple enough to understand and simply because it is the animation itself that drives the story.
Disney is off to a great start with these new animations and I look forward to seeing the rest. They will begin airing June 28th, 2013 on the Disney Channel.
Now enough talk. Click the link, sit back, and enjoy the show! Or should I say, “Profitez du spectacle!” 😉