Disney Releasing Nostalgic 2-D Mickey Mouse Shorts

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In an era when innovation is endless and overly optimistic, a little nostalgia goes a long way. Disney has decided to jump on board and release some new content with a vintage feel. While children today can get on websites like Cable-TV.com to watch all of the modern cartoons, they can’t necessarily watch a 2-D Mickey Mouse short on the listings — all of that is about to change. According to L.A. Times, Disney is releasing a new Mickey Mouse short that would remind everyone of the classic 1930s Mickey.

Nostalgic Look

As with any type of Disney cartoon, most of the plots are geared toward children. They will be age-appropriate content and designed to make kids smile, laugh and learn a lesson. However, it appears that Disney has another goal in mind when it comes to creating these short films. As nostalgia creeps in on our everyday lives and people remember these vintage items on social-networking sites, the company appears to be targeting older people who might be hoping to feel young once again.

Mickey Mouse began his role in short films in 1928, when “Steamboat Willie” was released to the public. Throughout the next several decades, this magical mouse appeared in many different cartoon shorts. However, he made his last appearance in ’95 in a short called “Runaway Brain,” which was nominated for an Oscar. By bringing Mickey back, Disney is going to appeal to people across all generations — from octogenarians who remember Mickey from their own youth to 20-somethings of today who watched “Runaway Brain.”



Amazing Design

Viewers will find that the Mickey on the screen during the new short films will look and feel a lot like the original drawing of Mickey Mouse created by Walt Disney. However, animation designers and film creators have used new innovative technologies in order to make these animations better, clearer and more visually appealing than ever before. Cartoonbrew.com describes it best as a “fresh visual twist.” It will leave viewers excited about their favorite mouse and all of his friends without the low standards in production quality of the past.

Brand New Film

The first film will be released June 11 at a film festival in France. The festival is called the Annecy Animation Festival. This first film is called “Get a Horse” and it pumps up the nostalgia by using the voice of the original Walt Disney as Mickey Mouse. It’s unclear whether this is a short film that has been released from the famed Walt Disney Vault, or if it’s a newly-created film. Either way, no one has seen the “Get a Horse” film yet, and it’s generating lots of hype. Classic characters such as Minnie Mouse, Clarabelle the Cow and Horace Horsecollar make an appearance in the film.

These new shorts began airing this summer on the Disney Channel, also according to Cartoonbrew.com. In total, there will be 19 episodes that are available to watch on the channel. It’s sure to capture the hearts of children across the world, as well as take adults back to a simpler time when going to the movies to watch a 30 cent film was the highlight of their generation. Grandparents will love the ability to revisit a simpler time, and children will be able to relate to the classic character that so many generations of young people have come to know and love. There’s nobody quite like Mickey Mouse, and these short films will introduce and reintroduce Disney’s most beloved character to an even wider audience.


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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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