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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New Mickey Mouse cartoons

Posted by Charley Parker at 9:09 am

Mickey Mouse in Croissant de Triomphe
I had long ago given up on Mickey Mouse as a viable cartoon character and resigned myself to his role as a standard bearer for Disney corporate licensing and merchandising.

However, a new series of short animated cartoons from Disney Television, led by animator Paul Rudish, has changed that, and put the character back in action for a new generation of cartoon fans.

The cartoons combine a hand drawn feeling with 2D computer animation in an approach that is simultaneously modern and respectfully referential to the color Mickey Mouse cartoons of the 1930′s.

There are nineteen cartoons in the series. They are being released one at a time, though in relatively quick sequence. You can see them on YouTube (and apparently on Disney.com, though the latter is so poorly arranged, I can’t find a consistent list of them there).

As of this writing, there are four cartoon available, each running about three and a half minutes. The latest, and my favorite so far, is Croissant de Triomphe (screen caps above), which finds Mickey chasing across a nicely stylized Paris in an effort to bring croissants to Minnie’s hungry cafe customers.

Others at this point include Yodelburg, No Service and New York Weenie.

On YouTube, they are marred slightly by announcement overlays and a wait through a 30 second ad for each cartoon, but they are enjoyable nonetheless. There are also brief interviews with Rudish, but they don’t really go into the process of making the cartoons.

[Via Daring Fireball]

[Addendum: Unfortunately, those outside the U.S. may be blocked from accessing these videos on YouTube. See this post's comments.

Apparently some corporate IP lawyer at Disney decided that it doesn't make sense for viewers in France to see a delightful cartoon about Mickey Mouse in Paris(!) (that even has the characters specking French). Of course not!]

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  1. Comment by Li-An
    Wednesday, July 3, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    Videos blocked in France… Thanks Disney !

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Wednesday, July 3, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    Frustrating. Try this one; it’s not on YouTube.

  3. Comment by Francois
    Wednesday, July 3, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    Blocked in Germany as well.
    Li-An, googling “proxy youtube” helps a lot.

    And a last word to thank our host for this fantastic and highly addictive blog.

  4. Comment by Charley Parker
    Wednesday, July 3, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    Thanks for letting me know, Francois. Sorry I couldn’t offer a more direct solution to those outside the U.S. I’ve appended the post to save others the frustration.

    Thanks also for the kind words about Lines and Colors.

  5. Comment by Peta-Ann Smith
    Wednesday, July 3, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    I’m going to try accessing it using TunnelBear, and let you know if it works.

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    IT WORKS! :D Thanks for sharing!

  6. Comment by Amanda
    Wednesday, July 3, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    Blocked in Australia too. When will these people get a grip and realise the world is now global?

  7. Comment by Charley Parker
    Wednesday, July 3, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    And then they bitch and moan that people are doing an end run around them and accessing their stuff “illegally”. Gee, I wonder why?

  8. Comment by Michael
    Saturday, July 20, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    You might be able to view a couple here as they’re not linked through YT…
    http://bestdailyvideos.com/mickey-cartoon/
    http://bestdailyvideos.com/another-new-mickey-short-new-york-weenie/

  9. Comment by Michael
    Saturday, July 20, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

    Disregard the previous post…apparently, even though Disney allows you to embed their videos on your website, they still can not be viewed there and you are required to be redirected to Disney.com to watch. Even embedding from You Tube redirects you. Shameful.

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