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Several years ago Disney produced this savagely brilliant Mickey Mouse cartoon...and then pinned it to the front of A Kid in King Arthur's Court. Yeah...way to go Disney... do a fabulous short with your most iconic character who is in dire need of some exposure as something other than a corporate logo...and then put it in front of a drek film to insure nobody would see it.

Thank goodness for Bob Iger.

An article recently came out talking about how Lasseter and others of the Pixar brain trust are going to really restart the shorts department at Disney. Disney HAS done a few ... but then they don't expose them! How many of you for instance have heard of Lorenzo... or Destino, let alone SEEN them?

Anyway...take a gander at this most brilliant Mickey Mouse short...animated by the great Andreas Deja...one of the few animators on the planet who can REALLY...REALLY animate Mickey.



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Jun. 6th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
I had never seen this one before, and it is a riot!
Jun. 6th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
So cute!!!
Heh.. Mickey plays video games!!!
Jun. 6th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
That was great! I must say my favorite part was Kelsey Grammer. He does crazy evil animated villain *so* well. :)
Jun. 6th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
I want to play that video game! 7 dwarves vs the witch. I love how Dopey is the last dwarf standing. And she's throwing apples!
Jun. 6th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
That was great, I've never seent at one before. I've seen some of the other/later shorts and I kinda dug em, I wondered why disney didn't do more. Maybe if pixar starts em up again Warner will soon fall in line and do the same. The last batch they did before 'Back In Action' came out were soo bad they opted not to release em.
Jun. 6th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
Wow. Mickey playing Xbox and Kelsey Grammar? Since when did Disney decide to stop sucking so much?
Jun. 7th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
This came out in 1995. They buried this short and shortly thereafter Disney *started* to suck. Coincident? I think NOT!
Jun. 7th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
Started? I think the putting Michael Eisner in charge really signaled the offical "suckage" years for Disney. That and their handling of foreign films through Miramax, but that's an argument for another day. Hopefully having Pixar in charge will help them transition out of the years of "suckage" and into a period of... well, less suckage.
Jun. 7th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
Actually no.

When Eisner, Wells and Katzenberg were brought aboard Disney in 1983-84 Disney was in such a state of corporate doldrums they were about to be raided and have the company broken up and sold off piece by piece.

One can very easily argue the effect Frank Wells had on Eisner (truly, the company was never the same after his death,) but it is a point of fact under Eisner the company experienced a resurgance like never before.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (a collaboration like one had never seen and likely will never see again,) The Disney Afternoon with hits (and they WERE hits) like Gummi Bears, Ducktales & Rescue Rangers, Disney hit its stride in 1989 with The Little Mermaid and in 1991 the company accomplished what had never been accomplished even under Walt's tenure... they had been releasing a film a year (always Walt's goal) AND Beauty & the Beast was nominated for Best Picture. (Sadly, losing to Silence of the Lambs. We'll never know for certain...Price & Waterhouse never say who came in second,) but a lot of people suspect Beauty & the Beast was a very close second.
Aladdin set the bar even higher and in 1994 The Lion King broke every record in the book with it's take.
All this was under Eisner.

He had a very, VERY successful first 10 years.

His second 10...that's a whole `nother post.

Be careful...you just friended a Disney FREAK. :)
Jun. 7th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
Haha. I think we're talking about two different things. I agree that as far as the quality of their animated work, they kicked some serious ass during these years. All of the films you listed are good. I'm not disagreeing there.

I guess that I'm saying that Eisner making Disney more corporate is where I get cranky. I should have been more clear on my definition of "suckage". I don't like the corporate aspects of Disney under Eisner. Film-wise, I'm cool. No hateration.

So... are you gonna put a hit out on me now? I didn't mean to sound all hateful. :(
Jun. 7th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
Oh. My. Goodness. I REMEMBER this one!! (I can't remember if it's becasue I actually went to see "A Kid in King Aurthur's Court" in theaters or not, but I'm thinking that must be it.) It was briliant! ...It IS brilliant!!

*totally loves Mickey's video game* Disney needs to make a came like that. It can fund the re-opening of the shorts department. XD
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