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Disney Is Producing New Mickey Mouse Shorts and Premiered the First One Today [UPDATED]

Disney unveiled a new Mickey Mouse short today called Croissant de Triomphe, that can be viewed HERE. It is one of 19 new shorts that will begin airing on Friday, June 28, on the Disney Channel, and other Disney-branded platforms.

Paul Rudish (Dexter’s Laboratory, Sym-Bionic Titan, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) is exec producing and directing. Aaron Springer (SpongeBob SquarePants, Korgoth of Barbaria) and Clay Morrow (Dexter’s Laboratory, Chowder, Camp Lazlo!) are also directors. Joseph Holt is the series art director.

If the newly released short Croissant de Triomphe is any indication, this will be a handsome and distinctive series, featuring a mixture of Cartoon Modern-styled backgrounds, Thirties-influenced character designs (complete with pie-cut Mickey eyes), and loose, expressive animation. It’s easily one of the best revivals of a classic cartoon character that I’ve seen, remaining faithful to the original while adding a fresh visual twist. The three-and-a-half-minute running time of the first short is perfect, too. It’s great that studios are awakening to the fact that there can be other lengths besides 7- and 11-minute episodes.

My prime observation about the first short Croissant de Triomphe is that it struggles to find the humor in its set-up, which is Mickey driving around Paris on a scooter. Outside of a handful of lukewarm attempts at gags (including Minnie’s tonsils appearing in a phone, nuns knocked into the air like bowling pins who then float down, an appearance by Cinderella), the cartoon emphasizes frenzied videogame-influenced action sequences over slapstick. Even obvious gag set-ups—for example, Mickey dressed as a knight and lancing croissants—have no comedic payoff.

Whatever may have been lacking in the classic Mickey shorts, they at least emphasized personality-driven humor, something that is completely absent in this new short, which relies on conventional situation-based comedy. Hopefully as the crew finds its footing, they will be able to balance the accomplished action sequences with a more spirited comic sensibility.

UPDATE: Andy Suriano, who worked on these new shorts, has updated his blog with a complete list of everybody who worked on the cartoons at Disney. It’s one heck of a line-up:

Paul Rudish
Jenny Gase-Baker
Aaron Springer
Darrick Bachman
Clay Morrow
Chris Roszak
Chris Hacker
Andy Suriano
Joseph Holt
Illya Owens
Chris Savino
Derek Dressler
Alex Kirwan
Dave Wasson
Robert Lacko
Stephen DeStefano
Justin Martin
Justin Parpan
Narina Sokolova
Rae McCarson
Alonso Ramirez Ramos
Kali Fontecchio
Tara Billinger
Jasmine Bocz
Todd Popp
Steve Lininger
John Chang
Monica Mitchell
Animation produced at Mercury Filmworks (Ottawa)

  • Simply fantastic!

  • RickyB

    Sweet. Dug the style both design and animation. Berry berry nice. Glad to see them experimenting with the old staples, fresh blood!

  • the Gee

    This is just awesome. I prefer the shorts from Disney so for me, this is a great step. Plus, there’s good talented folks behind it. Bonus! Congrats to them all.

  • Ryan

    I love that Disney has let Paul Rudish and co. loose on Mickey and friends. It’s great that such huge talents have been given an opportunity to play around with such classic characters. Can’t wait for the next one!

  • “Can’t be viewed outside the United States”?
    Aw, c’mon Disney. -_-;;

    • Anita

      and the animation was even produced in Canada.

  • JeanbearTheImmasculator

    Stupid regions

  • Tim Hodge

    Encroible! C’est magnifique!

  • I like this a lot. I heard that Mercury Filmworks is doing the animation, and I found that to be the cartoon’s highlight. I also like that it’s three minutes long. That’s the length most internet cartoons go by.

  • Sam Logan

    If you view the html of some of the news stories promoting the short and copy/paste the actual direct location of the video file, it’s not region locked:

    I thought it was pretty cute. Computer “shortcuts” keep looking less and less like shortcuts as they are used with more nuance and restraint.

  • Thought this was great, but it doesn’t capture the magic of the old shorts. Maybe it’s the comedy, maybe the tweened squash and stretch, I don’t know.

    • Megan Ferguson

      Theres such a huge amount of time between the old shorts and the new one , of course its not going to capture the same magic – and I dont think its meant to. New technology , new artists, new animators, new generation , new magic.

      • Marvin

        The interlude between animation’s golden age and now reflects more change than filmmaking hard and software: today it’s a different way of thinking. They must re-invent the wheel while it’s spinning at a million m.p.h.

  • Roger

    I’m in Switzerland and saw the short on this site. I liked it. Refreshing for the eyes.

  • i actually enjoyed this short. i have to disagree with this Mr. Amidi guy’s opinion :

  • Great!

  • Seni Oyewole

    “2D is Dead”
    Yeah . . . sure . . .

  • Dave Roman

    This was super fun! Just wish credits were included on the video itself. Excited that Stephen DeStefano is working on some of these shorts. He’s a perfect fit!

  • Roger

    All I got was a bunch of ads, I’ve been waiting for the film to start but it was going on unusually long then I saw a comment here saying it won’t play outside the US, it didn’t tell me that it won’t play outside the US, it tortured me with endless ads.

  • It reminded me a lot of the old Floyd Gottfredson Mickey comic strips, in which Mickey was scrappier and more action-oriented than he was usually seen to be in the shorts.

  • Deaniac

    Watching that clip just made me really, really happy. Disney may not be producing any traditionally animated films for the time being, but if this is the direction they’re going with new animated shorts, then I wholeheartedly approve.

    I’ve been dreaming for some form of contemporary Mickey revival to air on Disney Channel (Clubhouse does NOT count) for some time now and this did not dissapoint. Needless to say, I’m excited to see more.

  • OtherDan

    I agree with your commentary Amid.

  • Roberto González

    I thought it was pretty awesome and the gags worked for me. If I had to nitpick something it would be that at some moments it looks like a postcard of Paris. The backgrounds are pretty good, but I would prefer less buildings and more character. However it manages to tell a compelling story with a good resolution in three minutes and in that sense the plot is at least as solid as most of the old shorts. I also thought Mickey felt ‘in character’ for what is worth, considering Mickey never had a lot of character, even in the comics where he was more charismatic, he was mainly the good guy. Looking forward to the next ones.

  • Peter Huestis

    Looks great! Mickey’s a challenge, because he doesn’t really have a personality, per se. I love that they went “off model,” because why not? Well done.

  • Christian

    GREAT JOB!! Mercury Filmworks CREW!!!!

  • Miles Thompson

    I LOVE THESE GUYS! I bet these are going to be AMAZEBALLS!!! Crazy kids like these guys making traditional MICKEY shorts – C’MOOOON!

  • I found the part where Mickey drove through Cinderella’s castle to be utterly delightful.

  • Slinky Dog

    As far as the visual style of the cartoons goes….meh. Don’t like it, but don’t hate it either. I will admit that part of the reason might be because I’m nostalgic for the visual style of the Golden Age shorts. I realize that they may be on a fairly limited budget, but I would like it if Disney did more shorts in the style of “How to Hook Up Your Home Theater” (great cartoon).

    The music in the “Croissant du Triomphe” short seemed pretty bland. The cartoon itself was kind of frantic, but I didn’t think it was all that funny. I think that’s a problem in a lot of cartoon nowadays. It wasn’t a total bust, though; there were a few good gags. I was amused by all of the characters’ French dialogue. The gag with nuns was pretty good, and I also liked the birds with the berets.

    • Allari Ruiz-Rueda

      Perhaps the inking looks to vectorized or cinticky. Lacks the squishy organic feel of actual brushes.

  • And here is a youtube link :)

  • The other day, i was thinking to myself how I haven’t seen a good Mickey Mouse short since “Runaway Brain.” I like this, it’s a great throwback to Ube Iwerk mixed with the aesthetic of Craig McCracken. I feel like one of the guys looking for a croissant… I WANT MORE!!!!!

  • Talita Fukumoto

    Twisted Tales of Mickey, the Mouse

    • thesnazziness

      Twisted Tales of Felix! Now THERE’s a show I wouldn’t mind seeing make a comeback.

  • Eric Swymer

    I like the style and design a lot and got real excited when I saw P.R. had directed. As soon as I started watching it felt like a cheap fan made flash cartoon with an over use of tweening. I hope they find there way as they come out because it’s a real shame to see a lack of quality come out of Disney.

  • thesnazziness

    I really like that they’re basing the designs off of the 1930’s, color incarnation of the characters. By far my favorite “in house” design of Mickey.

  • :D

    I actually loved it. The plot and comedy was such a throwback to Mickey’s era of cartoons that it became charming as time went on.

  • I really enjoyed this short and love the style! And what a nice birthday present from Disney .. to start airing these on my birthday this June. ‘b

  • Gray64

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I more or less agree with Amid. This is beautifully done and great fun to watch, but the gags are merely serviceable. The sense of fun and personality of the short more than save it, but it lacks what, in my opinion, is lacking in a LOT of animated projects. Great writing. Animators today are better than they’ve been at any time in history, and have excellent tools at their disposal, but sadly there seems to be a shortage of people who know how to write for animation (at least for the old school gag-style animation, and for animation that’s intended to have a narrative). Still, that said, I have every confidence that this bunch will “find their footing.” They clearly love what they’re doing. I’m really looking forward to what they come up with.

    Anyone know who’s doing the voice of Mickey these days, since Wayne Allwine died?

    • Adrian C.

      Bret Iwan, a relative newcomer to voice acting, has been voicing Mickey Mouse since Allwine’s passing. Interestingly, before landing the voice role of a lifetime, Mr. Iwan had been working at Hallmark designing ornaments and the like featuring Disney characters, such as Mickey.

      However, I don’t think Bret Iwan is Mickey in this short, which is odd since Daisy and Minnie appear to be voiced by their regular English voice actors. I could be wrong, though.

  • Natalie Belton

    Fairly enjoyable. The best thing about the short was its visual style, even if the humor doesn’t exactly strike me as funny a lot of the time. It’s definitely an improvement over ‘Club-house Mickey.’ Good luck to the creators and crew!

  • Pedro Nakama

    It’s nice!

  • I’m so-so about the film, but the stills with this story make it look worse than it is.

    • Shazbot

      Well, that’s a relief. The Mice in the stills look rather badly off-model, as if the artist can’t draw the characters accurately if they turn their heads or look up or something.

  • Alyse

    I’m absolutely in love with this. It’s the Mickey I knew and loved as a kid. Thank you Mercury Filmworks, you’ve given me a genuine moment of happiness.

  • Brian

    I like the style, and was excited for the short but its pretty disappointing. It seemed like an over-reliance on digital techniques and the compositing was weird. Character designs are the nicest thing about it. The story was pretty boring, reduced to a chase that just opened my eyes to how non-seamless everything seemed put together. I hope they don’t move this quick when they get to Donald or Goofy shorts, who’s character and thought process is their most entertaining trait.

    All that said, I’m still excited about seeing more Mickey on screen and to see if the shorts get better.

  • Mic

    I love it!

  • Mickey took a croissant from children?

    • looks to me that they gave it up willingly to help him…would like to have that French translated.

  • oulala!

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  • Ryan

    nice to see

  • joris

    Good to see Disney finally making a French Chase Sequence Film!

  • dt

    Beautiful backgrounds and the animation was nice.The story got old quickly, racing through Paris.Nice to see mickey again though

  • MissConception

    Reading the roster, it seems like they recruited some people who work outside of Disney’s normal comfort zone. Good for them. I think too often Disney remains in its own world and tries to rehash what it’s already done. Nice to see they are taking steps into other territories. The short definitely shows it. It feels reminiscent of old Mickey but still has a nice new kick that reminds me of Genndy Tartakovsky or Rob Renzetti.

  • Trevour

    I thoroughly enjoy the character design behind this short, and can’t wait for more. It’s about time we get some ACTUAL Mickey shorts again. Title card, colors,

    However… I really am disappointed by the “tweens.” Has it just become the accepted norm that we can’t animate things frame to frame anymore? I understand strict budgets and deadlines, etc. but this is official Disney material with official Disney characters. Treat ’em with a little more regard, don’t ya think? There’s such a GREAT body of talented cartoonists behind this new series, and the illusion gets cheapened when objects glide smoothly across the screen like paper cutouts. Stuff like that breaks the illusion. This is something I’d expect in an online Flash cartoon from 10 years ago, not TV animation.

    Honestly, I am thrilled for this mini Mickey revival! It was like Christmas yesterday being able to finally watch this. And I’ve probably watched it a good dozen times already. :) But I hope the quality of animation techniques improve with the subsequent shorts. Can Disney set a high standard again with their own iconic mouse?

    • I agree about tweening. It really fills me with visceral dread whenever I see it. Anywhere. It doesn’t matter how snappy the timing is or how appealing the designs are—–when I see the mechanical, lifeless movement that tweening creates, I just get depressed. Because it’s just the process jumping up and down and yelling “Hey, I was done by a MACHINE!!!”
      I really hope this is not going to become, as you put it, the accepted norm. That people would be willing to settle for something that ugly and artless is sad to me.
      This is not a knock at any of the artists. I doubt any of them champion tweening over actual inbetweens by default.

    • Megan Ferguson

      I understand that a digital 2d medium is not everyones cup of tea.I dont think by using this medium it is treating a ‘offical disney material’ with disrespect or ill regard and to say so is really diminishing the jobs of the people who worked very hard on this – they all respect the subject matter very much. While I respect your opinion , I have to disagree with it looking like something from 10 years ago (although if you have an example of this online flash cartoon I would love to see the link, I enjoyed this short, so I would like to see more along the same lines) I think its come a long way and I’m glad Disney is giving a new medium a chance.

      • Trevour

        How am I dismissing the ‘digital 2D medium?’ Everything is digital now. Don’t pick and choose – your reply makes it sound like I dislike the short as a whole and the talented crew behind it. No! I enjoyed the short, I’m proud of the talented people behind it, and I can’t wait for more! You made no acknowledgement of what I was specifically referring to in my previous post: the tweening. That’s my only little gripe. That’s it. Whether something is animated digitally or not, doesn’t mean there needs to be tweening in it, is what I was getting at. I could open up my animation program right now and NOT tween things, even if the software allows the capability. And I’m not going to seek out a specific link to a decade-old Flash cartoon because anyone who understands the glaringly obvious characteristics of a tween in a Flash cartoon knows exactly what I’m talking about. The very mathematical distortion and/or movement of vectorized objects. Let me reiterate – I’m talking about the use of the tweens here. NOT the cartoon as a whole. Now if these tweens are part of a stylistic choice, that’s fine. And again, I recognize that budget or deadline constraints could demand these shortcuts to ‘fill in the gaps.’ But again, that’s disappointing to me because I would hope for a high caliber of “Disney quality” (or whatever you want to call it). I’m still gonna watch every short and enjoy it, no doubt about that! But who knew that when we reached the year 2013, that tweening would just be so ubiquitous in all animation now that we have just blindingly learned to love and accept it?

    • there are worse things than tweening. Great pacing, great design, lot of fun imho

  • great stuff…beautifully done

  • Musical Cromartie

    I was so happy when I saw this, tis a dream come true. Can’t wait to see what they do with some new Goofy, Minnie, etc. shorts.

  • DarylT

    I really enjoyed the short. And it’s never that Mickey didn’t have a personality. He had a very unique one, one of a scrappy, heroic, nice little guy, a regular person. He just didn’t have a brash, sarcastic, smart aleck, annoying, jerkiest or dumb personality that so many other American Cartoon Characters have.

  • I loved it! The design of the entire short was a nice and fresh :)

  • Shazbot

    Saw it.

  • So much fun! It’s great to see Mickey Mouse in an actual cartoon. It seems like he’s only been a logo for the last few decades.

  • CatfishJohn

    I enjoyed some things about this short, but I’m not clear on one thing…
    Why is it in French?
    Not that that’s a bad thing, I’m just curious…

  • Flare

    Gotta disagree with you. I really enjoyed all the frenzied contrivances that led up to Mickey’s big jousting scene. It was high-energy and fun.

  • Shazbot

    Just wanted to add…I like the fact that the artists are including other animal species in Mickey’s world, beyond the “dog-nosed people” that we always saw in the comics. Those always kinda creeped me out. (Although, in the new cartoon, it is a bit odd to see a horse riding a carousel horse…ah well).

    So, are we going to see Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in any of these shorts? If not, we should. Come on, Disney, do something with the little guy!

  • ttr

    Where can you watch it? All links have been taken down by Disney.

  • Fred Cline

    Sharply entertaining and beautiful – good job, everyone (including Canada!)

  • marti386

    Mickey don’t need to listen to no cops! ;-)

  • Le Pew!

  • Mike Inman

    Mickey shorts could be animated entirely in Burbank at Walt Disney Animation instead of being outsourced to Canada. If you will it, it is no dream….

  • Awesome toon. What a pick me up!

  • Hopefully these shorts are the forerunner to a full-length feature film in the Disney Animated Classics series.