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Watch “Yodelberg”, The New Mickey and Minnie Short

The new Mickey Mouse short Yodelberg premiered on the Disney Channel last night and is now online. The next new short New York Weenie will debut Friday, July 5th.

  • Man these are great!

  • Jason Breslin
  • M Rahman

    I repeat: The Mouse is officially back in business

  • steepertree

    I like the backgrounds. The story is a bit old-fashioned, but not bad.

  • gizmochimp

    It seems like there are several styles fighting it out in this one. There’s a 60s abstract feel in the background design, a modern, kinda cheap Flash feel to the characters, and then random John K closeups. It all seems visually incoherent and sloppy to me. But that’s just me. I prefer the first one, Croissant de Triomphe.

    • Roberto Severino

      Would you want this cartoon to be drawn in the style of Adventure Time or Regular Show instead? I’m just curious.

      • yay

        Kind of; since it would be interesting to see how they pull it off but only for 1 episode. That as their permanent art style would have a very awkward and un-Disney like feel to it.

    • Matt Jones

      I’m just glad Disney are hiring the industry’s top talent on projects like this and the TRON TV show and letting these artists do what they do best. Let’s encourage this-

      • Roberto Severino

        Just in case anyone didn’t get why I was asking that question, I’m making fun of how there are certain people here who will probably never be satisfied and complain even when the artists are trying their hardest to do something great with these characters.

        I just don’t know what exactly they want from cartoons, especially those produced for TV with Flash. By the way, I have nothing against the shows I mentioned in the comment, but there would be a lot more outrage if the cartoons were drawn like that instead.

    • Erik Butter

      This cartoon feels like some kind of bastard love child…
      It kind off made me feel uneasy, because it’s so un-Disney.
      It felt a bit like a nerd trying to fit in with the cool kids.
      But i have to say, there are some nice drawings in this.

  • ChaCha

    Can’t help noticing, though, that animation style is more Kricfalusi than Disney.

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  • Ryan

    The design work in this episode is particularly stunning. There are so many beautiful backgrounds and great expressive poses on Mickey and the yeti.

    My hats off to Paul Rudish and co. for making a great cartoon and Disney Channel for letting it happen.

  • elliot Lobell

    thes are great. Love the textures and the backgrounds

  • Roberto Severino

    This short was terrific and really captured the relationship between Mickey and Minnie well. There was even an allusion to the Roadrunner shorts in one of the gags. I can’t wait to see more and this is coming from a guy who barely watches Disney Channel at all.

    These cartoons and Gravity Falls are two reasons that I should be watching the channel more often.

  • Alex Dudley

    Oh my god. These are fantastic. I don’t think I ever laughed this much at a Mickey Mouse cartoon before.

  • Kartoonz Kritik

    With each viewing I find myself disliking these more and more.
    This is Mickey put through a meat grinder of Spongebob & John K. sensibilities. Instead of being cute or clever, it comes off as pandering, repulsive, and at times offensive.

    • Hankenshift

      It’s more close to the original Mickey shorts–and even a touch of Fleischer–than john k. They did their homework–do yours!

      • Roberto Severino

        Yup! I completely agree. I don’t get why anything that looks funny has to be compared with whatever John K. has done.

        • Chris Sobieniak

          Kinda like the one random shot of the avalanche that was obviously going for the photo-realism too!

  • Gene R. Hole

    these are terrific!!

  • Rufus Chickenplight

    It’s interesting to see just home Spumco forever changed animation.
    I could point out specific poses/gags to specific Ren & Stimpy episodes.
    Great work either way, but I don’t know why – do people not have original ideas anymore? On how things should move and function?

    • Roberto Severino

      I know that Kali Fontecchio and Stephen DeStefano have both worked on these cartoons and I never thought of their drawing styles of ripping off Spumco at all. The studio was obviously important because it produced one of the cartoons that brought funny drawing back on the table in relatively recent memory, but I think it’s a bit unfair to the individual artists to say that these people don’t have original ideas of their own.

      I also think that the people who made these cartoons did as much as they could with Flash and got some good results out of it if that’s what you’re talking about. What kind of animation would you like to see in terms of movement?

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      • Archibold Rottney

        Well, I feel that the timing evokes spumco style.
        From the comments here, I’m guessing I’m not the only one.
        Is that necessarily a bad thing? No.
        Is it neutral? Maybe.

  • Why are these shorts region locked for US only? I really want to see them, but can’t cause I’m Canadian.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Especially on Canada Day. :-(

  • Danny

    Aaron Springer did the board for this and the New York one. He’s a god damn miracle man.

    • Roberto Severino

      Even more reasons for me to love this cartoon! Aaron Springer is a godsend.

  • Tito Villarreal

    All I have To say is that the animation is a step in the right direction. It actually has a lot of work put into It. Whether or not the styles are consistent, Its still a overall great toon.

  • Pedro Nakama

    I’m really enjoying these new Mickey cartoons.

  • Ryan

    It’s funny seeing folks mentioning a John K. influence. I saw it too and I loved it. Mickey’s been a corporate icon for years now, let’s have some fun with him! Let’s cram in every style we can!

    There’s a real sense of fun and play in these cartoons. A bunch of great artists are getting a chance to mess around with Mickey and I couldn’t be happier.

  • Ant G

    Better than I imagined! Must look up who’s behind these, the backgrounds and expressions are great. The humor is also fantastic

  • go ahead someone tell me why I shouldn’t LOVE this!

  • AmidAmidi

    RIP, Jenny.

  • Daniel Savage

    I would love to hear more information about the process, timeline, how big the team is, budget, etc.

  • Jenny

    Could somebody please upload this for non-US viewers, please? :(

  • Teodor Ajduk

    each one is worse than the previous.
    where went storytelling?

  • Mickialla

    Does anyone know where someone could find the credits (direction, storyboard, etc etc) for all of the individual shorts? I’d really appreciate that.

  • Teodor Ajduk

    I never said that “Runaway Brain” and “Roger Rabbit” are bad.
    That mickey is not a good job

  • The Yeti killed ate some bobsledders ⊙﹏⊙

    • They can live off a diet of snow cones, now can’t they? ;)

  • Joaquín Rafael Zavala

    Does anybody know a way to watch “Yodelberg” for a non-US viewer? I can’t find it online and I want to see it so badly :(

    • Use this site & type in the Youtube link:

  • Roberto Severino

    I completely agree with you on New York Weenie. I could also detect some Ronald Searle influence in the backgrounds and the layout looks amazing in that short. I feel like these Mickey Mouse shorts are getting better with each one that they make and get the impression they’re still experimenting and seeing what works and what doesn’t.

    Some of the early Famous Studios cartoons still had Fleischer like designs as the animators were trying to get into the groove and in a position where they could compete with Warner Bros. and MGM.

    Maybe different artists are doing bits of the layouts and storyboards with each individual cartoon, which might explain the stylistic changes. It’s still more experimentation than a lot of television made cartoons would normally allow and I think more people here should be appreciative of that.

  • Michael Sporn

    Why no credits? Did Bob Iger do this singlehandedly?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Oh that would be something! It does feel like the ‘ol days’ doesn’t it!

  • Jacob Johnson

    While there is so much potential behind the cartoon it does seem a bit cheap and artificial. As others has mentioned the stylistic choices are kind of fighting each other, the biggest one to me being the flash style it reminds me of go animate. I think the thing that hurt it the most was the modern almost sitcom like writing, it fell for lack of a better term wrong. Maybe its just me but it doesn’t feel anything like Mickey Mouse or even any old rubber hose cartoon like i’m sure we all were hoping it was going to be.

  • Carlos R. Gomez

    I thought this was really good. It’s fun to see Mickey not act as the old played out Mickey.

  • Roman S.

    This is from the New York Weenie cartoon (Because it was an Mp4 it was easy to grab a snapshot in VLC) — I think this is where the John K. feel comes from.

  • Roberto González

    I’m not really on the Oswald train. I mean, it would be nice to see him , why not? but I think he’s just like Mickey with even less personality. But I’d really, really , really like to see Clarabelle and ESPECIALLY Horace Horsecollar , who is a very underrated character that I love in the comic books. But I doubt it will happen since the character sheets I’ve seen in the internet only include Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and Pete.

  • Roberto Severino

    Thanks for explaining your position. I can sort of see what you mean by the close up with the mucus coming out of the Yeti’s nose. Ren and Stimpy would normally have close ups painted in a Basil Wolverton like style and I didn’t really see much of that in the Yeti’s face.

  • Ben

    I think, in Yodelburg’s case, the Yeti design was intentional. They were going for several Disneyland references, especially the Matterhorn. The music used in the beginning even plays in the queue there (although it’s not specifically Disney, but…it evokes the ride). Also, the yeti is meant to look like the one inside the attraction. He doesn’t match stylistically with Mickey, but he does look (sort of) like his attraction counterpart. And, of course there’s the Mary Blair influenced cuckoo clocks. I think the creators of this short have a love for Disneyland.

    • Roberto González

      That’s interesting and cool. Maybe the lion in New York Weenie is another obscure reference? I was in Disneyworld once, not in Disneyland, and didn’t Know anything about this atraction. Thanks for the info.

  • Steve

    I love that for the avalanche it just cut to stock footage. Cheap, effective, and funny. The only weird thing was Mickey’s yodelling voice. Totally wrong.

    • David Gerstein

      Mickey has a similar low singing voice in a couple of 1929 cartoons. Someone is reaching way back…

    • Cory Gross

      The wrongness of their using just random yodelling is what was funny about it!

  • Tokyo

    uhmmm, nah, the one with Donald was waaay better.

    Yodelberg was fun to listen to.
    New York Weenie that one was interesting to watch the extreme it went.

    Not to make light at all of the effort made on the animation of either, but the direction as a whole, I just feel the ” No Service ” one is just the right amount of old with new, and the Mickey, Donald and Goofy personalities are well balanced individually and as a trio. I just felt I watched Disney fun.

    Lonesome Ghosts, Boat Builders, Hawaii Holiday come to me as examples on how they showcase that interaction without resulting in diluted personality or forced roles for each character.

    I might be wrong but that’s how it looked to me.

  • Dana B

    I watched it once, the next thing I know, I’ve watched it at least ten times already!

    I really got a kick out of the smear animations. They were so lively and fluid, but more importantly fun to watch. Let’s not forget the speechless slapstick. All around funny gestures. I guess it’s true what they say, silence is golden! Also, I couldn’t help but laugh at the chip bag gag. It’s had no right being in that setting, yet it was pulled off great!

    Definitely loved this short. It has so much humor and charm not to! I hope they make future shorts like this where there’s little to no dialog. That might be a tall order, but I’m sure it can be done.

  • Billy Batz

    The bag of chips wanted to be stepped on. I wish it was ren and stimpy so that gag would work.

  • Matthew Oates

    Does anyone know what happened with the recent Disney hand-drawn animation staff layoffs?

    I’m so confused seeing as they seem to be going full steam ahead with 2D animated shorts!, can anyone shed any light on this?

    • chrissypants

      These shorts are done by disney toon studios and not by the feature studio.

  • Heiko Drengenberg

    So you’ve seen a few cartoons and you know the style of a few animation artists. Good for you. Now go ahead and dissect a 3 1/2 minute short to death instead of trying to enjoy it. Of course there are influences from what came before. Do you think John K invented funny? Please… Artists know what they like and that will influence their work. Always. They certainly didn’t make it a point to rip off people just so someone can get all giddy because they think they recognized a reference.

  • thesnappysneezer

    I love them, they have a feel of something great from the 30s but elements of other things too. I think these are a lot more promising than the newer Looney Tunes, more inventive, lively and well inspired.

  • Mario
  • Another Critic

    I would like to make a whole blog on how Mickey Mouse is being butchered nowadays.

  • Keen Bean

    Who is doing the animation for these new mickey shorts because i could touch myself to these honestly

  • Frank Provasek

    Some Tex Avery and Chuck Jones elements — which Mickey always needed.