A lovely new animated short returns Mickey Mouse to his place of prominence atop the animation pantheon at Walt Disney Animation Studios. In this stylized video, Minnie Mouse runs out of croissants at the cafe she works at in Paris and Mickey Mouse has to take heroic action to deliver the pastries before Minnie’s customers become irate. Oh yes, it’s also in French.
It’s a classic Mickey Mouse plot with many wonderful sight gags and glimpses of some of your favorite Disney characters.
This film is the first of 19 new Mickey Mouse and gang animated shorts scheduled to come from Disney in an attempt to relaunch the classic characters for today’s youth. If they keep producing films of this quality it’s also bound to win over those who have a fond spot in their hearts for the characters they remember from their own childhoods.
You may recognize the artistic styling of director Paul Rudish (Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls). I love how it seems to pull from the 30s, 50s, and 60s era of animation, but with contemporary touches. The full series will start airing on the Disney Channel and online this summer.
Update: I used to have the video embedded, but Disney blocked it. So you’ll have to head to Disney.com to view it.
Disney also released these two blurbs about upcoming shorts:
Mickey longs to visit Minnie atop her mountaintop chalet but quickly realizes that the threat of avalanche has made the trek up the mountain more challenging than usual.
Mickey and Donald try to buy lunch from a beachside snack shack but are unceremoniously turned down because of the classic “No shirt, no shoes, no service” admonition (of course, Mickey doesn’t wear a shirt and Donald doesn’t wear shoes!).
What do you think? Are you happy to have Mickey Mouse and the gang back in the saddle again?