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March 12, 2013
Mickey Mouse to Star in New Cartoon Shorts with Classic Comedy, Contemporary Flair
By David Gill, The Walt Disney Company
Many of us grew up watching Mickey Mouse cartoons — the timeless comedy shorts have entertained audiences for generations. Today, we're happy to share that everybody's favorite pal is set to star in all-new cartoon shorts titled “Mickey Mouse,” with a special preview beginning today exclusively on Disney.com.
This series of 19, 2D cartoons will roll out beginning June 28 on Disney Channel, Disney.com and WATCH Disney Channel (an innovative app that delivers Disney Channel content to mobile devices).
News of the series was announced moments ago by Disney Channels Worldwide President and Chief Creative Officer Gary Marsh, "By bringing Mickey's comedic adventures to life with vitality, humor, inventiveness and charm, the entire Disney Television Animation team of artists, animators and directors have worked to capture the essence of what Walt Disney himself created 85 years ago."
Mickey is Disney's No. 1 star and the world's leading character franchise. Since his creation in 1928, he has continued to be a timeless favorite. While the new cartoon shorts are fresh and contemporary, they are also reminiscent of the art direction and storytelling of Walt and his animators in the 1920s and 1930s.
Each cartoon finds Mickey in a different setting including Santa Monica, New York, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Venice and the Alps, facing a silly situation, a quick complication and an escalation of physical and visual gags. The stories also feature heartfelt and heroic moments as Mickey experiences life with Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto.
The executive producer and director for this Walt Disney Television Animation project is Emmy Award-winning artist and director Paul Rudish. The shorts, geared towards kids and families, also include a few surprises from the production team for Disney fans of all ages. The team has included the occasional homage to other icons from the storied Disney heritage.
After watching the preview myself, I cannot wait to tune in and enjoy these new Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts this June!
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