If you are like me, today's announcement by Disney CEO Robert Iger that 19 Mickey Mouse cartoons were being produced by Walt Disney Television Animation for the Disney Channel and Disney.com caused more trepidation than delight.
All too often over the years, beloved animated characters, including Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry to name three, have been revisited with lackluster results that reveal those responsible didn't understand what made the characters succeed in the first place. Not even legendary animators are immune from this, as I'll be the first to declare I don't care for non-daffy Daffy Duck, and that version was in some classic cartoons.
The executive producer and director for this new venture is Emmy Award-winning artist and director Paul Rudish (Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls). After seeing "Croissant de Triomphe," where Mickey, who appears in a modern version of his classic '30s design, must overcome obstacles on the streets of Paris to help Minnie at her cafe, I can't wait to see what comes next.
Rudish has not only created a funny cartoon filled with wonderful artwork, but it has an authenticity to it as if this is what a Mickey Mouse cartoon would have been like if Walt Disney had grown up in France.
Upcoming shorts include:
"Yodelberg" - 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.
"No Service" - 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!).
To see "Croissant de Triomphe" for yourself, go to the Disney website. Then come back and tells us what you think.