Iconic Disney character and children’s favourite Mickey Mouse is making his return to 2-D animation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Disney Channel has ordered a new series of comedy shorts titled “Mickey Mouse” that aims to combine “classic comedy” with “contemporary flair”; the series of 19 animated clips will begin rolling out on Friday, June 28 on the Disney Channel, Disney.com and other platforms.
Emmy winning Paul Rudish is the executive producer of the shorts and directs alongside fellow directors Aaron Springer and Clay Morrow, and art director Joseph Holt.
Also home to the hit CG-animated series “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” which is aimed at kids two-to five, the Disney Channel plans to have the shorts produced entirely in traditional 2-D animation and marketed towards kids aged six-to-14 and their families. Each short will debut on a Friday and air throughout the day, with a special preview currently available at Disney.com.
President and Chief Executive of Disney Channels Worldwide Gary Marsh is set to make the announcement at Tuesday night’s upfront presentation in New York.
“By bringing Mickey’s comedic adventures to life with vitality, humour, 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,” Marsh said in a statement.
Each cartoon short will see Mickey in a different contemporary setting where he faces a silly situation, a quick complication and an escalation of physical and visual gags. Other Disney favourites Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto will also appear. In the first short, titled “Croissant de Triomphe”, Mickey finds himself delivering croissants to Minnie’s café while battling the hectic street traffic of Paris along the way.
Disney said that the direction and pacing of the new cartoon shorts are designed to be fresh and contemporary but also pay homage to the art direction and storytelling of Walt Disney and his team of animators in the 1920s and 30s.