Mickey Mouse is one of animation's most enduring but paradoxically dull icons. But it wasn't always that way. Created by Walt Disney in the late 1920s, Mickey appeared in some truly brilliant films throughout the '30s and '40s, some in black and white and some in color, but almost always in some astonishingly clever, very funny and frequently groundbreaking animated works like Steamboat Willie, Building a Building, The Brave Little Tailor and of course Fantasia. But with notable exceptions of 1983's A Christmas Carol adaptation and 2010's Epic Mickey video game, the character has been little more than a harmless corporate mascot for the majority of his existence. As Walt Disney's signature creation, it's a fitting and auspicious role for Mickey, but also something of a waste of one of American animation's most visible characters.
Fortunately for animation fans, Disney agrees. In what's obviously an earnest effort to resurrect the classic spirit of Mickey Mouse for the 21st century, the studio has enlisted a fantastic assortment of talents from shows like The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Sym-Bionic Titan to honor the brilliant works of the past with an all-new series of genuinely funny and beautifully designed short films set to air on the Disney Channel this summer.
You know, much as I love video games, I could probably stop paying attention to PAX East new the rest of the weekend and be content. Why? Twenty long years since the release of DuckTales 2 on NES and Game Boy, Capcom and WayForward (and Disney) have announcedDuckTales Remastered. Set to arrive on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii U for roughly
If, like me, you count yourselves among the pitiable number of Star Wars fans who never rode the original Star Tours ride before Boba Fett blew it up and, sadder still, have yet to experience the upgraded Star Tours: The Adventures Continue attraction at Disney's assorted theme parks (or even if you have), Hasbro's got new action figures in the pipeline that should provide some consolation. This May two new Star Tours action figure packs will join Hasbro's initial 2011 offerings f
Upcoming: Dark Horse Comics has announced the limited-to-4,000-copies The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Collector's Edition, which will feature new faux-leather hardcover binding and gold gilded pages when it drops on February 12 for $69.99 at participating retai
Can we all take a minute to reflect on how awesome it is that there's a Disney movie about John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman drift-racing their way through video games that's out right now? Seriously, that is a thing that has actually happened and not just some weird dream where fourteen things that I'm really into come together to form a major motion picture.
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