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Disney’s latest family musical, Frozen, is in theaters now and quickly gaining a sterling reputation. Some are comparing it to the classic musicals of the 1990s such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King. Others say it’s better than any film Pixar has released in years. I say it’s probably somewhere in the middle, a delightful Disney animated film that has plenty to remember, but isn’t without an issue or two. [You can watch what is arguably the film's best moment here.]

As is the case with most Disney movies, which take so long to make, animators love to populate some of the busier frames with Easter Eggs. In Frozen, there are at least three biggies. We’ve seen one that relates back to Tangled, but Wreck-It Ralph, and even an appearance of Mickey Mouse himself are in there, too. Check them out below. Read More »

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Mickey Mouse Get a Horse Short

Perhaps the most unusual thing shown at D23 today is the Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse!, which features the late Walt Disney voicing his signature character. The short played to raves at the expo, but it has a very unusual history. Get the full (and somewhat spoiler-ish) story below. Read More »

Disney is finally ready to bring back the mouse. Mickey Mouse, who made his debut in the 1928 black and white animated short film Steamboat Willie has appeared in hundreds of films over the years. But in recent years, the character has been primarily slumming in preschool television programing — the Mouse has only starred in three films since 1980.

But that is about to change. Disney has released a sneak preview of a new short film Croissant de Triomphe, which tells the story of what happens when Minnie’s cafe runs out of croissants, and Mickey must deliver them to her fast, fighting wild traffic and other obstacles across Paris.
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Despite the character’s locked-in-stone status as an animation icon, Mickey Mouse has forever been a star of shorts, television and comics. While there have been some direct to video films starring Mickey, he’s never starred in his own theatrical feature.

Now it looks like one could happen. Not quickly or soon, because that’s not the pace of animation. But still: a Mickey feature in theaters would be a pretty big deal. Read More »

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VOTD: Pulp Disney

What happens when Disney’s classic animated character’s Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck get mashed up with Quentin Tarantino‘s violent R-rated classic Pulp Fiction. Watch the video, embedded after the jump.

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The Voice of Mickey Mouse Passes Away

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Wayne Allwine, best known as the voice of Mickey Mouse since 1977, passed away on Sunday night due to complications from diabetes. at age 62.

Allwine’s first appearance as Mickey was voicing the animated lead-ins for The New Mickey Mouse Club in 1977, and he has provided the voice for Mickey Mouse ever since. Coincidentally, he was married to Russi Taylor, the current voice of Minnie Mouse. You can read more about Wayne Allwine on the Disney Legends website.

After the jump I’ve included an interview with Allwine and Taylor from the the Walt Disney Treasures box set Mickey Mouse in Living Color: Volume Two.
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Cool Stuff: Mickey Mouse Transformers Figure

Tomy is releasing a Disney label Mickey Mouse Optimus Prime Transformer figure in Japan. On display at the Tokyo Toy Forum 2009, the toy will go on sale in February 2009 for 3,610 yen (or about $38.57).

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