At the Disney theme parks, Mickey Mouse is simultaneously unavoidable and hard to find. Walk into any store in any of the parks across the globe, and you’ll find more watches, shirts, stuffed animals, and other merchandise featuring Mickey’s face than any one person could know what to do with. If you wander the Main Street, U.S.A. section of the parks, you’re likely to find Mickey in person (as long as you prepare to wait in line for a while), and you might even be able to watch one of the black-and-white shorts that first made Mickey a cultural icon. If you’re in Disneyland, you could stroll to the back of the park to explore Mickey’s Toontown.

But you can’t exactly experience a Mickey-themed attraction. In the Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim, sure, you can see Mickey’s visage plastered on a very large Ferris Wheel now called the Pixar Pal-A-Round (previously known as Mickey’s Fun Wheel) And yes, if you go to the Silly Symphony Swings in DCA, there’s a Mickey Mouse figure atop the center of the spinning attraction, themed to look as he did in “The Band Concert” short from 1935.

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After 89 years as Walt Disney World’s iconic mascot, Mickey Mouse will finally get a solo theme park attraction built entirely around him.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be Mickey’s Mouse’s first theme park attraction ever, despite the thousands of Hidden Mickey’s scattered across Walt Disney World and Disneyland rides throughout the country. But don’t worry, just because this ride will be all about him doesn’t mean that the Runaway Railway won’t have a few Hidden Mickey’s of its own.

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LEGO Disney Minifigures

In addition to the LEGO minifgures that come with the various building block playsets, the toy company has also been selling individual minifigures. However, rather than being able to choose which minifigures you want to buy, you have to take your chances by buying them blind and hope you get one you don’t have yet. Or you can be the person who stands in the aisle and tries to feel the little plastic packages to determine if you’re getting the figure you want.

Anyway, if you’re a Disney fan, you’re probably going to be interested in the latest series of minifigures that will give some of Disney’s most famous animated characters the building block treatment. There’s a series of 18 new LEGO Disney minifigures featuring characters from The Incredibles, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and more. Read More »

Frozen Olaf

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 »

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 »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 33 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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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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