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While Mickey Mouse is the international symbol for the Walt Disney Company, the character has rarely been in new animated shorts, until now. The company announced Tuesday that it has commissioned a new series of classic-style 2D shorts starring everyone’s favorite mouse.
Disney commissioned 19 new shorts that will start appearing on the Disney Channel, Disney.com and other platforms on June 28, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The shorts promise to have a mix of “classic comedy” with a “contemporary flair.”
This is a return to classic 2D for Mickey, who has appeared on the Disney Channel’s computer animated Mickey Mouse Clubhouse recently.
The first short, Croissant de Triomphe is already online, as is an accompanying game titled Mickey Delivery Dash. In the 3-minute short, Mickey has to get croissants for Minnie’s French restaurant.
According to The Huffington Post, Disney has assembled a group of talented animation veterans, including directors Aaron Springer (Spongebob Squarepants) and Clay Morrow (Dexter’s Laboratory) and art director Joseph Holt (Powerpuff Girls), to create these shorts. Paul Rudish, another animation veteran at Disney, is the executive producer.
Rudish remembered growing up as a kid, being influenced by the work of Disney and Ub Iwerks, adding, “In starting a new chapter of the Mickey Mouse legacy, I am honored to find myself on the path laid by artists I've admired and hope to re-imbue Mickey with those classic qualities that I believe still resonate with audiences today.”