Parents today are longing for the days of “good,” classic and quality cartoons. With so many cartoon options and a plethora of less-than-desirable toons for older tweens and teens, it’s no surprise that parents of small children are looking forward to the relaunch of Mickey Mouse on Disney. Disney expects to relaunch Mickey Mouse this summer of 2013, just a few short months away.
History of Mickey Mouse
Mickey is 85 years old. Despite the fact that Mickey hasn’t made a movie in almost five years, or had any new cartoons in many times that, he’s remained an iconic image. In fact, he is one of the most recognizable images in the world, even more so than Santa Claus.
First created in 1928, there was little interest in Mickey. Of course, when Mickey was first created, he was actually named Mortimer the Mouse; but disapproval of the name by Disney’s wife lead to the change to the more desirable “Mickey,” and the rest is history.
Steamboat Willie is one of the most well known of all the original Mickey Mouse shorts. It is most familiar as the depiction of Mickey, steering a steam boat and whistling. It was also the first animation that featured synchronized sound effects and music.
Mickey Mouse Relaunch Information
The relaunch will occur this summer and include 19 new cartoons. The cartoons will be created using 2D animal, paying tribute to the original 1920s and 1930s Mickey. However, it is worth noting that each cartoon is expected to be a mere few minutes long.
New Mickey will include more contemporary touches. For example, one cartoon is rumored to include Mickey Mouse riding on a motorcycle through the streets of Paris. Mickey is also slated to take tours of Bejing, New York and Venice.
The Mickey Mouse relaunch will also include other classic characters, including Donald Duck, Goofy, Daisy, Pluto and of course, Minnie Mouse herself. Though rumored, there is no official word yet on whether these characters will be present throughout the series, or if Mickey will come across them during his world travels.
Disney plans to launch these new cartoons at the end of June, with a target audience ranging in age from 6 to 14; though adult fans are expected to enjoy the new cartoons as well. The launch will extend across multiple venues including on cable television, online and on mobile devices.
The success of this relaunch may mean more Mickey to come. Children already know this iconic character, despite having little actual experience with him. His iconic face still graces store shelves today, despite no recent movie or television appearances. A relaunch could be the start of a whole new generation of Mickey Mouse lovers, starting June 28th, 2013.
About the Author: Wesley Teague loves seeing old cartoons brought back to life. He’s currently tracking the new Mickey Mouse releases and is also enjoying remakes of TMNT and other old favorites.