Disney+ Drops ‘Mickey: Tale of a Mouse’ Teaser and Art

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Happy birthday “Mickey!” Disney+ has just shared the trailer and key art for its upcoming feature-length documentary, Mickey: the story of a mouse from Disney Original Documentary, the world premiere of which will air on the streamer on November 18 – the birthday of the eponymous mouse. The announcement comes from D23 Expo in Anaheim, which officially kicked off The Walt Disney Company’s 100th anniversary celebration.

“Mickey Mouse”, recognized as a symbol of childhood joy and innocence in virtually every corner of the globe, is now one of the world’s most beloved characters. Dreamed of at a low point in Walt Disney’s budding career, “Mickey” became an overnight sensation when he starred in the first synchronized-sound animated short, Steamer Willie. Over the decades that followed, the character evolved into startlingly different versions that reflected both its creator’s remarkable career and the dramatic societal changes in the nation he came to represent.

Director Jeff Malmberg and Academy Award-winning producer Morgan Neville (who previously teamed up to Won’t you be my neighbor?) examine the cultural significance of the nearly 100-year-old cartoon mouse. The film also features an all-new hand-drawn animated short from Walt Disney Animation Studios, mickey in a minute.

“Ninety-four years ago, Walt Disney created a mouse that would become one of the world’s most beloved characters,” said Marjon Javadi, vice president of Disney Original Documentary. “We’re thrilled the world is seeing ‘Mickey Mouse’ in a way they’ve never seen him before. Our team of award-winning filmmakers captures ‘Mickey’s’ journey through the years and reminds us why he had such an impact on us.”

Mickey: the story of a mouse features renowned Disney animators Eric Goldberg, Mark Henn and Randy Haycock, as well as animator and Disney legend Floyd Norman. Additionally, the film features art historian Carmenita Higginbotham, director of the Walt Disney Archives Rebecca Cline, and archivist Kevin Kern. With archival footage and exclusive interviews, the film examines the current artistic and cultural significance – as well as the controversies – surrounding the nearly 100-year-old cartoon mouse.

“‘Mickey Mouse’ is a symbol we see every day of our lives,” Malmberg says. “We all know ‘Mickey’, but it means different things to different people. We felt ‘Mickey’ deserved a joyful but also honest documentary. I’m glad Disney allowed us to dive so deeply into the evolutions and the meanings of the world’s most famous mouse.”

Malmberg is a documentary filmmaker whose first film, Marwencol, won more than two dozen awards, including the SXSW Grand Jury Prize, and was named Cinema Eye Decade Film as one of the top 20 documentary films of the past 10 years. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his second film, Spettacolo, nominated for Critics’ Choice for Best Documentary. More recently, his co-directing and editing Shangri Laa four-part series for Showtime about Rick Rubin and the creative process, earned Malmberg a Grammy nomination.

Malmberg realized Mickey: the story of a mouse with Neville producing under his company, Tremolo Productions. Chris Shellen and Meghan Walsh served as producers and Caitrin Rogers as executive producer. The film was edited by Jake Hostetter and Aaron Wickenden, photography by Antonio Cisneros, sound design by Lawrence Everson and music by Daniel Wohl. The film premiered at the 2022 South by Southwest Film Festival and screened this year at the Sun Valley Film Festival and the Newport Summer Film Series.

Check out the short trailer:

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Whitney is a freelance writer who focuses on visual effects-driven fantasy movies and television as well as preschool animation.

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