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Mickey Mouse has more looks than Madonna, and Disney isn't done retooling the Mouse and his friends for the too-old-for-"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" audience. A new short-form series of 2-D, old-school Mickey Mouse cartoons debuts on Disney Channel on Friday, June 28 at 8:30 p.m. with two more episodes following consecutively on Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30.
Disney touts this version as a throwback, bold design, much like the classic 1930s Mickey, with backgrounds in a 1950s/60s style. And according to Disney, true fans will be able to find hidden icons from other Disney classics in the cartoons as well.
These new Mickey shorts are aimed at 6-14 year olds, but following in some of the most popular Disney shows, adults will probably find them amusing as well. The cartoons have a good tween-focused production team behind them too, including Paul Rudish ("Star Wars: The Clone Wars", "Dexter's Laboratory »
Disney hopes Where's My Mickey? game and short-form series will appeal to the current generation of 6-14 year-olds
Disney is hoping Mickey Mouse can find a new lease of life with a mobile game and cartoon shorts series that will go head-to-head with brands like Angry Birds and Talking Friends for the affections of children.
The mobile game is Where's My Mickey?, which is the latest in Disney's series of Where's My games. The franchise first launched in September 2011, and notched up more than 100m downloads in its first year.
Where's My Mickey is being released for iOS, Android and Windows Phone simultaneously, with more than 100 physics-puzzle levels spread across five chapters, and the promise of cameo appearances from Pluto, Goofy and other Disney characters.
It's setting the scene for the new cartoon-shorts series, titled Mickey Mouse, which will make its debut on the Disney Channel network on 12 July.
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Visionary animator Genndy Tartakovsky has been a creative force behind such popular series as The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Last fall, Tartakovsky also made a successful foray into animated feature films with the box office-and-family-friendly horror hit, Hotel Transylvania. With his pedigree of small-screen series and recent experience with a full-length animated production, it seems the time is ripe for a conclusion to one of Tartakovsky's most unique and iconic creations. Hit the jump to find out where it stands. Hollywood! Adapt this: Samurai Jack. What It's About: Running for a total of 52 episodes over four seasons from 2001 to 2004, Samurai Jack was an animated action adventure series that ran on Cartoon Network. It followed the exploits of the titular samurai who wandered a dystopian future ruled by the powerful shape-shifting demon, Aku. Voiced by Phil Lamarr, Jack is introduced to viewers as the young son »
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Disney has been avoiding using Mickey Mouse in any new animated movies, mostly out of fear of hurting the Disney brand. But things have changed. The studio is planning to created an animated remake of the 1952 musical comedy "The Stooge" with Mickey and Roger Rabbit. And today, Walt Disney Animation has unveiled the first of nineteen planned cartoon shorts that feature classic Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy and more. The short is called "Croissant de Triomphe" and revolves around Mickey as he avoids obstacles in Paris in order to deliver croissants to Minnie's cafe. The shorts are created by Emmy Award-winning artist and director Paul Rudish ("Dexter's Laboratory," "The Powerpuff Girls"). Watch "Croissant de Triomphe" below, and stay tuned for other shorts as they become available. Short Film: »
Cinelinx gets a license to laugh from Disney's new Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files: Animal Agents DVD!
This selection of 12 episodes from the Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb highlights the exploits of secret animal agent Perry the Platapus and his friends in Owca (The Organization Without a Cool Acronym).
I had never seen a single minute of Phineas and Ferb prior to receiving this DVD to review. In fact, I wondered if the turquoise platypus on the cover was Phineas or Ferb. I was aware of the series, of course, but I can't say I watch the Disney Channel with any regularity.
I was pretty surprised after watching a few episodes, but this is a very funny show, something along the lines of the classic Looney Tunes. It's clever without being annoying, and has some genuine humor without going for the cheap laugh. »
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Break out that can of spinach… With Hotel Transylvania under his belt, veteran animation director Genndy Tartakovsky is busy at work developing a new, 3D, big-screen take on the classic Popeye cartoon, and he tells ETonline that he plans to make the character more "contemporary" while keeping the action "really cartoony" with plenty of "physical comedy."
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"Basically it's kind of taking the Popeye that I grew up with, that I think we all grew up with, and definitely making him contemporary -- but still retaining everything that we loved about him from the past," says the 43-year-old director of such animated hits as Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory, adding, "It's fully CG-animated."
The pipe-clenching, eye-squinting, spinach-loving sailor man first appeared in the Thimble Theater comic strip in 1929 and quickly gained popularity with his own series of cartoon shorts and spinoffs. Director [link=nm »
Gather the ghouls around the TV, iPad and laptop: Hotel Transylvania is out this week on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack with UltraViolet, and the film's director, Genndy Tartakovsky, tells ETonline the formula behind the film's success, how comedians like Adam Sandler got serious behind the scenes -- and provides a sneak peek at Hotel Transylvania 2!
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Still a self-proclaimed "kid at heart," the Russian-born, Chicago-native Genndy cut his teeth over such shows as Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory during his animation career. Hotel Transylvania is his feature film debut, and the fast-paced family flick is populated by the greatest, most famous and fun monsters of all. Ironically, Genndy says he was afraid of them all when he was a kid.
"It's funny, because when I was growing up I was actually really scared of horror movies," he says. "I never wanted to watch them, but at the »
I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting when I popped Ape Escape into my DVD player. My frame of reference of the series was the original Ape Escape on PS1; the pioneer software for Sony's dual-stick Dualshock controller; a sweet soundtrack filled with poppy drum 'n' bass, and more ridiculous monkeys than you could count - trying their hardest to put their Iq-giving 'Pipo Helmets' to good use.
Plot-wise, the Ape Escape DVD provides the last of those three. A series of two-to-three minute episodes that largely focus on Specter - the villain of the Ape Escape series. He's an evil ape granted a genius intelligence though an experimental helmet. With his army of fellow apes (given helmets of their own), he intends to take over the world... but never manages to succeed.
At the very least, I expected an animation of the Ape Escape series to be an anime. »
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