|Directed by|| Dan Povenmire |
Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
|Produced by|| Burny Mattinson |
|Screenplay by|| Dan Povenmire |
Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
|Based on|| Mickey Mouse
by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks
|Starring|| Bret Iwan |
Christy Carlson Romano
|Music by||Justin Hurwitz|
|Studio|| Walt Disney Pictures |
Walt Disney Animaton Studios
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Motion Pictures|
|Released||November 24, 2021|
Mickey Mouse is an American 3D hand-drawn/computer animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and was released on November 24, 2021 in Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and traditional 2D formats. The film is based on the Mickey Mouse character originally created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, and was announced by Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger at the annual company shareholders' meeting. It is the 60th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics canon, and marks the 93rd anniversary of the character's creation. It was written and directed by Dan Povenmire and Jeff Marsh , the creators of Phineas and Ferb , and produced by Burny Mattinson with John Lasseter serving as executive producer, with original music provided by Justin Hurwitz of La La Land fame. It is also the very first full-length animated feature from Disney to use Meander, an in-house animation system used to combine 2D and 3D animation. This was also the last Walt Disney Animation Studios production that animation veteran Burny Mattinson was involved in before his death from natural causes in 2020. The film is dedicated to his memory. The film focuses on Mickey as he moves into a small town in California and befriends Donald Duck and Goofy, falls in love with Minnie Mouse, meets Minnie's friend Daisy Duck, and also makes enemies with the notorious criminal Peg Leg Pete. Most of the entire voice cast for Mickey and his friends reprise their respective character roles, while Tress MacNielle has been replaced by Bridgit Mendler of Good Luck Charlie fame as the voice of Daisy. Mendler also sings her own rendition of Mickey Mouse March for the film's end credits and soundtrack album. The film was a huge box office success, and was praised by critics, garnering a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A sequel, Mickey Mouse 2, was released on November 18, 2028.
The movie starts out in 1928 with Mickey on a train going to Southern California wondering if he'll fit in there, but when he gets there, he meets his soon-to-be girlfriend, Minnie Mouse, and his friends Donald Duck who is known for his wild temper, Goofy, who is clumsy but has got a good heart.
Mickey Mouse - The main protagonist; he is a newcomer to a small town in Southern California after moving out of rural Missouri.
Minnie Mouse - Mickey's next-door neighbor, and soon-to-be girlfriend; When she first meets Mickey she has a crush on him. she is known to be one of the nicest girls in Mickey's neighborhood.
Donald Duck - Mickey's neighbor and best friend; he is perhaps notorious for his wild temper.
Goofy - Mickey's second best friend; Goofy is incredibly clumsy, and almost never careful about anything.
Pluto - The dog Mickey adopts as a little puppy.
Daisy Duck - Minnie's best friend and Donald's love interest; she is the owner of Daisy's Diner, one of the most popular breakfast spots in town.
Clarabelle Cow - Goofy's love interest; she is only seen in a flashback during the film.
Peg Leg Pete - The main antagonist; he becomes a fugitive after escaping a 2-year prison sentence for robbing a bank.
Mr. Palmer - Mickey's boss at the pet shop where he works. He is considered tough, but fair to Mickey during his daily shifts; and is strict when he needs to be without resorting to rudeness according to Mickey in the film.
Amelia Fieldmouse - Mickey's sister, who was originally mainly in the Mickey Mouse comics, is introduced into an animated work for the first time.
Mandie Mouse - another character from the universe who was exclusively in the comics, and is now making her animation debut.
Marcus Mouse - Mickey's father
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit - Walt Disney's earliest cartoon creation, who he talks about to his daughter in a CG animated prologue.
Walt Disney - The creator of the Mickey Mouse character, who makes a cameo in a CGI animated prologue.
Veteran voice actor Tom Kenny and Disney-Pixar's Chief Creatve Officer and executive producer, John Lasseter, also make brief voice cameos in the film as customers at Daisy's Diner.
As woth most recent Disney or Pixar animated offerings, there are hidden easter eggs in the film.
Below are the easter eggs seen in the film:
- A prototype version of Clara Cluck.
- In the job interview scene taking place at the pet shop, three different sizes the infamous Pixar ball can be seen in the shop's toy section, forming a "Hidden Mickey".
- Dumbo can be seen as a bubble blowing toy in a toy store Mickey passes by.
- Bill the Lizard from Alice in Wonderland can be seen as one of Peg Leg Pete's thugs.
- In a Christmas photo Mickey and Minnie take together, Olaf from Frozen can be seen as a snowman they both build in the picture.
- A113 is seen on a license plate on the back of Mickey's car.
- In a scene where Mickey and Minnie see a movie on their first date, two thugs in the film they see carry a sculpture in the form of a warthog resembling Pumbaa from The Lion King.
The idea for a Mickey Mouse feature film came about in 2011 when Disney Animation veteran Burny Mattinson hinted to the British website BleedingCool.com that he was working on an idea for a hand-drawn animated action-adventure film featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy, and pitching it to John Lasseter for approval. Lasseter was enthusiastic about the idea of a feature-length Mickey Mouse film, as the character has not been in the limelight on the big screen since 1995's Runaway Brain. However, he felt the idea Mattinson had was too dark for the character, and gave Mattinson the task of doing a more light-hearted origin story for the character instead. Both Mattinson and Lasseter would later agree that the film needed outside co-directors for this particular project. They later contacted Dan Povenmire and Jeff Marsh, perhaps best known for creating Phineas and Ferb, and asked them if they wanted to direct the feature. Both Dan and Jeff agreed to work on the film, as they had missed working with Disney since Phineas and Ferb ended in 2015. The film uses the character designs made famous in the 1940s by legendary Disney animator Fred Moore, and the end credits sequence, using the character designs for the 2013 Mickey Mouse short series for Disney Television Animation, was directed by that series' executive producer, Paul Rudish. The film is also the first to use Meander, a technology used to uniquely combine the techniques of hand-drawn and computer animation; the technology was first used in Disney's Academy Award winning short film, Paperman.
Many of the official voice actors for Mickey and his friends, including Bret Iwan, Russi Taylor, and Bill Farmer reprised their respective roles for film, while Christy Carlson Romano, perhaps best known for starting her career at Disney in the fan-favorite Disney Channel original series Even Stevens, takes the role of Daisy Duck from veteran voice artist Tress MacNielle due to MacNielle being busy with other projects.
The songs and score for Mickey Mouse were composed by Justin Hurwitz, who is perhaps best known for scoring the 2016 musical, La La Land. Original song lyrics were written by Randy Newman.
A sountrack album was released on November 9, 2021 by Walt Disney Records, featuring selections from Hurwitz's score and songs performed by the voice cast.
The film was originally announced in 2020 during a shareholder's meeting, the film's title and premise were revealed by Disney and Pixar's Chief Creatice Officer, John Lasseter during their Walt Disney Animation Studios panel. The theatrical release was accompanied by the short film, Frozen Ever After, based on the 2013 film Frozen.
The first trailer for Mickey Mouse was revealed at the 2020 D23 Expo, The Walt Disney Company's official convention; Disney had also set up meet-and-greets for Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy as a celebration. Disney also released a comic book tie-in from its Marvel Comics subsidiary. The trailer later debuted with The Avengers: Wrath of Thanos. A second trailer was released on March 9, 2021, coinciding with Wreck-It Ralph 2, and a third and final trailer was released on August 20, 2021, coinciding with The Sword in the Stone and Father Knows Best.
Mickey Mouse received universal critical acclaim. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 95% percent of critics gave the film positive reviews, with an average rating of 8.6 out of 10, the consensus saying.
Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film an A+, stating. Film critic and animation fan Leonard Maltin stated "If there was a film that I think would help people feel good in tough times, make the world laugh, and of course let people know that there is still such a thing as. Kyle Smith of the New York Post wrote in his column Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News gave the film 5 stars out of 5, and concluded
The film was a massive box office success, grossing over $650,409,594 domestically, and landing at #1 on opening weekend. The film ended up earning $359,583,790 overseas, brining the film's total earnings to $1,009,993,384 worldwide. This makes it the second Disney animated film to reach the $1 billion mark, becoming the second highest-grossing animated film of all time behind Frozen. The film's success also makes up for the colossal failure of the romantic comedy, Tux, a live-action/CGI hybrid based on a Japanese manga series that became one of the biggest box-office bombs in history and was universally panned by every film critic.
The film's budget was $30 million.
Povenmire and Marsh hinted that if Mickey Mouse was successful at the box office, a sequel would be developed by the same team who helped make the first film possible, as long as they can come up with a story as good as or better than the first. On July 11, 2023, the sequel, titled Mickey Mouse 2, was confirmed by voice actor Bret Iwan at the San Diego Comic-Con International.
In an interview with IGN, Christy Carlson Romano was less definite, saying they had talks about a possible sequel being in development. Povenmire and Marsh also plan to return as co-directors and co-writers, while Burny Mattinson has been confirmed to not have any involvement with the sequel due to his death in 2020. Mickey Mouse 2 was released on November 10, 2028.
- Main article: Mickey Mouse (2021 film)/Transcript
- Main article: Mickey Mouse (2021 film)/Trailer transcripts
"In 1928, a man named Walt Disney created a mouse named Mickey...
And a legend was born.
Now, the cartoon legend that started it all is back... in his very first full-length animated feature.
From the creators of...
Comes the return of a legend.
In 3D, November 2021"
- Main article: Mickey Mouse (2021 film)/Credits