‘Mickey: A Mouse’s Tale’ Coming Soon to Disney+
A brand new documentary called “Mickey: A Mouse’s Story” will premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival later this week on March 19, 2022.
Mickey Mouse is one of the most enduring symbols in our history. These three simple circles make sense to virtually everyone on the planet. So ubiquitous in our lives that he can seem invisible, Mickey is something we all share, with unique memories and feelings. Over its nearly century-long history, Mickey functions as a mirror, reflecting our personal and cultural values. “Mickey: A Mouse’s Story” explores the meaning of Mickey, getting to the heart of what Mickey’s cultural impact says about each of us and our world.
“Mickey: The Story of a Mouse” features Eric Goldberg, Mark Henn, Randy Haycock, Floyd Norman, Carmenita Higginbotham, Rebecca Cline, Kevin Kern and Bob Iger. The documentary is listed as 93 minutes.
The film’s director, Jeff Malmberg, told The Wrap that the film will be coming to Disney+ later this year. During the interview, Jeff Malmberg explained that this documentary will cover some controversial issues, including how Disney used Mickey Mouse during World War II:
I think because we had a tone like, “Hey, don’t get me wrong. We love Mickey, but some interesting things happened. I mean, for me, one of the most interesting moments in the movie that…and I didn’t know this before, but we found it while doing research, was the comic Mickey at Camp Gurs that this person made in the camp. And you see even if you look, it’s written in French, “produced without the authorization of Walt Disney”. Even then, they play with the idea of fatherhood or who owns what. These moments really speak to the power of the character.
I can’t speak for them, but it’s like in this case, even though it’s WWII and I had heard they were sensitive to that, which is what we’re really trying to bring out, c is that this character has tremendous power in a positive way. I never felt like they were a problem.
Other topics included in the documentary cover the Copywrite issue with Mickey Mouse:
I remember being in high school or something, hearing about a school that had Mickey on their wall and they had to repaint it and it just blew my mind. I did not understand. As I grew into someone who was interested in art, Mickey was that weird third rail.
And so, from my point of view, things like Milton Glaser’s “Mickey Mouse in Vietnam” short. There are examples of off-brand Mickey art that inform and enhance the character, in my mind. And when you now see Mickey on the mark, you see a little off the mark. And when you see off-brand Mickey, you see a little on-brand. And I think that actually makes for a really interesting character and someone that I wanted to understand a little bit more, what it was about. For me, the copyright issue was definitely…”I’ll make them talk about it.” Now you see how they talk about it, I think it’s a first kind of, I’m not going to solve the problem, but I can get the ball rolling.
The documentary is also released with an animated Mickey Mouse short called “Mickey in a Minute”, which is kind of an “Into the Spider-Verse” style truncated short that goes through the different eras of Mickey, who was animated by Mark Henn and Eric Goldberg.
No Disney+ release date has been announced for the documentary, but hopefully we’ll find out soon.
Are you interested in a new Mickey Mouse documentary?