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D23 Expo: Mickey Mouse Short ‘Get A Horse’ Debuts; Will Open With ‘Frozen’
Brett Nachman   |  

D23 Expo 2013: Mickey Mouse: Get A Horse banner

Ever wanted to see Mickey Mouse in black-and-white, color, 2-D, 3-D, and with Walt Disney’s voice – in under seven minutes?

In November, you will have that opportunity!

Attendees at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, today were among the first to see Get A Horse, the new animated short film that will play in theaters in front of Frozen on November 27, 2013.

Host John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, discussed the Animation Research Library, where individuals like him have made many discoveries. One great find: the artwork of the fourth Mickey Mouse cartoon that never came to full fruition. That is… until now!

The short finds Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in a classic black-and-white scene, just enjoying a ride out in the country, until evil Pete reveals himself and takes Minnie. But not without some hilarious and truly ingenious means for Mickey to retrieve his love. The short has perhaps the most clever use of depth I have ever witnessed, in that the 2-D black-and-white characters launch out from the traditional framework into a three-dimensional atmosphere. They seem to jump off the screen – and do at parts.

Disney Get A Horse

It’s almost hard to describe how this is executed in a way that will help you visualize the amazement. These characters, full of motion, play with the animation in such a way that it looks like they come from two worlds and shape it however they would like. It’s a sight to be seen, and it will be worth watching many times over to appreciate all of the little touches – from the technical to the creative.

This was the crowd to appreciate a short like this, but my hunch is that the world over will consider this a masterpiece of animation. Do I smell an Oscar nomination? Certainly, if this could be in the running. It sure gets my vote as one of the most incredible uses of animation in short form ever – and that’s coming off the heels of Paperman, which was a marvel for both storytelling and technical wizardry.

You won’t want to miss this Mickey Mouse short when Frozen casts a chill over your soul this November – only in theatres!

Featuring Walt Disney himself as the voice of Mickey Mouse, this black-and-white, hand-drawn theatrical short follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow as they delight in a musical haywagon ride—until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road. This groundbreaking short from Walt Disney Animation Studios is directed by Lauren MacMullan (TV’s “The Simpsons”) and produced by Dorothy McKim (“Prep & Landing” trilogy, “Meet the Robinsons”), “Get A Horse!” opens in front of “Frozen” on Nov. 27, 2013.

Stay posted on new D23 Expo updates by following @bnachmanreports and @geeksofdoom on Twitter. And check back here at Geeks of Doom for more news from me on the D23 Expo!

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