Okay, I KNOW I said I wasn’t using this blog to push things just because I like them but I just have to showcase these new Disney Mickey Mouse shorts.* The team behind them was lead by Paul Rudish (Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls) and aren’t these just the most charming things? From Disney:
Mickey is Disney’s No. 1 star and the world’s leading character franchise. Since his creation in 1928, he has continued to be a timeless favorite. While the new cartoon shorts are fresh and contemporary, they are also reminiscent of the art direction and storytelling of Walt and his animators in the 1920s and 1930s.
Each cartoon finds Mickey in a different setting including Santa Monica, New York, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Venice and the Alps, facing a silly situation, a quick complication and an escalation of physical and visual gags. The stories also feature heartfelt and heroic moments as Mickey experiences life with Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto.
One of the style elements the team included that I really admire are the decorative title screens that begin each film. The practice was common in the early days of film, particularly when playing shorts before a feature film was standard practice in movie theaters. I’ve collected the title screens from the 7 shorts that have been released so far. The series has 19 episodes altogether and premiere on the Disney Channel on Friday nights. You can also find the episodes on Disney.com and YouTube. Check them out!
Just for fun, below is a video interview with Paul Rudish. Okay, my Disney-pushing is over!
* Yes, I am somewhat a Disney nut, but I do try to keep it real with them as I do any other giant mega-opoly that owns our lives.
 Title Screens from Disney Television Animation
 Video from Disney Insider blog