New Mickey Cartoons and how they’re changing the face of Mickey

For about a year now, Disney has been releasing several shorts starring Mickey mouse and friends.  These air on the Disney channel during commercial breaks and every episode is directed by a different artist.  Now, why do we care?  Because they’re just so good!  These shorts are super creative and consistently make me laugh.  It seems to me that the director has switched back to a style of humor closely resembling the insanity of black and white shorts.

Of course Mickey shorts are nothing new, but these shorts just seem to have something extra in them.  Mickey used to be unfunny, almost like a throw away character even though he was the face of the company.  Disney has made such a large improvement with these shorts that I actually consider Mickey a favorite.  The Disney Store is even selling merchandise specific to the shorts (Yes, I spent a paycheck on these.  Oops.)  So take a look for yourself.  Obviously humor is subjective, but I think I speak for most people when I say these are a huge improvement on the humor of Mickey and a tribute to Walt.

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The Festival of Fantasy Parade has arrived!

Wow, the first new parade in over 10 years! Disney recently retired Celebrate a Dream Come True (RIP) in order to make way for the new parade, Festival of Fantasy, which held its debut yesterday (March 9th, 2014).  It was amazing and the floats were truly a spectacle.  Many of the Disney revival princesses were to be seen with their own intricate floats, with dancers in all new costumes.

Firstly, the Beauty and the Beast float was lead by the crazy swan people, which confused me.  Where there swans in that movie at all?  Odd.

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Quiet, classy float. Nothing too special.

Quiet, classy float. Nothing too special.

Cinderella and Charming arrived in typical fashion, nothing new to note about their outfits.  However, I did find it strange that they made such a spectacle of her pink dress.

The float spins around to reveal Cindy's pink dress.

The float spins around to reveal Cindy’s pink dress.

This Frozen float is absolutely amazing!!!  Anna in her coronation dress??? I love it! And her hair looks stunning, perfectly natural.  That little Olaf spins and moves beautifully as well.  Elsa is elegant and regal as usual.  I just can’t get enough, I love that they included these girls in the parade even though they’re so new to the Disney universe.

Frozen float

Frozen float

This is my favorite float of the parade by far.  It’s huge, it’s amazingly detailed, and it’s got characters spread throughout it.  If you look closely you can see Flynn Rider and other guys from the Snuggly Duckling on one of the swinging axes.  Tell me that doesn’t seem like a fun job to have!  And I love the Rapunzel’s hair leads through the entire float.

So many easter eggs hidden in this float!

So many easter eggs hidden in this float!

The only thing that ruined it for me was the costumes of the dancers.  Just hideous!  Are they… rainbow viking renaissance girls?  I found the many of the general dancers had these crazy costumes that just seemed like a child threw on every colorful thing they could find.  Take a look at other dancers over at Stitch Kingdom.

Ugh.

Ugh.

The Malificent float was by far the most thought-out and detailed part of the parade.  She was led by three very worried fairies, along with Prince Philip, fighting her off.  This float was very dark compared to the other floats, possibly to make us think of the new Malificent movie coming up.

The crown jewel of the parade.

The crown jewel of the parade.ma

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Why is this so enormously tall?

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A giant bagpipe for our Scottish girl

A giant bagpipe for our Scottish girl

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And finally the parade wraps up with a garish Pinocchio float, a cast of miscellaneous characters and a lovely little Mickey Mouse float.

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What do you think, was the parade a true Festival of Fantasy or a  Funeral of Gaudiness?