Mickey Mouse is making another comeback.
The beloved Disney character, introduced in 1928's Steamboat Willie, has been featured over the years in films and several TV shows, most recently aimed at the preschool set.
But starting June 28, 19 new Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts will give the rodent a somewhat modernized, updated look, courtesy of Paul Rudish (Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls), the artist, director and executive producer behind the new project. A sneak preview of the first short, Croissant de Triomphe, is available at Disney.com.
The new adventures find Mickey in new "contemporary" settings such as New York, Paris, Beijing, Venice and even Santa Monica, Calif., but the artwork "borrows reverentially from the bold style of his 1930s design," the network promises.
"By bringing Mickey's comedic adventures to life with vitality, humor, inventiveness and charm, the entire Disney Television Animation team of artists, animators and directors have worked to capture the essence of what Walt Disney himself created 85 years ago," says Gary Marsh, president of Disney Channels Worldwide.
He'd better hope the negative reaction that greeted an effort several years ago by Warner Bros. to "update" its Bugs Bunny character for Cartoon Network, which was quickly abandoned, doesn't apply to Mickey fans, who also take their hero's legacy seriously.