Old school cartoons are the best (in my opinion). The humor, the sketchy artwork, I love all of it. I am an artist and I appreciate the old, the new and as with Get A Horse!…the old mixed with the new! Get A Horse! is Disney old and new!
We sat down with Disney animator, Eric Goldberg and he gave us paper and pencil. I knew immediately they were going to have us draw and it made my heart hurt. One of the abilities I lost with my condition is my ability to draw and paint. These are things I did my entire life on an almost daily basis. Something I truly love. But being the trooper I am, I grasped that pencil even though it was quit difficult and I drew and did what is my best these days. Our task…to draw an old school cartoon character named Pete! Do you remember him?
So for Get A Horse!, they had to kick it old school and get Mickey and Minnie looking like they did in their original days!
…the Mickey that most of us have been drawing and animating for the last 20 years or so, for the most part has been the 1939 Mickey that was designed by Freddy Moore. Freddy Moore was one of the greatest Disney animators ever.
But the Mickey of 1939 was not the Mickey they needed for Get A Horse!
…we had to unlearn everything we knew as animators to go back to 1928…Walt’s earliest Mickey starts with a more rounded circle, a slightly more pronounced snout. A very simple thing, just take those eyes and fill ‘em in black, and you can already tell, you know, he’s, he’s gone back a couple of decades.
One of the things that we had to do to our 2D animation was make it look old…we added gate weave, we have dust, scratches, blobs, gloom around the blacks to make it look like over exposed high contrast film,
So even though it is a new movie, guess what?
Everything was new except for the voice of Mickey Mouse
Yep, that’s right. This is the coolest thing. They actually used Walt’s original Mickey voice for the movie!
…we had our editorial staff then take all the shorts from 1928 through 1946 and pull all of Walt’s dialogue from the shorts.
Whoa! That task alone took 3-4 months! So all of the parts where Mickey talks is actually OLD SCHOOL!
I don’t want to expose the surprises of this short, you have to see it! One of the coolest things I have ever seen in animation! New and old, together in one great movie!
Have you watched it yet?
No compensation was received for this post and all opinions are my own. My travel accommodations for this trip were covered by Disney.
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