Classic Mickey Mouse Replaced by New Version

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The Walt Disney Company regularly releases new animated and theme park versions of its beloved icon, Mickey Mouse. That multiplied after Steamboat Willie (1928) entered the public domain in January, leading to thousands of scary, sexualized, and other previously illegal depictions of the black-and-white mouse. On Wednesday, Disney announced it would share Mickey Mouse once again–this time for Nintendo’s “Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed.”

Mickey paints over the Wasteland
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As with many nostalgic video games like “Mario Party” and “Mario Kart,” Nintendo is remaking Disney Epic Mickey for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite. During Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase presentation, the Japanese game studio invited players to join Mickey Mouse in an unpredictable 3D world. IGN also shared this trailer for the upcoming release:

“On a peculiar day, Yen Sid’s mischievous mirror lured Mickey Mouse into his workshop,” the trailer explains. “Finding a magic paintbrush, a curious Mickey creates a mess and becomes trapped in a magical Wasteland inhabited by forgotten and rejected characters. The platforming adventure, ‘Epic Mickey,’ returns!”

Disney Epic Mickey dropped in 2010 on the Nintendo Wii. It later became compatible with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and the Nintendo Switch. The Rebrushed version will be available on Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.

The blot in Epic Mickey
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Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed launches on the Nintendo E-Store later this year. Follow Inside the Magic for updates on the game, including its official release date.

More Disney Epic Mickey?

Following the success of other Nintendo reboots, it’s not out of the question that Disney Interactive Studios will collaborate again to revive “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.” This title was the first to include Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney’s pre-Mickey Mouse creation that The Walt Disney Company didn’t regain the rights to until 2006.

Check out Oswald’s video game debut in the video above!

Reimagining Mickey Mouse

Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland constantly release new versions of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in seasonal or modernized outfits. But did you know that all six Disney Parks reimagined the iconic rodents’ faces just years ago?

Mickey Mouse with his old faceplate
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Throughout 2016 and 2017, the Disney theme parks premiered new Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse “face plates,” giving the characters a more recognizable look (think Mickey Mouse Clubhouse). Tokyo Disney Resort was the last to update its Mickey and Minnie characters, adding them to parades, shows, and meet & greets in 2019.

Mickey Mouse inside the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival in EPCOT
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In the 2010s, Walt Disney Studios reimagined the hand-drawn Mickey Mouse and his friends Pluto, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Goofy. Six seasons of Mickey Mouse Shorts featured dulled-down colors and more dramatic facial expressions on the brand icons.

Slightly altered versions of these updated characters appear on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park. The trackless ride is the first United States Disney Park attraction exclusively inspired by Mickey Mouse.

Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto animatronics on Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
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For 100 years, The Walt Disney Company has reimagined and rebooted Mickey Mouse countless times while protecting public nostalgia and infinity for the character. As more versions of Mickey creep into the public domain each year, it’s unclear how the brand will keep hold of its family-friendly mascot. In a statement, Disney vowed to strictly litigate any illegal uses of modern, still copyrighted versions of Mickey Mouse.

Are you excited about Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed? Share your thoughts with Inside the Magic in the comments. 

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