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Voice of Walt Disney Featured in Disney’s “Get a Horse!”

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"GET A HORSE!" (Pictured) HORACE. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

“GET A HORSE!” (Pictured) HORACE. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

It has been 58 years since the world has heard the voice of Walt Disney as Mickey Mouse in a film, and his voice will once again be heard on the big screen in the upcoming Disney short, “Get a Horse!” that will debut before the film “Frozen” in theaters on November 27th. The 3D short is reminiscent of shorts from the 1920’s featuring both CG and hand-drawn animation with both black-and-white and color.

The short is directed by Lauren MacMullan, who is the first female director of a Mickey short, and produced by Primetime Emmy Award winning Dorothy McKim. The editorial team searched through every one of the Mickey shorts featuring the voice of Walt Disney to find the dialogue of Mickey Mouse in “Get a Horse!”

"GET A HORSE!" Horace model sheet. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

“GET A HORSE!” Horace model sheet. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

When I first saw Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow make their debut along with Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the film, I was swept back in time to the 1920’s. The never-before-seen short was truly authentic to the 1920’s era with the 20th Century CG and 3D artistry.

When talking with MacMullan about how she came up with the concept for the short, we asked the big question, “What can you do with Mickey Mouse that has not already been done before? He has been everything!”

MacMullan, had learned how to animate, on the animation used in the 1920’s and 1930’s era. She said, “The dynamics were different for Mickey back then. I wanted to see how we can get back there?”

She wanted to make it like a lost short and then pull it into the 20th Century with CG and color. “Everything around Mickey Mouse is an instrument in this era, and it is even better if it is alive,” said MacMullan.

Mac Mullan went in to pitch the story with just one image of Mickey Mouse with his leg bursting out of the screen. She acted out her vision for the film before getting the “green light” to start production.

“We have the 2D guys who can do this like no other studio can,” said MacMullan. She went on to show us drawings from the making of the short and the MacMullan said, “All of the 2D animation was drawn on paper with pencil for this short.”

"GET A HORSE!" Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse model sheet. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

“GET A HORSE!” Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse model sheet. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Filmgoers can see Mickey Mouse come to life like never before in the upcoming Disney short, “Get a Horse!” before the film “Frozen,” in theaters on November 27th.

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