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Mickey Mouse Goes 3D

Mickey Mouse Get a Horse! is a clever mix between 2D and 3D animation -with two legendary animators such as Eric Goldberg and Adam Green-, a short film in 2013 in a 1928 environment ... and it is coming soon in a cinema theatre near you.

Lauren MacMullan, a veteran of TV series such as The Critic, The Simpsons and Avatar: The Last Airbender, came up with the idea for a stereoscopic 3D Mickey Mouse short about three years ago. So, she came up with a simple pitch that mixed the character’s vintage roots with CGI and 3D technologies.

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Sneak Peek

This short loop of animation from the Mickey Mouse cartoon "Get a Horse!" was taken from the animation booth at the D23 Expo. It was also pre-screened at the Annecy Animation Festival 2013.

McMullan Said

“The idea was to start the short with the classic 2D Mickey and his friends, then pull it all out in color, CG and stereoscopic 3-D, and lose all those middle decades when he has a mortgage in Burbank and is lecturing Pluto about being naughty!” The top brass at Disney, including John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, really liked her vision, which pulled Mickey out of the black-and-white world on the screen and into the real 3-D universe, a la Woody Allen’s Purple Rose of Cairo. “

"The animators Eric Goldberg and Adam Green have worked together to restore the original look of Mickey 1928." Goldberg is well trained to draw and animate a Mickey in the original style (as he demonstrated with remarkable ease live at Annecy 2013).

To complete the illusion, aging and blur filters have been added to the image. For the stereoscopic 3D DGI part, the directors have created a whole new character models, faithful to character-designs of 1928 ... so true that the passage of the characters from 2D to 3D is stunning with a natural, like this scene round where the characters jump from one setting to another.

Where and When to Watch "Get a Horse!"

"Mickey Mouse Get a Horse!"will be in theaters with "Frozen" from November 20, 2013. 

Source: AnimationMagazine, IndieWire.