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Mickey: The Story of a Mouse

2022 1h 33m Documentary Biography TRAILER for Mickey: The Story of a Mouse: Teaser Trailer List
89% Tomatometer 19 Reviews 88% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
One of the world's most beloved icons, Mickey Mouse is recognized as a symbol of joy and childhood innocence in virtually every corner of the globe. Dreamed up at a low point in Walt Disney's burgeoning career, Mickey became an overnight sensation when he starred in the first sync-sound animated short, Steamboat Willie. Through the decades that followed, the character evolved into strikingly different versions of himself that reflect both his creator's remarkable career and dramatic societal shifts in the nation he came to represent. Read More Read Less
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Nicolas Rapold New York Times It’s the life cycle of a vital pop art object and consummate commodity — a quintessential tale of the 20th century, complete with Andy Warhol quote. Nov 17, 2022 Full Review Daniel Fienberg Hollywood Reporter The access to veteran Disney animators and work from different stages of the process is unparalleled... I challenge anybody to spend 93 minutes with Mickey Mouse without smiling frequently. Mar 20, 2022 Full Review Fran Hoepfner TheWrap The evolution of the little mouse who could glosses over the domination of Disney as a corporation, the gluttony of its toy manufacturing, and the growing emptiness of Mickey. Perhaps Mickey is an endearing piece of iconography because hes a blank slate. Mar 19, 2022 Full Review Rachel Wagner Rachel's Reviews (YouTube) Nothing groundbreaking but a fun look into Mickey and his influence on Disney and pop culture Dec 31, 2022 Full Review Wade Major FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) Such a beautiful film, but it's also an important film. Nov 30, 2022 Full Review Symphony Barnes Cultured Vultures Mickey: The Story of a Mouse may be a bit like a glossy feature-length commercial, but its comprehensiveness and insightful commentary from those who have helped the mouse evolve into the icon we know today makes it a worthwhile watch. Rated: 7/10 Nov 23, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Vitoria F Of all the reports on Mickey Mouse that I've seen, this was the most complete, without being afraid to mention several controversial subjects. I just don't understand why they didn't address House of Mouse and the Disney Junior series. It was really good when they emphasized that it's not right to hide, but rather to discuss, the moments in the past when characters did things that are socially unacceptable today. It's a shame that it didn't last long; less than a year later, Disney started hiding everything and even preventing its licensees from informing the public about the concealment... Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/29/24 Full Review Teddy B A charming documentary that has enough good heartedness to distract from only it's very brief mentions of the controversies surrounding Disney and the sad realities of their traditionally animated workspace. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/27/23 Full Review Stephen S A fantastic documentary about the history of Mickey Mouse and how Mickey is still extremely popular today. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/30/23 Full Review Jose B "Mickey: The Story of a Mouse" (2022) - A Heartwarming Tribute to the Iconic Symbol of Joy by José Beltrán Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ (4 out of 5 stars) Review: "Mickey: The Story of a Mouse" is a delightful and insightful documentary directed by Jeff Malmberg that takes us on an enchanting journey through the history and filmography of the beloved Mickey Mouse. As a worldwide symbol of joy and the innocence of childhood, Mickey Mouse has touched the hearts of millions, and this film beautifully captures the essence of his enduring legacy. The documentary begins by delving into the humble origins of Mickey Mouse, tracing his remarkable rise to fame after his sensational debut in the 1928 animated short film, "Steamboat Willie." Through a masterful combination of archival footage, interviews, and behind-the-scenes glimpses, Malmberg artfully tells the story of how this endearing character captured the imagination of people around the globe. One of the documentary's greatest strengths is its ability to showcase how Mickey Mouse evolved over the decades, adapting to reflect the changes in both his creator's career and the societal shifts he came to represent. From his early mischievous and adventurous nature to his later embodiment of the American spirit during wartime, Mickey Mouse's journey serves as a mirror to the ever-changing world around him. Malmberg skillfully weaves together interviews with key figures from the animation industry, including artists, filmmakers, and historians, who share their profound insights into the cultural significance of Mickey Mouse. Their passion for the subject matter shines through, making "Mickey: The Story of a Mouse" not only an educational experience but also a love letter to the impact this iconic character has had on popular culture. The documentary's pacing is engaging, allowing the narrative to unfold naturally without losing the audience's attention. The archival footage is thoughtfully selected, providing a visual feast of Mickey's most memorable moments, from his classic cartoons to his appearances in theme parks and merchandise. While "Mickey: The Story of a Mouse" is undeniably a celebration of Mickey Mouse's enduring legacy, it does not shy away from acknowledging the challenges and controversies that have surrounded the character throughout his history. By offering a balanced exploration of Mickey's evolution, the documentary deepens our understanding of how this animated mouse has managed to captivate audiences for nearly a century. If there is one minor critique, it is that some aspects of Mickey Mouse's story could have been further explored. While the film successfully captures the character's impact on American culture, it could have delved more into his global influence and how he resonates with audiences across different countries and generations. In conclusion, "Mickey: The Story of a Mouse" is a heartwarming tribute to the enduring legacy of Mickey Mouse. Director Jeff Malmberg expertly guides us through the fascinating journey of this iconic character, highlighting his impact on popular culture and his ability to bring joy to people's lives. Whether you're a longtime Mickey Mouse fan or someone looking to learn more about this cultural phenomenon, this documentary is a must-watch. It reminds us why Mickey Mouse remains an endearing symbol of hope and happiness, transcending time and generations. Overall, "Mickey: The Story of a Mouse" earns a solid 4 out of 5 stars, making it a must-see for Disney enthusiasts and fans of animation history alike. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/28/23 Full Review Ethan S HELLO I HAVE NO EYES IF YOU DON'T COPY AND PASTE THIS TO 20 PLACES IN AN HOUR YOU WILL SUFFER MY CURSE YOU WILL WAKE UP AND I WILL BE IN YOUR BED I WILL HAVE A KNIFE. THEN I WILL DISSAPEAR. YOU WILL THEN HAVE MY SEVENTH DAY CURSE. DAY ONE. WHILE YOU LIE ASLEEP, I WILL HIDE YOUR SOCKS THROUGHOUT YOUR HOUSE. WHEN YOU GO TO FIND THEM THEY WILL BE HIDDEN EVEN BETTER BY ME. DAY TWO. ME AND THE HERON WILL GO INTO YOUR KITCHEN WHILE YOUR NOT IN YOUR HOUSE AND MAKE A REALLY BIG MESS OF YOUR POTS AND PANS AND UTENSILS. DAY THREE. I WILL LEAVE ALL YOUR FOOD OUT AND IT WILL SPOIL AND YOU WILL BE HUNGRY OR PAY A LOT OF MONEY. DAY FOUR. I WILL HIDE UNDER YOUR BED AND TRY TO TELL KNOCK KNOCK JOKES WHILE YOU TRY TO FALL ASLEEP. IF YOU FALL ASLEEP I WILL WAKE YOU UP. DAY FIVE. ME AND A HUNDRED GHOULISH, HORRIFFIC GHOSTS WILL FLY AROUND YOUR ROOM IN A MASSIVE VORTEX AND STEAL YOUR SOUL, SUBJECTING YOU TO UNENDING HORROR. DAY SIX. I WILL JUMP OUT OF DOORWAYS AND SCARE YOU. DAY SEVEN. I WILL HIT YOU IN THE HEAD WITH A BOOK REALLY HARD. OK HURRY GO COPY PASTE Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/28/24 Full Review Alex N Calling all mouseketeer get your ears on! This document will make the world tear up for Mick Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis One of the world's most beloved icons, Mickey Mouse is recognized as a symbol of joy and childhood innocence in virtually every corner of the globe. Dreamed up at a low point in Walt Disney's burgeoning career, Mickey became an overnight sensation when he starred in the first sync-sound animated short, Steamboat Willie. Through the decades that followed, the character evolved into strikingly different versions of himself that reflect both his creator's remarkable career and dramatic societal shifts in the nation he came to represent.
Director
Jeff Malmberg
Producer
Morgan Neville, Chris Shellen, Meghan Walsh
Production Co
Disney Original Documentary, Walt Disney Productions, Tremolo Productions
Genre
Documentary, Biography
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 18, 2022
Runtime
1h 33m
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