What’s cool anymore is as much a mystery to me as it is to an unthawed caveman. For me, old has always been cool. These days, old furniture, record players, and just general assortments of retro crap are becoming cool to everybody else. What surprises me is that the movies have not been largely affected by this “retro” craze. Animated shorts are the ultimate throwback, and only recently has Disney begun to attempt the re-creation of animated shorts.
This year, the Mouse House released a web-exclusive, 3 minute Mickey Mouse cartoon entitled “Croissant de Triomphe.” It’s impressive in that it delivers a picture that has the feel of an original, hand drawn short, and yet at the same time the computer aspect of it clearly shows. While I do not know exactly how the short was made, I can make this judgement: it’s got the look of a great hand-drawn/computer-made hybrid. And in just three minutes, Disney really packs in a story, most catering towards the shorter attention spans of today’s viewers. Having been received well across the Internet, it can be assumed Disney will be pumping out more of these three minute Mickeys in the future, and, if other studios follow suit, we could witness a revisitation of the Golden Age of Animation during the Internet age of throwbacks and ever-changing trends.