Isn't it strange that Mickey Mouse has never really had his own animated feature? We don't call it the Mouse House for nothing. Mickey's the king of the Disney cartoon characters, yet he's still only been the star of shorts. Goofy and Uncle Scrooge have had their own long-form theatrical endeavors, so why not the little guy we most associate with the studio? Well, there's a chance of him finally being honored with a feature-length movie, if Disney bites.
Longtime Disney animator Burny Mattinson, who received an Oscar nomination for directing 1984's 'Mickey's Christmas Carol' (which I always thought of as a full movie when I was a kid -- but it's only 24 minutes), told Bleeding Cool that he wants his follow-up to working on the upcoming 'Winnie the Pooh' to be a feature film starring Mickey, Donald Duck and Goofy. So it's the whole gang, not just Mickey, but it's better than we've had before.
Mattinson told the site, "We have to present it first to the bosses to get the green light," so it's not a certainty this will ever happen. But the guy has contributed to the scripts for numerous Disney classics, including 'The Lion King' and 'The Great Mouse Detective,' which was his last directorial gig. Hopefully if his pitch isn't perfect, it can be worked into something that is. How could this be turned down? Talk about an easily marketed pre-existing property.
Also, maybe the fans can help out, at least by our reporting on Mattinson's idea and showing support and desire for a Mickey feature (even if shared with his pals). Would you like to see this happen, especially if it's an original story and not something adapted and made to fit the character?
Two years ago (a few months after longtime Mickey voice Wayne Allwine died) the Walt Disney Company started to re-brand the mouse as a possibly "naughtier" character, starting with the video game 'Epic Mickey' (which we think would make a cool movie of its own). Would that be a direction you'd like to see Mattinson's idea go in, or would you be more interested in the traditional nice-guy version?