New technology is always impressive. When people figure out a way to combine the new and the old… minds are blown. The people at the forefront of this are the creatives over at Walt Disney Animation Studios. They figured out a way to blend CGI and hand-drawn animation in a new short, “Get A Horse!”, directed by Lauren MacMullan and animated by CGI artist Adam Green (Tangled, Wreck it Ralph), and classic artist, Eric Goldberg (Aladdin, and The Princess and the Frog). Let me assure you that the combination of classic black-and-white animation style and 3D and CGI artistry makes you believe that movie magic really does exist.
What’s this about Walt Disney’s voice? The editorial team spent countless hours searching through every single one of Mickey shorts (you know, like Steamboat Willie) to gather up dialogue for “Get a Horse!” Yes, you read me right. Walt Disney lends his voice to a short posthumously. How cool is that? Talk about making history. This is Walt Disney’s first screen credit in… 58 YEARS!!!
And there are more records to be broken here. The director, Lauren MacMullan (of The Simpsons and Wreck it Ralph fame), is the first female director EVER of a Mickey short.
The expectations are high, but this short delivers in so many unbelievable ways. Peg-Leg Pete is the perfect bumbling villain, and Mickey and Minnie are every bit as lovable as one might expect.
You don’t have to wait long to see this short. “Get A Horse!” is in theaters everywhere right before “Frozen” on November 27, 2013. Start a countdown. Believe me, it will be worth it!!!