I was searching for some actual footage of the upcoming Wii exclusive Epic Mickey. But aside for some concept art, there doesn’t appear to be any actual game footage from Warren Spector’s Junction Point studio. What we do know is very little, but sounds very cool, especially that insane steampunk, trippy, nightmarish vibe of the game.
Cool enough to make us want to buy a Wii.
According to Ars Technica: “In the game, Yen Sid, the sorcerer from the classic 1940 animated film Fantasia, has created a strange wasteland inhabited by the forgotten Disney characters. When Mickey stumbles into the world he accidentally creates a path of destruction, changing the world for the worse. Wielding the Wii remote, players can use either paint or thinner to reshape the wasteland, forcing them to make choices about how they will progress through the game.”
In addition to Mickey and Yen Sid, the game will feature other lesser known Disney characters like Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the star of 26 silent Disney cartoons between 1926 and 1927 and the precursor to Mickey Mouse. It’s rumored that Oswald is the actual villain in this game, because of his jealousy of Mickey. Oswald rallies the inhabitants of Yed Sid’s strange world to take revenge against Mickey Mouse.
One of the ways he does that is by unleashing the Phantom Blot, a monster that invades the Disney universe and begins to disassemble it by using black ink and making the colors of the world run together (this explains the “melting” imagery used in concept art).
There is nothing I don’t love about the idea of older Disney characters unleashing their pent up rage towards Mickey, Pluto, Donald Duck, etc. If only Disney would make an animated movie this dark and twisted.