“Marwencol” helmer Jeff Malmberg directs the documentary, produced by Academy Award winner Morgan Neville.
Jeez, Mickey Mouse’s legacy is certainly tumultuous.
The true story behind the Walt Disney character who became the signature symbol of a century-old conglomerate is told in the upcoming Disney+ documentary, “Mickey: The Story of a Mouse,” which debuted Nov. 18 on the streamer to celebrate Mickey’s birthday.
“Marwencol” helmer Jeff Malmberg directs the documentary, with Oscar winner Morgan Neville (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”), Meghan Walsh and Chris Shellen producing. “Mickey” centers on Mickey Mouse’s ongoing artistic and cultural significance while unpacking the controversies surrounding the nearly 100-year-old cartoon mouse.
A quarter and two dimes construct the most “universal symbol ever created by man,” we’re told in the trailer. “Never lose sight of a thing, and it was all started by a mouse,” Walt Disney says in a 1954 clip shown in the trailer.
According to the official synopsis for the film: “Mickey Mouse is one of the world’s most beloved icons, recognized as a symbol of joy and childhood innocence in virtually every corner of the globe. It’s been a remarkable journey for a character that was dreamed up at a low point in the career of Walt Disney, an ambitious young artist who moved to Hollywood from Kansas City, Missouri, Disney’s groundbreaking short “Steamboat Willie,” the first animated feature with synchronized sound, made Mickey an overnight sensation and made shorts with the tough mouse to a starring role in the film while the medium was popular.In the decades that followed, Mickey morphed into strikingly different versions of himself, reflecting both the trajectory of his creator’s illustrious career and dramatic societal changes—positive and negative—in the nation of his arrival to represent.”
Legendary Walt Disney artist Floyd Norman (“Sleeping Beauty,” “The Jungle Book”) is featured in “Mickey” after making history as the first black artist hired long-term at Walt Disney Studios in 1956. Norman later developed different TVs. projects such as “Hey! Hi! Hi! There’s Fat Albert, “Sesame Street” and “Soul Train” before returning to Disney to animate on “Robin Hood” and joining the story team on “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Mulan” and other animated features.
“Mickey: The Story of a Mouse” premieres November 18 on Disney+.
Watch the exclusive trailer below.