The lights are on
This week brought us the depressing news that Epic Mickey developer Junction Point would be closing its doors. While this is unfortunate news for Junction Point's employees, Disney, and Mickey himself, it's not the first time we've seen Mickey Mouse at the end of his rope.
From October 8th through the 24th in 1930, Disney ran several Mickey Mouse comic strips in the daily papers that told the story of a depressed Mickey trying to commit suicide after Minnie left him for a peddler named Mr. Slicker. The book Death Becomes Them tells how the idea was conceived and pushed into production by Walt Disney himself. Mouse Planet notes how Disney likely got the idea when he saw a Harold Lloyd comedy entitled Haunted Spooks, in which Lloyd's character becomes so despondent that he tries to kill himself in a series of comedic failed attempts.
When Disney stopped writing the daily Mickey Mouse cartoon himself, he suggested a similar storyline to the current cartoonist Floyd Gottfredson.
Of course, once Mickey thinks that Mr. Slicker has moved in on his girl he doesn't confront the rat; instead he thinks it would just be easier to kill himself.
After a series of failed attempts that illustrate that Mickey does indeed want to live, the mouse ultimately goes back to living a carefree life.
This was good news for gamers because Mickey went on to make some great games like Mickey’s Speedway USA, Castle of Illusion, and Kingdom Hearts. Even the first Epic Mickey was an interesting history lesson full of inventive ideas that didn't reach their full implementation. So Junction Point may be closing, and Disney might be going through some rough times, but I hope this isn't the last we see of Mickey Mouse. I still think he's a worthwhile character, and I hope to eventually see a video game that lives up to his iconic legacy.
You can read more old Mickey Mouse comics in Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Collector's Box Set.
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DUDE. What the hell Disney?!
Must be hard being Mickey.
You know what the craziest part of all these comics is?
Look at the third panel in the first strip where the shadows look like Slicker is kissing Minnie. Now look at the shadows in the second panel, they're the same outline but you can see Slicker is clearly NOT kissing Minnie. Mickey almost killed himself over a misunderstanding.
My favorite Mickey Mouse Gaming Moment:
Picking the option stated "I'll never give up!"
i remember when i was in middle school i found an old mickey mouse comic collection. some of the stuff from that era would never make the shelves now, like mickey pulling a gun on pete.
Mickey Mouse reaching for the shotgun needs to become an internet meme.
Dang, that's Dark
so this is the "dark side"
Wow...even for Disney, this is incredibly dark.
Wow, I never knew about this! Amazing find!
Well, they're cartoons from a time when topics such as suicide, race relations, and war were considered appropriate in comics, as all ages would read them. Besides, look at how it ends: on a happy note. Mickey realizes life is worth living. If you ask me, more cartoons like this would be a boon to our society today.
I hate when people try to kill themselves or a boyfriend or girlfriend. I know being rejected hurts, but is it ever really worth killing yourself over?
so hes like most teens that get dumped today huh.
Mickey was crazy for a second
Reminds me of Karma Police by radiohead. "For a minute there, I lost myself", lol. Allot of old Disney stuff was really dark, occasionally racist, or just all around sketchy, but so was looney tunes. We grew/censor ourselves more. It's how it goes, I guess.
This reminds me of that weird Suicide Mouse video :o
Jesus, this is kind of disturbing, and yet it provides some chuckles at the same time. Walt Disney sure was one intresting fellow.