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March 15, 2013
Mickey Mouse on a scooter

Disney Animation

You’ve probably seen this elsewhere, but in case you’ve somehow missed it, Disney’s latest animated short is called Croissant de Triomphe. Set in Paris, Mickey’s long-(long-long-)time girlfriend Minnie is running a restaurant called Cafe Minnie (no relation to the truly awful Cafe Minnie’s in Seattle’s Belltown, which died a richly-deserved death many years ago); she apparently got her boulangerie order horribly wrong and finds herself sans croissants during breakfast service.

Of course, it’s up to Mickey to save the day, so he hops on his anthropomorphic scooter to deliver a bread order from a patisserie operated by Donald Duck’s long-(long-long-)time girlfriend Daisy. Hilarity ensues as Mickey negotiates Paris’ famously sclerotic traffic getting the croissants and baguettes to Minnie’s place before her customers revolt.

Mickey most definitely takes the scenic route (including a stop at, ahem, Euro Disney) getting back, so as to touch base at all the usual Parisian landmarks. The story and the characters are rendered in a simple, broad-brush style that is a refreshing change from the ADHD-addled CGI epics that are the norm in animation these days. And this may well be the first cartoon in the history of animation to have a character riding a scooter twist the RIGHT handgrip to make it go! One of the animators must ride.

UPDATE, June 10, 2014: Croissant de Triomphe has now migrated to Disney’s YouTube channel! Watch below. Favicon

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2 Comments
  1. Martha permalink
    March 16, 2013 6:43 am

    Adorable!

  2. March 21, 2013 5:16 pm

    Dear Orin:

    I was appalled at the subliminal message of this apparent Disney cartoon. It is obviously an attack on traditional Roman Catholic values. First of all, the rodent on the scooter gleefully runs through a collection of Catholic nuns, knocking them over in an apparent reference to bowling pins. What sort of message will this send to the world’s youth, already buzzed out on high-caffeine and super sugary drinks? Then this same rodent rides over the roof of Notre Dame. Could this be anything but a symbolic gesture of the carrier of black death running rough-shod over the iconic symbol of Catholic Paris? Naturally, the satanic gargoyles laugh as the mouse completes the act of sacrilege…

    I just having some fun with you, Orin. I rather liked the cartoon. I have been to Paris 11 times and it remains one of my favorite cities. They do eat their morning croissants cold, which I find strange. But the average French supermarket generally has 70 kinds of fresh pate and that goes a long way with me. As usual, you have one of the most eclectic blogs on the internet. It is always a pleasure.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack/reep
    Twisted Roads

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