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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.