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February 17, 2018

Saturday Matinee #115, Wreck-It Week: "Croissant De Triomphe" (March 12, 2013)

Originally Published March 16, 2013

by Albert Gutierrez

Croissant De Triomphe

Doesn't Mickey Mouse look adorable sitting there on his little Vespa and crying out, "Allons-y!" before racing to Minnie's rescue? I have to admit, this is Mickey at his cutest. But he's also doing much of what we expect him to do: save the day. That's the character he's become. No longer the mischievous little miscreant who turns animals into instruments, Mickey Mouse has come a long way. He helps people, he resuces Minnie, and he brings croissants to irate diners. One could say it's his duty. And here at From Screen to Theme, during Wreck-It Week, we could say it's his... HERO'S DUTY.

Croissant de Triumphant

Rather than spoil this newly-released short for you, we will only be providing a half-summary.

It is a beautiful day in Paris, as Minnie is managing her cafe. However, most of her patrons wish to have a croissant with their coffee. But, alas, Minnie has run out! She calls frantically to Daisy, who runs her own patisserie. Send more croissants! It's Mickey to the rescue, and he boards his little green vespa to bring croissants to Minnie. Will he make it? What will he encounter? And, omagosh, can we understand French?

New Mickey Mouse short

"Croissant de Triomphe" is the first of nineteen planned shorts for television and internet distribution. The short debuted online less than a week ago, and two more are already planned for release. The first, "Yodelberg," features Mickey and Minnie at a mountaintop chalet. The second, "No Service," takes us to the beach where Mickey and Donald are admonished for not wearing shirts or shoes. The look for these shorts are reminiscent of the "Melody" and "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom" design, which stylizes these characters based on shapes rather than the more detailed and traditional look. It's an aesthetic that may take getting used to, although I fell in love with it immediately. Mickey has always been a character of evolution, going from trickster and scamp to hero. He's been radically re-designed a few times already, although most will point to Fred Moore's 1939 re-design as the definitive look of Mickey, refusing to accept anything else. Personally, I'm glad to see Mickey looking a bit out-of-the-box. It suits the entire look of this short film, and I'm very excited to see what else Disney has to offer in this design.

What remains to be seen is if this design will sit well with audiences in the long run. After all, when Warner Bros. tried to re-design the Looney Tunes as "Loonatics," there was an overwhelming amount of negative response. In a sense, Disney has faced some of that as well. I remember reading quite a few Amazon.com reviews for Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas (2004), which was the first major project to feature CGI Mickey and friends. Some reviews were mixed, others made no qualms that they hated the look. I think one even mentioned that it made their children cry. In retrospect, some of those complaints were justified, but others are still over-the-top. I've purposely avoided reading anything online about the response to this short, perhaps so I can live in some optimism that this radical new design stick around for awhile. Mickey Mouse is a jack of all trades, his appearance should reflect that occasionally. If we wanted Mickey Mouse to stay the same, we'd still be watching a rubbery black-and-white rapscallion who delights in cruelty to animals.

New Mickey Mouse short

Truth be told, for me, the best thing about this short is not the radical new design, but the wonderful little nods to Disney's past. The minor characters all look like something out of Silly Symphonies, the cops harken back to old "Goofy" shorts in which multiple renditions of him taught us sports, and we even have a cameo from some fairy tale royalty. This short is a celebration of everything Disney did right in the past, while presenting it to an audience in a bold, new way. It is the "keep moving forward" that Walt followed. We see that present here, along with that sense of, "I know where I'm going, 'cause I know where I've been." This is not just some wink-winky nod to the past in a "remember this?" fashion. This is taking the past and appropriating it for a contemporary audience. I can't think of a better tribute.

Disney Moulin Rouge

Naturally, this short is not available on DVD or Blu-Ray anywhere. But fear not! This web-exclusive is available for viewing from Disney's official web site, and will surely make the rounds on Disney Channel sooner rather than later:


Croissant de Triomphe on Disney Video  

http://video.disney.com/watch/croissant-de-triomphe-4d7b3aae690a98650d776d97

(Please note: the above links are currently only available for U.S. readers. For non-U.S. readers, a quick visit to YouTube will lead you to the short.)

Mickey crashes Cinderella Castle

 

Past Saturday Matinees

Mickey Mouse
     - The Band Concert (1935)
     - Birthday Party, The (1931)
     - Boat Builders (1938)
     - Brave Little Tailor (1938)
     - Building a Building (1933)
     - Clock Cleaners (1937)
     - Croissant De Triomphe (2013)
     - Get a Horse (2013)
     - Hawaiian Holiday (1937)
     - The Jazz Fool (1929)
     - Lonesome Ghosts (1937)

     - Mad Doctor, The (1933)
     - Magician Mickey (1937)
     - Mickey and the Goat Man (2002)
     - Mickey Down Under (1948)
     - Mickey's Delayed Date (1947)
     - Mickey's Steam Roller (1934)
     - Mickey's Trailer (1938)

     - No Service (2013)
     - Orphan's Benefit (1934 and 1941)
     - Shanghaied (1934)
     - Steamboat Willie (1928)
     - Steamboat Willie Revisited (1928)
     - Thru the Mirror (1936)
     - Ye Olden Days (1933)
     - Yodelberg (2013)

Donald Duck
     - Beezy Bear (1955)
     - Chips Ahoy! (1956)
     - Donald's Diary (1954)
     - Double Date Don (2001)
     - Grand CanyonScope (1954)
     - How to Have an Accident in the Home (1956)

     - Lighthouse Keeping (1946)
     - Modern Inventions (1937)
     - Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940)
     - No Hunting (1955)
     - Sea Salts (1949)

Goofy
     - Goofy and Wilbur (1939)
     - Hello Aloha (1952)
     - A Knight for a Day (1946)

Chip 'n' Dale
     - Chips Ahoy! (1956)
     - Corn Chips (1951)
     - Out of Scale (1951)

Humphrey the Bear
     - Bearly Asleep (1955)
     - Beezy Bear (1955)
     - Hooked Bear (1956)
     - In the Bag (1956)

Oswald
     - All Wet (1927)
     - The Fox Chase (1928)
     - The Mechanical Cow (1927)
     - The Ocean Hop (1927)
     - Ozzie of the Mounted (1928)
     - Trolley Troubles (1927)

Alice Comedies
     - Alice's Wonderland (1923)

Other
     - Adventures in Music: Melody (1953)
     - All the Cats Join In (1946)
     - Ben and Me (1953)
     - Bueno Nacho (2002)
     - A Cowboy Needs a Horse (1956)
     - Daisy's Road Trip (1999)

     - Disneyland Showtime (1970)
     - Disney's Electric Holiday (2012)
     - Epcot Film (1966)
     - Evolution of the Dunk the Mayor scene (1965-2006)
     - Feast (2014)
     - Figaro and Cleo (1943)
     - The Flying Mouse (1934)
     - Football Now and Then (1953)
     - General Hospital - The Introduction of Lucky Spencer (1993)

     - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (1964)
     - Grievance of a Starmaker (2002)
     - The Hardy Boys: The Stranger (1956)
     - John Henry (2000)
     - The Little Matchgirl (2006)
     - Max's New Car (2001)

     - Mickey and the Firefighter (1993/2002)
     - Muppet Mayhem: Baseball
     - Muppet Mayhem: Clapboard
     - Muppet Mayhem: Soap
    - My Heart Was an Island (1960)
     - Oliver and Company VHS Preview
     - Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Firing Lane (1942)

     - Paperman (2012)
     - Scrooge McDuck and Money (1967)
     - Seven Wise Dwarfs (1941)
     - Snow White World Premiere Newsreel (1937)
     - Tangled Ever After (2012)
     - Three Notable Disney Commercials (circa 1950s and 2002)
     - Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom (1953)
     - Tummy Trouble (1989)
     - Victory Through Rocket Power (1991)

     - War Shorts (1941-1945)
     - Welcome to the Future

Pixar Shorts
     - Geri's Game (1997)
     - Jack-Jack Attack (2005)
     - La Luna (2012)
     - Toy Story Treats (circa 1996)

Silly Symphonies
     - Father Noah's Ark (1933)
     - Music Land (1935)
     - Peculiar Penguins (1934)
     - The Skeleton Dance (1929)
     - Three Little Pigs (1933)
     - Tortoise and the Hare (1934)

Specials
     - 100th Week Retrospective
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Beauty and the Beast
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Robin Hood
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Sword in the Stone

     - As the World Turns and Disney
     - Beauty and the Beast: A Look at three versions of the story
     - Beauty and the Beast: Theatrical Reviews Trailer
     - Beauty and the Beast TV Spots
     - Bedknobs and Broomsticks
     - Casablanca scene of The Great Movie Ride
     - Happy Holidays from Saturday Matinee!

     - Cinderella vs. Cinderella III
     - Colors of the Wind Multi-Language Reel
     - Comparing Three versions of Alice in Wonderland
     - Deleted Disney
     - Disney Classics: Timeless Classics
     - Disney Classics: Modern Classics
     - Disney Classics: Television Classics

     - Disney Family Movie Night - Summer in June
     - Disney Studio Album: 1960
     - Frozen Review
     - Golden Girls go to Walt Disney World
     - Golden Girls Pilot Episode
     - Great Movie Ride Week One: Mary Poppins

     - Great Movie Ride Week Two: Singin' In the Rain
     - Great Movie Ride Week Three: Raiders of the Lost Ark
     - Great Movie Ride Week Four: The Searchers
     - Great Movie Ride Week Five: Alien
     - Great Movie Ride Week Six: Footlight Parade

     - Great Movie Ride Week Seven: Wizard of Oz/Fantasia
     - Great Movie Ride Week Eight: Casablanca
     - Heffalumps and Woozles vs. Pink Elephants on Parade
     - "It" Moments
     - Life Comes to Fantasy
     - Lion King Bloopers and Stand by Me

     - Live Action Character References
     - Muppets through Films
     - The Newsies' Santa Fe
     - Peter Pan's deleted song, "Neverland"
     - Remembering Steve Jobs
     - Saving Mr. Banks Review
     - Sleeping Beauty Backgrounds

     - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' first trailer
     - Song Showcase: Three Essential songs in Pete's Dragon
     - Spaceship Earth video
     - Spot Marks the X (1986)
     - Special Song Showcase: Disney's Greatest Love Songs

     - Step in Time from Mary Poppins on Broadway
     - Thor: The Dark World Review
     - VHS Deluxe Collectors Sets for Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin
     - Walt's Sweetheart Team - Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten
     - The Watcher in the Woods
     - A Whole New World Recording Session

Winnie the Pooh
     - Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966)

 

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