It looks like Mickey Mouse may finally be gracing the silver screen again, this time in his very own feature-length film. Bunny Mattinson, who has been with Disney since the 1960’s working as a writer/animator/story supervisor/producer/director on numerous titles including The Jungle Book, Robin Hood and Beauty and the Beast recently worked as a story artist on Disney’s upcoming hand-drawn animation film Winnie the Pooh. Mattinson revealed that he’s currently developing a film featuring the old Disney gang:
“I am working on just an idea of my own which is basically a Mickey, Donald, Goofy feature film idea. We have to present it first to the bosses to get the green light.”
Exciting, no? Hit the jump for more on this fantastic project and where development goes from here.
Now, this new film is far from a sure thing, but Mattinson sounds optimistic in the interview with Bleeding Cool. Disney’s development process is a bit different than other studios, so it could be a while before this project comes to fruition, if it even makes it that far. The new Mickey adventure will first be worked up into a preliminary pitch, complete with artwork. If Mattinson and Co. get the go-ahead following that meeting, a period of “active development” begins, wherein the team storyboards, designs and tweaks the story. At the end of this phase, Disney must give a second greenlight for production to officially begin.
Personally, I would be thrilled to see Mickey and the gang back in action, especially if they go the classic hand-drawn animation route like this new Winnie the Pooh film. All the stills and footage released from the new Pooh just looks stunning. Here’s hoping Mattinson comes up with a great story idea and Mickey, Donald and Goofy head to theaters once more.