Disney Star Kyle Massey, Warren Spector to Launch ‘Epic Mickey’ at Disney Store Times Square Early Morning Event
Disney Interactive Studios today announced that Kyle Massey will be trading in his dancing shoes for a digital paint brush when the highly anticipated Disney Epic Mickey launches on November 30th for Wii. Massey will serve as the special celebrity cashier at the festivities taking place at the new Disney Store in Times Square.
“Kyle exemplifies the youth of the world that have grown up with Disney. He’s the perfect addition to this event that will allow adults and kids to experience the joy of Disney Epic Mickey together.”
The Disney Store is expected to open early at 7:00 a.m. to allow fans to line up in order for an opportunity to dance along the store’s pixie dust trail to meet popular Disney star, Kyle Massey. Best known for his roles in “That’s So Raven” and “Cory in the House” on Disney Channel, Massey is currently a season finalist in “Dancing with the Stars” and is the voice of Milo in the popular Disney Channel animated series “Fish Hooks.” He will serve as a guest of honor at the event, hand-delivering the game to the first several hundred fans that have lined up to purchase Disney Epic Mickey. Photo opportunities will be available.
In addition to Massey’s participation, renowned game designer, Warren Spector, will be on hand as commemorative E-Tickets are provided to consumers who purchase the game. Fans who arrive early in order to be one of the first to own the new Disney Epic Mickey will be kept warm as they wait in line with complimentary Mickey Mouse hand gloves, New York inspired mouse ears and special Disney Epic Mickey breakfast catering trucks. In addition, an artist from the Junction Point game development team will provide guests with custom sketches of the characters found in Disney Epic Mickey.
Guests will also be able to experience the epic world of Wasteland as they play the game for the first time and even compete to “beat the Clocktower” for prizes. Adding to the excitement, iPads featuring the “Tales of Wasteland” Disney Epic Mickey Digicomics will be on hand for fans to enjoy.**
“They say it takes two to tango, and I couldn’t be happier to have Kyle Massey on board to celebrate the launch of Disney Epic Mickey with us,” said Warren Spector, general manager and creative director, Disney Interactive Studios’ Junction Point. “Kyle exemplifies the youth of the world that have grown up with Disney. He’s the perfect addition to this event that will allow adults and kids to experience the joy of Disney Epic Mickey together.”
Disney Epic Mickey is an action-adventure platforming game for the Wii console that sends Mickey Mouse on an epic journey of discovery and redemption. As Mickey, the player is propelled into Wasteland, an alternate world made up of Disney’s long forgotten characters and attractions, and is given the power to wield paint and paint thinner to dynamically change the world while determining Mickey’s path to becoming an epic hero.
Through the use of this unique paint and paint thinner, the key components of animation and Mickey’s tools for impacting his world, players will have the ability to shape how the story unfolds as they discover the concept of “Playstyle Matters” – an innovative style of gameplay created by Disney Interactive Studios’ Junction Point, led by industry luminary Warren Spector, where players creatively tackle different challenges in the world to explore all the possibilities and storylines – but with consequences for their chosen actions.
Disney Epic Mickey will also mark the first time that Oswald the Lucky Rabbit has appeared in a new Disney story since 1928. Walt Disney’s first beloved cartoon character, Oswald once starred in 26 cartoons and is regarded as one of the most popular silent cartoon characters of the 1920’s. Disney eventually lost the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit due to a clause in a contract with cartoon distributor, Universal. In February 2006, The Walt Disney Corporation was able to regain rights to Oswald, bringing him back to the home of his creator. The launch of Disney Epic Mickey is expected to bring to light his past cartoon star status.
‘Rhythm and hues’ and Disney Fine Art artist David Garibaldi recently painted a large mural on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles in honor of Disney’s Epic Mickey which will be released exclusively for the Nintendo Wii on November 30. It took Garibaldi about 5 1/2 hours to paint the mural which includes a scene of Mickey Mouse approaching Dark Beauty Castle, the Phantom Blot taking on Mickey and the many spirited faces of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
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From November 22 through December 19, Nintendo of America will be hosting a ‘Holiday Mall Experience’ at 23 shopping malls nationwide to promote new and upcoming titles for the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DSi including Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios and Junction Point Studios, offering many to get a hands-on first look at the game more than a week before its official release on November 30.
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Disney Interactive Studios and Junction Point Studios have released an all new featurette that focuses on the inspiration of the Wasteland in Epic Mickey – the long forgotten and discarded elements of the Disneyland theme park (with possibly a little Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World thrown in, but mostly Disneyland).
Junction Point’s Warren Spector and the game’s developers talk about the parallels between Oswald’s world and the real Disneyland, from the Mean Street to Ventureland to Lonesome Manor to Gremlin Village and more — you’ll even catch a glimpse of Space Mountain as it appears in the game. Spector talks about how the real attractions were translated into the game version and how he felt compelled to turn the iconic Mary Blair ‘it’s a small world’ facade at Disneyland into the game’s first boss.
Disney Interactive Studios and Junction Point Studios have just released this gem of a featurette titled ‘Character Overview’ in which Junction Point’s Warren Spector, along with the development team, provide some insight as to which characters were chosen and why. There’s also a pleasant amount of character modeling and samples of the Mary Blair-inspired cinematics found throughout the game.
Check out the featurette below to see some great first looks at a lonesome ghost, Captain Hook, an Animatronic Daisy and more as well as learn as to how the game features Horace and Clarabelle, Pete and the Gremlins that Walt Disney created in association with noted children’s author Roald Dahl.
Disney Interactive Studios has released this new featurette for its upcoming release Epic Mickey titled ‘Epic Score’ which examines the importance and development of the game’s music. Composed by ‘Pushing Daisies’ composer Jim Dooley, separate themes were created for Mickey Mouse and for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit which change based on the game’s experience as well as the different environments and lands the player explores. The video also packs in quite a bit of new gameplay footage as well.
Junction Point creative director Warren Spector addressed the filled-to-capacity room yesterday evening by stating he had intended to make the panel mostly Q&A from the audience, but it wasn’t until eight minutes prior to the scheduled end of the panel that the questions even began (fortunately the panel was the last scheduled in the room for the day, so it went long as a result). Before that announcement, however, comics writer Peter David unofficially set the panel in motion by leading the entire room in a round of the Mickey Mouse Club March (which went surprisingly well I might add).
After showing the official Epic Mickey box art to a chorus of oohs and ahhs, Spector began talking about his own objective for the game. Job 1, he explained, was making Mickey Mouse a hero in the vein of Nintendo legends Mario and Link. Job 1.5, however, was to tell the tale of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the first true commercial success of Walt Disney’s while he was performing subcontracted work for Universal.
Spector then debuted the following featurette titled ‘The Tale of Oswald,’ featuring arguably some of the best footage (archival and gameplay) released to date:
Spector spent a great deal of time talking about how honored he felt bringing Oswald to the console screen — any screen — after more than 80 years. During the Q&A session, Spector also noted that since Epic Mickey is the first time Oswald ever had a voice of any kind, he bore and took delight in the responsibility of casting the individual who would henceforth be known as the voice of Oswald forever: Frank Welker. Assuming Job 1.5 pans out for Spector, he anticipates that Oswald will be launched into commercial success once more and repeatedly offered his hope for an Oswald plush.
Disney Interactive and Junction Point Studios have just released this featurette focusing on the story development element of the upcoming Nintendo Wii release Epic Mickey. Featuring Junction Point’s Warren Spector, along with many of the developers, the featurette uses concept art and gameplay video to explain the game’s genesis, the storyline and how the player helps to shape the story by the choices they make. There’s even a bit of dialogue featured that takes place during an encounter between Mickey Mouse and his brother Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
MINDstyle has been promoting Epic Mickey in a very vague way as of late and with the other merchandising for the game going on, particularly through Hot Topic, it’d be of little shock if MINDstyle were to produce vinyl adult toy collectibles (ATCs) in support of the game. In fact, it might even be more shocking if they weren’t (or at least Medicom which is producing the VCD of Mickey in the collector’s edition of the game).
Enter Animatronic Donald Duck. I’ll be honest, this may not be news, but this is the first time I’ve personally seen any form of these animatronic Disney characters since the initial concept art was leaked. According to the blog entry from MINDstyle:
‘The Mad Doctor has been fiddling with these classic Disney characters and scattering them everywhere, while Oswald has been attempting to put them back together out of loneliness. One of the choices that Mickey can eventually make is whether he wants to put Donald (and, presumably, the likes of Goofy and Pluto as well etc.) back together. In Epic Mickey, the animatronic Donald and other animatronic versions of Mickey’s friends were constructed for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit so that he could have friends like Mickey’s in his efforts to try and mimic his brother’s life.’
Disney Interactive Studios and Junction Point Studios have recently released this gameplay video from Epic Mickey titled Dark Beauty Castle.
In what appears to be a tutorial level, Gremlin Gus (who was incidentally the result of a joint venture between Walt Disney and noted childrens author Roald Dahl) instructs Mickey on the use of using both the paint and thinner, not only to battle enemies (or help other characters), but also to manipulate the environment, sometimes by using both tools in conjunction with each other. Along the way, Mickey also picks up some tickets and tv tokens which allow him to distract enemies temporarily by plopping down a television in front of them. As a reward for saving a gremlin, Mickey also receives a golden trading pin.