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Dear Mr Lasseter, I'm writing this to you & I hope that you will read it so you'll know...

John, if I may call you that, Harry here with a bit of an open letter proposal to you. With Roy Disney gone, I'm quite concerned that we won't have people digging into the treasure trove of archives to bring "while Walt was alive" projects to life. Take for example this video that has popped up onto YouTube - which is, as you can see, the pencil test for an unfinished Mickey Mouse cartoon directed by Jack Kinney in 1951. It was shelved as being an awkward length of 6 minutes and 52 seconds. Now just imagine how cool it would be for DISNEY to finish one of the great unfinished, all but the ink & paint, Disney classics. Put it in front of one of the Disney PG releases. Hell, it could even possibly earn an Oscar for Jack.





Meanwhile to the audience, it would show a level of respect for classic Disney in the post-Roy Disney years - and provide a technical challenge in bringing this to full life. And as fans yourselves - you'd be working hand in hand with the great Fred Moore & Cliff Nordberg and all the others that put so much great artistry into this. Marry the magic of modern Disney with this classic Disney. It is the only thing to do when presented with material like this - and when you're in control of the Animation division. Ask Mark Caballero how great it made him feel to help Ray Harryhausen finish his last Stop Motion Fairy Tale classic, THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE. And remember how exciting it was to hear about DESTINO being finished and produced. C'mon... ya know ya wanna... Do it for Walt and Jack and all the guys that made us love that company to begin with. Right? Harry Knowles P.S. Thanks to Jr Mintz for the heads up!

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  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST

    What?!

    by QuiGonnDucard

    Is Mickey drinking away his sorrows at the beginning?

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    What about Disney's Goofy classic?

    by MARCEL_THE_NEGRO_PROJECTIONIST

    There's gotta be one.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    MR. LASSITER! I know the truth!

    by Eliywahoo

    Can't fool me, I know what I saw, I know what I saw dagnabbit! LASSITER not LASSETER!

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Does Disney Channel even air these things anymore?

    by Superponte

    I remember, BACK IN MY DAY, (lol) when there were classic cartoons on Disney CONSTANTLY. WB stuff was aired all the time too. Kids today are missing out on some of the best animation ever made.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    just move on.

    by PBoy

    They weren't that good to begin with. Just move on and make new stuff and stop kissing the butt of days gone buy.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    First!?!?!?!?!?!

    by darthSaul666

    I liked that cartoon

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    IT IS a good short

    by mvckalel

    Gotta give the big guy credit, the short IS good enough to be redone and put before a good feature film.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Not first

    by darthSaul666

    The theme of alcoholism would be a tough sell on kids

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    wow...

    by WeylandYutani

    I always liked Bugs Bunny more than Mickey Mouse, but this certainly is very sweet and very enjoyable.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    "Allergy?"

    by TronBurgundy

    I have the same allergy to Old Navy Rum and Sloe Gin. Agree with DarthS..a pissed up brawlin' bee ain't coming from Pixar. I wonder what the grasshopper has for a physical or psycological issue?

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    harry, lay off the weed

    by DioxholsterReturns

    seriously

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    OMG! INCEPTION DIRECTOR'S NOTES HERE!

    by DioxholsterReturns

    http://bit.ly/akz7J2

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    I read this twice.

    by cinemixtape.com

    And I still have no idea what Harry is talking about or why this was worth posting.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST

    i dont like these cartoons at all

    by DioxholsterReturns

    not bugs bunny not mickey mouse. not anything please kill them all

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Captain Eo..redux

    by TronBurgundy

    If those Pixar boys want an award winning side project, how about re-working Captain Jacko..Similar to what we expect from Zemeckis with Yellow Submarine..keep the audio but with 3D wammo new digital visuals. Fitting tribute to Jacko, Pixar/Disney update the attraction, and Lucas gets a few quid from the Blu Ray (*ahem*including the original version).

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST

    um -

    by MrDexter

    a little too One Froggy Evening, doncha think?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Most Useless Character in Animation History

    by Sherlock Holmes II

    ...is the old Mickster. Started off as an "Americanization" of Felix the Cat, when people still viewed Felix as an Australian or 'worldly' character. That is until Canemakers one-size-fits-all revisionism. What does Mickey do/stand for/symbolise, may I ask?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST

    To all you trolling whippersnappers

    by Darkefire

    Kindly take your trolling elsewhere and let us old fogies enjoy our cartoons. And MrDexter, if this was really directed in 1951, then it beat One Froggy Evening by nearly four years. It's more reminiscent of any number of entertainers who've had their careers derailed by vices rather than a greedy huckster being fleeced by his own product. One Froggy Evening is funnier and far more brilliant in any sense, though, Chuck Jones didn't need a constant narrative to tell a great story.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    LMAO

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    I'm sure John Lasseter will respond to that poorly written doggerel, Harry.<p>How's the Inception review coming along, big chap? Do you need some help in transcribing it from chunky crayon scribblings and big letters?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Should Ringo re-record all the "lost" Beatles tracks?

    by cinemixtape.com

    ...

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:31 a.m. CST

    I can't wait to see the Flynn's Arcade short before Legacy.

    by UltraTron

    Lasseter is directing it himself. How fun it will be to see all the antique arcade machines come to life in pixar fashion. I'm amazed how they've been able to keep this secret.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Disney cartoons have ass jokes galore

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    I'm not kidding! Disney himself liked ass jokes and you can see it in the cartoons.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    back in the day

    by Shakes

    Remember when the Disney Channel was actually a pay channel, back when Adventures In Wonderland was pretty much their only original show. Now all that seems to be on it is tween sitcoms. <br> I also recall a time in the late 90's when they would air stuff from the disney vaults just before the channel would go off the air around midnight. Usually it would be something like the short featured above, but sometimes they'd have videos of Walt Disney himself talking about behind the scenes stuff from the Studio. I don't know why, but it was strangely comforting to see those things.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    HARRY - YOU'RE FUCKING INCREDIBLE! THAT'S GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:46 a.m. CST

    DO MORE LIKE THIS & I may forgive you liking Last Exorcism!!!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Well..it only took 8 FUCKING MONTHS after his passing...

    by conspiracy

    for Roy to finally get a mention from this site. Sorry, but to suddenly name drop Roy, and hold him on high as the lifelong protector of the Walt Disney Co. legacy that he was, when there was no mention of him nor his lifelong dedication to animation when he passed; makes the current platitudes seem hollow, cheap and less than heartfelt. It is akin to what Eisner would do back in the 90's, trot Roy out at media events, then stick him back in animations and put him on ignore until needed again.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Disney is already experimenting with new shorts

    by daggor

    I read about a Goofy short being produced about setting up a TV. What happened? Did it run in front of some shitty Disney live action movie and never get seen by anybody?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Yellow Sub/Captain Eo..

    by TronBurgundy

    Yes, Zemeckis confirmed casting long ago for Yellow Sub...don't fret, theBeatles original tunes will still be intact, but new graphics (mo-cap etc)...My point is Disney/Pixar could do worse than a redo of Captain Eo with some hot digital visuals..the Philharmagic movie at DisneyWorld has a lot going for it using original soundtrack, but with 3D graphics in place of some of the original animation.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST

    I never jizzed soooo hard!

    by nastee_flembot

    Oh sorry, wrong forum.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST

    There is other stuff to do

    by futureman3000

    I love classic Disney but they don't need to redo old unfinished stuff, I'm sure there is enough unfinished Pixar stuff right now. Disney left stuff for years then came back if he thought it would work later.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST

    All I gotta say is...

    by Sicuv Uyall

    fuck Mickey!!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:23 a.m. CST

    RE: Destino

    by tibbar

    oh hey yeah, you guys remember that awesome savlador dali/walt disney collab they dick teased us with a few years back, but nobody got to see unless they went to some festival in italy or some crazy shit, let alone OWN on dvd, despite disney's aborted "plan" to do so. funny that we STILL don't see that coming out. disney has shown time and time again that they go where the money is... and they simply can't bear to part with a tiny bit of profit in order to honor an artistic vision. prove me wrong, disney empire. prove me wrong.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    a Condorman sequel would be

    by Gorgomel

    really appreciated Mr Lasseter

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:38 a.m. CST

    i want to see that Lynch goofy movie

    by therootstheroots

    like now

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2 a.m. CST

    You can stick with MR. Lasseter Harry

    by peopleintrees

    Dont think he really cares who you broke bread with.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:07 a.m. CST

    I'm for it

    by CZ

    I love seeing these old toons unearthed. @Tibbar "Destino" was released in front of "Triplets of Belleville" in the States.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    what the hell..?

    by mindgrapes

    what the hell does that guy pour into that glass and drink with his eye after looking through the binoculars? i don't get that part... that was some screwy shit.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Tibbar...Destino, Disney/Dali Short:

    by TronBurgundy

    ..comes out on the fantasia blu-ray in november, along with a documentary about it.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Killik..

    by TronBurgundy

    I'm not Zemekis, i don't know what his long term plan is but he's not 'replacing' the original yellow submarine, the original will still be there. I don't like the Beatles anyway..just trying to illustrate my point about Captain Eo looking 80's dated and as basically a pop video it lends itself to having new visuals..and Pixar have the talent to make something fresh out of it with their computerised magic dust.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:59 a.m. CST

    and as far as avatar and the oscars

    by TronBurgundy

    I think actors are beginning to realise mo-cap is still about acting, perhaps more so than when the technology was new...but it's poor results at the oscars can be put down to a lot of things, more than just actors voting against because they fear the technology. Anyway back to the point..

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST

    One Froggy Evening

    by jasper Stillwell

    ...did much better with a same theme and is a real indicator to why Chuck Jones/Warner Brothers was a goddamn genius. This is typical Disney for me, in that it's very beautifully executed and designed but bland as vanilla and lacking bite.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 4:09 a.m. CST

    "Fitting tribute to Jacko"

    by BurnHollywood

    What, enough crocodile tears haven't been shed over that drugged-up boychaser?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Here Here!

    by billyhitchcock1

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 4:43 a.m. CST

    My follow up proposal:

    by bubcus

    I'd say get animation students to contribute to this one: Calarts in California, Capilano University in North Vancouver (and perhaps VFS, VanArts, Emily Carr, etc also in Vancouver), and Sheridan College in Ontario. There's a rich abundance of talent out there that could pay excellent homage to this.<BR><BR> Here in Vancouver, BC alone we have around 12 animation schools pumping out 20-30 graduates each per year. We could certainly bring this to light as a labor of love.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 4:49 a.m. CST

    part 2 of proposal...

    by bubcus

    how I'd approach this is carve up the pencil test into assigned sections. Each qualifying school is given X amount of minutes/seconds/frames to animate.<BR><BR> Qualifying or interested students would then get a certain amount of frames to ink and/or color.<BR><BR>They would then submit it to a supervisor who would approve or reject the work or even ask for revisions.<BR><BR> And there'd be a "color bible" to make sure there was a level of consistency.<BR><BR>

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Hell, I'll finish it myself...

    by THAT__SAID

    I mean, how hard can it be? It's basically just a case of colouring in and I was doing that back in preschool.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Dear Mr Lasseter...

    by AsimovLives

    ... i know what you did last summer. The envelope with the 500,000 dollars in cash is to be placed at the usual place, or else you are going youtube.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Dear John

    by HeavyHands

    I'd just like to say thanks for bringing Disney back from the edge of irrelevance. The story of Pixar's love/hate relationship with Disney is amazing and inspirational for anyone dealing with creative friction. With the studio's move into live-action filmmaking I hope that Pixar can poise itself to become a major player in all things film, not just animation. Just a fan saying that I and many like me admire the dedication to quality.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Dear Mr Lasseter

    by Shpadoinkle

    Disney butter left and i'm jonesing for some toast. What would you prescribe? Also, thanks for making me, a 28 year old aloof guy, weep like a little bitch for half the Pixar movies. Ratatouille is still my favourite since it turned myself and my girlfriend into kids after and we had a pillow fight which led to some sexy injuries. I thank you. Mel

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Mr. Lasseter,

    by crashcow

    Learn the lessons that so many fail to grasp: Ignore us. We ruin good things by overthinking them. We've made it so we can't enjoy Star Wars because it's not like it used to be and we whine about comic book adaptions we don't get input on. We don't know what we want...we just want to gripe, until we suddenly change our minds. Keep being awesome. You're doing fine following your own star. We'll come to the theater, don't worry.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Dear Mr Lasseter

    by Shpadoinkle

    Don't forget to ignore what that last guy said, as is his dying wish. ;)He's right though...you own me for life.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    nice one HARRY

    by happyboy

    NICE

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Chuck Jones...

    by emteem

    ...was a genius until he decided that Daffy Duck should go to Mexico and spend his time chasing a mouse and that Tom and Jerry should be friends who are always following treasure maps and shit. Sometimes the greats really do fall hard.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    em_tee_em

    by jasper Stillwell

    Oh god yes. For every 'Duck Dodgers', 'Claude the Cat' or 'Zipping Along' there were two or three 'Sniffles' type efforts as punishment. Yep.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    TronBurgundy, last I heard ...

    by I Max U Mini

    Zemekis was replacing the auido as well.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    The auido AND the audio

    by I Max U Mini

    Damned lack of editing controls.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Bravo, Harry. Mickey Mouse is classic excellence

    by FeralAngel

    Felix the cat ripoff, indeed. What deplorable ignorance riddles that statement. Is a Ferrari a ripoff of the Model T? Mickey was and IS the gold standard. Yep, Bugs and company were sublime, yet none of those characters have the cultural resonance Mickey has. Facts is facts. And he could still be revived, and be great again - witness the zany wonders of the 1995 Mickey Mouse theatrical short "Runaway Brain" which is EPIC AWESOMENESS. Harry is right. That little pencil test needs to be brought into full production. If Disney can throw cash into the money pit that is the Muppets then goddamn they can spend a little coin on a true Disney character and the character that used to represent Disney's soul - when it HAD a soul. Make it so, Lasseter. And kudos to Harry for bringing this lost gem to light.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Shakes, I loved that era Disney Channel!

    by detinue

    Just like you said, at night after prime time ended you never knew what they'd show - episodes of tv shows from the 50's and 60's, classic era cartoon shorts, clips of Walt talking about Disney projects, promotion reels from various Disney movies, black and white news reel footage of major disney movie premieres, segments from the Wonderful World of Disney Show, live action Disney movies from the 50's, 60's, & 70's (lots of young Kurt Russell), nature shorts, etc. etc. It was addicting as heck.

  • but thanks anyway.<p> Sincerely, John Lasseter

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Speaking of sequels to 80s movies, where's my Lassiter 2? I swear to god people would line up for that.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Never finish anyone else's work.

    by HoboCode

    Did we learn nothing from A.i.? Wait...I liked A.i.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Kids don't care about 2D any more.

    by Mooly

    I can't help but think that Disney as an actual animation studio (as opposed to corporate giant) is done. I think Disney needs to start creating 2d animated movies aimed at adults and leave the family entertainment to Pixar. ALthough, who knows. Now word is out that Pixar is just another cog in the corporate machine and will be pumping out movies just to pad the corporate coffers, maybe they will fall out of grace just as quickly as Disney themselves have.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    This can't be finished. Too many drug/booze references.

    by Royston Lodge

    In today's day and age, you know uptight "media watchdogs" would complain about the bee's flower addiction.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    What does Mickey Mouse mean to me

    by Samuel Fulmer

    It means unlimited copyright dates on intellectual property for giant media conglomerates. Mickey should be public domain just like all the public domain fairy tales that old uncle Walt made into animated classics.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Great Find!

    by coosawatchie

    As a hardcore Disney fanboy, this makes my day! I doubt this cartoon ever sees the light of day, but it looks damn nice flickering across my computer screen. Thank you, Harry!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Re: Does Disney Channel even air these things anymore?

    by Heretic3k

    The Disney Channel has gone down the crapper over the years. They used to show classic Disney stuff, but now show nothing but tween sitcoms. I would love to see a "Classic Disney" channel. WHO'S WITH ME???

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    yes just put MILLIONS of dollars on a stupid project

    by ricarleite2

    Because a fat fuck wants it

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Dear Mr Knowles, I'm writing this to you & I hope that you will

    by Six Demon Bag

    WHERE DEFUCK IS MY INCEP--<P>wait..<P>WHERE DEFUCK IS MY DVD COLUMNS FOR THIS WEEK AND LAST WEEK!?!?!?!?!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    BTW, Harry, nice take-off on the Judy Garland song

    by FeralAngel

    "Dear Mr. Gable, I am writing this to you, and I hope that you will read it so you know...my heart beats like a hammer and I stutter and I stammer every time I see you at the picture show. I guess I'm just another fan of yours and I thought I'd write and tell you so...you made me love you etc." Heh. Nice. And I bet most of the geekoids who are snarking about in this topic have no idea what you and I are talking about...the schlumps. Hell, if they don't value Mickey Mouse, they don't value animation or motion pictures in general, unless pixels are involved. Saaaddd....

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Oh, and also by the way..FUCK INCEPTION

    by FeralAngel

    An emotionally empty big-screen video game at best. While watching it I was alternately disengaged or just plain bored. You snots who are dissing Harry's idea of polishing a raw gem need to grow up a little. Hush, children, grownups are talking.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    FeralAngel

    by ricarleite2

    Broadway Melody 1938

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Crashcow: you are only part right...

    by DreadPirateRoberts

    Sure, there are perpetual whiners. But I think you are "underthinking" thinks a little. Most fans were upset with Star Wars both because it was not like the old moves AND the new stuff was awful (filled with crap jokes and jar jar binks). I would have been fine if the new stuff was better, or even simply different.I look forward to Tron being that. And as for comic adaptions, I don't need input, just don't screw it up beyond recognition.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Only flaw in that gem is the ending

    by FeralAngel

    A bit too abrupt and unsatisfying. And a bit out of character for Mickey not to learn his lesson. (And did those two storyboard pages look weird or what???) Better if somehow the bee - and Mickey -triumphed in the end. And...I wonder if the reason Mickey doesn't speak is because the toon was made during the time Walt was worried about the voice? I read that he suspected Mickey's fading from popularity (before his mighty resurgence during the 1980's) was the high voice...anyway, if this short is brought fully to life, I strongly suggest a better ending, rewritten narration so that it sounds more like Mickey, AND make damn sure the narration is done in Mickey's voice. Otherwise it's terrific. And considering he's drawn in the "modern" style, that Mickey is pretty damn appealing. Again, make it so, Lasseter. Make it so.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Many thanks, ricarleite2, I'd forgotten

    by FeralAngel

    I saw an excerpt of the song years ago and had no idea where it had come from. But I've never forgotten seeing it. Garland gets parodied like hell, but damn she was something when she was young and healthy.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    So may I introduce to you..Han and Chewie in CGI!

    by FeralAngel

    Check. This. Out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVnMxAZjMsI&feature=player_embedded

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Ok look Disney closed Zemetkis studio after you morons

    by UltraTron

    failed to enjoy 3D IMAX Christmas carol which was the greatest disney ride ever done for a theater and had the most impressive use of 3D technology ever witnessed on film. There is no Yellow Submarine anymore. And yes the new goofy cartoon played before national treasure 2. It was great and I was happy to see it in a great theater.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Welcome return...

    by Disgustipitated

    A brilliant idea, Harry! What a welcome return to the classics that would be! Man, makes me miss all that stuff back on The Wonderful World of Disney when I was growing up.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    No...

    by Lemure_v2

    We don't need old films restored, we need new original films. Call me when Disney start writing their own material, and not just "animating" classic stories and saying it's their's.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Dear Mr Knowles, you were wrong about INCEPTION

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Signed, John Lasseter

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Also, you totally missed the point about TOY STORY 3

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Signed, John Lasseter

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Harry, here's why this project won't happen:

    by HelveticaBOLD

    First, let me say that I'd *love* to see it happen myself, and I truly hope I'm proven wrong. However, there are a bunch of reason why I could see Disney/Pixar balking. 1) Mickey is off-model by current standards -- while some of us think of the 1950s Mickey as the definitive one, his design here would feel wrong to many (most?) viewers, these days. 2) Describing this short as having "all but the ink and paint" finished is decidedly a stretch. There are sections with noticeably unfinished in-betweening on the animation, and even a bit at the and that is only at the animatic stage. Would YOU want to be given the task of finishing that animation? Of animating the bit at the end almost from scratch? Similarly, the short has no score -- Disney's shorts from the period all had rich, lively scores, and this would absolutely necessitate the involved process of not only producing a new score, but making sure it was in keeping with the arrangement and feel of Disney's animation from 60 years ago. The short, despite appearances, is a long way from finished, I'm afraid. 3) The short doesn't conform to what modern audiences consider good pacing -- today's viewers would think of this as a loping, drawn-out meander of a story. If it were used as the short before, say, one of Pixar's films, it would read as dated and slow. Sad but true. 4) The short is full of dated references, settings, costumes and social mores: the "air wick" Mickey uses toward the end, the snooty-looking opera crowd in their finery, drinking being 'funny', even the phonograph -- when the audience for animation in America (and most other markets) is children, this puts a big ding in the theory that this is a likely project to be finished -- most studios don't put much faith in kids being able (or willing) to stay with a film featuring so many things to which they can't relate. I'm probably forgetting a couple of reasons as well, but I think the above list alone would prevent this from coming together. But hey! Maybe Pixar would do it just for the love. That'd be okay by me.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    While I was watching this....

    by SithMenace

    I ruined a sock.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    People who say "fuck Inception"...

    by AsimovLives

    ... will have their movie geek credentials revoked for life. If you can't understand why INCEPTION is great, movies are not your deal. Try cleaning latrines instead. Bashing INCEPTION = instant fail.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Dear Mr Lasseter

    by AsimovLives

    The money was still not there. Don't push it, or you will have it all in Youtube, and you wouldn't like that. I DO KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER! I'm not fucking around! Pay up NOW!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    fuck yeah ASI!!!

    by Six Demon Bag

    missed you..where have you been dude???

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    So John Lasseter just called...

    by Neck_Lucas

    He told Harry to actually do dvd and movie reviews instead of just using his hollow shell of whatever "fame" or influence harry thinks he has to shil his personal wants and childhood desires he never got over (or never gets paid for...coughs coughs)

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Whatever would I do without my movie geek credentials?

    by FeralAngel

    Does it mean I'd have to give up my decoder ring? FUCK! Do you know how many boxes of Cracker Jack I had to munch through find that thing? Oh well. I guess we all have to give up our geekness sometime. Frankly, I'm so close to the edge right now that I'm fully prepared to say FUCK TRON LEGACY if so required. Still, all is not lost. I'm still geeking out over that CGI Han Solo youtube video I just posted here. I'd rather be Classic Geek than New Geek, if you get my meaning...

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    I thought "fitting tribute to Jacko" would be the dumbest thing

    by Subtitles_Off

    I read on AICN this year, but then I read "criminally ignored Zoe's performance as Neytiri."<P>Four months to go - that will not be topped.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Destino on Blu-ray

    by tomandshell

    This November.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Six Demon Bag

    by AsimovLives

    Vacations, man. Missed you too. Good to be back and welcomed.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    John Lasseter just called...

    by AsimovLives

    ... and he said that he's short on the money hwe has to pay up for my blackmail, so he has to ask borrowed from Harry Knowles, his penpal. Harry, cough out the money now, i'm not a very pacient man and time is running out. John Lasseter's reputation as a human being is on the line now, and it's all on your shoulders. Or else it's Youtube, baby! And i refuse to accept Disney's money, i don't deal with blood money! I have standards!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    "criminally ignored Zoe's performance as Neytiri."

    by AsimovLives

    Should read "thankfully ignored Zoe's performance as Neytiri.". Because what kind of a fool would play an alien as if she's some primadonna cheating stuck-up spoiled bitch from Cumpston?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Okay Mr. Knowles and Mr. Lasseter, while we're at it...

    by Citizen Sane

    Let's address a few more pressing issues: <br><br> <b>1</b> - Okay, so you guys just spent 4 BILLION dollars on acquiring Marvel. So now are you going to continue to do everything on the cheap to compensate for that questionable expense? Rumblings on the internet seem to indicate this. The timing here is questionable too because it appears the comic book hero culture has hit its apex in cinema and may start to wane significantly in popularity.<br><br> I suggest drawing on the Apple policies of constant reinvention of properties and products to keep them fresh and interesting instead of the old Disney policies of preserving what everybody ONCE loved. <br><b>2</b> - How about continuing to clean house at the studio and especially at WDI and theme park operations. The Eisner era may have saved the company in 1984, but it was Frank Wells and his generous creativity that did the actual saving, not Eisner. I also recommend not outsourcing to incompetant, overpriced vendors (i.e. Garner Holt's lovely, dead Dragon on the Rivers of America). After Wells passing, Eisner ran the creative energy and goodwill into the ground. My experience at WDI in 2001 was all but a nightmare having to constantly watch my back and navigate political mine fields rather than do my job. Getting a job at WDI was a step towards making a dream come true. Leaving WDI after a year later was a step towards preserving my sanity from a nightmare job coming true. The place was (unaffectionately) refered to as Mouschwitz. From appearances, theme park operations are still being built and managed with the same culture of ultra-frugal incompetance through policies implemented by management during the backwards Eisner era. As a huge theme park fan, I am also at my wits end with the incredible promises followed by dimished results in new attractions and park expansions not to mention the horrendous event operations and guest services. In fact, my guest experiences are beginning to rival my employee experiences and I (as well as mnay others) find myself beginning to avoid going to the parks instead of enjoying them. It's confounding how Disney ignores the huge success of the 'spare no expense' policy of the OLC parks and continues to do everything on the cheap with all of the other parks <br><b>3</b> - Please don't tamper with Pixar; that is the one truly bright spot in the current Disney pantheon. Don't cut corners. Don't change policies. Don't change anything there. <br><br> I could go on and on but this since this is probably a waste of time, I'll stop.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Asi

    by Six Demon Bag

    Phew! I was worried!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Six Demon Bag

    by AsimovLives

    Good to know i was missed.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Disney is too Busy Planning Tinkerbell 3

    by DangerDave

    If there was every a studio that missed the bus. They only thing they have done right in 25 years is buy Pixar.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Touche' DangerDave

    by Citizen Sane

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Touche' DangerDave

    by Citizen Sane

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Citizen Sane... Word

    by coosawatchie

    Man, you nailed it.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Dear Mr. Lasseter, please stop blatantly

    by Dingbatty

    ripping off other stories for your Pixar movies, and attempt to come up with an original premise.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    50's Micky lacked charm of early films

    by Bot-Bot

    And this film shows it. It's by-the-numbers and lacks the spark of films like "The Band Concert," Thru the Mirror" or "Clock Cleaners."

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Mickey, that is.

    by Bot-Bot

    Damn keyboard

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Know what I miss on Disney Channel?

    by KingKirby

    I miss "Mouseterpiece Theater". Fashioned after PBS' "Masterpiece Theater" featured Disney shorts introduced by the stuffy, upcrust-ish George Plimpton, who would give interesting little bits of info (not un-like TCM's Robert Osborne). A healthy dose of Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto shorts...I would ABSOLUTELY love a Classic Disney Channel.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    What he SHOULD be focused on

    by adamtierney

    If any film deserves to be completed, shouldn't it be "The Thief & the Cobbler?" It's the greatest example of animation in the history of the artform, and Roy Disney was working on restoring/completing the film around 2003.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Helvetica-wrong

    by deelzbub

    What they will probably do is replace the phonograph with a ipod, and THAT would suck. I say keep it classic, even my 2 and 3 yr olds know what a record player is.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Bugs>Mickey

    by deelzbub

    The simple reason why is b/c Disney was always so stingy with the Mickey cartoons. Bugs and the Road Runner were on like every day and like, 2 hrs on Saturday. <P> Mickey? Pre-Disney channel? Back in the day? Maybe on Wonderful World of Disney once a month.<P> Bugs just outperforms Mickey. Just like the Energizer rabbit.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Harry seems to think he has alot of influence

    by MST3KPIMP

    So adorable.. He can barely keep the respect of his own flock. What makes him think a juggernaut like Disney is interested in fulfilling his wish list? While your at it why not demand the Song of the South DVD!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Hey MST3KPIMP!

    by coosawatchie

    It's called a literary device. Harry is not writing an actual letter to Lasseter, you retard.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Goofy cartoon

    by dukeroberts

    There was a new Goofy cartoon regarding hooking up a TV and other electronic equipment that was released and shown before National Treasure 2. It was pretty funny. I would love to see Disney complete this cartoon. I would also love to see a classic Disney Channel. I used to love it in the 80's and early 90's. It was great. Now it's garbage. They never show anything but made for Disney Channel trash.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Dr. Mr. Lasseter

    by RPLocke

    Please release Black Hole on Blue Ray.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    DEAR MR LASSETER

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    PLEASE ASK HARRY WHY HE NEVER WROTE AN OBIT FOR ROY DISNEY, AND COMPLETELY IGNORED THE EVENT OF HIS PASSING.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Lasseter and Pixar need to respond to the cancellation

    by Chemistryology

    of NEWT, and to the corporate direction and independence of Pixar. I fear that it is turning into a sequel direct to video factory, the same way Michael Eisner turned the Disney that we grew up with into a sequel factory. Cars sucked! Cars 2 will suck. A Bug's Life sucked. Monsters Inc, blew. Toy Story 3 was average. Pixar is not flawless.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Dear Mr. Knowles

    by GimpInMyPants

    Please shut up.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Dear Mr Lasseter

    by AsimovLives

    I got the money. Thanks for paying. Your last summer secret is safe and sound, rest assured you have nothing to worry about now. A deal is a deal. Have a nice day.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Can they please stop trying to make me sad...

    by ckone

    I LOVE PIXAR and their movies. Each one has it's own identity and feel and I love watching them. But there is one glaring fact above all else, They have not made one that is just pure fun out and out from beginning to end, without going to a place that either gets too sad or too reflective. I gotta say, I've had enough of the heart strings being pulled, I wanna have FUN again, the only ones they have made the KINDA get close to this are, Cars , and I would say Incredibles...the prob with incredibles is the opening scene with the Suicide attempt and the machine guns being aimed a little kids. because of those specific things, I cannot watch the movie with my 5 year old as, I really don't want to have the conversation about WHY someone was trying to kill themselves until he is much older...PIXAR, PLEASE MAKE A FUN over the top enjoyable movie that doesn't need to get too emotional, I just want to have FUN...not think about things like how humans treat Rats, or how life sucks when we get old, or how we are going to destroy the world with our own trash...all great messages, but can we get back to fun please??? Just plain natural escapist fun??

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Incredibles 2. Also: Why did you spend 4 billion

    by UltraTron

    for marvel when incredibles is the greatest superhero movie ever made?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a job for the Discovery Channel Guy!

    by MST3KPIMP

    oh wait...