designers draw on 80 years of characters
Updated: November 29, 2011 12:04PM
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and a vintage Mickey Mouse aren’t the only old-timey Disney characters popping up in “Epic Mickey.” Warren Spector and his team mined more than 80 years of Disney animated history to complete the game’s roster.
Some of the more notable characters who crop up:
THE MAD DOCTOR
First and only screen appearance: 1933’s “The Mad Doctor” (pictured at right).
Fun fact: “Disney Epic Mickey” marks the doc’s second video game appearance; he was the villain in 1994’s “Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse.”
First appearance: 1925’s “Alice Solves the Puzzle” (as Bootleg Pete).
Fun fact: What else would Mickey Mouse’s nemesis be? Pete is a big, black cat.
First appearance: None. Gus is based on illustrations for an unproduced full-length animated feature based on Roald Dahl’s first children’s book, The Gremlins.
Fun fact: Rare copies of the 1943 first edition of the book, which feature a cover illustration by the Walt Disney Co., have sold for as much as $10,000.
THE PHANTOM BLOT
First appearance: In a May 20, 1939, Mickey Mouse comic strip.
Fun fact: His first story was based in part on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons.”
First appearance: 1940’s “Fantasia” in the animated segment “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
Fun fact: Yen Sid is “Disney” backward. Walt Disney used the alias “Retlaw Yensid” in the first script for the 1966 comedy “Lt. Robin Cruso, U.S.N.” The name was retroactively applied to the sorcerer after Disney’s death.
CLARABELLE COW AND HORACE HORSECOLLAR
First appearances: 1928’s “Plane Crazy” and 1929’s “The Plow Boy,” respectively.
Fun fact: Clarabelle is one of Minnie Mouse’s BFFs. Clarabelle and Horace are usually seen onscreen as a couple, though in the 1960s Clarabelle briefly dumped Horace and dated Goofy.