A blast from the past and one of two great iconic animation shorts that came out of the late 1960s, Mickey Mouse in Vietnam subverts a cartoon icon in a sudden, dramatic, and absolutely final way.
Vlogger Sandip Mahal writes:
In 1968, an underground, anti-war short film was produced by Lee Savage and Milton Glaser called Mickey Mouse in Vietnam.
The short (unofficially) starred Mickey Mouse in a one minute animation that depicted the Disney icon travelling to Vietnam in a boat, entering the country, and being immediately shot in the head. The film was shown to associates of the creators in 1970 and onward. It is rumoured (though unconfirmed) that Disney tried to destroy every copy that they could get in their possession.
Until recently, the only known copies available for public viewing were one owned by the Sarajevo Film Festival (although the last time it was played there was in 2010), and one included on the Film-makers’ Coop’s 38 minute, 16mm collection reel titled For Life, Against the War (Selections), available for rental at $75 (though only to members of relevant organisations). The only pieces of hard evidence of the short’s existence available online were a few screenshots (all but one found in a 1998 French book entitled ‘Bon Anniversaire, Mickey!’).
Savage was an animation painter and Glaser a graphic designer whose most famous creation is the “I ♥ NY” logo.
As for the other cartoon? Here tis. . .a 1959 creation of Marv Newland subverting yet another Disney icon.
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