‘Mickey Mouse’ Viewed From The Top-Down Leaves The Internet Appalled
By Mikelle Leow, 10 May 2019
Images via ilikeyellow / Shutterstock.com
The face of ‘Mickey Mouse’ has been plastered everywhere for generations, but not many people might have seen his silhouette from above.
The revelation comes courtesy of designer Chappell Ellison, who has shared a design that Walt Disney filed a patent for on 30 October 1929. His illustrations depict the front, rear, and overhead views of the iconic mascot.
Ellison adds that the filing was for a toy, so Disney had to create 3D interpretations of the mouse.
“I’ve been on this planet researching for a very long time, and this is the first time I’m seeing an overhead view of ‘Mickey Mouse’,” she says.
The view is admittedly a little bizarre, and seems to resemble ‘Goofy’ rather than ‘Mickey’. Interestingly, some fans have also always imagined the mouse with ears that look round at every angle, so the non-spherical sight threw them off.
Video game designer Alex Ortiz points out that there is currently a rule for animators where ‘Mickey’s ears “have to look circular no matter which direction you’re facing him.” Back then, though, ‘Mickey’ was drawn in a more realistic view.
How did you imagine ‘Mickey Mouse’s ears would look like overhead?
I've been on this planet researching for a very long time and this is the first time I'm seeing an overhead view of Mickey Mouse pic.twitter.com/7SpdXCNq99— Chappell Ellison ಥᴗಥ ᵗʰⁱˢ ⁱˢ ᶠⁱⁿᵉ (@ChappellTracker) May 9, 2019
starting to get the idea that many of you are *not* fans of overhead Mickey. For those wanting a source, it's from the official patent for a toy, so it make sense that's illustrated in 3D but it is still wildly bizarrohttps://t.co/1cNxycTWRX— Chappell Ellison ಥᴗಥ ᵗʰⁱˢ ⁱˢ ᶠⁱⁿᵉ (@ChappellTracker) May 9, 2019
There's currently an animation rule for Mickey where his ears have to look circular no matter which direction you're facing him. IIRC that rule was a huge hassle for Epic Mickey devs.— Alex Ortiz (@FFFledgeling) May 9, 2019
Thanks.... my daughter has been going around telling everyone his ears must be spherical and apparently it's causing consternation amongst her high school friends.— tvjames (@tvjames) May 9, 2019
actually amazed his ears aren’t still the same shape— Smo (@Smomotion) May 9, 2019
Excuse me???? I thought they were supposed to be round from every angle. I deny this— Kitty bo Bitty [Commissions Open!] (@_Kittyarts) May 9, 2019
[via Chappell Ellison, images via various sources]
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