Disney reveals it is testing a talking Mickey Mouse

In relation to Disney Parks but not specific to a single resort

Moderator: Moderators

ericpabear
Mr. Toad's Wild Rider
Mr. Toad's Wild Rider
Posts: 467
Joined: Feb Tue 22, 2005 4:05 pm

Disney reveals it is testing a talking Mickey Mouse

Post by ericpabear » May Thu 06, 2010 5:18 pm

http://thedailydisney.com/blog/2010/05/ ... key-mouse/

Disney reveals it is testing a talking Mickey Mouse
Featured, Jason Garcia, News — By Jason Garcia on May 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm

After tourists visiting Disneyland posted their own video online, Disney revealed today that it is testing a new and improved Mickey Mouse: One that actually talks with guests.
Disney says it is currently “playtestingâ€

MmeLeota
Pack Mules Wrangler
Pack Mules Wrangler
Posts: 5382
Joined: Apr Fri 17, 2009 11:30 pm
Location: The land of cheese and beer...

Post by MmeLeota » May Thu 06, 2010 5:27 pm

Ok...remember that funky fear of mine that includes robots and being up close to animatronics and such??? Ummm yeah....this would fall into that category. Granted I don't have sound right now to hear it, the visual was enough to know that I would not want to be hanging around this Mickey very long! :shock:

Don't get me wrong...the technology behind this is AMAZING! I'm speaking from a personal standpoint here...

MetalRage
Flight to the Moon Flight Director
Flight to the Moon Flight Director
Posts: 1246
Joined: Apr Tue 29, 2008 10:12 pm
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Contact:

Post by MetalRage » May Thu 06, 2010 6:23 pm

WOAH! That is so cool! Is this gonna be in WDW as well or just DL?
"When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage." - Walt Disney :mickey3:

[url=http://www.userbars.com][img]http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/9147/userbar721338ez4.gif[/img][/url]

"We wants the redhead!"

elizabethswann
Pirates of the Caribbean Buccaneer
Pirates of the Caribbean Buccaneer
Posts: 5834
Joined: Feb Mon 26, 2007 2:31 am
Location: The land of Fantasy
Contact:

Post by elizabethswann » May Thu 06, 2010 6:29 pm

I think I would be a little horrified to see that in public, to be honest.

disneylizzy
Mr. Toad's Wild Rider
Mr. Toad's Wild Rider
Posts: 473
Joined: Aug Sun 16, 2009 6:51 pm
Location: Florida

Post by disneylizzy » May Thu 06, 2010 7:33 pm

I kind of like how Mickey doesn't talk. I enjoy just watching the body language of the characters. But this technology is pretty cool.

Amy
Submarine Voyage Captain
Submarine Voyage Captain
Posts: 18495
Joined: Dec Wed 12, 2007 1:41 pm
Location: the flooded, flooded mitten

Post by Amy » May Thu 06, 2010 8:03 pm

MmeLeota wrote:Ok...remember that funky fear of mine that includes robots and being up close to animatronics and such??? Ummm yeah....this would fall into that category. Granted I don't have sound right now to hear it, the visual was enough to know that I would not want to be hanging around this Mickey very long! :shock:

Don't get me wrong...the technology behind this is AMAZING! I'm speaking from a personal standpoint here...
I thought of you as I first read this! Looks awesome ~ and expensive!

MmeLeota
Pack Mules Wrangler
Pack Mules Wrangler
Posts: 5382
Joined: Apr Fri 17, 2009 11:30 pm
Location: The land of cheese and beer...

Post by MmeLeota » May Fri 07, 2010 12:34 am

Amy wrote:
MmeLeota wrote:Ok...remember that funky fear of mine that includes robots and being up close to animatronics and such??? Ummm yeah....this would fall into that category. Granted I don't have sound right now to hear it, the visual was enough to know that I would not want to be hanging around this Mickey very long! :shock:

Don't get me wrong...the technology behind this is AMAZING! I'm speaking from a personal standpoint here...
I thought of you as I first read this! Looks awesome ~ and expensive!
Um, thank you? ;)

Esmeralda
Flight to the Moon Flight Director
Flight to the Moon Flight Director
Posts: 1199
Joined: Oct Fri 21, 2005 9:04 pm
Location: Penny Arcade, Main Street USA

Post by Esmeralda » May Fri 07, 2010 7:24 am

That is incredibly creepy. As a kid I really enjoyed getting pictures with the characters, but talking characters would have been terrifying. Come to think of it, this is terrifying for an adult too...

Stick with comforting body language, thank you!
Drop another coin in slot and I will tell you more.

NaCler
Country Bear Jamboree Greeter
Country Bear Jamboree Greeter
Posts: 2975
Joined: Feb Tue 16, 2010 7:38 am
Location: EXACTLY 160 miles away from the MOUSE

Post by NaCler » May Fri 07, 2010 7:37 am

I like it and I don't like it. I like that they are trying to stay up with technology and create a new experience. However, I can see a lot of problems with this popping up. What if Mickey says something that the guest doesn't understand and they get offended? Or if the guest THINKS they heard Mickey say something different than what he actually said?

Will Mickey have the guts to tell the BTG's to move it to another line? :wink:

mindflipper
Submarine Voyage Captain
Submarine Voyage Captain
Posts: 10954
Joined: Sep Sun 06, 2009 8:53 am
Location: 76 Totters Lane

Post by mindflipper » May Fri 07, 2010 9:06 am

Disney had revealed something like this before on the Christmas Parade TV special back in 2008. The Santa Claus Mickey had an audio-animatronic mouth that moved when it spoked to Regis Philbin. Goofy did too. I'm sure these version were only used for that TV parade special because I never heard of or saw them again after that. These versions only said pre-recorded lines.

momeja
Rocket Jets Flight Director
Rocket Jets Flight Director
Posts: 1786
Joined: Mar Mon 30, 2009 12:31 pm

Post by momeja » May Fri 07, 2010 9:46 am

Could have that weird Oompa-loompa vibe - I think I need to see it first.

theBIGyowski
Tom Sawyer Island Rafts Skipper
Tom Sawyer Island Rafts Skipper
Posts: 2744
Joined: Apr Mon 28, 2008 7:31 pm

Post by theBIGyowski » May Fri 07, 2010 9:49 am

It is both awesome and creepy. But...when you think about it...having characters walking around the parks who do not talk at all is creepy...especially when you are used to seeing them move around and talk in cartoons.

I really hope this new Mickey (and maybe other talking characters) are there in WDW later this year for my trip.
Image

1986: Offsite
1997: Offsite
2001: Coronado Springs
2008: Shades of Green / Saratoga Springs (WDW Half Marathon)
2009: Port Orleans French Quarter (WDW Half Marathon)
2010: Port Orleans Riverside (Honeymoon)
2011: Old Key West / Bay Lake Tower
2014: Kidani Village
2015: Old Key West (5th Wedding Anniversary)
2016: Old Key West (Kids' first WDW vacation in December!)

NaCler
Country Bear Jamboree Greeter
Country Bear Jamboree Greeter
Posts: 2975
Joined: Feb Tue 16, 2010 7:38 am
Location: EXACTLY 160 miles away from the MOUSE

Post by NaCler » May Fri 07, 2010 9:53 am

momeja wrote:Could have that weird Oompa-loompa vibe - I think I need to see it first.
You're having that vibe a lot lately aren't you? :wink:

Jacca5660
Submarine Voyage Captain
Submarine Voyage Captain
Posts: 6842
Joined: Jun Sun 25, 2006 12:11 pm
Location: Chattanooga Tn
Contact:

Post by Jacca5660 » May Fri 07, 2010 10:14 am

I'm gonna have to wait and see on this one. I know Mickey talks, but, I'll wait.
"Our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them" WED

"There's a fine prow on that steamer, let's climb aboard her!" Fireside

"You're off the map mateys..Here there be SeaMonsters!!"

The original "LICENSE MAYHEM MARAUDER!!ImageImage

mindflipper
Submarine Voyage Captain
Submarine Voyage Captain
Posts: 10954
Joined: Sep Sun 06, 2009 8:53 am
Location: 76 Totters Lane

Post by mindflipper » May Fri 07, 2010 10:21 am

I just wonder how Disney will control what Mickey et al will say when they're "inter-active" with kids??? :?: :?

Post Reply