I agree, I can't wait to see how this turns out - I really appreciate how Disney, always seen as 'old-fashioned' and very 'mainstream' really likes to go beyond the expected to make a winning formula, like it did with the KH series. (Not that I particularly like all that kawaii animuh stuff, just that quite clearly a lot of people do - which is why I was so glad to see them do something like this.)
The art is cool, but the concept still has me at a bit of a loss. I have never played a KH game. I'm one of those guys that can't get by the Disney aspect.
I'm sorry but I can't wrap my head around the idea of Mickey Mouse or any other Disney character being some badass, fighting against some tyrannical oppressor. When those characters were designed (81 years ago!!), that was not the intent.
Think for a minute, if WB did this same thing with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck would you still be as accepting? Maybe its just me.
Yea sure I could but the real interest for me here is the man behind this project; Warren-muthafuckin'-Spector. That's it, I believe in him that much. I know this game will be amazing for 3 reasons: 1. He has a contract with Disney where he has complete control over the project (much like Orson Welles with Citizen Kane). 2.It's Warren Spector and 3. It's Mickey Mouse and friends; Warren+Mickey=ride of a life time. I just can't wait.
You guys should read that interview on game informer that I posted to Epic Mickey's page. It explains a lot of how they came to making this and how Warren feels about the art direction and concept. Super interesting stuff.
True legends and icons stand up to reinvention. How many times have we seen King Arthur or Robin Hood 'redefined' for a new generation? Star Trek was recently reinvented, and while certainly not everyone agreed with how it turned out, its hard to argue that it didn't keep the spirit of the original while giving it a fresh coat of paint and some modern sensibilities. Now, one of the few people in the world that I would trust to do it, Warren Spector, is going to try his hand at making up for all of the lost opportunities Disney has had over the years and reinvent Mickey Mouse for a new generation.
I think the general pop culture scene of the last five years is forcing everyone to take the medium more seriously. Unfortunately, I only wish that this was definitively a good thing, but as with all good things, it has its own dark side.