By Warren Spector for D23: The Official Disney Fan Club
In this expanded article, which appeared in Disney twenty-three Magazine, Disney Epic Mickey videogame creator Warren Spector reflects on his journey creating the most researched, innovative, and fan-inspired Mickey Mouse video game ever.
All of us who work at Disney take pride in working for a company that has created some of the most memorable, best loved, and longest-lived characters, in some of the most powerful and affecting stories of the 20th Century. Walt Disney did this in every medium and outlet available to him – movies, television, books, comics, toys, parks – you name it.
Many of us are engaged in creating similarly compelling characters, telling similarly affecting stories in the 21st century. Some work in those same media pioneered by Walt and others, some – like me – work in new media and can only wonder what Walt would have thought about what we do and aspire to be as innovative as he surely would have been in exploiting the unique capabilities of whatever medium we’ve chosen.
This is the story of how Mickey Mouse, one of the world’s most recognizable icons and one of the most popular movie stars in Hollywood, came to that most vital of 21st century media – video games – in a game called Disney Epic Mickey.