50 Disney references in Epic Mickey

A couple of folks bitched about my Epic Mickey review score, but I prefaced my “immensely biased” review by saying I’m a drooling Disney dork. Obviously, I enjoyed the gameplay too, but after that, Epic Mickey set about winning me over in several billion other ways. I may as well have called this 50 Reasons I Love Epic Mickey.

The intro contains several near shot-for-shot remake sequences from the famous 1936 short “Thru the Mirror”

I’m going to start out by showing you stuff from the opening of the game, which has been available for viewing for some time. After that, you’ll head into what’s technically SPOILER territory. However, you’ll only be seeing what I played and saw.

Disneyland! Epic Mickey’s levels and the Wasteland’s design are all based on Disneyland

In case you didn’t know, the player’s actions as Mickey yield different rewards and quests, so what you’ll find below won’t necessarily be what you see when you play. And that’s part of what makes the game great, and certainly not me just bragging about my keenly nerdy eye for old shit.

Yensid - Obviously, he’s Mickey’s boss from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice portion of Fantasia, but perhaps you didn’t know that his name is Disney backwards

A dickload of hats align Yensid’s shelf, but the only one I can directly attribute is a duplicate of the one he’s already wearing and the Mad Hatter’s. Although, I do see a cowboy hat… Woody perhaps?

The paint jar looks almost exactly the same as the “Hunny” pots from Winnie the Pooh

The game also marks Oswald the Lucky Rabbit’s first performance under the Disney banner EVER! Oswald was Walt Disney’s popular creation made while working under Universal Studios. The character was later stripped from him creatively and Walt left to start his own studio. Disney only just, quite hilariously, reacquired the character after eighty years by trading sportscaster Al Michaels

The man behind Epic Mickey’s fiendish plot is the titular character of the 1933 Mickey Mouse cartoon “The Mad Doctor”

Look to your immediate left at the start of the game and you’ll see a statue of the Beast of “Beauty and the” fame

The stained glass windows in the Dark Castle reveal Scar from The Lion King, Captain Hook of Peter Pan, and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty

It’s reasonable to assume that these knights are based on Winnie the Pooh, but I’d like to think that they’re a direct reference to Humphrey the Bear…

However, the Duck Knights statues are pretty unmistakable, as they seem inarguably fitted exclusively for Donald


  • Trollkitten - May 1, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    The "bear" knight statues appear to me to be more based off of Pegleg Pete, who's practically everywhere in Epic Mickey. (It's a true shame I wasn't ever able to get past a particularly awful bit of platforming early on, because I loved that game up until that point, but sadly was never able to get truly into it due to never being able to pass that point, thus leading to my trading in the game. Sigh...)
  • shyfonzie - December 20, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    I want to play this game with colour commentary by you, in your kind voice you used for the video about Dinsey Land.
  • Xtapolapopotamus - December 18, 2010 9:11 a.m.

    The sheer amount of dedication put into this article is amazing. We all knew Chris loved Disney, but this proves just how much you love it. I would love to see more, and I'm sure everyone else would as well.
  • Supernintendosixtyfourcubedswii - December 15, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    I really love the nods to the games.But i think it would have been cool to see some PIXAR cameos as well. Especially since Pixar was somewhat involved with the games' animations...
  • metroid2099400 - December 13, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    Can't wait to see more, Chris! I was on the fence about getting Epic Mickey, but after seeing this article and all the nostalgia that it brought me, I'm absolutely sold, camera issues be damned!
  • MitchyD - December 13, 2010 9:58 a.m.

    Stop making me want to play that game I don't care about!
  • elpurplemonkey - December 13, 2010 3:44 a.m.

    Genuinely interesting article, well done.
  • kuroda - December 12, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    This really makes me want to play kingdom hearts!
  • Nomaddic - December 12, 2010 12:25 p.m.

    Great article. I'm on MickeyJunk Mountain now and I can see now there are several references I missed in the first few levels. Would love to see a part 2 to this article.
  • zer0hvk - December 12, 2010 8:45 a.m.

    Hell yes! I'd love some more! I love this stuff
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 12, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    @juicenpancakes - is that one that's very PC and family friendly? :D
  • Robusken - December 11, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    What? I wanna see more of this!
  • BoxBackResearcher - December 11, 2010 1:57 a.m.

    Great article, Chris! Makes me wish, even more than I already did, I had a Wii to play this on.
  • WickedSid - December 10, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    Looks like they did a very thorough job with this game, great attention to detail. I'd love to have a miniature of that Disney statue with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit instead of Mickey. What can I say, I love alternate dimension materials.
  • BilboTeaBaggins - December 10, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    What an awesome article, its sweet to see all these things in a new light, I go to Disneyland about once a month, living in San Diego has its perks
  • hunterXhunter - December 10, 2010 1:20 p.m.

    Awesome job Chris! Great reference guide. Gotta say the reason I picked this game up is after hearing you get so excited about it on talkradar I had to pick it up.
  • philipshaw - December 10, 2010 12:56 p.m.

    This was comprehensive to say the least
  • MattK - December 10, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    Yes, more please. Mickey is not my favorite Disney character, but both the game's clever references and your chronicling it is great reading and makes me appreciate the Mouse. Now will Disney PLEASE give Spector the greenlight on the Disney Ducks game already?
  • DrFred79 - December 10, 2010 10:05 a.m.

    And again, this is why you are the best VG site on the web !
  • jmcgrotty - December 10, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    You forgot the best one. As you go through the city, you will see letters here and there. Find them in order to spell Mouseketeer and you will get a pop-up screen of Annette Funicello. For each letter you find in order, the A and the E of Annettes name start to move farther around the side of her chest as her breasts grow.

Showing 1-20 of 50 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000