New Epic Mickey footage reveals the twisted inner-psyche of a dog gone mad

And it's playable! A first look at some new levels, plus a bit of background

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Loving the slow trickle of new Epic Mickey reveals. For gamers, a brand new game from Deus Ex%26rsquo;s Warren Spector is enough to get excited about, but every sliver of gameplay unveiled should be sending animation nerds like myself through the goddamned roof!

Above: Remember this? We sensationalized this pic and many others completely out of context in ourGrisly Disney feature

Hard to believe I got away with such a feature, but GR%26rsquo;s actually already published a picture from the cartoon on which the first level in the video below is based. In 1951%26rsquo;s "Plutopia," Mickey%26rsquo;s bestest friend is tormented by a feral feline in his sleep, and that surreally stylized neon nightmare is shown off as the basis for one of Epic Mickey%26rsquo;s 2D transition levels.

But no, these glorious throwbacks aren%26rsquo;t exclusive to Mickey and his ilk. You%26rsquo;ll see another level inspired by %26ldquo;Oh, What a Knight,%26rdquo; a short that originally starred purported in-game villain, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Above: Oswald, neither gone, nor forgotten

The video follows that up with the 3D Lonesome Manor level, partially inspired by Disneyland%26rsquo;s Haunted Mansion attraction, and it also features a previously confirmed, nearly forgotten character from Disney%26rsquo;s past,The Mad Doctor.

Above: Is this game still for kids?!

Ya know, you readers are really lucky to have someone with nerdy knowledge such as mine. Otherwise, you%26rsquo;d have no idea exactly how much Epic Mickey is gonna rule when it finally hits store shelves this Holiday season. You%26rsquo;re welcome!

Jul 26, 2010

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