The Search for Mickey Mouse (unfinished Disney animated film; 2002)
The Search for Mickey Mouse is a cancelled 2002 Disney animated feature-length film animated at Disney's studio in Florida made as a celebration of Mickey Mouse's 75th anniversary. The film was cancelled at an unknown date in 2002 due to the writers having trouble writing an interesting story with the concept of Disney characters making cameos every few minutes.
The film is said to surround Mickey (played by the now-late Wayne Allwine) who gets "Mouse-Knapped", and Minnie Mouse (Russi Taylor) hires Basil of Baker Street (from the 1986 animated film The Great Mouse Detective) to help find him.
Now Minnie, Basil, Donald Duck (Tony Anselmo), and Goofy (Bill Farmer) have to travel the globe to find Mickey and in a Who Framed Roger Rabbit manner, single-handedly encounter one character from every Disney Animated Movie to exist at the time. Several of those characters would include Alice (Kathryn Beaumont) from Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin (Scott Weinger), and Peter Pan (Blayne Weaver).
That same year of 2002, no new information on the film had been revealed, except for the fact that there was speculation that the film would be done in CGI, featuring a CGI Mickey that had been used in test footage for an upcoming direct-to-DVD project that was slated to be released in 2004, and was speculated to be The Search for Mickey Mouse, by having the same characters and voice actors as mentioned before. However many were proved wrong as instead it was used for a CGI film called Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas and for the Walt Disney World Attraction, Mickey's Philarmagic.
It was rumored that the project was cancelled until an unspecified day in 2005 when WDW Radio (a podcast website) reported that the film would be released in 2012 and would be Walt Disney Animation Studio's 50th Animated Feature, which brought back new hope back into the project. However, Tangled became the studio's 50th Animated Feature in 2010, proving the rumor to be false.
To this day, no footage or any screenshots of the film have ever been released.
The blog Jim Hill Media reported back on December 19th, 2002 that the film was officially cancelled by Walt Disney Studios and The Three Mouseketeers was produced instead.
- Jim Hill's blog post on the cancelled film. Retrieved 05 Oct '17