© Florian K., 2013in deference to the creator of Smile.dog
This is Disney’s first design for Mickey Mouse. But it was so dark and twisted that he decided not to use it. Instead, he banned many of his early characters that were too strange and disturbing for the audience at his time and designed new ones.
But Walt’s old characters survived and created their own version of Disneyland in which they hoped to find the acceptance their creator never gave them.
After Walt’s death, the first Mickey Mouse (also called Mocky or Smirky Mouse) decided to take control over the company. Now Smirky monitors all broadcasts to subtly slip in more violence and disturbing images. He wants to prepare his audience for the return of the dark characters Disney always wanted to rule the world with.
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After years of inbreeding between Smirky and Pluto, Smile.dog was born. Smile.dog clearly got his handsome smile from Smirky, but doesn’t share his humor.
Jeff the killer – who was an office clerk at this time and liked to drink fennel tea and to recite haikus with Smirky – got the idea for his make-up from him, but his colleagues didn’t like it. Jeff found a way to solve this problem and recited a haiku while gutting them.
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