There has been no shortage of legendary children’s characters entering the horror sphere of late. With Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, its upcoming sequel and Cinderella’s Curse to name a few, it seems our childhood friends will have a blood-thirsty edge for some time to come.
Now, perhaps the most prominent and beloved cartoon character of all joins the fray in a brand-new trailer for the upcoming slasher Mickey’s Mouse Trap.
In the clip we see a group of teens stalked and killed during a night of fun and games at a local arcade. The hulking Michael Myers-style killer has chosen Disney’s beloved mascot as his garb, and maintains a merry smile as he spills blood left and right.
Whilst the clip looks somewhat promising for a project that has a limited budget, the trailer’s reception has been less than stellar. When posted to YouTube by various outlets, Mickey’s Mouse Trap received an over 60% dislike rating.
Audiences seem largely upset that a character associated with Disney and children’s entertainment has been utilized in a horror film.
You may be asking how this is possible, doesn’t Walt Disney Studios still own the rights to Mickey Mouse? Yes, Disney still retain the character rights to Mickey. However, their original short, Steamboat Willie, that introduced the character lapsed into the public domain on January 1st 2024.
Disney are currently in a legal battle, protesting the expiry of a copyright after 100 years, but an outcome has yet to be reached.
Until then, other parties are free to use the Steamboat Willie property as they see fit, even if it turns the beloved mouse into a slasher villain.
Mickey’s Mouse Trap will release in March of 2024, and it will be interesting to see how the film goes over. If you’re curious, you can check out the divisive clip below: