Quantcast
Epic Mickey 2 is 'the first musical comedy game' - Destructoid

DestructoidJapanatorTomopopFlixist



Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two  



Epic Mickey 2 is 'the first musical comedy game'


10:00 AM on 03.23.2012
Epic Mickey 2 is 'the first musical comedy game' photo



At Epic Mickey 2's announcement press conference in Austin last week, Junction Point's Senior Creative Director, Warren Spector, surprised attending press members by calling the game "the first musical comedy game in the history of video games."

While what we saw of the game was limited, we were assured that Epic Mickey 2 is a true musical, with much of its story told through song. Spector, a big fan of music himself, joked that he wants the "Gleeks to turn out" for this game.

We were shown the game's opening sequence, which almost immediately becomes a musical act. The Mad Doctor, the last game's antagonist, bursts from the ground in a craft and pleas with main character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, asking him to forgive and join forces. This is all done through singing and lyrics that were a perfect fit for Disney's style. 

Through song he makes it clear that Oswald must once again become a hero, though the choice should be made quickly:

Danger is closing in, so much we must avoid / If we don't band together Wasteland will be destroyed

Brian Freyermuth, Senior Game and Story Designer at Junction Point, tells Destructoid that there was initially some skepticism on how well they could pull off a game filled with musical numbers. He says that even with that initial doubt, everyone on the team was immediately on board with the idea, and from hearing the first recorded tune they were all fully committed to the cause. Now he and the team are excited for fans to experience these musical numbers.

It seems that the Mad Doctor does the bulk of the singing in Epic Mickey 2. Freyermuth said that most of the music comes from this character as he introduces music to Wasteland, and every bit of what he says in the game ends up being song. Most of the game's characters are confused by his singing at the game's beginning, but as things progress, more and more join in, and more types of music are gradually introduced. 

Freyermuth revealed that Jim Dooley, the composer of the first game, worked with lyricist Mike Himmelstein to transform the story and dialogue into full musical numbers. For this creation process, after feedback was given from Disney and Warren Spector on scratch tracks, the songs would be recorded with the voice actors for each of the characters.

While they were only able to show one number at the reveal event, it sounds like Junction Point has a musical treat lined up for fans. Freyermuth says that he feels their work rivals any of Disney's older musicals in quality. He told us that while it's too early to talk about any of the other singing characters, there are about 8 major pieces to look forward to, and teased that one of the operatic pieces in the middle of the game is one of his favorites.

Look for more on Epic Mickey 2 and its music later this year.








Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.





timeline following:
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two



8:00 PM on 06.21.2013
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two gets Vita launch trailer

Epic Mickey 2 came and went, and was pretty much a step back from the original in every way. What started out as a promising homage to Walt Disney's first major creation -- Oswald the Lucky Rabbit -- ended up in disaster bot...more



1:00 PM on 03.18.2013
Epic Mickey 2 coming to the PlayStation Vita

The Disney Movies UK Twitter account revealed that Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will be heading to the PlayStation Vita sometime this year. No other info was revealed, but we've reached out to Disney and will have more for...more



11:00 AM on 11.17.2012
Review: Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

Epic Mickey is easily among the more tragic wastes of potential we've seen in the videogame industry. It first whipped fans into a frothy lather of excitement when concept images were shown, displaying a twisted and macabre t...more



9:30 PM on 10.16.2012
Disney reveals new levels for upcoming Epic Mickey titles

Good Sir Warren (and the fine folks at Disney Interactive) have unveiled a few new levels for both Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, and Castle of Illusion's successor, Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion. As ex...more



4:00 PM on 10.14.2012
Warren Spector and I are totally best friends now

I failed to mention that, immediately following the Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion preview event last month, Warren Spector led all the journalists on a tour through Magic Kingdom. We went on the Magic Carpet, Haunted...more



1:30 PM on 09.13.2012
Disney Epic Mickey 2 heading to the Wii U

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is officially heading to the Wii U. You are totally shocked by this news, I'm sure. The Wii U version will include GamePad specific features, such as a real-time map of the game world di...more



3:45 PM on 09.05.2012
Warren Spector denies Glenn Beck rabbit ears at event

Glenn Beck is a political talk show host who is hard to love for many. Some might say, he is a loud-mouthed liar who loves to exaggerate and sensationalize for attention. You may be able to understand then why game designer W...more



1:30 PM on 05.16.2012
Epic Mickey 2 dev diary talks up camera, co-op play

A new "behind-the-scenes" video for Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, featuring Warren Spector and other members of the Junction Point team, as they discuss some of the new features which have been implemented in the g...more



5:00 PM on 03.25.2012
Epic Mickey 2 lead platform is Wii, 3DS version confirmed

GamesRadar has uploaded a nearly five-minute walkthrough of the upcoming Epic Mickey 2, demonstrating the 360 build and the new drop-in, drop-out co-op. GR has confirmed suspicions that the Wii version is the lead platform. ...more




Disney

11:45 AM on 04.08.2014
Marvel teased for Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition

It's been long expected that Marvel and Star Wars characters would make their way to Disney Infinity and we're finally getting a tease for the former property. Captain America -- or his iconic shield, at least -- is all but ...more



8:00 AM on 04.01.2014
There's too much going on in this Disney Magical World trailer

Apparently Disney Magical World is "videogames -- the game," as you can do pretty much anything ever based on this new video. While we've seen lots of footage so far on the Animal Crossing-like village exploration gamep...more



7:30 PM on 03.31.2014
Disney Magical World themed 3DS XL out on April 11

Disney Magical World is out on April 11, and along with that comes a special themed 3DS XL. It's called the Mickey Edition officially, because of all the Mickey heads on the case, I guess. At first I thought they were all var...more



View all Disney






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more