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Desc:This is wonderful more than I can describe.
Category:Cartoons & Animation, Arts
Tags:Disney, india, Mickey Mouse, Mumbai, animation short
Submitted:Rodents of Unusual Size
Date:04/23/15
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Mister Yuck
Charming!
Xenocide
These are fantastic. Paul Rudish is the animation industry's best-kept secret.
Spit Spingola
I know. I'm always amazed by how awesome these shorts are, since they're basically animating the most famous cartoon character of all time for a modern context and in flash this kind of thing could be done poorly so easily.

The Mothership
You are not Ganesh! Ganesh is Graceful!
Xenocide
Who needs the infinite love of Ganesh when I have Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman staring at me with their dead eyes!

blase
Possibly inspired by doing business there?
kingarthur
Fun fact; Ganesh travels around on a little mouse, taking care never to crush him.

Kinda inspired, yo.
Killer Joe
I... didn't know that!
That kinda elevates is up a bit more.

EvilHomer
It's good, but there are a number of problems. For example:

At 0:28 and then again at 0:58, Mickey clearly sees the Mountain; it is obviously close, and well within view of the Mumbai city limits. Yet when he leaves the city, the Mountain is nowhere to be found! It takes him what may be years to find the Mountain again (the timeframe is not clear), and when he does, he stumbles upon its foothills quite suddenly, and almost completely by accident! How could Mickey lose it after the towering skyline of Mumbai? How could he not have seen it well before entering the final village?

0:30 I am having trouble determining the average load-bearing capacity of a North Indian auto-rickshaw, but based on the ones I've found advertised, 400 kg seems to be a reasonable estimate. This is enough to lug around fat tourists, but an *elephant* weighs on average about TEN TIMES that much! While Asian elephants are smaller than their African cousins, you're still looking at a Ganesha that weighs between 3,000 and 5,000 kg - far too heavy for the rickshaw, let alone poor Mickey's spine.

1:36, "17 hours" after he leaves the city, Mickey's in a desert. I had to do some research and extensive calculations on this, but the average speed of an auto-rickshaw is about 35 mph, which would place the desert about 590 miles away from Mumbai (probably closer, if Mickey was driving in circles, possibly a little further, if he avoided traffic (UNLIKELY!) and pushed his rickshaw to the limits). So... what desert is this? I was thinking it might be the Rann Kutch in Gujarat, which according to my research is about is about 550 miles from Mumbai by road. However, the Rann Kutch is a salt marsh; it is white, not drab tan, and while the Rann plays host to a famously robust variety of birds, these tend to be water fowl. I do not know if that specific species of vulture which we see (they look to be perhaps members of THREE separate species) is endemic to the Rann; I suspect not, but I am willing to be corrected on this.

It gets worse at 1:46, where he pulls up the map, and it is visually suggested that Mickey and Ganesha are somewhere near Ahmadnagar, a city which is in the opposite direction from Gujarat, and is located not in the middle of a desert, but upon the Deccan Plateau, within the rainshadow of the Western Ghats! This region is famously hot and dry, so perhaps it does experience some degree of desertification, I don't know. However, it is my understanding that the terrain of the northwestern Deccan is mostly semi-arid scrubland, not roasting desert.

2:03 Mickey appears to be a very old mouse, yet suddenly, no more than a few seconds later, he is a young mouse again?!

2:04 He runs out of gas, and needs to resort to a curry-based biofuel. OK, but why is running out of gas suddenly a big deal? According to RickShawChallengeDotCom, auto-rickshaws only hold enough fuel for 120 miles of driving. Even just getting Ganesha to the FIRST desert location would have necessitated three or four stops for refueling! Mickey has obviously been refueling his rickshaw numerous times over the course of his journey; perhaps the problem is, he has finally fun out of money? The director needs to make this more clear, it is very confusing as it stands now.

3:26 Rickshaws can't fly.



Good, but not great. 7/10.
Rodents of Unusual Size
You should really write the Disney wiki on this, EvilHomer.

Rodents of Unusual Size
I actually kind of want to read a book like that "Science of Star Trek" book but it's "the Science of Disney" where you tell us how Disney surprisingly does not consult physicists for its productions.

Shanghai Tippytap
^ What the fuck

That was fun. I turned on closed captioning in hopes of getting subtitles but every time Mickey talked the captions just said [MICKEY SPEAKS HINDI].

I like how tangible his reward was. At first I thought the flower represented something lame like inner peace or enlightenment, but it was actually just a flying bike made of solid gold. Screw these religions where you gotta die before you cash in.
Bort
So when does he get hit by the train?
EvilHomer
Also, different question, is anyone else here bothered by the contemporary Indian policy of renaming cities? I mean, OK, I get that there's a legacy of colonialism which they want to slough off; that's fine. It's their country, they can be petulant if they want. And in some cases, you know, I can even sort of see the logic behind it - "Mumbai" was, if I understand correctly, a word used by natives for at least the last few centuries, and "Bombay" is a word inextricably tied to the British East India Company and colonial rule. But some of the changes are just plain stupid - "Madras" predated colonialism, which is more than you can say for the names chosen to replace it! Why change a name as badass as "Madras" to Tamil Nadu/ Chennai?! OK, maybe change the name of the state to Tamil Nadu, sure, you want to draw attention to ethnic differences and really play up that sense of "Tamils vs non-Tamil-Dravidians/ Indo-Aryans". But **Chennai**?! Come oooooon. Laaaaaame.
Killer Joe
Its fine as long as we all remember Mickey is white.
Meerkat
Technically he's black with white trim.

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