Friday, June 5, 2009

Mickey's Conspicuous Absence

The name Mickey remains unspoken/unshown throughout the game until the last scene. Instead, he is represented in symbols, and referred to by your majesty, the king, 王様 and the like. On one level this is might be a matter of economics or politics in that the group developing the game needed to get greater authorization to include Mickey, the big Disney breadwinner. That said, Mickey as a sign saturates the game as lights on the wall, as signatures, as portraits of ancestors on the wall and as door outlines. Some are seen below.

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  1. The elusiveness of Mickey - his ongoing conspicuous absence - is reflected in an interview by Nomura in which he notes that Mickey could take a more active role in Kingdom Hearts II only after Square-Enix received approval from Disney.