Disney+ debuted the first trailer for the upcoming documentary Mickey: The Story of a Mouse, streaming on November 18.
Directed by Jeff Malmberg, the documentary had its world premiere at the South by Southwest film festival on March 19, 2022. The documentary follows the history and filmography of Mickey Mouse. It is accompanied by the short film Mickey in a Minute, animated by Eric Goldberg, Mark Henn, and Randy Haycock.
Fran Hoepfner, of TheWrap, gave a positive review, saying it is an “interesting exploration of a global phenomenon that goes out of its way to let Disney (the man and the company) off the hook”. Daniel Fienberg, of The Hollywood Reporter, also gave a positive review, saying “Offering 93 minutes of radiant rodent hagiography, Mickey: The Story of a Mouse is maybe the most polished of Disney+’s recent documercials”. Stephen Silver, of Tilt, gave 4 stars out of 5, saying “yes, it’s a blatant act of self-mythologizing by Disney. But its also a fascinating examination of Disney history and a must-watch for anyone whos a big Mickey fan”. Ross Bonaime, of Collider, gave a mixed review, saying the documentary is “an intriguing look at the century-long history of Mickey that can’t help but try to avoid the biggest questions of Mickey and Walt Disney’s past”.