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Mickey Mouse channels Mario in new animated short

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

"Tokyo Go," a new Disney animated short featuring Mickey Mouse, combines retro animation and an old-school video game reference.

The four-minute piece tells the dialogue-free story of Mickey's quest to get to work on time using Japanese bullet trains. Unfortunately, throngs of people during the morning rush push him onto the wrong train, so he has to improvise.

"Tokyo Go," which features voice actors including Fred Tatasciore — the man behind Gears of War's Baird — is a joy to watch in and of itself. But it's made even more delightful by a quick video game reference. As Mickey enters a train tunnel, the animation briefly switches to the style of a Super Mario Bros.-esque 8-bit platformer, complete with 1up and coin sound effects.

The video doesn't support embedding and appears to be watchable in the U.S. only; you can check it out on Disney's website.

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