Patrick Block is a longtime Disney comic artist who’s carried on the traditions of Carl Barks and Don Rosa in tales of Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge McDuck. Recently some of his concept art for a canceled Epic Mickey follow-up starring that other irascible Donald (the more realistic, arguably more human Disney-owned one) showed up for auction on eBay, and Block graciously opened up about the project on the AssemblerGames forum:
In 2012 I had the very great pleasure and honor of working with Warren Spector and Junction Point on a follow up to Disney’s Epic Mickey and Epic Mickey II.
The game was to feature Donald Duck, Duckburg, and the assorted classic world clan. I worked hard on a “Carl Barks” based Duckburg, puling scenes of the town from his comics and doing my best to keep a 1950’s feeling spirit about the game world.
Sadly, this was about the time Disney decided to switch over to it’s current gaming, more tablet oriented gaming focus.
While we were fully paid for our conceptual work on the project, to date, it has not been made.
With the new DuckTales project in the works, I have hopes we still might see the game, with some of our work, get made.
Epic Mickey was a pretty innovative Nintendo Wii platformer from Spector in 2010 that got a 2012 sequel (The Power of Two) for that system as well as the Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Vita, Xbox 360 and Windows. They resurrected Walt Disney Studios’ first animated character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, as well as the “Mad Doctor” from 1933’s Mickey Mouse cartoon of the same name.
Block’s concept art for this “Epic Donald” includes Scrooge’s Money Bin atop Killmotor Hill in Duckburg, inventor Gyro Gearloose and a balloon-lifted flying roadster, and what appears to be a treasure hunt on Nova Scotia’s legendary Oak Island.
Did Scrooge and Donald defy the island’s curse to seek the Holy Grail? How cool would it be to hear Donald try to pronounce the words “Holy Grail?”
IGN also brings word of an Epic-themed racing game that would have featured drivers such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Oswald, the Mad Doctor, Scrooge McDuck, nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and Cruella De Vil.
Between this and the early demise of Disney Infinity, what could be the universe’s reason for so cruelly depriving us of every opportunity to play Uncle Scrooge? At least we have DuckTales Remastered and that upcoming return to televised Duckburg to look forward to, as well as all those great episodes from the late ’80s and early ’90s to look back on fondly …