The good news is that Tom Hignite
has gathered a small group of animators in his
new studio and they're working on a hand-drawn animation theatrical feature about a character called Miracle Mouse.
From Tom Hignite
after a tour of the Disney studios
as reported in The Times:
Dimples would be remiss if we didn't include a section in this story about Tom Hignite
Who is Tom Hignite?
The publicity photo at the top of this story would lead you to believe that he's an animator.
He is the owner of "Miracle Homes".
He's a housing contractor and, apparently, an over-the-top Christian.
Dimples assumes that's why he
names everything "miracle".
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
had relatively little experience in animation when he
began planning a studio.
It took about a year of research before he
could start looking for artists, he
home-building business, which he
also began with little experience, started in 1993 with two home sales.
Last year, it sold 220 houses with a total value of about $42 million.
got into the business by selling a home he
built on a lot that had been given as barter to his
Hignite then quit his job as advertising manager for a boat dealer and started building houses full time.
drew the Miracle Mouse character, which has appeared in promotions for his
home-building business for several years.
Some observers say the hard hat-donning Miracle Mouse looks a lot like Mickey Mouse, but Hignite
said the character is unique, and he
doesn't think it infringes on any Disney copyright.
Miracle Mouse looks like Mickey Mouse and the opening page on Miracle Studios' web page looks like the opening to Disney
This is not a good thing.
may have carried too much baggage from the world of suburban sprawl into the world of theatrical animation.
[tags]2D animation, Disney
, Tom Hignite
, Miracle Studios[/tags]