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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Nightly Frights: Suicide Mouse

I don’t really care for “lost episode” creepypastas, mostly because they’re usually, blatantly fake. Almost anyone can make up a story about an unreleased cartoon episode that was too “hardcore” to be aired on television, and make up the most grotesque and surreal details surrounding it. As such, they come across as transparently fake. So if I’m going to feature a lost episode creepypasta, I might as well feature the granddaddy that inspired all others: Suicide Mouse.

The creepypasta tells of an unreleased Mickey Mouse cartoon short. On the surface, it only appears to be a walking cycle—almost as if were merely an animation test—but as the short progresses, things start taking a turn towards the darkside. The film appears even more worn out, the music becomes eerily distorted, and it almost sounds like there’s screaming and crying in the background. The short finally ends with a sole voice saying “real suffering is not known” before cutting out to black.

What I find interesting about this creepypasta is that there really was an unreleased Mickey Mouse short, though it wasn’t nearly as surreal as this fake short.The real short was called “Mickey’s Toothache”, and as the title suggests, it was about Mickey going to the dentist to have his toothache taken care of. After being put to sleep with anesthetics, the poor mouse enters a nightmare world where he is put on trial by his own teeth for not taking care of them. The very premise of the episode is probably why it was never released, as it’s very similar to another Disney short: "Pluto’s Judgement Day."

Anyway, here's the fake lost Mickey short and creepypasta:

So do any of you remember those Mickey Mouse cartoons from the 1930s? The ones that were just put out on DVD a few years ago? Well, I hear there is one that was unreleased to even the most avid classic Disney fans.

According to sources, it's nothing special. It's just a continuous loop (like Flintstones) of Mickey walking past six buildings that goes on for two or three minutes before fading out. Unlike the cutesy tunes put in though, the song on this cartoon was not a song at all, just a constant banging on a piano for a minute and a half before going to white noise for the remainder of the film.

It wasn't the jolly old Mickey we've come to love either, Mickey wasn't dancing, not even smiling, just kind of walking as if you or I were walking, with a normal facial expression, but for some reason his head tilted side to side as he kept this dismal look...

...After it cut to black, it stayed like that until the 6th minute, before going back into Mickey walking. The sound was different this time. It was a murmur. It wasn't a language, but more like a gurgled cry. As the noise got more indistinguishable and loud over the next minute, the picture began to get weird. The sidewalk started to go in directions that seemed impossible based on the physics of Mickeys walking. And the dismal face of the mouse was slowly curling into a smirk.

On the 7th minute, the murmur turned into a bloodcurdling scream (the kind of scream painful to hear) and the picture was getting more obscure. Colors were happening that shouldn't have been possible at the time. Mickey's face began to fall apart. his eyes rolled on the bottom of his chin like two marbles in a fishbowl, and his curled smile was pointing upward on the left side of his face.

The buildings became rubble floating in midair and the sidewalk was still impossibly navigating in warped directions, a few seeming inconceivable with what we, as humans, know about direction. Mr. Maltin got disturbed and left the room, sending an employee to finish the video and take notes of everything happening up until the last second, and afterward immediately store the disc of the cartoon into the vault. This distorted screaming lasted until 8 minutes and a few seconds in, and then it abruptly cuts to the Mickey Mouse face at the credits of the end of every video with what sounded like a broken music box playing in the background.