* AscendedFanon: At a panel, Warren Spector mentioned that he limited the references to other {{Disney}} films up to Disney/TheJungleBook in order to prevent himself from going overboard. Creator/PeterDavid, on the same panel, mentioned that Disney/TheJungleBook was, incidentally, the last film WaltDisney had a direct hand in making, so Warren Spector said that was the official reason from now on.
* CollectorsEdition: Those who pre-ordered the game got a special edition of the strategy guide (with an interview with Warren Spector in it), themed Wii skins, and a vinyl Mickey figurine holding a paintbrush.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: Gametrailers.com mistakenly labeled [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Yen Sid]] as [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone Merlin]]. This was later corrected in the pop-up version of the opening cinematic. Not to mention how many people mistook the game as ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts III'' when it first debuted.
* DuelingGames: ''Very'' broadly. The simple fact that it's a rather "unorthodox" {{Disney}} game that features Mickey Mouse being cooler than you remember is getting it compared to the ''KingdomHearts'' series. [[FanDumb "Fans"]] occasionally bring in an "East vs. West" mentality to arguments over which is superior, to complicate matters further.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Seemingly averted. Interestingly, {{Disney}}'s support of the game style is rumored to be related to the business-savvy observation that the company's biggest profits in {{video game}}s come from ones willing to adopt a semi-dark style, as well as genuinely trying to revamp Mickey as a genuinely useful (and marketable) character.
* ExecutiveVeto: Granted, they've vetoed some minor elements along the way, but considering how over-protective {{Disney}}'s been regarding the Mouse recently (remember the ''WesternAnimation/RunawayBrain'' fiasco?), this could actually be a good thing by the company.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Creator/FrankWelker is {{Oswald|TheLuckyRabbit}}.
** Creator/DaveWittenberg is the Mad Doctor.
** Cary Elwes ([[Film/ThePrincessBride Westley]]) is Gus Gremlin in the second game.
* MarthDebutedInSmashBros: You can bet your left foot that most people who are aware of Oswald's existence owe it to this game (which was intentionally made as a comeback vehicle for both him and his brother, and the games at least acknowledge Oswald's original cartoons). Adding to the issue is that while half of his original cartoons are available on DVD, said set only got a limited release, and wasn't released in other countries.
* NoExportForYou: Inverted as the game has yet to be released in Japan, which is pretty odd, considering [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff how much the Japanese love Oswald]].
** A Japanese release has finally been set for August 4th, 2011, with Nintendo taking over publishing duties, something they have done with other Western-developed Wii games, with the subtitle of ''Mickey and the Magic Brush'' and [[RegionalBonus some fixes to the camera issues]].
* PlayingAgainstType: OK, raise your hand if you expected the creator of VideoGame/DeusEx to helm a Mickey Mouse game before this was announced. Chances are, only a few actually did. Less of a surprise if you were aware of WarrenSpector's work on SteveJacksonGames' classic ''Toon!'' RPG.
* PromotedFanboy: Warren Spector is a pretty big Disney fan. And now he gets to write for the WesternAnimation/DuckTales comic book after he's begged to make a WesternAnimation/DuckTales video game.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Despite Disney's CrazyAwesome status listed in the YMMV tab, the finished game was originally supposed to be a late 2011/December 2011 release, but cut the development time by a full year, therefore the game technically '''isn't finished''', which explains [[CameraScrew most of]] [[LoveItOrHateIt the problems]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The "Scrapper" mechanic (where [[MickeyMouse Mickey's]] appearance would change to reflect the player's moral decisions) has been... ''[[{{Pun}} scrapped.]]'' Spector said that [[SeriousBusiness people didn't like having Mickey's iconic appearance tampered with]]. Instead, now his {{Fairy Companion}}s turn blue or {{sickly green|Glow}}.
** To elaborate further, the change from the Scrapper/Hero system to Guardian system was made because then you'd have to worry less about people just trying to play the meter and instead make their own choices.
*** WordOfGod is that the leaked concept art was made of ideas rejected because they were ''too'' edgy for Spector.
** An Alice in Wonderland level based on Alice's Curious Labyrinth from [[DisneyThemeParks Disneyland Paris]] was planned but scrapped to avoid confusion with the Creator/TimBurton film. It can still be seen in Yen Sid's model of the Wasteland.
*** When Mickey spills the thinner into the Wasteland, one can see the Labyrinth model sinking away into nothingness, further explaining why it never appears in the game.
** [[http://hamilton74.deviantart.com/art/Epic-Mickey-Attacking-193974282 These]] [[http://hamilton74.deviantart.com/art/Epic-Mickey-Storm-Blot-193975504 concept]] [[http://hamilton74.deviantart.com/art/Thinner-Mickey-193969166 arts]] [[http://hamilton74.deviantart.com/art/Thinner-Mickey-Sketch-194737327 say]] [[http://hamilton74.deviantart.com/art/Epic-Mickey-s-powers-193972562 it]] [[http://hamilton74.deviantart.com/art/The-Blot-confronting-Mickey-193972968 all]].
*** In specific, this art shows the unused Scrapper mechanic, as well as the "Storm Blot", a mixture of Oswald and The Shadow Blot.
*** Oswald was also originally going to be the main antagonist of the game before he was made in to an anti-hero.
** Several concept art shows that Minnie was originally going to be in the game.
** Another storyboard shows [[http://billygeorge.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ursula_7.jpg Ursula]] as a villain in the story. According to the Art Book, Ursula would have lived inside The Jug, originally written as a separate location from Mickeyjunk Mountain attached to various machinery filtering out the thinner in the environment.
** Potential bosses for Mickeyjunk Mountain included Chernabog and a robotic Yeti exo-suit of Oswald's.
** A larger example comes from the decision why the game is a Wii exclusive. It was originally a XBOX 360/PS3 game, but when he was asked about a Wii version, Warren Spector decided he didn't want to it to make it a bogged-down port. [[FridgeLogic So, they decided to make it a Wii exclusive...]](It should also be noted that he's also a big Nintendo fan.)