A lot of people are asking why the Song of the South animals aren't going to be in the game. Then you remember Splash Mountain and the film's infamy and constant demand for a home release, and you see why.
There are no Beetleworx in the World of Gremlins, the only chapter without any. This is most certainly because the Gremlins, being mechanically adept, have dismantled them all.
Using the French version of Sleeping Beauty Castle was perfect, since Disneyland Paris is hated by the French people, so it falls under "unloved".
While watching the opening cinematic to Epic Mickey (video released by IGN), I noticed that Mickey's calendar was changing pics, each representing a screenshot from his cartoons, all the way up to "The Prince and the Pauper". The image last torn before that was from "Mickey's Christmas Carol", which if I recall correctly, was the first cartoon to have Wayne Allwine voice Mickey Mouse. The image was of Mickey holding Tiny Tim's crutch in sadness, and it made me realize: he's also mourning the loss of Wayne, who passed away in 2009!
This one speaks for itself, in the E3 demo one of the quests given in order to get a compass from one of the pirates you have to find his treasure up in the treehouse, there's nothing up there but a teddy bear but the pirate takes it anyway explaining that he named his bear Treasure.
Where's Fannie, Oswald's rabbit girlfriend... probably killed in the Thinner disaster. Dammit Mickey!
Why does the Mad Doctor have such a knack for singing everything he says? He was able to do it in the cartoon he debuted in!
Oh, and there are also giant lakes of that dip. Which you can fall into. Yes, it's entirely possible for Mickey to wind up trapped in a pool of thinner, and melt as a result.
Also for artists, just imagine if you're Walt Disney playing this Video Game. All of the pre-development ideas or early concepts/characters you've ever happened to forget are all alive in this world, each harboring a deep resentment against you for rejecting them.
Oswald becomes even more sympathetic when you realize that Walt didn't have to abandon him — if he had just sucked it up and took the budget cut, Oswald might have been just fine (and certainly wouldn't have fallen into the Dork AgeWalter Lantz put him through in the 30's). Uncle Walt, we love you, man, but..... what the Hell?!
When Mickey spilled the Thinner jug on the map, it directly landed on what was once Alice's Curious Labyrinth... no Alice characters show up in the game. Imagine the Gyphon and Mock Turtle slowly melting away...
The same principle applies to the Bunny Children, Oswald's 420 adorable children... who can very easily fall into a pool of thinner on Mickeyjunk Mountain. (And then melt.)
Some cartoon characters are shown to have families. Now, imagine only the parent remains popular or only the kid. Also consider how they don't seem to be aware that Wasteland exists, so as far as they know their loved ones just disappeared without a trace.
All Oswald wants is to be loved by audiences around the world, right? Well...healready is.
Yeah, but he doesn't know that. One can only imagine that he hasn't had an x-ray in a while, so if he had a heart, he wouldn't know it.
According to the novelization, losing and gaining a heart is something you physically feel.
Yen Sid created the Wasteland, only to have Mickey accidentally destroy it. So... why couldn't Yen Sid fix it again in the 90 YEARS between then and now?
Probably to teach Mickey a lesson on meddling with someone else's work?
So he choose to keep a lot of people suffering just to teach his apprentice a lesson?
Alternately, it could be because the bottle of thinner fell into the world as well, and Yen Sid would be unable to correct the mistakes Mickey made without it.
If Oswald The Lucky Rabbit has been relatively popular in Japan, then what's he doing in a world for completely forgotten characters?
Trying to figure out how to attract the attention of the ±200 other countries.
I really have to ask this. Why are Smee and Captain Hook in this game? They are far from forgotten! They've appeared in every Kingdom Hearts game (even in the one Peter Pan didn't) and Peter Pan is still a well loved movie, having spawned sequels and remakes of varying quality. So why on earth are they here?
Smee is a rejected concept version of the character and Hook is an animatronic.
If I'm remembering correctly, he's the original Hook turned into an animatronic.
Possibly not; he doesn't get turned back with the rest of the pirates and (if I remember right) doesn't have any paint-parts, suggesting he was an animatronic the whole time.
Why would there be an animatronic version of Hook? The only reason why animatronic versions of Mickey's friends exist is that Oswald asked the Mad Doctor to build them so that they would be his friends.
It's possible that Smee and the other pirates asked the Mad Doctor to build the Hook animatronic because they needed someone to keep them in line/take charge of things. If they all had the mindset that Hook is Da Boss, and nobody could do better.... (Let's face it, neither Barrie nor the Disney movie seemed aware of the Codes.)