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Mickey Mouse Horror Movie Trailer Drops:

•, By Tom Tapp

At 12:01 am this morning, the earliest iteration of one of the world's most beloved children's characters entered the public domain. Shortly thereafter, the trailer for a slasher film called Mickey's Mouse Trap was posted online.

In it, clips from Walt Disney's 1928 animated classic Steamboat Willie are shown interspersed with newly-shot footage that tells the story of a mouse mask-wearing killer who stalks college-age kids at an arcade.

Here's the logline: It's Alex's 21st Birthday, but she's stuck at the amusement arcade on a late shift so her friends decide to surprise her, but a masked killer dressed as Mickey Mouse decides to play a game of his own with them which she must survive.

The film was shot, edited and directed by Jamie Bailey and written by Simon Phillips. A trailer for the Steamboat Willie inspired horror game Infestation 88 also dropped earlier today.

So is there a lawsuit in the filmmakers' future?

"More modern versions of Mickey will remain unaffected by the expiration of the Steamboat Willie copyright, and Mickey will continue to play a leading role as a global ambassador for the Walt Disney Company in our storytelling, theme park attractions, and merchandise," a Disney spokesperson said of the dos and don'ts of the sound-synched film entering the public domain today. "We will, of course, continue to protect our rights in the more modern versions of Mickey Mouse and other works that remain subject to copyright, and we will work to safeguard against consumer confusion caused by unauthorized uses of Mickey and our other iconic characters," the company added.