|Photo by Barneys|
There has been so controversy regarding the transformation of Disney's classic characters. Some say the new look is weird, even for cartoons, with the freaky tall and slim bodies and large heads. The reasoning for the change of body types was found here, “The standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin dress. There was a real moment of silence, because these characters don’t change. I said, ‘If we’re going to make this work, we have to have a 5-foot-11 Minnie,’ and they agreed. When you see Goofy, Minnie and Mickey, they are runway models.”
I found this interesting because it seems to me that Freedman is saying only tall slim women would look good in a high fashion dress. I understand a short Minnie Mouse might do the dress justice, but what about making her around 5'7 and healthy body type?
Dennis Freedman, Barneys' creative director, told WWD, "The animator and I sat next to each other and went over every detail of the clothes - how they're made, what material, how they would move - to get them as accurate as we possibly could,". During a meeting in Glendale, Ca, a model was brought in "to walk the hallways of Disney, and they studied how she walked. I said, ‘You can’t make the film without understanding every detail of how she walks, what her facial expression is, and how she stares ahead".
Freedman was also quoted saying, "The world of the Paris fashion shows, of fashion, of people in fashion, of the rituals, all of the idiosyncrasies. The important thing to me was always that it had to be authentic. It really had to hit the nail on the head in every detail".
Besides the unveiling on November 14, you can buy memorabilia. 25% of sales from Electric Holiday products will go to a charity disclosed at a later date. An limited collection of holiday items including several collectible Vinylmation figures designed by Paul Smith and Diane von Furstenberg, and Mickey Mouse ears from Rag & Bone and L’Wren Scott will be available though stores and online. There will also be small gifts like ornaments, edible sweets and children’s toys for the season.
|Paul Smith's Collectable Mickey Mouse Vinylmation Figure. Photo by Courtesy Photos.|
|Logo. Photo by Disney and Barneys|
What do you think of the revamped characters?