Hey Everyone! I recently saw an article about a Barney’s window display featured some thinned down Disney characters. I wanted to talk a little bit about this because I think it brings up an important idea about working with well known cartoon characters in design. I think when you’re working with a design for a cartoon character you really have to use a lot of caution as a designer. I know that a lot of adults like Disney characters but I think we can all agree that a majority of cartoons are created for children. That being said I think that by modifying these characters to look like twigs was not a well thought out idea.
The idea for these designs were to show that Disney characters can be fashionable too however the message seems to translate into something else. To be fashionable or a model you need to be skinny. Not a healthy weight, but super skinny. I think this promotion could have been more successful if the characters kept their original forms but were given a makeover another way. When I first read the headline I thought that maybe they had glammed Minnie up a bit but they totally changed her image.
Which makes another statement that you can’t be yourself. If Minnie has to change to be beautiful and high fashion what does that say to the kids who are going to see this? Overall I just think they should have thought about the kids who would see this considering Disney characters are for kids. I feel like this is similar to the sexy Big Bird costumes being sold for Halloween but let’s not go into that. You can read the article I found here: http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/skinny-minnie-mouse-inspires-petition-194641110.html