Friday, April 07, 2006

Nobody Puts Pooh In A Corner


At Disneyland now they sell merchandise with adorable simplified character models. Big heads and tiny bodies, kind of like super-deformed anime characters except they also have tiny eyes. The Mickey one is pretty cute, but Minnie, with printed eyelashes, is strange looking and Donald, who's all fuzzy and molting-like to suggest his constant state of agitation, is funny to look at but doesn't really look like Donald.

However, the Winnie the Pooh cast is more adorable than ever. Which is not saying much, because really they're not that cute normally. But now they are. See Stephanie holding Pooh and see the wonderfully cute little Tigger on the table. There's also an Eeyore, who is not included because his cartoonish snout is just confusing in still photos, or at least the head-on shots we have of him.

8 comments:

C said...

I love the disney cuties stuff. Not very popular, but most adorable is Marie from the Aristocats. Eeyore is a close second

Kenny said...

There's a name for it?

I don't remember the Aristocats one looking that good. Maybe the one I saw wasn't a cutie version.

Kenny said...

Stephanie looked up the Pooh cuties, and they are different. These are simply "Cute." As in "Cute Pooh" or "Cute Tigger," according to their tags.

They are better than the cutie versions. They should be called "Cuter."

lydia said...

I thought you were talking about the Cuties too. Gosh, cuter than Cuties? I thought the Cuties were pretty cute!

C said...

what? huh? there's a "cute" and a "cuties." this is unacceptable.

Kenny said...

Here is an awkward, deformed-looking Cuties Pooh. Note the difference and additional cuteness of Cute Pooh (above).

Roger said...

The Disney Winnie-ther-Pooh designs are awful, compared with the Ernest Shepherd illustrations for the original books. AS someone who was brought up on "Winnie the Pooh" and "House at Pooh Corner" I cringe every time I see a Disney design.

lydia said...

I also prefer the much prefer the original Shepard drawings, but the Cute and Cuties are both cuter than the Disney screen versions.

For a good adaptation, I'd highly recommend the collection of Pooh stories put out by Hodder Headline audiobooks. The wonderful cast includes Stephen Fry, Judi Dench and Michael Williams.