There have been some terribly lazy designs from the US, but even the free T-shirt they gave away was better than this. This feels like it has to be a joke, literally. It is insulting in its obvious lack of any kind of effort. And the worst thing is this...
Originally Posted by Janell
Someone like Janell has all these emotions they want to put into this object, either as a gift or a memento, all her love, from her real heart, and she's supposed to invest it in THIS??? This
is how much Disney cares about Mother's Day? Does this really seem like something a Disney-caliber designer would make for - or even give to - her or his own mother? If it's this easy to get a job as a designer at Disney these days, something is very, very wrong. I don't care how much time the person had or didn't have; fourth-graders do better work than this for school projects. When it's this bad, it doesn't even seem like apathy or ineptitude; this actually has the stink of resentment. It feels like a big middle finger right in my face for caring so much about this character. It feels rude. I am truly shocked and as I mentioned, outraged.
Originally Posted by gurgi
"Boring" and "lazy" hardly seems like enough, does it? It's just heartbreaking with it's in-your-face "We-don't-give-a-fluff-ness." I honestly can't think of when I've ever seen a product for sale that offended me so much with its "design." Maybe it was Princess & the Frog
(sigh)I had actually been thinking about how all the Spring Voyage
stuff has just put Duffy so over-the-top that I kinda hope it calms down a bit after the event. I had even been thinking that the lack of original designs on postcards and stickers was a real downer. I had even
been thinking that reusing that same main visual images for so many different products was lazy and frustrating and I had begun to worry about the future of Duffy, even in Tokyo. This T-shirt, though, has really put things in perspective. When I think of the reality of producing the new mold for the Duffy-scale popcorn bucket, new metal molds with highly durable enamel processing for the Spring Charm Accessories, the design of the tote/vanity/duffel bags - the duffel bags in particular are incredible once they're actually in your hands, the Travel Pals (again, original metal molds), and all the other great items in addition to costumes, cookies and other treats... I just feel so thankful that the Japanese team still really cares so much about this character and their work, and is willing to make the effort. Though I am still, honestly, looking forward to a nice, quiet Cape Cod Halloween and Holiday season; I am genuinely looking forward to what OLC's Duffy team will come up with next. I may not even buy the Duffy Vinylmation now because I am so genuinely angry about this "Mother's Day" Duffy. It is like a slap in the face to everything that OLC has worked so hard to make Duffy embody, and to all the Duffy fans who actually get it.
Originally Posted by Diznygrl
Originally Posted by gurgi
Honestly, after this... I wish they would just stop producing or promoting Duffy completely. I wish he could become exclusively owned, produced and marketed by Oriental Land. I hate that the Walt Disney Company is even involved at this point. They are ruining the character, and it almost feels like that must actually be their incomprensibly twisted agenda. HOW COULD ANY "PROFESSIONAL" DESIGNER EVER EVER RELEASE THAT PIECE OF TRASH ABOVE???
It is incomprehensible and unconscionable!!! At this point, for me, the Walt Disney Company having rights to Duffy the (unfortunately) Disney Bear is like Universal having rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. It may be legally true, but you will never convince me that Disney has any rights to Duffy worth respecting; they refuse to even feign interest in earning it. Duffy, the Bear of Happiness and Luck, deserves better. His fans deserve better. I wish US fans would boycott. I wish Duffy would fail there and just come on back home to live in Cape Cod where he belongs. Making Duffy into that cheap piece of crap that should be a precious representation of what, when we're lucky, is one of the most - arguably THE MOST - sacred of all relationships. Mothers, too, deserve better. I don't want them to improve the 17" costumes. I don't want them to improve anything. I want them to just STOP. The worst thing now would be for them to make something I really feel the need to have, because in this moment what makes me the happiest (Duffy-wise) is knowing that my
Duffy is not that
. I don't want them to ever make anything I'd buy again. It's a shame, too. I really, really like that flocked Vinylmation. Maybe one of my US friends who knows about Duffy will give it to me and then I won't have to be conflicted about it!
angry, though. I've been disappointed by US Duffy, but I don't know if I've ever really been angry like this. I apologize for the rant, but I have to talk to you guys. Who else could I talk to about this? Thank you.^^
Originally Posted by gurgi
Seems foolish to me, so I suppose that'll happen.
On the other hand, OLC makes new molds for things all the time that they only use once and for just a few months, so maybe it's like that! ...Yeeeah...riiight.