I was inspired by a post in another thread, but this was definitely veering off-topic, so I made a new one...
Seriously! I like spending money on myself, but this year is gonna be so tough. Literally all of my money that doesn't go towards bills will go to paying for Duffy stuff, especially with my birthday at the Miracosta. It would take every MiceChatter buying one of everything to do any real damage to the amount of money I'm gonna be spending this year, but I am more grateful for the support of the Duffy Post than ever. I have come to deeply value the joyful honor of carefully selecting people's stuff and getting to know MiceChatters and their preferences one-on-one. This year, in addition to the immense satisfaction that comes with being "the Duffy guy" to so many people all over the world, I will actually appreciate all the financial help I can get, honestly, to reinvest in writing my first-ever trip report about the most epic Disney birthday a child-at-heart could ever have. Thank you guys so much, always and all ways.^^
Originally Posted by gurgi
2012 is set to be a banner year for Duffy and silly as it may be to spend as much as I know I'll be spending, it makes me happy and I will remember it forever. Duffy has one of the most incredible and inspiring histories of any character, Disney or otherwise, and this year seems to be the year he really flies. There's no longer a "growing" fanbase; there's a strong existing, global fanbase, and yes, it's still growing. Duffy is in his most iconic outfit yet and just in time to get ready for his first-ever park-wide event. How can I not want these things? This feels like the moment I have always been waiting for with this character; I wanna be part of it. I wanna hold onto it so that I can make it last forever. I want it because Duffy is solely responsible for reuniting me with a very particular sense of magic I had all but forgotten Disney (or I^^) was capable of and that keeps my heart soft and open.
I wanna have as many pieces of it as I can, to make it last because Duffy's future, now that Disney is more heavily involved again, seems uncertain to me. Supporting OLC Duffy still feels like reminding The Walt Disney Company that there is a fanbase who believes in them yet asks more of them, and whose tastes are more refined than they suspect. Supporting OLC Duffy still feels like supporting Disney's core values of love, innovation, quality and integrity. But who knows what's gonna happen with US/global Duffy this same year? The new CCC releases actually trump every single one of the Paris designs in my estimation, but I still don't get to know who the Japanese design team is and the US 2012 bear is just as uninspired as 2011. I will support everything that's happening with Duffy at TDS this year because I have no confidence that Duffy's big moment will last forever unless I have the things myself.
I've been sitting on this for a while now, but finally I think this is where it belongs...
This is the mission statement of The Walt Disney Company:
"The Walt Disney Company's objective is to be one of the world's leading producers and providers of entertainment and information, using its portfolio of brands to differentiate its content, services and consumer products. The company's primary financial goals are to maximize earnings and cash flow, and to allocate capital toward growth initiatives that will drive long-term shareholder value."The Walt Disney Company only even wants to be "one of;" it doesn't even want to be the best at anything at all.
This is the Oriental Land Company's mission statement,
from page 32 of the 2011 Annual Report:
"Our mission is to create happiness and contentment by offering wonderful dreams and moving experiences created with original, imaginative ideas.
We aim to constantly maintain a perspective at the forefront of each era as we strive for emotion as a company. As we move ever closer to our ideal, we have a firm conviction in its realization.
Our greatest asset is our imagination. It may be said that imagination is the Earth’s only inexhaustible resource. Utilizing this asset, we pursue our business of bringing abundant humanity and happiness.
In the lives of people today, emotions that we tend to cast aside, dreams that we harbor deep in our hearts, moving experiences that uplift our souls, joy that makes life worth living, a true sense of peace that provides us with rejuvenation…
It is the mission of Oriental Land to bring all of these to each and every person."
Isn't that just genuinely inspiring? Isn't that exactly what you remember "Disney" meaning, and what you hope it could mean again? Isn't this exactly what Duffy is all about, and isn't that worth doing right? I was gonna add bold, but it would be almost every word, so what's the point? I OLC!^^ This is their real mission statement, for investors, in with graphs and figures and charts and plans. They mean this, and I will happily support it. Read the rest of the Report; it's all this good! Here's a little segment all about Duffy and how much he means to the Oriental Land Company:
Duffy was no accident. He was always meant to be the embodiment of Tokyo DisneySea's spirit and OLC's vision. He should not be represented by a lesser quality standard; rather, extreme Duffy quality should be celebrated. This Company actually LOVES its mascot character, its fans, and its mission! The OLC Duffy design team has exercised great creative freedom in order to nurture this character into being. They don't pretend not to want "improved earnings," but it certainly doesn't sound like OLC is just "using its portfolio of brands to differentiate its content, services and consumer products...to maximize earnings and cash flow," either.
Originally Posted by OLC 2011 Annual Report, pp 22~23
I think we were a bit overdue for a post like this, right?^^
*I love how they say "a Disney bear" when talking about the original WDC version, so casually and yet completely genericizing it, as it should be.