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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Say It Isn’t So Minnie!

Say It Isn’t So Minnie!

 Don’t fix it, if it ain’t broken; Humans seem to have the urge to improve things. Prehistoric hand-axes were made by repeatedly chipping small flakes off pebbles of flint with other hard objects. Million-year-old examples of these have been found that give the impression of being ruined by being chipped just one time too many. That pang of regret we have probably all felt after spoiling something by adding that unnecessary final touch. (From the Phrase Finder)
I just read that the Minnie Mouse character is getting a more mature make-over. Forever-young Minnie Mouse is growing up and moving on from her old red and white polka dots. Gone was the oversized hair bow that has been the signature of the character since she was created in 1928.  Lanvin has designed the lovable Disney rodent a new dress — a more mature frock in royal blue and long sleeves that she can wear at special Paris events.  In its place, the catwalk presentation showcased a smaller-sized red tiara alongside a thick, bejeweled hourglass gown with padded shoulders.  It was unveiled at a catwalk show Saturday evening at Disneyland Paris.

When my children were growing up, I was regularly talked into standing in line (around midnight) outside of a Ticket Master outlet to buy concert tickets (or WWF Main Events, or Wrestle Mania) for NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera.  I volunteered because I didn’t want my young children exposed to any trouble while waiting in line.  Have you noticed how those lines are usually formed in 32 degree temperatures or pouring rain, never in perfect summer weather?

Well, this time nobody asked me but I am volunteering to represent my 3 year old granddaughter’s interest that happens to love the Minnie Mouse character.  The character only has to grow up if the children will maintain interest as they themselves grow up.  How silly or self-serving of Disney to think that if they age their characters people will ride into the sunset with their favorite aging character in tow.

Every small child should reach a point in his or her life where their interest will be captured by a favorite character (Disney or otherwise) for a period of time only to progress to the next level as is adequate.

I sincerely hope that this change like many other unnecessary changes made in the past will affect them adversely in the bank account and that they will return to their senses.  I won’t be buying any mature Minnie Mouse Dolls anytime soon.  The best is yet to come….

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