I must start by making two startling confessions: first, despite being an avid fan of ‘Project Runway,’ I never really understood equating fun with fashion; second, up until last night, I don’t believe I have ever stepped foot inside a Target store (only because where I live makes it particularly difficult). Both of these errors of my ways were corrected last night, however, as I managed to find my way to the clothing departments of a Target just a couple of hours away.
What brought me to Target were images and buzz going around the Disney fan world of a new collection from Target titled the ‘Disney Artist Collection.’ The recipient of much of the attention was Oswald — and rightfully so — as well as a tee inspired by the very first Silly Symphonies short, The Skeleton Dance. But Oswald, as I soon learned, was just the tip of the iceberg of this unique collection which is bound to surprise and delight Disney fans of all ages.
Although the women’s collection was missing completely at the particular location I visited, I was able to see some of the men’s, boys’, girls’ and toddler collections and going through the racks, it was Christmas morning as each design I discovered intrigued me more and more.
It wasn’t so much Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (and there is plenty of Oswald, no doubt the star of the collection), nor the obligatory Mickey and Minnie Mouse (whom I’m always happy to see), but the host of ancillary characters who are rarely — if ever — featured on merchandise. Spotted gracing the collection, for example, were Cleo and Figaro from Pinocchio, Pluto’s nemesis Butch, the Big Bad Wolf and Three Little Pigs and even a dwarf who is neither Dopey nor Grumpy, but rather Sleepy.
The artwork is fun and creative, often spanning both sides of the top, and is often enhanced for its target audience, such as distressing marks for boys & men, while often modest amounts of glitter for girls.
The one negative sentiment I must share, however, and this seems to be shared with others who have spotted the collection early in local stores is that the color palettes and sizing appears to be very limited. Additionally, while there are a few items available online (mostly women’s), there’s a substantial amount of the collection missing from Target.com as of this time.
Below is our gallery of photos of most of the items available for boys, girls, toddlers and men in the ‘Disney Artist Collection for Target’
For Disney D23 members fortunate enough to have attended one of the nationwide D23 Fanniversary events will no doubt recall the video below as being one of the many highlights of the event. Using sketches found within the Disney Archives, the staff produced a video re-creating what might have been a scene from the 1928 lost short, Harem Scarem, featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
Yahoo! has now exclusively released the re-created segment online:
According to DisneyShorts.org, Oswald is a tourist in a Moroccan cafe and falls in love with a dancing girl, who he inevitably has to rescue from the clutches of Pete.
Oswald, who was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2006, was famously created by Walt Disney and proved to be extremely successful, inspiring a healthy merchandising campaign, before losing creative interest at the hands of Charles Mintz, who oversaw Winkler Productions, the company that produced the shorts that were distributed by Universal. In response to losing control over Oswald, along with many of his key animators, Disney and Ub Iwerks created Mickey Mouse in secret, producing the shorts directly for themselves and creating cartoon history.
BURBANK, Calif. — Disney Interactive Studios today announced the development of Disney Epic Mickey, an adventure-platforming game with light role-playing elements for the Wii™ home video game console. The game stars Mickey Mouse who has been re-imagined for videogames by luminary game designer Warren Spector and his Junction Point game development studio. In Disney Epic Mickey, Spector, a life-long Disney fan, taps into Mickey Mouse’s rich history along with the characters and worlds brought to life by Walt Disney to create an edgy and unexpected cartoon adventure.
“Mickey is an adventurous and rambunctious mouse,” said Warren Spector, creative director and vice president, Junction Point. “I want to bring his personality to the forefront, place him in a daunting world and connect his spirited character with video game players worldwide. Ultimately, each player decides for him- or herself what makes Mickey cool.”
In the game’s fiction, a sorcerer named Yen Sid creates a beautiful, whimsically-twisted world where Disney’s forgotten and retired creations thrive. Originally, the powerful sorcerer from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” in Walt Disney’s 1940 film “Fantasia” was nicknamed “Yen Sid” by Disney animators, although never named as such on screen. In Spector’s game, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit – Walt Disney’s first cartoon star created in 1927 – becomes the earliest inhabitant of Yen Sid’s Cartoon Wasteland after Mickey Mouse is created. Oswald makes the Cartoon Wasteland comfortable for other retired characters as they join him in this magical land. Years pass, and as Oswald dwells in the Cartoon Wasteland, he becomes resentful watching Mickey’s popularity swell. When Mickey curiously stumbles upon Yen Sid’s map, he makes an innocent yet terrible mistake and inadvertently devastates Oswald’s comfortable world. Eventually, Mickey’s mistake pulls him deep into the mysterious Cartoon Wasteland to face the destruction he unknowingly created.