That still does not mean that the bears on the ride will be fanciful/believable vs. more naturalistic/realistic, the character on the sign might just be a 'mascot' for the land such as Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl. Having a memorable character representing the land can be great for marketing and great way to quickly give an idea of the flavor of the area.
^Agreed. I think the most reliable indicator of the style of the AA bears on the coaster remains the publicly-displayed maquette rather than the bear on the signpost...
I think the maquette strikes a nice balance between realism and animation and works well. I would be surprised if the on-ride bears were now going to be wearing clothes, eye glasses, etc. Of course, anything is possible...
Maybe it's due to the fact that the sign is in the middle of a land based off a cartoon? ALL the images on the labels in Toy Story Playland are cartoon-ish.
Grizzly Gulch is staying with the models shown at the D23 Expo.
That definitely is illogical. Its not like the sign is made of toys or anything. The sign isn't tied to Toy Story Playland at all. The MP for Mystic Point isn't "cartoon-ish". This IS part of Grizzly Gulch.
None the less, I find this cute. I don't think they're going to replace the bears shown at the 09 Expo with talking/clothes wearing/Country Bear style characters. Instead I think that the sole purpose of this figure is to show the 2 main themes of the area: Bears and Cowboys. I think its fine as a conceptual character to represent a land. Playful and comical, much like the bears personalities on the ride.
Let's step back and look again at the video.
The sign post of the two remaining lands are subject to change when they are due to open.
So who knows. This might not be what is going to be like.
We should wait to see what's install for us from HKDL.
The sign is not indicative of the artwork of the AAs. The Woody on the sign is more of the storybook art Woody, whereas the statue of Woody is more of the "real" film Woody. The antics of the bears have always seemed cartoony in nature, so I don't understand what the fuss is about. It'll be weird to have realistic bears rubbing their bums against railroad switches or setting off dynamite. In fact, I think that'll be more than just a little creepy. MM's cartoony looked has been discussed on the other thread at great length, but RandySavage outlines the main arguments well enough. I also remember Kuhio mentioning the neckerchief donning bear in the same thread. So nothing really new. I'd personally love to see the return, even in spirit, of Humphrey the Bear. His cartoons always cracked me up as a kid!