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  • [Chat] More exploitation of Walt?

    In Andy's latest Dateline Disneyland it appears that Disney (the corporation) is continuing the trend of plastering Walt Disney's face on more items such as t-shirts. What do folks think, exploitation or not?

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  • #2
    Re: More exploitation of Walt?

    I don't think Walt would want these designs in his park, so perhaps it's an exploitation of his standards. As much as I love Walt Disney, I wouldn't wear his mug outside of the parks anywhere, and when it comes to inside the parks, i'd rather wear other clothes.
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    • #3
      Re: More exploitation of Walt?

      The style is a little bit ghetto.

      I'd rather wear a shirt featuring Walt's distinctive signature.

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      • #4
        Re: More exploitation of Walt?

        Originally posted by Bob Weaver View Post
        The style is a little bit ghetto.

        I'd rather wear a shirt featuring Walt's distinctive signature.
        Ghetto? It's a gray shirt with his face on it..


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        • #5
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          The style is a little bit ghetto.
          This word really needs to be retired from lexicon of MiceChat. It has worse connotations as a demeaning term than say...nostalgia.

          As far as the images of Walt Disney being used on merchandise, no one promoted the face/name of Walt Disney better than the man himself. My opinion is that it comes of a bit tacky but the images are used to sell a legend now. Walt Disney has faded from the vast majority of the population as a real person into that of an icon. Is it less/more disrespectful than having Bob Marley's image on a t-shirt?
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          • #6
            Re: More exploitation of Walt?

            Originally posted by Timicus View Post
            Is it less/more disrespectful than having Bob Marley's image on a t-shirt?
            I'd say less because Walt marketed himself so heavily in his day. Probably a lot more than Marley did. Just because WE admire the man so heavily doesn't make it more disrespectful. We just have a bias.
            In the quest for quality, I have no problem with the characters footing the bill.

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            • #7
              Re: More exploitation of Walt?

              Andy's point is correct. Walt Disney has been marginalized by corporate Disney to the point where he is primarily a character and a marketing tool. You won't find the real Walt Disney around Disneyland anymore. You need to go to the Disney Family Museum in SF to get a glimpse of the man and visionary.
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              • #8
                Re: More exploitation of Walt?

                While these new shirts at least look better than the previous shirt/hat with the giant Walt face and stocker looking text, it is still part of the downward spiral that Disney has taken. They no longer hold the same respect for the founder of the company. This is apparent with taking his full name off their movie logos and reducing his likeness to nothing more than a marketing tool. Where does it end? I can see them next releasing an entire line of Walt action figures and bobble heads.
                "Greetings, Starfighter! You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada."

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                • #9
                  Re: More exploitation of Walt?

                  Was Pinocchio wearing Walt at Knott's Scary Farm?

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                  • #10
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                    *sarcasm* It seems Disney never disappoints.


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                    • #11
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                      Those t-shirts give me the creeps. In my opinion they should not have been created for numerous reasons, but mostly because they are inappropriate. Besides, who would wear them?! I would feel uncomfortable wearing them in DL let alone the real world.

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                      • #12
                        Re: More exploitation of Walt?

                        Originally posted by calsig31 View Post
                        Where does it end? I can see them next releasing an entire line of Walt action figures and bobble heads.
                        Uh-Oh.... Bob and Tom may be huddled up in their offices now thinking this one over.
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                        • #13
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                          Uh, that is terrible.
                          I've said it before, you want Walt's lasting image in the Park, start running the park like he would want and stop trying to make him a mascott.
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                          • #14
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                            Hey, what's a cheesy Walt shirt without an even cheesier Walt hat?


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                            it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
                            together with every variety of recreation and fun,
                            designed to appeal to everyone."

                            - Walt Disney

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                            - Michael Eisner

                            "It's very symbiotic."
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                            • #15
                              Re: More exploitation of Walt?

                              To answer the original poster's question - yes, more exploitation of Walt. I seem to remember from somewhere that there was controversy about the Partners Statue because it had Walt's likeness and he never wanted something like that in his Park. In my opinion, the statue goes far enough. As Mr. Wiggins calls it, the T-shirt is cheesy and obviously an attempt to capitalize on Walt the character, rather than to respect Walt the man.

                              Maybe if sales don't go well, the marketing folks can create a stylized version of Walt's face - you know like they did with Colonel Sanders - to see if a more cartoon version of Walt will be a bigger hit.

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                              • #16
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                                The shirt's fine. But that hat? My eyes!!

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                                • #17
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                                  Doesn't really bother me. It's ctually more attractive than a lot of their other stuff. Disney is an idol to many, so why wouldn't many want a shirt of him?
                                  Walt is essentially a marketing tool as well & has had an incredible influence on American culture. I for one am not shocked that Disney decided to make these shirts.

                                  Instead of being bothered by a shirt, I'm just personally not going to buy the shirt.

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                                  • #18
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                                    I would wear that shirt. There are other images I think would make better shirts, but I think there are lots of people that feel Walt is their hero. What a great person to keep in the public mind. As for exploitation, sure. Nobody did exploitation better than Walt. Walt understood branding well before it became a concept in the public consciousness.

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                                    • #19
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                                      Really? Walt exploited himself. Disneyland the TV show? He put his own face on the product, and that was after him questioning whether or not television would be a successful medium of any sort. That being said, I really have no problem with the shirt. Walt is a huge hero/idol to me, and I would proudly wear a shirt with Walt on it. That hat, however, is just ugly.

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: More exploitation of Walt?

                                        Originally posted by Pizzapants View Post
                                        Really? Walt exploited himself. Disneyland the TV show? He put his own face on the product, and that was after him questioning whether or not television would be a successful medium of any sort. That being said, I really have no problem with the shirt. Walt is a huge hero/idol to me, and I would proudly wear a shirt with Walt on it. That hat, however, is just ugly.
                                        Yes, that hat is hideous-the shirt not so much.

                                        Walt did exploit himself because he wanted to get the word out about a certain theme park he was building.
                                        Did the the company he founded splash his likeness on various articles of clothing like a rock star for any purpose other than
                                        making a few bucks?

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