Posted on November 16, 2012

You know you’ve hit the big time when you’re transformed into a cartoon courtesy of Disney!

Check out how a “Skinny Minnie” Mouse, (take that literally!), dressed in Lanvin, found herself walking down a catwalk in Paris surrounded by an all star animated fashion cast including, Alber Elbaz, Linda Evangelista, Steven Meisel, Bryan Boy, Anna Dello Russo Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Franca Sozzani and many more, in this short animated film for the launch  of the Holiday windows for US department store Barney’s, New York.

Unfortunately the animated film, brought to life by the magic of Disney, has met some controversy since it’s release, as Minnie and her fellow Disney comrades are magically transformed into super skinny, doe eyed versions of themselves while strutting down the runway in designer garb from the likes of Balmain, Lanvin, Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga and more.

Check it out along with my thoughts.

Barneys Creative Director Dennis Freedman explained to Women’s Wear Daily:

“The animator and I sat next to each other and went over every detail of the clothes — how they’re made, what material, how they would move — to get them as accurate as we possibly could. When we got to the moment when all Disney characters walk on the runway, there was a discussion. The standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin dress. There was a real moment of silence, because these characters don’t change. I said, ‘If we’re going to make this work, we have to have a 5-foot-11 Minnie,’ and they agreed. When you see Goofy, Minnie and Mickey, they are runway models.”

The majority people probably won’t agree with this, (and I really couldn’t give two f*cks as it’s my blog), but I think people should just enjoy it for what it is, instead making such a big deal about the social/moral implications of Minnie and Co. magically growing 5 foot, and loosing a few pounds. It’s fantasy, and there are a HELL of a lot worse things on daytime television, covering magazines, in computer games and on the internet, that your child is being exposed to and influenced by.

Yes, generally to be a model, you have to be thin, trim, in-shape or muscular to give a better representation of the designers garments. Everyone sees this as a negative but personally and as a male, it’s the one thing that inspired me to start going to the gym and to get myself into shape the healthy way, so I could actually fit into designer brands as close as I could get to those on the runway or in ad campaigns. And I finally feel good about my body because of it.

I’m just absolutely sick to death of everything offending every Tom, Dick, Harry and their Mamas these days. There was clearly no bad intention with this video. The main concern should be how absolutely random this pairing is and whether it even works!


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