Skinny Minnie: Disney Characters Get Makeovers

Buzzing about the web this week are pictures of Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Daisy Duck all slimmed down - way down - for a new Christmas campaign developed by Barney's New York and Disney.

The "Electric Holiday" campaign, set to debut at Barney's Madison Avenue flagship store on November 14 will feature a 3-D film for the holidays showing the iconic Disney characters as supermodels.

In the movie, Minnie Mouse heads to the shows in Paris and runs into her high fashion friends, including Cruella de Vil, Snow White and a few more of her pals.

We will get to see the Disney gang in high fashion designer clothes as they strut down the runway. Mickey Mouse will be dressed in Balenciaga, Minnie Mouse in Lanvin, Goofy in Balmain, Daisy Duck in Dolce & Gabbana, Snow White in Nina Ricci, Cruella de Vil in Rick Owens, and Princess Tiana in Proenza Schouler.

Many long time Disney fans and parents are upset with the elongated skinny bodies on their favorite characters. And many are concerned what message this will send to kids, especially girls already worried about their bodies. 

After looking at the pictures, I have to agree they look, well, weird. Minnie's body is so stretched and thin, she is almost unrecognizable.

I love this Minnie.....

And I always though her yellow shoes were cutting edge when it came to fashion!

Barneys' creative director Dennis Freedman has said the  makeovers were a collaborative effort with Disney - and the goal was to keep everything 'authentic' as to real world runway shoes.

While I have seen models that are super thin, I don't think I have ever seen any with legs like Daisy Duck has on her in these pictures. 

It will be interesting to see how well this Christmas campaign does come November - and how Disney will handle the feedback they get from concerned parents. Btw, on a positive note, Barneys has said they will be donating 25 percent of sales from Electric Holiday products to a charity it will disclose at a later date.

What do you think: harmless and fun? Or disturbing and scary? 

Photos courtesy of Barneys

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