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View Poll Results: How do you like Disney books, movies, TV for kids?
Yes, I like Disney products for my kids 1 8.33%
Disney is about average for kids stuff 2 16.67%
I don't like Disney products much 7 58.33%
I am opposed to Disney for political reasons. 2 16.67%
Voters: 12. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-23-2009, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Disney has been criticized a lot in recent years for their marketing practices and unimaginative products. What do you think?
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Old 05-23-2009, 03:32 PM
 
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Disney stuff is just stuff. Not great, not terrible just stuff. If my kids like the Disney stuff I will buy it, if they don't I won't. I can't see getting all worked up over one company.
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Old 05-23-2009, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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There is so much Disney junk/trinkets that I think it takes away from the magic a bit. I remember when just about the only thing "Disney" was mouse ears! Now how cool were those mouse ears!!!
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Old 05-23-2009, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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I like the old-school Disney stuff (Probably way back when they used to bring out an animated Classic story every few years!), but since they are producing movies faster than I can keep up and emblazoning those characters on everything from blankets to bobbleheads, toothbrushes and toilet paper, the characters and merchandise no longer seem "classic" in any sense, and that doesn't appeal to me.

And might I take this opportunity to say that I think any Disney clothing should be limited to KIDS sizes. It annoys me when I see adult women wearing clothing that has Winnie The Pooh or other character on. I get the part about being a kid at heart, but it looks so darn awful. (And the adult overalls! Pass the eye bleach, please!)
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Old 05-23-2009, 04:59 PM
 
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I don't like it because it seems to only about marketing. Which, I suppose, is a good thing for a company, but not for my children. But I don't buy cross-marketed items for the most part. I also have young children (6 and 2), so I don't allow to watch many Disney movies, since a lot of the ones in the last 10-15 years seem too violent (or other issues) for them. My six year old has begun to watch more of them, though.
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Old 05-23-2009, 06:51 PM
 
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I love some, like some, don't care about some and dislike some. It's just a connection to me.

If you are going to bash Disney though, then you have to bash all the movie studios.....and all the sports franchises....and most of the food franchises.....lots of designers...and on and on and on....haha

They ALL do mass marketing of some kind.

I mean look at everything Star Wars....Spiderman.....Cowboys....Nascar.....it's everywhere!
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Old 05-23-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: nc
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I think Walt is probably rolling over in his grave with the crap Disney puts out now. It is far from quality and a little risque at times.

I love the old cartoons. The new movies and shows is not what I would think of when I think of Disney.

I get that it is all about money, but it would be nice if a company, especially a family company, would stick to making quality not quantity.
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Old 05-23-2009, 07:08 PM
 
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Disney has been criticized a lot in recent years for their marketing practices and unimaginative products. What do you think?

First, let's face it. Disney is for girls.
It's not for boys. Boys are not Disney's target audience.
It's about little girls who want to be princesses.
I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that.

Disney at least seems to be trying for more diversity over the past couple of decades.

But when they make backpacks, nightgowns or notebooks featuring the faces of Disney princesses, which ones are featured? Usually Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Ariel (and very occasionally, Belle).

Where are Mulan, Pocahontas, and Jasmine?

Well, uh... apparently, they are not the favorites of Disney's target audience.

It's kind of sad, but what can you do? Disney tries to be politically correct. They try make bold, spunky, outspoken heroines of color. It's not the corporation's fault if these heroines fail to ignite the imaginations of Disney's target demographic (which would be, I suppose, girls aged 3 to about 8, and their parents).
This demographic prefers traditional, whitebread princesses who fall in love and get married in their mid-teens.

I have noticed a recent trend by Disney, to make the Disney version of Snow White appear hispanic. She's become much more olive-skinned lately, with fuller lips and dark brown eyes.

But... I don't know.
Disney tries to be P.C.
Let's give credit where credit is due.
Parents simply aren't willing to shell out the same amount of money for Mulan or Pocahontas merchandise that they are for Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty merchandise, and that's because their daughters aren't as interested in these darker-skinned heroines. Maybe because they're darker-skinned, maybe because they simply aren't "traditional" princesses, and therefore not as interesting to small children.

That's my two cents on it, anyway.
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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This is interesting- a list of Disney movies. What a difference in momentum from the beginning!
Walt Disney Movies : Disney Movies List : List of Disney Movies
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Nova Scotia
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Disney stuff is just stuff. Not great, not terrible just stuff. If my kids like the Disney stuff I will buy it, if they don't I won't. I can't see getting all worked up over one company.
agreed
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