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Worst. Disney. Pin. Ever!

Lookit what I found at the Disney Store at the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard: The one and only piece of Disney merchandise for Mars Needs Moms, the biggest bomb of the year and the film that saved us from a Zemeckis’ Yellow Submarine.

I had to buy it. It’s an instant collectible; the souvenir of the year as far as I’m concerned. I’m going to wear it proudly to the Annies. The package says “Limited Edition” but let me tell you, they had tons of them. The girl at the counter said they couldn’t give them away. I for one, will always cherish mine.

  • Magnusson

    Wearing the symbol of failure in a display of irony. Interesting choice!

  • Dave

    Look at it this way: “Limited Edition” = limited in the actual number of pins that will be taken out of the store by customers as opposed to discarded.

    Conversely, on a more positive note,think of the potential pin resale value when Disney makes the inevitable direct-to-video cash grab sequel, “Mars Needs Moms II: Mars Needs Dads, Too.”

    • Vzk

      After all the flak the movie received from progressives, I think they’ll make up for it by making the gay-friendly sequel, “Mars Needs 2 Mommies.”

      • Funkybat

        Don’t recall hearing any big “progressive” outcry against this movie. Then again, I don’t often frequent the more strident political blogs. Every complaint I heard about this movie had nothing to do with any kind of “message” the story or characters were sending, and everything to do with the creepy visuals and uninteresting story and characters.

        I am really, really praying that this means the end of Robert Zemeckis-style mo-cap “moviemaking,” either by him or anyone else who actually liked this kind of thing. I hope Zemeckis goes back to live action filmmaking, or maybe working with actual animation. I have seen enough of the uncanny valley…

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Wear it with pride, Jerry!

  • 2011 Adult

    Wow! Wear it to the Annies? I never knew Jerry could troll! :D

  • Interesting that the soda fountain gets top billing there…

  • Steven M.

    This pin tells the world that Zemeckis’ mo-cap movies are a no-go.

  • Charlie

    It looks awesome, you know design-wise, but those three words kill it.

    • Doug

      Disney’s Soda Fountain?

  • I’m jealous.

  • Extremely jealous.

  • Pedro Nakama

    I wonder if Leonard Maltin has one.

  • Chuck Howell

    Jerry, you should buy these up in bulk and sell them on the ‘Brew. They could become a secret handshake of sorts. Anyone wearing the pin at a screening conference or convention would be instantly identified as a member of the “Uncanny Valley Underground.” After all, who else would wear them?

  • Oliver

    I own a tiny little plushie of Buck, which they were *giving away* at the cinema where I saw ‘Home on the Range’.

  • I would love to be a member of this club. We could have meetings, where we would discuss this objet. For example, Is it a pin or a medallion? Was the blue rocket an afterthought? Sort of a tip of the hat to “graphics”? Does “limited edition” refer to the pin, or to the film? Let’s discuss!
    And I would suggest, Jerry – do not unwrap it. Pin the whole thing to your lapel, Soda fountain wrapper and all.

  • I think you guys are being a little too hard on Zemeckis. Yes he failed pretty hard, and it made ugly things doing so. But at least he’s trying to push a new technology, In a field where feature length experimentation isn’t too common, especially in animation. Not all experiments will succeed artistically or financially. It’s something that the industry learns from and hopefully they they’ll invest that kind of money into newer things in the future, or you’ll have the 1980’s again. It’s just too bad it probably won’t be hand-drawn stuff.

    • Funkybat

      The thing is, mo-cap is a fine enough tool for achieving certain visual effects. Seems to work well enough in good hands for live-action character like Dooby or Gollum/Smeagol. However, it is not, and never will be, a tool for creating what animators trained in the classical “Disney method” would call “animation.”

      I realize that talented artists worked on all of those mo-cap films, and that it’s not just raw mo-cap data shoved into models. Real animators went in there and sometimes tweaked the hell out of it. But the end result is like having Glen Keane or Frank Thomas sit down and try to “spin gold out of hay” from someone else’s sub-par initial gesture drawing. When the foundation is flawed, all the piling on and turd-polishing in the world won’t fix it.

      The art of animation is about capturing the essence of movement, form, expression. It is not about exact mathematical reproduction of a lifeform’s movements. Mo-cap is doomed because it is all about slavish reproduction, with no human intuition or inspiration in the initial stage. It’s as if a painter or illustrator drew their initial sketch by tracing a reference photo exactly, then trying to “push” things, rather than looking at reference photos and drawing their interpretation of what they saw.

  • Was My Face Red

    I’m jealous. That’s FAR better than the pins they’re producing for the London Olympics!

  • Mike Fontanelli

    Landfills need MNM pins.

    • Steve Gattuso

      Find the place all the E.T. Atari cartridges ended up. They could use the company.

  • Sean P

    It’s like collecting Nazi memorabilia.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Never run out of room for those!

  • hipster.

  • Craig M

    It would go perfectly with my “Paul Reiser Show” t-shirt.

  • David Breneman

    “Limited Edition” reminds me of a sign I once saw in a store window:

    EVERYTHING in the Store
    UP TO 50% Off!!!

  • Danny Santos

    Thanks Jerry, I couldn’t stop laughing. You made my day.

  • Mars needs Moms. Disney needs creative leadership.

    • John A

      Amen, Floyd, Amen.

  • Marc Baker

    While I would consider this A badge of shame, it’s still A pretty good fine.

  • Steve Gattuso

    If they gave me one with a purchase of something else, I’d be interested. But I can’t justify it otherwise.

    • Mick Collins

      Ha! I can TOTALLY justify *this*. This thing would be like the secret “I know you read Cartoon Brew” badge…