Stitch-Head Mickey To Invade Southern California

Baseball Mickey

To promote Major League Baseball’s All-Star game in Anaheim this summer, the MLB has teamed up with Disney to display 36 seven-and-a-half foot Mickey statues around Southern California. Combining two all-American ideas like baseball and Mickey Mouse probably seemed like a smart idea during the boardroom meeting, but turning Mickey’s face into a baseball pushes the idea to a disturbing and unnecessary extreme.

Call me a purist but I don’t find characters with stitches in their face appealing unless their name happens to be Chucky. The various Mickeys will feature him sporting the uniforms of all thirty teams in the league because, you guessed it, mini-statuettes will be available for purchase online at the MLB.com shop, DisneyStore.com and stores like Walgreens and Dick’s Sporting Goods.


  • http://niffiwan.livejournal.com/ Niffiwan

    Looks fine to me.

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    Reminds me of the Peanuts story arc where Charlie Brown developed baseball stitches on his head. Most bizarre Peanuts story arc ever. Made me wonder whether Schulz was cracking up.

    But yeah, this just looks wrong.

  • Isaac

    Purist. These are knick-knacks. They don’t have any effect on real animation.

  • http://petelevinfilms.com Pete Levin

    Major League Baseball made some incredibly garish statues of the Statue of Liberty covered with team logos when the All Star Game was in New York. They went on to auction the tall statues for thousands of dollars (tens of thousands for the popular teams). Truly ugly stuff, but thee’s always someone out there who’ll pay a fortune if you call it a limited edition.

  • http://justforspite.blogspot.com Gene Hole

    agreed, these aren’t especially attractive designs, but Amid- no character with stitches are appealing but chuckie? not the Monster from Mad Monster Party, or the Fearless Leader, or Sally & Oogie Boogie from Nightmare before Christmas, or the Corpse Bride, or the burlap characters from 9 or raggedy ann?

  • RobEB

    Creepy…

  • http://jessicaplummer.blogspot.com Jessica Plummer

    If they were just tiny knick-knacks like the ones shown above, then I wouldn’t sweat over these, no (I’ve seen more gaudy Disneyana).

    But like Amid said above: they will be 36 7 FOOT TALL STATUES. Weighing almost 1000 lbs each. Displayed around SoCal. Outside. For all to see. Not locked away in your grandma’s display cabinet.

    http://www.oclnn.com/orange-county/2010-04-20/local-news/mickey-mouse-baseball-statues-coming-to-a-landmark-near-you

    One statue I wouldn’t mind so much. 36 is pure overkill. I find the stitches disturbing as well.

  • John A

    I guess it looked good on paper.

    It seems to me they crammed two ideas together. I can see a faceless baseball w/cap and Mickey ears on a simple stand, and a character Mickey holding a baseball, but this hybrid just makes Mickey look like he just suffered some serious head trauma.

  • Doug Abramson

    They’ve done something like this every year since at least 2003 in Chicago. They’re meant to be fun for the tourists and then auctioned off for charity. Lighten up.

  • Gary Pearson

    Sometimes I think Disney is going commercial.

  • Steve Gattuso

    “Call me a purist but I don’t find characters with stitches in their face appealing unless their name happens to be Chucky.”

    Er, are you sure you want to say that you find a homicidal doll APPEALING?

  • Kristjan

    I don’t know what is creepier this or the new Looney Tunes promo.

  • http://www.fooksie.com Fooksie

    Amid, please.
    I think these are a fun way to celebrate baseball season.
    You gotta relax a little.

  • Bill Turner

    When I worked at a Disney warehouse in the 1980′s someone (me) posted a flyer for a garage sale at a house formerly occupied by Walt Disney. It featured a photo of Walt. Someone (not me) added a Frankenstein-like scar to Walt’s cheek. The manager went ballistic, called a meeting of the entire crew, and threatened to fire whoever had defaced Walt. Times have changed, I guess.

  • http://www.cartoondrawingstudies.blogspot.com Oisin

    The premise is good but the stiches on the head do look weird. I don’t find it creepy though.
    These look like they could be pretty succesful if they were mass – marketed.

  • Christopher Smigliano

    It’s Mickeystein! (makes me think of the anime/manga character BLACK JACK as well)

  • D. Follower

    For appealing characters who have stitches in their face, I’d also nominate Jack Skellington.

  • Tom Heres

    I like em. Probably going to seek out the Pirates and the Yanks.

  • tommy

    It wouldn’t be so bad if it were just Mickey with a stitchey head, a baseball cap, and a jersey, but did they really have to write all over him and cover him with stars and stripes and all kinds of crap? This is one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen.

  • http://beaudetteblog.blogspot.com Grant Beaudette

    There’ve been towns all over who do things like this. Get a bunch of identical statutes that are later decorated by artists and displayed all over town. Some of them are inevitably gaudy.

    But usually those statues are something benign like a bear or a bison or something. Not an iconic character like Mickey Mouse. I don’t see the point of taking a character with a personality and painting him up like a high concept Easter egg.

  • http://mayberabies.blogspot.com Raven M.

    Interesting, even if a tad creepy. As a collector of strange nick-nackery myself, I can’t say I wouldn’t buy these if I were a Mickey fan.

  • http://sir-talen.deviantart.com/ Royce

    And the stealth campaign for Disney’s new, animated re-make of the Hellraiser series gets off the ground… :)

  • TJD

    Aw, those aw those so cute you silly sourpuss!

    XOXO

  • CMB

    i think these look great. They will spice up the city even more. It vaguely reminds me of the large guitars that were placed around Cleveland for the Rock and Roll hall of fame. I like it’.

  • http://blissfulignorance551.deviantart.com/ A.J.

    These look awesome! What is up with this complaining?