Monday, March 31, 2014

Ornament Review: Brave Little Tailor - Mickey's Movie Mouseterpieces #2 - 2013 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Mickey in a classic pose
Cons: His hat was on in that scene (but the ornament wouldn't look as good without it)
The Bottom Line:
A gee whiz moment
Before flies become giants
Mickey looks so cool

Mickey's Captured in a Classic Gee Whiz Pose for His Second Movie Mouseterpiece

I'll admit it was a bit of a surprise to many Hallmark collectors when it was announced that the second in the Mickey's Movie Mouseterpieces series would be Brave Little Tailor.  Why?  Because that short was used in a 2011 ornament featuring Mickey and Minnie.  But this 2013 release does feel like a classic Mickey pose and is well worth getting as well.

Since the series focuses on Mickey, he's by himself, and he's captured at the classic moment when he's finished telling the story of how he killed seven with one blow (seven flies that is).  His left hand is on his waist and with his right hand he's leaning on his scissors.  His right leg is crossed over his left leg as well, and you can tell by his face he's a little embarrassed at the praise he's getting from the king.  If he only knew what was about to be asked of him (killing a giant), he wouldn't look so happy.

The costume he's wearing is exactly like the one he wears in the short.  He's got a blue tunic with a green belt over red shorts.  His green hat with a red feather is on his head.  Yes, the hat was actually on the floor by this point in the short, but without the hat, it wouldn't be quite as easily associated with the short.  I like it and I'll take it.

You might think that with Mickey really only standing on one foot, he wouldn't stand up on his own.  You'd be wrong.  He is leaning on his scissors, and they provide just a point, which is enough to balance him out.  Most of the weight is on his left foot, however, so it's not the steadiest ornament.  You'll definitely want him further back on a shelf.

Speaking of his feet, on his left foot, you'll find the series marker and copyright information.  On his left foot, you'll find the name of the short and the release yet.

Since Mickey is already leaning even when standing, it wouldn't be that big a deal if he were at a tiny bit of an angle when you hung him from your tree.  That's not the case, however.  He hangs at the exact angle he was while standing.

Even though Hallmark used the same animated short for two ornaments so close together, both are worth getting.  The ornaments are very different and fun in their own ways.  I'm glad I got 2013's Brave Little Tailor.

Check out the rest of the Mickey's Movie Mousterpieces series.

Original Price: $12.95

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