Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ornament Review: Cheshire Cat - Art of Disney Animation #4 - 2015 Disney Store Ornament

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Great pose taken from the film
Cons: A couple of small manufacturing defects
The Bottom Line:
Standing on your head
New meaning given in this
Moment from the film

Standing on His Head for Your Tree

While Alice in Wonderland (both the book and Disney’s animated movie) is filled with wacky character, the Cheshire Cat is one of the strangest.  A cat that can disappear and reappear?  Not something you see every day, even in fantasy.  And one of his other parlor tricks is captured in this ornament in the Art of Disney Animation series from The Disney Store.

When we first meet this character, he is showing off for Alice, and one thing he asks is, “Can you stand on your head?”  And that’s just what he’s doing on this ornament – standing on his head.  Of course, he’s not going it in the way you or I would mean if we did.  His head is detached from the rest of his body, and he is literally standing on it with one foot.  The other is pointing off to the side and his arms are up in the air.

And that right there is enough to make me smile since it’s a pun and it’s such a fun throw away moment in the movie.  It helps that the sculpt is good.  It captures the look of the character and this moment.  And the circular base of the ornament is decorated to look like a formal collar you’d expect to see in the film as well.

Unfortunately, the one I got has an obvious blob of glue connecting his head to the base of the ornament.  I don’t know if this was a universal problem or not since these were only sold online, but it certainly takes away from the charm of the piece.  Additionally, there’s a bump or something up where his neck should be (if he weren’t standing on his head, of course) that definitely doesn’t belong.

That circular base allows you to display this ornament year round if you so desire and have the space to do so.  It would certainly be a fun piece to have out.  If you want to hang it on your tree, you’ll find a red ribbon already through the loop on Cheshire Cat’s shoulder.  With how he’s balanced on his head, it’s not too surprising to find that he tips slightly to the right.  But with how he is standing, it’s hard to tell unless you are looking for it.

While I already have the Cheshire Cat in my ornament collection, I couldn’t resist getting him again because of the very fun pose here.  Anyone who likes this character will be thrilled add this ornament to their collection.

Original Price: $19.95

Love Disney animation?  You'll want to check out the rest of the Art of Disney Animation ornament series.

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