Published: January 31, 2014 at 1:56 PMDuffy is very popular...in Japan. They should give up on the "Disney bear" everywhere else.
Published: January 31, 2014 at 2:58 PMAs Shenzi from The Lion King would say: "Man are they Uggly". At least their transportation is more efficient though from what I've heard.
Published: January 31, 2014 at 5:53 PMI'm actually a big Duffy fan. I look forward to October, when Duffy is dressed up in his orange pumpkin costume at EPCOT. Man, that is just one of the cutest things! I get my picture taken with him every year.
Of course, he's super popular in Japan and not nearly so in other parts of the world, but I think he's great! And the bus is awesome looking!
Published: February 1, 2014 at 9:46 AMI actually like the Duffy idea! It sorta gives World Showcase a mascot for the kids. With World Showcase getting more and more adultlike (no complaints from me), they need something for the kids.
Japan loves weird things alot. Then again, Duffy also fits into Disneysea
Published: February 1, 2014 at 12:58 PMDuffy is a prime example of one of the reasons why modern day Disney has lost it's way. I have no problem with the character at all. I think it's adorable and has great potential as a mascot. The problem is, Disney put the cart before the horse. They created merchandise and then tried to give it character, as opposed to creating a character and having the merchandise come after. Adults see right through this and children find it hard to connect with because they don't know of the character. Disney has always been a company that prides itself on creating characters and telling stories first and foremost. With all of Disneys in house talent and resources, would it be that hard to create a Disney channel show featuring Duffy? You could tell stories of his world travels, introduce other friends and create a whole world that children could connect with and imagine being a part of. Then you would really be able to sell Duffy and everything else that exists in his word. It's a proven method that has served Disney well going all the way back to Steam Boat Willie. This is what happens when you put marketing ahead of creative. I just have to shake my head sometimes.