Disney Appropriates Kurt Cobain's Image for "Grunge Rock" Mickey
Published May 11, 2012Who knew that the product designers at Disney were such fans of rock'n'roll? A few months ago, the company released a T-shirt spoofing Joy Division's iconic Unknown Pleasures album cover, and now we've learned that it has appropriated Kurt Cobain's image for a Mickey Mouse figurine.
As Stereogum points out, the company has made a Mickey toy called the Grunge Rock Version. And while the product doesn't specifically mention Cobain, there's no mistaking the similarity -- Mickey is sporting the Nirvana frontman's signature oversized white shades and is carrying a left-handed guitar that looks suspiciously like a Fender Jaguar.
The toy comes from a line of "cool-looking" Mickeys created in collaboration with Mediacom and the Japanese brand Roen. The line dates back a couple of years in Japan, and the Grunge Rock Version comes from the second series.
The Cobain-esque figurine has caused a bit of a stir since it hit eBay. Other toys see the beloved cartoon character firing guns, wielding swords and dressed as a mummy. You can see the toys (and buy them, should you desire) right here.