Disney Merchandising, they’re trying to get hip.
They already have a line of “urban” vinyl toys, and their Disney Vault 28 in Downtown Disney is a hipster teen’s dream. But now they’ve crossed an odd line, they’ve embraced classic alternative music imagery, but nothing in the vein of some happy-go-lucky band. They went to the dark side, paying homage to the beloved post punk band Joy Division. The band that inspired generations of punks, goths and moody music lovers everywhere. The band that lost it’s doomed singer Ian Curtis to suicide. The band would never, ever be considered to be Disney fodder…until now.
Disney designers, for some unknown reason, recently decided to use the Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures as the inspiration for a Mickey Mouse shaped image. But this kind of “borrowing,” is usually cleared with the band and label. Disney apparently didn’t, which is odd for a company that is generally uber-careful about that kind of stuff.
A representative from Disney said, “As soon as we became aware there could be an issue, we pulled it from our shelves and our online store to review the situation further.”
And now the shirt – which was sold at Disneyland, Disney World and online – is a collector’s item. On eBay, one recently sold for $376. Check out the comparison of the Joy Division cover versus the original one right here: