So when I first saw a picture of the new line of the Disney Animator Dolls – I was very interested. No, it wasn’t really something I would rush out and buy for my collection….but I was certainly interested. What are the Disney Animator Dolls? They are dolls of each one of the princesses re-imagined as Toddler aged children. What makes them so special is that two Disney animators were asked to design them – Mark Henn and Glenn Keane. These dolls retail at $24.99 versus the usual $15.00 that I see most of the Disney toddler dolls run for in stores.
I was pretty excited by the concept art for each doll, to the point that I even debated on purchasing one to save for my future children. Each doll is even supposed to come with a companion animal from the movie as well:
Unfortunately, I wasn’t as thrilled with them as I thought that I would be when I saw the actual dolls. The first image is how the doll is presented to you on the website, the second one is what you will be getting in the actual box.
I feel that the Rapunzel doll is one of the cuter ones and I love the hair – but to me, her face doesn’t look very yearning at all. Her face looks timid or even a little worried. My sister felt she was looking at someone like they were crazy or something. I just don’t feel that it instills the same feeling that I get from watching the Tangled movie. I would prefer the doll to look just as bright and bubbly and ready to take on the world as Rapunzel looks in the movie. I feel that the Belle one is pretty cute but it’s still not one of my most favorites. Her face is pretty cute and she is at least smiling – though I am not thrilled with what looks like a Superman spit curl on her forehead.
The Ariel doll is my most favorite out of the set – I think she looks adorable. I would buy her for one of my little cousins. She has such a cute face and everything about her is adorable. The Aurora doll kind of freaked me out a bit, I mean her eyes are huge! She has this very mischievous look on her face as well. Then, look at the picture of what you actually get in the box. Look at her face, her eyebrows are furrowed a bit to the point that she looks a little mad. She looks like she wants to go kick someone in the shin!
The Cinderella doll is pretty cute, though it seems to have the same expression on her face that many of the other dolls have. I love the Jasmine doll though, she is pretty cute and I love that they put her in an outfit that fits her culture. Though, still looking at her one way – she doesn’t look like she is smiling either. Where’s the smile Jasmine? Or she could have at least sported her “Uh huh, sure” look that she gets in the movie – with one eyebrow up and one down. I could see her starting that expression at a young age.
I really don’t have much to say about the Mulan doll, but it really isn’t nearly as cute at the concept design. Now, the Pocahontas doll – I just couldn’t believe that one. Sure, Pocahontas is the most serious of the Disney princesses. I mean, few times do you see her really smile in the movie. I really don’t think they had to do that with the doll though, she looks like someone kicked her puppy! Out of curiosity, I went back and read some of the reviews on the Disneystore.com website to see if anyone even bought the doll. The people that did were of coarse, huge Pocahontas fans. One even went on to say that she looks sad because this could have been around the time her mother died. That is just plain sad and I would not want to give this doll to one of my little relatives looking as sad as she does.
I feel like Snow White is one of the cuter dolls as well, she looks happy. She has big chubby cheeks and her eyes are beautiful. Though, she seems to be sporting the same looking away, half smile that a lot of the other dolls do. I also don’t get what is up with the little pigtails they put on her. Tiana is one of my top favorite princesses, and I think the doll is pretty cute. I love her hair with the pigtails and the little girls. Though again, the same look away, half smile.
The companions that each doll comes with, I thought were going to be little plush toys – but they just seem to each be a flat piece of embroidered fabric. So I was a bit disappointed with that aspect as well.
All in all, that is my opinion of the new line of dolls. I love Disney, I’m a huge Disney collector – but I wanted to give my honest opinion. I am just disappointed from what was given through the concept art. I still have yet to see the dolls in person – so they may be much better looking in person. If I ever do get my hands on one, I will review an actual doll, though I doubt that will happen because I am not planning on purchasing any of them.