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Pixar’s Monsters Inc. versus Monsters University
Pixar characters Mike Wazowski and Sulley will undergo slight anatomical tweaks for the upcoming Monsters Inc. prequel, Monsters University. The new film has a release date in 2013.
“…While instantly familiar, due to the original Monsters, Inc.,  it looks like Pixar is trying to do something very different and unique  as well. John Lasseter described the film as an “animated college  movie.” The film is a prequel showing us a time when Mike and Sulley  were not quite the best of friends. They are both 18 years old and some  slight alterations have been made to their appearance. Mike is a bit  shorter and has a retainer, while Sulley is thinner…”—Pixar Times
(images via Slashfilm)

Pixar’s Monsters Inc. versus Monsters University

Pixar characters Mike Wazowski and Sulley will undergo slight anatomical tweaks for the upcoming Monsters Inc. prequel, Monsters University. The new film has a release date in 2013.

“…While instantly familiar, due to the original Monsters, Inc., it looks like Pixar is trying to do something very different and unique as well. John Lasseter described the film as an “animated college movie.” The film is a prequel showing us a time when Mike and Sulley were not quite the best of friends. They are both 18 years old and some slight alterations have been made to their appearance. Mike is a bit shorter and has a retainer, while Sulley is thinner…”—Pixar Times

(images via Slashfilm)

Wonder Woman character redesign from DC Comics
At 69 years old, Wonder Woman undergoes another wardrobe and body makeover for issue no. 600 of the comic book.
"…The new costume was designed by the artist Jim Lee, who in February was named co-publisher of DC, alongside Dan DiDio. Given the assignment, “my first reaction was, ‘Oh my gosh,’ ” Mr. Lee said in an interview. But he welcomed the challenge: “When these characters become so branded that you can’t change things, they become ossified.”  The new look — with an understated “W” insignia, a midnight blue jacket and a flinty fusion of black tights and boots — is darker than the famed swimsuit-style outfit, and aims to be contemporary, functional and, as Tim Gunn of “Project Runway” might say, less costumey…" —via The New York Times
see also the NYT "Evolution of Wonder Woman" slideshow

Wonder Woman character redesign from DC Comics

At 69 years old, Wonder Woman undergoes another wardrobe and body makeover for issue no. 600 of the comic book.

"…The new costume was designed by the artist Jim Lee, who in February was named co-publisher of DC, alongside Dan DiDio. Given the assignment, “my first reaction was, ‘Oh my gosh,’ ” Mr. Lee said in an interview. But he welcomed the challenge: “When these characters become so branded that you can’t change things, they become ossified.” The new look — with an understated “W” insignia, a midnight blue jacket and a flinty fusion of black tights and boots — is darker than the famed swimsuit-style outfit, and aims to be contemporary, functional and, as Tim Gunn of “Project Runway” might say, less costumey…" —via The New York Times

see also the NYT "Evolution of Wonder Woman" slideshow

Vlasic Pickles brand mascot redesign
"The Vlasic line of pickles, sold by the Pinnacle Foods Group, is introducing a campaign this week with a redesigned version of its talkative stork character, which has spoken for the brand since 1974…” —For Vlasic, It’s a Stork of a Different Color | NYTimes.com

Vlasic Pickles brand mascot redesign

"The Vlasic line of pickles, sold by the Pinnacle Foods Group, is introducing a campaign this week with a redesigned version of its talkative stork character, which has spoken for the brand since 1974…”
For Vlasic, It’s a Stork of a Different Color | NYTimes.com

a classic refreshed: Strawberry Shortcake from American Greetings
Strawberry Shortcake is one of many beloved childhood fictional characters getting a makeover for the 21st century. Along with some magenta colored hair dye, Strawberry Shortcake had a facelift and tummy tuck.
“She is not the only aging fictional star to get a facelift. An unusually large number of classic characters for children are being freshened up and reintroduced — on store shelves, on the Internet and on television screens — as their corporate owners try to cater to parents’ nostalgia and children’s YouTube-era sensibilities. Adding momentum is a retail sector hoping to find refuge from a rough economy in the tried and true…If the classic characters look less stodgy, the companies hope, they will appeal not only to parents who remember them fondly, but also to children who might automatically be suspicious of toys their parents played with.”—The New York Times
Muriel Fahrione designed the original Strawberry Shortcake (and her cat Custard) in 1977 while working for the American Greetings card company.
I’m nostalgic and find this trend of reinventing classic characters a little sad.  Mickey Mouse may be next in line for some tweaking.

a classic refreshed: Strawberry Shortcake from American Greetings

Strawberry Shortcake is one of many beloved childhood fictional characters getting a makeover for the 21st century. Along with some magenta colored hair dye, Strawberry Shortcake had a facelift and tummy tuck.

“She is not the only aging fictional star to get a facelift. An unusually large number of classic characters for children are being freshened up and reintroduced — on store shelves, on the Internet and on television screens — as their corporate owners try to cater to parents’ nostalgia and children’s YouTube-era sensibilities. Adding momentum is a retail sector hoping to find refuge from a rough economy in the tried and true…If the classic characters look less stodgy, the companies hope, they will appeal not only to parents who remember them fondly, but also to children who might automatically be suspicious of toys their parents played with.”—The New York Times

Muriel Fahrione designed the original Strawberry Shortcake (and her cat Custard) in 1977 while working for the American Greetings card company.

I’m nostalgic and find this trend of reinventing classic characters a little sad. Mickey Mouse may be next in line for some tweaking.