There’s some weird story of failed corporate dealings behind this tiny, two-inch Mouse phone. It has the shape of an official Mickey Mouse phone, but the face painted on the three interconnected ovals is not Mickey’s… rather, it’s some sort of bizarre, neotenous abstraction of rodentia. What’s going on there? There’s a small elbow which could be either a nose or mouth… but which? Are the diagonal slants epicanthic folds or solitary whiskers? And what about the round ovals at the top of the skull? Eyeballs or sunglasses?
In fact, the face is so curious, so distinctly Chinese, so absolutely anti-Mickey that you’d think, at first, this phone must be a Chinese knock-off of a Mickey Mouse phone. But then you look inside, and there’s the Disney logo, clear as day. That’s not exactly the type of thing Disney’s corporate attorneys are going to smile at, and it sends a mixed message: is the phone a Mickey phone or isn’t it? My guess is a zero hour pull-out by Disney to produce Mickey-themed phones in cooperation with an overzealous Chinese company who quickly repainted their stock and sold them anyway.
Either way, it’s not a serious phone for adults, but seems squarely aimed at cute teenagers. The Mouse Phone sports a 1.3″ LCD screen, has a 1.3MP camera nuzzled in one ear and even supports Bluetooth stereo output. They’re rather pricy, though: one Mouse phone will cost $225, which is a lot for a crappy phone that doesn’t really look like Mickey at all.
The Mouse Phone [Gizmodiva]
UPDATE: Ah ha! Our ingenious commenters have figured it out! This isn’t a Mickey-shaped phone at all. Rather, it’s shaped like Pucca, a popular Korean cartoon character that is distributed by Disney. That doesn’t explain if it’s a knock-off or an officially licensed product, but it does at least make any trademark theft going on here a lot less slapdash.