On Jan. 6, William Herrington of Colorado came across a new Belle doll Disney released ahead of its live-action movie starring Emma Watson. The only problem was that the doll looked nothing like Emma. Nope. Not even cchiến bại.

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The internet và your neighbor’s great-aunt were quichồng to react, accusing Disney of drawing more inspiration from Justin Bieber, the Queen of Hearts (from Alice in Wonderland, và Lord Farquaad (from Shrek) than Beauty & the Beast’s lead actress. The doll, which Herrington found at a local J.C. Penney in Gr& Junction, is currently not listed on the department store’s site. It’s also nowhere to be seen on Disney’s official online store. Regardless of what happens khổng lồ this Belle doll, it will live on forever, thanks to the fine meme genies online.

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when you order an emma watson doll online but a justin bieber doll in a yellow dress & a wig arrives instead pic.twitter.com/PUQUBXyufT

— bekka (
jkshorizon) January 7, 2017
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They got Emma Watson"s Belle doll looking lượt thích Lord Farquaad with a set of the Queen of Hearts và a sprinkle of Justin Bieber. Who did this? pic.twitter.com/4rUIxmrzYo

— whit de haan (
BellsTargaryen) January 7, 2017

Cosmopolitung.com spoke lớn doll artist extraordinaire Robert Tonner to find out what might have happened with this particular Belle doll. Tonner, who has been in the doll-making business for 26 years, has designed và sculpted dolls for films lượt thích Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man 3, & Twilight (which means he probably knows Robert Pattinson’s face all too well). When the first Harry Potter film came out, Tonner & his company were licensed lớn create an entire collection, which included multiple versions of Hermione and Harry dolls. When he found out about what happened with Emma"s Belle doll, Tonner says he tried lớn look for one for his personal collection. "Right now it might be fun ... for under $20 bucks, I"d buy one for a hoot."

How movie dolls get made:

"Disney knows they have sầu a movie coming out. There are toy people at Disney and they decide they’re going khổng lồ vì chưng a Belle doll. So that’s the first step, and then they go into sketches & take pictures from the movie, and they have sầu the costume. Then it’s handed over lớn a sculptor lớn sculpt it. Then you have people over the sculptor lớn guide and lớn correct. The big clinker in all this is sometimes the talent has a say in it. I doubt Emma Watson sat there and said, "I think the nose is too big" ...

"So you finally get a finished head. Then it goes lớn a face paint designer who’s trying lớn as cheaply as possible make it look lượt thích as cthua kém lớn Emma Watson as possible. There’s probably an artist và somebody khổng lồ vị the first paint. Then there are multiple screens made from the face paint — that’s a whole other set of artists. It could be literally 100 people that have their hands on it.

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"The people who vị mass dolls — Mattel, Hasbro, và Disney — they have sầu the best sculptors in the world working for them. They absolutely bởi. So seeing something like this this is disturbing."

How this doll likely went wrong:

"What happens with a sculptor and doll is that you have sầu to idealize. Emma Watson has very refined features. It’s hard khổng lồ idealize her. It looks khổng lồ me lượt thích what the sculptor did was he made her face a little bit longer to emphasize that she has a long, narrow face, she has not a prominent chin but she has a nice, beautifully shaped chin, but he exaggerated that just a touch. Then the sculpt can get approved because it looks lượt thích her but then you have sầu so many other people touching it.

"To me, the head is too big for the doll’s toàn thân. That’s one thing. The hair rooting, the sewing of the hair inkhổng lồ the scalp is wrong, it’s too high up, which makes it look like she has a gigantic forehead. It also isn’t rooted on the side of her head, which also makes it look lượt thích her forehead is wider. And then you have the face paint. She has naturally dark eyebrows but if I was doing a doll like this, I would lighten them slightly so it doesn’t look so heavy. In a doll, you have to get these features but you have to lớn know what to lớn emphaform size. It looks to me lượt thích every step up and down the line, there were a lot of hands in it, và it just got terrible."

How it could have been fixed:

"I think there are two steps in where it went wrong. The first step is in the sculpt. The second part is the styling of the doll for production. Had the hairline been lower, had the eyebrows been less svào, it would’ve looked better. Would it have looked lượt thích her? Probably not, but it would have sầu looked better."


How actors respond lớn their dolls:

"We’ve sầu done so many sculpts of celebrities. Sometimes the celebrity will look at it, sometimes they don’t want anything khổng lồ vì chưng with it. I did Harry Potter. I’ve sầu done an Emma Watson. Of course, she was a kid then. My understanding was that J.K. Rowling looked at the likeness và she was the final approval. They were kids at the time so they had less say.

"We had the license lớn vày Halle Berry as Catwoman. The first go around, I thought we nailed the sculpt. I absolutely felt lượt thích we nailed it. I sent them the sculpt. The people that were working with her didn’t seem, in my opinion, to have sầu experience in looking at unpainted sculpture. It takes an artistic eye, you have to imagine what it’s supposed to look lượt thích, & look at the khung và not the paint. We had to lớn paint this sculpt for them. I painted it, and they started correcting the paint, which has nothing to vày with the sculpt. I feel lượt thích the sculpt was ruined by the time it went khổng lồ market because of all the changes they made. We weren’t changing the sculpt, we were changing paint.

"We did a Cate Blanchett from Lord of the Rings. I thought that was one of the best portraits we’ve sầu done, the doll didn’t sell but it was really nice.

"We also did Robert Pattinson from Twilight. They were easy. We signed on before the movie came out. My company should not have sầu gotten the license but I guess I was on top of it. They did really well for us. He’s our top seller. Harry Potter, Captain Jachồng Sparrow, và then Edward from Twilight — those have been our top sellers over the years."

yamada.edu.vn has reached out khổng lồ Disney for bình luận.

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