adidas and Pixar have teamed up on a collection of Monsters Inc.-inspired merchandise, a testament to the endurance of the animated film – and how far from God the adults of Disney will walk away.
Celebrating the animated film’s 20th anniversary, adidas turns Pixar’s cutest monsters into … fuzzy sneakers.
There’s a Mike Wazowski DON Issue # 3, rendered in a thrilling lime green. A large eyeball, a reference to Wazowski’s singular eye, is imprinted on the tongue. (If that’s not enough for you, the phrase “YOU AND ME ARE A TEAM” is spelled out on elastic straps on the upper of the shoe)
Lady 7 is not spared either. A nod to Mike’s best friend Sully, the sneaker is updated with an electric blue and purple upper that pairs mesh panels with faux fur accents on the tongue and heel.
Perhaps the most palatable shoe in the collaboration, the Forum Low is rendered in Safety Orange – a homage to George Sanderson – accented with a fuzzy version of adidas’s three stripes on the side.
As delicious as Monsters Inc. That is, I’m not sure who will buy this collaboration when its two halves drop on September 25 and October 7 via the adidas website. Disney adults, probably, but anyone else?
The kind of clothing makes sense. As bright as they are, a colored Sully hoodie and a Mike Wazowski t-shirt – which says, “This is the laughter we’re looking for!” – are objectively funny. Even Mike Wazowski’s neon green basketball (which looks way too much like the character’s decapitated head) is a somewhat sane offering amid the difficult and uncertain era we live in.
However, as I reflect on the selection of adidas Monsters Inc. sneakers, I immediately remember Mr. Wazowski’s seminal hit, “Put That Thing Back Where It Came From, Or So Help Me!” As the song says: Take that thing off me guys / Put that thing back where it came from / Or I’ll sting my eye.
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