ASU's new Disney-inspired Sparky draws mixed reviews

2013-03-01T17:24:00Z 2013-03-08T18:59:09Z ASU's new Disney-inspired Sparky draws mixed reviewsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

ASU unveiled a makeover for its mascot — Sparky — today.

Many fans, however, seem to think the new look is lacking in anything magical and and merits a do-over — though that might be some UA-bias showing.

Disney teamed up with ASU to develop a new design for Sparky, first created by a Disney artist in 1946.

In fact — at the right angle — Sparky now resembles Buzz Lightyear. Maybe, it's just the over-sized head like the ones many of the characters wear at Disneyland.

Apparently ASU — which worked with Nike in 2011 to redesign the school's pitchfork — will keep using old Sparky on clothes, merchandise, banners, and other applications.

The new Sparky will be the on-field mascot.

In August the University of Arizona showed off a makeover for Wilbur and Wilma.

The Wildcats paid about $25,000 to help update the mascot couple for the  2012-2013 sports season.

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