I know I am late to the game, but I want to wish Kitty and Mimmy White a very happy birthday. Normally I would go on Hello Kitty Online, but it has been reported that the service has ended and the servers been taken down. The slow decline of Hello Kitty Online deserves a separate blog post.
Today is Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday. It is my tradition to fire Up Hello Kitty Online and say happy birthday to Kitty White and her sister Mimmy. I know Kitty get all the attention and Mimmy was revealed later.
No need to write a long retrospective . There a lot of that in the media because of Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary and Kitty Con 2014. One new story did get my ire, Business Week’s piece Hello Kitty a Victim of Disney’s Frozen Juggernaut. This is pure poppycock. Hello Kitty has been around for 40 years. Frozen is hot in 2014 but I guarantee you Frozen will be in the Yard sale bin five years later. Toy Story and Lilo and Stitch were the big thing years ago, but where are they now, are they big as Hello Kitty? Come back to this article in ten years and tell me who remembers Frozen. There still will be Hello Kitty fans who grew up with her.
I noticed one thing with curt rumblings at Kitty Con and the Hello Kitty Men project: can 2015 be the year of the Male Hello Kitty Fan? I hope so.