You've got to hand it to cuteness: it does sell. A string of shopping malls across the city have adopted cute cartoon characters for their summer campaigns, which feature shopping privileges, novelty souvenirs and in-store decorations.Friday, 13 July, 2012, 12:00am
At the age of 37, Hello Kitty is losing her cool in her home market of Japan.
However, the mouthless cartoon cat with a red bow is still popular among the youth in China, where Hello Kitty branding opportunities abound.27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Puss, the scene-stealing feline of the hugely successful Shrek series, is back in a 3D animated spin-off. With his musketeer boots and pleading saucer eyes, he's now a star in his own right.3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
It's never a good idea when your company's sales rely too much on a single product. And when that product, however popular, is in its fourth decade, you are tempting fate. That's the situation in which Sanrio, the Japanese children's cartoon powerhouse, finds itself when its biggest star, Hello Kitty, accounts for 80 per cent of overseas revenue and 60 per cent domestically.13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
What's not to love about Hello Kitty? Everything seemed lovable about the Japanese cartoon character at a packed launch party in the Four Season's ballroom.
Crystal brand Swarovski launched a collection of bling-bling Kitty goodies at the event including clutches, earrings and necklaces bearing the crystal-studded cartoon feline.1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats T.S. Eliot Faber and Faber
It was Ezra Pound, to whom T.S. Eliot dedicated The Wasteland, who gave him the nickname 'Old Possum'. The Wasteland remains perhaps the best known of Eliot's poems, but the light verse of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats is almost as widely recognised.26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
It was bound to happen. Combine Hongkongers' love for cute Japanese cartoons and kitsch mall promotions, and it's heaven for Hello Kitty fans with the approach of 2010 - the 50th anniversary for that conglomerate of cute, Sanrio.2 Dec 2009 - 12:00am
Cats Lunchbox Theatrical Productions Lyric Theatre, HK Academy for Performing Arts. Until June 21. Reviewed: May 16
Last staged here in 1994, Andrew Lloyd Webber's 28-year-old hit musical Cats returned over the weekend as sleek and energetic as ever, showing little sign of ageing.19 May 2009 - 12:00am
Nineteen-year-old Sam Marks has performed in Cats, the musical, a couple of hundred times, but his most memorable show was last month in Singapore.
'A whole side of my wig came off during a dance number,' Marks said in a phone call from Singapore, where the Australian troupe Lunchbox Productions has been performing for three weeks.8 May 2009 - 12:00am
These modern productions are all very well', proclaims a ratty, old tom named Asparagus with disdain, midway through the musical Cats. 'But there's nothing to equal, from what I hear tell, that moment of mystery when I made history.'3 May 2009 - 12:00am
Hello Kitty may not have a mouth, but she is helping to sell a lot of lipstick.
MAC, the cosmetics company, has teamed up with Sanrio and is putting out a complete Kitty makeup line this month. This is, perhaps, the ultimate exploitation of cuteness, though I have to say they look pretty cool, even to a guy.28 Feb 2009 - 12:00am
This week A poem about a criminal cat that the police just cannot catch
Beware of the cat
There is something about cats that make them favourite animals for writers to write about. Cats can be mysterious. And they can be evil like the monster in Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Black Cat.2 Dec 2008 - 12:00am
Last week, we looked at phrases to do with man's best friend, the dog. Now let's look at the cat, another favourite friend.
Has the cat got your tongue?
Do you know the meanings of the following cat phrases?
1 There's not enough room to swing a cat
a. This space is very small
b. This place is very untidy22 May 2008 - 12:00am
Sanrio's infamous Hello Kitty shoulder massager is back. What's more, it's available in Hong Kong. Though the company says the 'tension relief' device will only be sold in Japan, enterprising types have been shipping it to the city - and it is finding its way into sex shops.16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am
Customs official warns traders of holiday market crackdown
Stallholders at the Lunar New Year fairs will attract not just hordes of shoppers, but undercover customs officers and investigators from companies trying to safeguard their trademarks.
Two of the biggest New Year fairs will begin at Victoria Park and the Convention and Exhibition Centre this week.12 Feb 2007 - 12:00am