It’s been a while since we looked in on Jeffery Thomas’ Twisted Princess series, let’s see what happened… oh, a half-dozen new character designs? Well, lets take a look. Thomas’ has been redesigning the women of Disney canon since at least 2010 (when I was working at Geekosystem) with one theme in mind: what if villains won? What if out of tragedy, the lady leads, in some cases now ghostly or undead, became incredible badasses determined not to accept their fate simply because their first rescuers failed?
It’s awards season, so in those moments where you can’t believe the tv guide said the broadcast started at seven and that meant an hour of actors being interviewed about their roles and actresses being interviewed about their dresses before you actually stand a chance of finding out who won best Hair and Makeup (it’s The Hobbit, seriously, thirteen dwarves), just repeat Madéleine Flores‘ comic to yourself. You can see more of her stuff here, and even buy it here. Yes, even her take on dressing for your body type.
We were thrilled to see Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld finally make its debut last week on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation. If you missed the short you can watch it here. Right now we’ve got a clip from this week’s short, “Level 2: Village of the Frogs,” which has Amethyst fighting an awfully cute spider. I might add “awfully cute spider” is not in my vocabulary so take that how you will. Look for the full short this Saturday on Cartoon Network.
The future of Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld looked uncertain when DC Nation went on an unexplained hiatus last October. But now that all is right again in DC Nation (Kind of. Maybe. For now.), those who were looking forward to the series about a teenager who finds out she’s actually a long-lost princess from Gemworld (it happens) don’t have to wait much longer. Here’s a trailer for the series of shorts, which premieres this Saturday the 5th.
One quibble: Did she have to lose her glasses? Does being in Gemworld automatically give one 20/20 vision or something?
If you ever wondered why Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella were the only Disney Princesses to have fancy castles at Disney theme parks, you’re not alone. Finally, the Walt Disney Company are attempting to play catch-up with the ladies and have granted both Ariel and Belle their own special houses.
This is only half of ‘em—check out the whole image, which also includes Cinderella, Snow White, Tiana, and a particularly butt-kicking Mulan (though when is she not?) at artist Melissa Erickson‘s DeviantArt page.
What does it take to be a real-life princess? “A lot of muscle,” according to M. Alice LeGrow, a.k.a. Princess Marty. “You can’t be a wilting flower. Have you ever walked around in a corset and a ballgown? It’s hard! …Not to mention every child wants to be picked up at least 40 times.” LeGrow, who was profiled by NPR in this short video on party princesses, was a comic book artist before her publisher went out of business and she started her new career. The fact that she’s someone personally involved in “princess culture” makes her take on it all the more refreshing.
Watching this trailer for The Heat got me intrigued. Sure, a by-the-books professional forced to work with an unconventional rebel isn’t all that new a concept, but it looks funny, and that’s the important part. Plus, it’s a female buddy cop movie. Co-starring Melissa McCarthy as a detective and Sandra Bullock as a no-nonsense FBI agent. (Those are the best kind.) And because I think it deserves yet another mention: Female buddy cop movie.
Okay, Lydia Deetz and most of the other female characters featured in Kishokahime’s DeviantArt gallery aren’t princesses, but you know what I mean. They’re the leading ladies of a bunch of animated and genre films from an era that corresponds to a lot of childhoods these days. And they may not get as much play in the media as Cinderella, but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about them. So here’s to the strange and unusual movies where unicorns are a far more likely occurrence and Tim Curry is almost always the villain.