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What Do You Think of Merida’s Disney Redesign?


On May 11th Brave‘s Merida will be officially crowned as the 11th Disney Princess, the impact of which is that Disney will be selling more stuff with her on it, I guess? Anyway. Along with the “coronation ceremony,” to be held at Walt Disney World, Merida’s gotten a new redesign, which will be used on merch along with the 3D version.

For comparison, two pictures of the original Merida (one with each of the dresses her new outfit is based on) is behind the jump. What do you think of the new version? I wish they’d kept to her non-ceremonial dress, but the tartan’s a nice touch.

Edit: Here’s a pic of her with some other Disney princesses. Merida’s redesign is a little generic-seeming, but they all are, so… *shrug*

Edit 2: The picture above does not contain all of the official Disney princesses. The full list is: Snow White, Mulan, Aurora, Belle, Tiana, Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, and now Merida. Snow White or Ariel haven’t been cut. Just FYI.

(via: /Film)

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  • http://zadl.org/ Captain ZADL

    It looks pretty good, but not really in character for her. Though she might be listening more to her mother these days……

  • http://twitter.com/Cherry_Cinnamon Cherry&Cinnamon

    “the tartan’s a nice touch.” What tartan, there isn’t any in this picture?!?

  • Anonymous

    Just below the buckle. Blends in with the dress.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Yeah. The sparkles threw me off. It fits with the fabric of the ceremonial dress, but it’s not very Merida-y.

  • L. Beatty

    I wish they would have just left her alone

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rachel-Ripley/100000455995736 Rachel Ripley

    I’ve already had a rant over on the facebook post, but why is Jasmine so tiny?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/saighallaidh Kym Lambert

    Erm…and physics defying off the shoulder, low-cut gown which would obviously fall off when trying to pick up sword or bow? I guess she is an official, helpless Disney princess now. ~:(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=606336050 Deanna Chattaway

    … considering the whole point of the movie was that she wasn’t ready for marriage the sexy shoulders and makeup are a bit *headdesk*

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rachel-Ripley/100000455995736 Rachel Ripley

    it’s a bit of a combo of the 2 dresses actually, neckline and elbow poofs from the casual dress.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1533702186 Lisa Morningstar

    She’d better not be replacing Ariel in any of these Disney Princess group images.

  • Rebecca Hiles

    I wear an off the shoulder gown for my LARP events… and I have no issues with range of motion for lifting, or moving my shoulders in all kinds of directions, so I don’t think that would do it…

  • http://mangabotblog3000.popanime.net/ Brand

    That was the first thing I thought when I saw the image also. Are some of them giants now?

  • http://twitter.com/tetisheri1972 tetisheri

    One of my favorite things about Merida is that she was so different. Why do they need to make her so much the same? Disney needs to leave well enough alone. Did they let Lucas play with it?

  • http://profiles.google.com/christina.elizabeth Christina West

    it looks ridiculous. The whole story of her is that she doesn’t want to be a fancy princess.So give her sparkles, sexy shoulders, and makeup? I hate these dumb redesigns. There is nothing wrong with the originals.

  • http://www.geekgirlsguide.com Meghan Wilker

    How come Mulan is never in these group shots? And — to echo another commenters question — what’s up with no Ariel? Does Disney have a one-redhead limit or what?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.n.carousel Chris de la Rosa

    I actually had quite some time getting used to the design, since I work with Disney designs at my job and I’ve seen this for months now, before the public announcement that she’d be a princess. The glitter one is just an added effect to go with a line that’s… well, glittery. Otherwise, he gown is colored more like her usual dress. The knotwork on her hem from the ceremonial gown was added when Brave came out for all her marketing products: special edition doll, kids costumes, etc. The only objection I see people really making on the base re-design is the off-shoulder look. I just tell myself she’s getting ready for renfaire.

  • Anonymous

    I like it. I’m not really sure why they needed it, but I really like the combo.

  • Anonymous

    Also she and Rapunzel need to have a serious hair-do party. BIG hair is big!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.n.carousel Chris de la Rosa

    I do archery and I’ve never had that issue with off the shoulder clothing. Or with my fencing, for that matter.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    There’s a picture of all 11 here if you want to see everyone together. It’s poor quality, though: http://www.insidethemagic.net/2013/04/merida-to-become-11th-disney-princess-with-new-look-for-royal-coronation-ceremony-at-walt-disney-world-on-may-11/

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.n.carousel Chris de la Rosa

    I’ve noticed that some of the people doing repositioning on the official art for the princesses do a terrible job of making height comparisons. Or perspective alignments, for that matter.

  • Kat French

    I do like the tartan. And compared to the other princesses, whose outfits are all very pastel… Merida’s high-saturation hair and dress (and wow… that’s a lot of hair next to the other ladies)… she does at least stand out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.n.carousel Chris de la Rosa

    Also, being someone that rps Merida in a forum fandom rp and thus has seen a lot of movie shots with her face details for icons, I can honestly say I don’t see any makeup on her other than mascara on her upper lids and maybe a touch of gloss. Merida is super pale with skin that naturally flushes a lot. Like, a lot. There are scenes in the film that show this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alissa-Knyazeva/100000197242034 Alissa Knyazeva

    As someone who is ridiculously obsessed with off-the-shoulder tops and recently started making and selling her own clothes (including tons of off-the-shoulder tops), I can tell you that it really depends on the cut of the off-the-shoulder garment. If it’s tightened at the top, it’ll stay around and do just fine while exercising (especially since her tight sleeves will hold the garment up).

    I don’t get what the hell everyone is complaining about. “She looks like all of the other ones!!” Pfft. Look at that group shot. She sticks out like a sore thumb. Her wild hair, her dress colour and cut, the accents, the leather details, the weapons, THE SMIRK – it’s 99% Merida, 1% Disney Princess (that 1% being the slightly altered neckline and the ruffle at the neckline, which is… probably the only thing she has in common with the other princesses).

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, but Ariel needs a dress revamp. Those gigantic ballooning shoulder puffs?

  • http://www.facebook.com/narnar Natalie Willoughby

    At least she still has her weapons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=724916801 Anonymous

    OFFS. Off the shoulder dress? Narrowing her waist, taming her hair? Ugh. Love Merida as she is and I basically hate all of the redesigns. *grump*

  • maiaminna

    Why does it appear to have sequins on it? That’s just silly.

  • http://twitter.com/urbansuburbia Marie

    I actually like the dress. (Sorry everyone, don’t kill me!) The face doesn’t really look as much like her now though.

  • http://twitter.com/LanceBravestar1 Lance Bravestar

    Did they shrink her pupils? Her eyes look weird the most for me.

  • Sophia Cardon

    Merida isn’t that bad but what the heck did they do to Belle? She was my favourite princess as a kid and now she reminds me of Kim Kardashian.

  • Anonymous

    UGH I hate all the redesigns. So much glitter and sexified hair – they all look like they’re going to a really cheap prom

  • http://www.facebook.com/Latelythinking Billy McLean

    I don’t hate it

  • http://twitter.com/IvidiaKt Ividia Kt

    Eh, I don’t like the redesign. And the tiny bit of “tartan”, though it matches her dress, doesn’t seem to be the correct color. I don’t remember her father wearing that color, and it’s a clan item so should be the same as his.

    As for the person asking about Mulan, she was not a princess. She only saved the Emperor’s life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.n.carousel Chris de la Rosa

    The tartan actually matches what Disney has in the Tartan Registry. http://www.tartanregister.gov.uk/tartanDetails.aspx?ref=10641

    And while you’re right about Mulan, she is part of the Princess franchise.

  • http://twitter.com/IvidiaKt Ividia Kt

    Which explains my continued dislike of the House of Mouse. Merida and Mulan need to take up with Fiona. The Princesses she had with her in the … 3rd? Shrek I can live with. My favorite Snow White ever.

  • Anonymous

    In the movie Miranda’s often flushed from the apples of her checks to nearly her jawline. Here though, that blush is confined to the apples of her cheeks.

  • http://handfulofhealth.com elaine!

    It looks the same to me, except shinier. I’m not a huge fan of Merida anyway, she was basically just a bratty teenager who became a less bratty teenager.

  • Anonymous

    My only real complaint is the off the shoulder aspect of the dress. Chris de la Rosa seems to have it right as far as the “makeup” look goes. So no real complaint there. Her hair seems just as crazy as the comparison shots, which is something I’d worried about, and I thought maybe they’d thinned her waist, but again, doing the comparison, they seem equal.

    I suppose I have no real issue with this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.n.carousel Chris de la Rosa

    “Merida.” And I can concede to that partially. Some of the updated art has it definitely just on the apples. The one on the top right, though, has it on the whole of her cheeks. You can see it going past her lip.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.n.carousel Chris de la Rosa

    She has a dress revamp. Sleeves are still puffed, but they drop down more rather than stand up, as was the fashion in the late ’80s/early ’90s. Also, it’s a green and purple dress, which is nice.

  • Anonymous

    She’s a bratty teenager because she doesn’t want to passed off to some random guy like chattel?

  • http://handfulofhealth.com elaine!

    She’s a bratty teenager because she doesn’t communicate with or respect her mother. Her mother doesn’t want her to be passed off to some random guy like chattel either, but that’s not really what the discord is about. The movie is about a mom’s relationship with her daughter, not about women’s rights.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=588906803 Stacy Roth

    is it just me or is it newer the princess, bigger the head?

  • Anonymous

    1. The whole entire problem of the relationship is a two-way failure of communication, something that is hammered home again and again throughout the film. This is a very common problem between children and parents.
    2. Uhhhhh, her mother is actually the one pushing her into marrying some random guy, like she’s chattel, because that’s tradition, and things have to be done the right way.
    3. No, this movie is about a relationship BETWEEN a mother AND a daughter, and one of the overall themes of the film IS women’s rights (she wants the ability to control her own destiny, even if it means flaunting centuries of tradition.)

    Did we even watch the same film?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jenny.Livingston Jenny-Lee Livingston

    At least they left her rounded face alone and didn’t go for the super model look like all the others. She actually looks the age she is supposed to be. I would have liked to see her in a rich green with the gold knots at the bottom. And her Tartan belt thing needs to stand out more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dessa-Brewington/721495970 Dessa Brewington

    Okay, next up, I wanna see Nala in a pretty dress. She was the Lion Queen, so I guess at some point, she could have been kinda thought of as the Lion Princess.

    Whatever. I just want an excuse to put a lion in a dress.

  • http://twitter.com/EmberDione Kim Pittman

    She still has big hair. She still has big hips. She still carries her weapons. I am not going to complain about her dress because it still looks awesome. (It’s actually a really nice blend between the two.)

    For people who are commenting on her “makeup”… What pictures are you looking at?!? Sure it’s stylized into 2d, so her coloring looks a little more defined, and you MIGHT be able to make the argument that she has mascara, but seriously, that’s not “makeup”. She’s not looking like Snow White or anything.

    The redesign happened to all of them, to make them all have a single art style. It makes sense when putting them together on items and in the same “universe”.

  • http://handfulofhealth.com elaine!

    1. Agreed
    2. Her mom just wants her to be happy. She’s just mistaken that happiness for her daughter can be achieved through the traditions that she achieved happiness with.
    3. Yes, it’s about mother-daughter relationships, that’s what I said.

    Yes, we’re talking about the same move. I didn’t like it, so sue me. The patriarchy, archery, etc. lent more to the setting than the plot for me. They could have substituted those elements out for something else and set the movie in Brooklyn and had more or less the same movie.

  • Anonymous

    it…sparkles. >_>

  • http://www.facebook.com/edith.chartier Edith Chartier

    I think the original was better. It seemed more historically authentic, and went with her personality in that she didn’t want to be a frou-frou girly princess. This adding of the sparkles and stuff is silly, and the off-the shoulder look is not appealing. I’m just glad they didn’t put her in a pink dress. Sorry Disney.

  • Nick Gaston

    The thought occurs to me: Leia, Deja Thoris, and Lilandra* are all now Disney princesses. Huh.

    *Well, technically, “‎Princess-Majestrix” or “Empress.” But hey, gotta start somewhere.

  • Anonymous

    Did Pixar approve any of this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diana-OmegaSama-Davidsson/100000695823547 Diana OmegaSama Davidsson

    Isn’t that almost exactly the design that the creator of Pocket Princess uses for her “dressed up” Merida..?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diana-OmegaSama-Davidsson/100000695823547 Diana OmegaSama Davidsson
  • Anonymous

    I saw that one in some later pics. They seem to keep using her pink dress in some other materials, though. It’s SOOOO ugly…

  • http://www.facebook.com/carly.hunter.9066 Carly Hunter

    I guess its alright if they were going for a late teens/young adult Merida. She just looks a lot older.

  • http://nerdbliss.com Tina

    I’m not crazy about the redesign but if it’s what they had to do before Merida got all the merchandizing power behind the Princess brand, I’m all for it. She is the only Disney Princess who is a decent role model and who’s main goal isn’t bagging a prince. Bring on the Merida dolls and let little girls dream of being themselves.

  • http://twitter.com/Ceruleantea Ceruleantea

    I don’t really like the off-the-shoulder look for her, but otherwise I think that they did a good job by keeping her in the dark teal gown. I would have been more upset if she had been in a variation of the pastel gown.

    Her eyes look a bit… dead inside to me? But I’m thinking it’s art style trying to emulate the computer animation.

  • Anonymous

    Your interpretation of Elinor’s motives is contrary everything the character actually says and does in the first half of the film. For example:

    Merida: Mother! Suitors! Marriage!
    Elinor: Once there was an ancient kingdom.
    Merida: Aah! Mom! Ancient kingdom!
    Elinor: It’s name long forgotten, ruled by a wise and fair king who was much beloved. And when he grew old he divided the kingdom among his four sons. That they should be the pillars on which their piece of land rested. But the oldest prince wanted to rule the land for himself, he followed his own path and the kingdom fell, from war and chaos and ruin.
    Merida: [sarcastically] That’s a nice story.
    Elinor: It’s not just a story, Merida. Legends are lessons and they ring with truths.
    Merida: Ach, mom!
    Elinor: I would advise you to make your peace with this. The clans are coming to present their suitors.
    Merida: It’s not fair!
    Elinor: Oh, Merida! It’s marriage, it’s not the end of the world.

    Elinor wants Merida to follow tradition because she feels that that is Merida’s duty. She’s unable to see how punishing tradition is to Merida because she (Elinor) didn’t have a choice, and it basically worked out in the end for her. Her line of thinking is that Merida will do her duty (of first importance) and things will work out.

    Do you believe that mothers who have FGM done on their daughters, or insist they shouldn’t be able to leave the house without being covered head-to-toe and in the company of a male relative don’t love their daughters? They do.

    “They could have substituted those elements” . . . not really, no.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not too bad as far as Disney Princesses go. I like that in the group shot she is seen holding her bow and carrying her arrows. So yeah, she’s a little glam, but also ARMED!

  • http://twitter.com/MisfitsTamara Tamara Brooks

    Because she’s 1 of 2 princesses of color so who cares? At least she was human during her movies.

  • http://twitter.com/MisfitsTamara Tamara Brooks

    Something’s bothering me about Belle, Cinderella & Aurora…the way their faces are drawn….

  • http://handfulofhealth.com elaine!

    Brave has nothing to do with genital mutilation. I think we need a Godwin’s law for FGM, because that’s really out of left field.

    I felt shorted when I went to see a movie about a girl in a patriarchal society kicking ass and taking names, like a boss. Instead I get a movie about a bratty teenage girl — who says things like “Ach! Mom!” and huffs around flipping her hair — who learns a lesson about family. It’s a nice lesson, but it’s not the movie I expected and wanted to see based on the previews.

    While it’s really nice to have a Disney movie bucking the “evil stepmother” trend, I don’t think Brave was particularly feminist. Mulan made a much better strong, female Disney protagonist than Merida.

    I’m glad you liked it, but I did not.

  • Anonymous

    “Brave has nothing to do with genital mutilation.” you know EXACTLY what I meant in the context I meant it, and the fact that you dropped this red herring into the first paragraph signals that you don’t actually have a counter-argument, but can’t stand the thought of not having the last word.

    This is one of the first animated films that centers entirely around a FEMALE-centered relationship, rather than a female having no significant female relationships and winning the respect of men (like Mulan.) That’s my idea of a good feminist film.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

    This makes me sad and angry. They’ve disney-fied her face and in the group shot given her the same coy, demure head tilt all the others have. Merida is not coy or demure. The redesign undermines the fundamentals of her character.

  • http://twitter.com/jade__dragon Heather

    …Pocahontas? Mulan? Tiana?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

    He posture has been changed in the group shot – she now has the same coy, demure look all the others do which is a disservice both to her character and to Belle’s. Also, by putting her in a glittery party gown when the major conflict of the story revolved around her mother’s desire to tame and remodel her character into a “lady” and her desire to remain, free, active, vocal, and self-determined, the Disney studios have essentially sided with the “let’s teach girls to be ‘tamed’ – passive, repressed, glitzy, but demure” view of femininity. The changes are subtle in appearance but they speak volumes. I’m thoroughly disgusted with Disney.

  • http://handfulofhealth.com elaine!

    Well, the movie barely scrapes by the Bechdel test. But regardless, Mulan is a far stronger female protagonist. She joins the army at great risk to herself and her family, fights off a foreign invasion, and save’s people’s lives. Merida stalks off into the woods, accidentally turns her mom into a bear, and doesn’t get married. Hooray?

  • Anonymous

    So if you’re a strong female character your choices beyond risking everything for a dumb prince is LITERALLY SAVING YOUR ENTIRE COUNTRY? Wow – that doesn’t leave a lot of room for future script writers!

    “I’ve written a film with a strong central female character!”

    “Does she save her entire country from an invasion force?”

    “. . . . no . . . .”

    “WEAK!!”

  • Amber Barnes

    One of the four, you mean. Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahantas, and Tiana.

  • Amanda Weller

    It seems on par with the rest of the redesigns. however for as bad as the glittery illustrations look, their park costume counterparts based of the illustrations look really nice in person. though i don’t see why they had to change the illustrations when they changed the park costumes.

  • http://twitter.com/thebravestheart thebravestheart

    Mulan doesn’t even pass the Bechdel test.

  • http://twitter.com/thebravestheart thebravestheart

    Brave, on the other hand, passes the Bechdel test with flying colors, hell, it’s practically ABOUT the Bechdel test since the point of the whole movie is to get two women to have a significant and honest conversation. Your idea of what makes a film “feminist” here greatly differs from mine, because it seems like what you’re objecting to here is not weak female characters, but feminine values, which are not inherently negative or weak. Merida loves her family and even though she loves them fiercley, she is smart enough and strong enough to know that she has to also protect herself in her exchanges with them, she’s not afraid to voice her needs and desires and be forceful about them. If that makes her bratty, then we have very different ideas about feminism. Mulan would definitely make a better superheroine than Merida would, but we’re not talking about who’s a better hero, we’re talking about the feminist values of each particular film. I love Mulan, and I very the deepest respect for the conversation it opens up about gender and especially women’s roles, but the case of feminist values, I would definitely say between Brave and Mulan there’s no contest. Merida changes a whole tradition in her culture, while Mulan more or less wins the right not be executed for her “crimes.”

  • http://twitter.com/thebravestheart thebravestheart

    They did let her keep her bow, which is a suprise.

  • Anonymous

    Because Mulan’s not a princess? Then again, neither is Belle.

  • LyonessofAvalon

    There’s just so much wrong with that group shot. No Ariel, no Snow White. Mulan and Pocahontas hardly ever make the cut, of course. In addition, Merida is a giant, while Jasmine and Rapunzel have shrunk. And what is with the hair on the older princesses?
    I actually like the dress. I think it’s only sparkly in promo shots. I did prefer the darker green, but I really like the tartan and the border at the hem. I also really like the off the shoulder look

  • Axey

    Why would Merida respect her mother or attempt to communicate when it’s shown and implied that she has repeatedly criticized and disapproved of Merida’s expression of self and her preferences? That stuff is not
    harmless. That does serious damage to a relationship. I experienced it firsthand with my father. Is it understandable that Merida is so antagonistic with her mom sometimes? I would say so, yeah.

    If you don’t care for the movie, fine, but I resent that you think Merida had no justification for acting how she did.

  • Anonymous

    But it’s okay… they’re all hanging out with their one black friend :

  • Axey

    By itself I think the design is very pretty, but when you pair it up with Merida it’s just very unfortunate because it removes a lot of what makes her not your “typical princess”. Sigh. :

    Also someone mentioned the head tilt pose and yeah… that’s not cool, because that’s just not how she holds herself.

  • http://twitter.com/borednihilist Bored Nihilist

    I think they all look pretty awful, but Belle in particular is nigh uncrecognizable.

  • http://twitter.com/LauraTruxillo Laura Truxillo

    Where…where’s her freckles? And her adorable little overbite?

  • http://twitter.com/LauraTruxillo Laura Truxillo

    Wow, yeah, the addition of some make-up and a little shoulder sure makes her slutty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/julian.leverton.7 Julian Leverton

    Technically Mulan was never a princess. Same for Meg from Hercules and Nala from the Lion King….well that and the fact that she’s a lion. I do think there are some images that include Mulan. As for Ariel…I guess because her human form isn’t the one most people think of when they think of her and it would be difficult to add her mer form alongside the other princesses

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    Mulan and Ariel are two of the 11 ‘Official’ Disney princesses, along with Tiana. I would think Mulan and Tiana are there for diversity rather than any ‘legitimate’ Princess-y stuff.

    Not that I’m complaining about Mulan and Tiana being in the main marketing group. All three films (Mulan1+2 and P&tF) were really good.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    My thoughts:
    To be honest, it’s not entirely a drastic change. They’ve stylised Merida to fit in with the other Princesses, and it’s been ‘proven’ that Disney don’t necessarily follow the plots/developments when marketing the characters. For example, half of the whole point of Tangled leads up to her radical (and badass) hair do at the end of the film, but in 99.99999% of the marketing shows Rapunzel with her blonde hair. The tiny bit that doesn’t is linked to Tangled Ever After, which got shoved onto the Diamond edition of Cindypants. This is contradicted by the ‘End of Film’ versions of Cindypants used in the marketing, for example. So the visual design they use is not consistent across the board.

    I quite like her new dress in that it’s really pretty much her old one with some detailing. She’s gone from her ‘everyday’ dress to one that’s thematically similar but prettied up. This is, really, what you’d expect for a princess. But it does keep hints of the film – i.e. the elbows are ‘split’ like they were in the archery competition scene. I do agree that just maybe her posing a little too demure/coy/sexy, which goes against the whole film. But then again they’ve got Mulan caked up, so I refer people back to the first paragraph.

    So, to sum it up: I think this is Disney really kinda starting to get a grasp on what is and isn’t acceptable, but also what is and isn’t appropriate. However, the Disney Princesses line as a whole is pretty much a nightmare for anyone who is supportive of reasonable, healthy marketing, and the inclusion of Merida really drives a wedge into the line. Merida is the first of these princesses to not get ‘her guy’ (‘cos she don’t have one!), though Mulan and Tiana (and Rapunzel, I guess) were reasonably similar in that they picked up their blokes on the way to their dreams, and that’s a good thing. If Merida becomes more visible, more well-known and more experienced, then good can come out of this. Unlike most of the Princesses, there’s no really dodgy rapey, abusive, sexist undertones to her film and story, so the more it’s seen and analysed, the better.

    Which means I think Merida’s inclusion is a good thing, but it needs to be said that it’s a good thing in a highly problematic system.

    P.S. Actually, in the top images, I’m getting a Christina Hendricks vibe.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    It’s ridiculous, certainly, but within the context of the franchise this is a bloody awesome move by Disney on many levels.

  • Fluffernutterkins

    Only eleven? Is Maid Marion not considered a princess?

  • http://www.facebook.com/julian.leverton.7 Julian Leverton

    There are two ways to look at this. Either you say that being incorporated into the princess line will diminish Merida’s unique qualities that differentiate her from standard Disney female roles, or you can say that by including her they are diversifying the princess line and helping to break the stereotype of the conventional “princess.” As for the redesign…I’m ambivalent, could be worse could be better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.n.carousel Chris de la Rosa

    They’re the princesses with the most obvious redesigns. Belle’s face used to be a bit more squared off and they mussed up her hair that’s a little too prom ’04 for me. Aurora and Cinderella got Korean plastic surgery: sharper, shorter chins, thinner noses. Their hair styles are also the most changed, as they originally reflected on trends from the times they were created to a side-swept bang look.

    Overall, Merida, Ariel, Snow White, Tiana and Rapunzel have the least changes. The newest ones don’t get a face change or hair restyled. Merida just has her new dress. Ariel’s hair includes some loose, curled strands in the back. Snow White’s bow is tilted. The more dramatic the changes became, the more older fans of the princesses objected.

  • Katie Miller

    Not to be that guy, but the tartan’s anachronistic. Brave appears to be set in the 14th or 15th Century from the costuming in the film, and tartans didn’t emerge until the 16th Century. And when they did they didn’t look like the tartans we know now – they were plain-coloured.

    I don;t mind it, though, at least there’s some reference in her design to her origin rather than making her completely generic.

    Someone pointed out to me that when you pay attention you realise the princesses never interact as Disney wants to keep their story universes separate, while still marketing them as a unit. Can anyone confirm that? I’m curious now…

  • Anonymous

    Is it me or did they just made it look more… Skimpy with their hair?

  • Mochabean

    I had NO IDEA that Atia from HBO’s Rome was a Disney Princess. Huh. My 10 year old daughter will miss Merida, though..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=699650737 Lauren Detherage

    Looks fine to me. I like the fact that she’s still holding her bow in the group shot.

  • http://twitter.com/princessology Chaka ♥

    Tiana?

  • Anonymous

    I have much greater dislike for the taming of her hair than I do for the costume change. Let us have a Princess with wild, crazy hair, damnit!

  • B.G. Paulus

    Yeeshk. Talk about reinforcing gender stereotypes … why does every single one of them have to been in a *dress*, fer cryin’ out loud?

  • http://twitter.com/Megan_Ura Megan Ura

    Glad they picked that dress – nice dark contrast to the pastels of the other princesses. I love her hair <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rebecca-Brannan/100000506355737 Rebecca Brannan

    i wish they had left her a little less curvy. she’s supposed to be a preteen, i loved that they made her look her age in the movie. she looks older now. and, the shoulders are a bit much, but i love the addition of the tartan. the sparkles dont bother me much, she’s a princess for little girls and i LOVED sparkles when i was a little girl. hell, i still love them.

  • Mina

    There’s actually a go-to girl figure/silhouette invented by one of Disney’s animators back in the day. It wound up being used for several female characters, including Jasmine. So I don’t think they’re doing it on purpose, per se, just using a design that they’ve found functional in the past. It DOES look a little crazy though and could probably stand to be replaced.

  • http://profiles.google.com/christina.elizabeth Christina West

    I didn’t notice that until now. Good call. Someone at Disney needs to work on their perspectives.

  • Willowflower

    Mulan wasn’t technically a princess.

  • Brian

    They rarely include all of them in group shots.

  • Brian

    Did Merida ever wear anything that wasn’t a dress?

  • Anonymous

    Looks like a completely different character. Disney seems unable to understand what people like about their characters these days.

  • http://twitter.com/amaditalks Amadi

    Mulan and Pocahontas aren’t official princesses. That’s why they’re not in that group picture.

  • Anonymous

    Belle is a princess by marriage, as are Tiana and Cinderella (and Snow White, though she’s not pictured either). Ariel, Jasmine, Rapunzel and Aurora are the only princesses by blood, and given that 3/4 of THOSE characters are blond and white, I don’t mind the term “princess” being defined pretty loosely for more inclusion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=823824781 Moxie Lola Carroll

    At least they let her keep her archery equipment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jem.mccarron Jem McCarron

    I don’t mind the dress so much, although ironic that they’ve drawn so heavily on the dress that was a symbol of her social confines…But more importantly where’s her bow in the redesign?

  • http://twitter.com/GeekBritannia Emelia Read

    I agree, I get the merch thing but I wish they could have kept her will no make up at least and less sparkles. At the end of the day that’s what people are a fan of!

  • http://www.facebook.com/frappa.canu Frappa Canu

    well finally they got rid of the worst disney role model, who gives up everything to be with a man. i hate ariel.

  • http://twitter.com/RappRachel Rachel Rapp

    I don’t understand why they lowered her neckline. She’s not a sex symbol.

  • Jennifer Keegin

    This is a Disney princess. To think they wouldn’t doll her up a little more is naive. There are all kinds of redos with these characters. Outfits they were never in. “Come Hither” faces they never made. One character without the “princess shine” would never happen.

  • http://twitter.com/RappRachel Rachel Rapp

    I hate the idea of a princess giving up to be with a man, but i have to disagree – I think Ariel gave up being a mermaid because she wanted to be human. So I see a young lady working to get what she wants, despite being told she can’t have it, and oh, yeah, is really wrapped up around a man in the process. At least she’s not sleeping beauty. That female just sat around waiting to be told what to do and how to live.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    She’s still a Disney princess, she’s just not in that one picture.

  • Anonymous

    As the mom of a 7-year-old girl who loves Merida, I am totally annoyed by the lowered neckline. Damn you, Disney!

  • Rebecca Pahle

    They are official princesses, they’re just not in that one picture.

    The complete, official list is: Snow White, Mulan, Aurora, Belle, Tiana, Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Merida

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.ranier Charles Ranier

    Tiana is a princess, like Cinderella and Belle, by virtue of marrying a prince at the end.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.ranier Charles Ranier

    nope, Snow White was a princess from day one. Her evil stepmother being the queen, therefore by marrying the king (Snow White’s father)

  • http://www.facebook.com/wakeupferdie Fernanda Mariscotti

    Weaponry FTW! So awesome and Hunger Games-like.
    They should re-design Mulan as a warrior; I follow a few Asian women’s empowerment blogs, as well as feministdisney.tumblr.com, and it seems like the general consensus (but don’t take my word for it, I’m an outsider!).
    Disclaimer: I haven’t seen this movie yet!

  • Facebook User

    SOOOO TRUE…

    let the girls have a REAL girl to honor!

  • Katrina Mahlon

    WTF! This is so ridiculous, we need to get this on the #NotBuyingIt radar! Seriously? They finally created a character that girls could actually remotely relate to and they go and sex her up? Puhleez!

  • Pink Apocalypse

    Eww. Just….eww.

  • Ingrid Echard

    There isn’t anything wrong with loving anyone. If you hate Ariel, who is at least feisty and spunky, I wonder how you feel about Belle or most of the other ones? Most of the older princesses are pretty useless unless you count the way they ‘get saved’

  • Ingrid Echard

    I just don’t like how she went from an innocent feisty girl to this almost vixen type girl.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=32801310 Trenton Thompson

    Um, how come the only people commenting about how she seems “too sexy” are women? And why do you all care so much in the first place? She’s a fictional character from an entertainment mega-conglomerate.
    (Rhetorical questions – think, don’t answer.)

  • Sara P.

    NOOOOOO!!!! I really hope Disney rethinks it.

  • http://twitter.com/NeonVincent Vince Lamb

    Pocahontas comes close to being a princess by blood, as she is the daughter of a paramount chief. Besides, she was labeled a princess long before Disney.

  • Anonymous

    Total snub to Snow White and Ariel!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1314195742 Rain Mist

    Belle didn’t really give up anything except a homebody life with a doddering father and the town thug leching all over her. She gained an awesome library. Absolute win.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Exactly. They doll them up and give them a generic, plastic look that they can slap on merchandise. It’s not good, but it’s hardly surprising that they’ve done it with Merida like they’ve done with every other princess. Disney has a visual aesthetic, and they stick to it.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    They’re still Disney princesses. All 11 don’t tend to be in the same picture at once, but you can see a complete group shot here: http://www.insidethemagic.net/2013/04/merida-to-become-11th-disney-princess-with-new-look-for-royal-coronation-ceremony-at-walt-disney-world-on-may-11/

  • http://www.facebook.com/plushie.cat Plushie Cat

    This is terrible. Her hair is awful, her look of curiosity is gone, and now she is little more than a Barbie with red hair. >.< Instead of looking out at the world in wonder, she looks cocky, and even arrogant. *sigh*

  • Anonymous

    Because WE’RE the ones that have to deal from the fall out of women in media being constantly sexualized and objectified for consumption of a mass market? And fictional characters from mega-conglomerates unfortunately do a lot to influence our behavior, and maybe a lot of women are fed up with the constant pressure from outside sources that ties our worthiness as human beings into exactly how sexy we are?

    And yeah, saying that we’re not supposed to answer your rhetorical question and just “think” about it smacks of a cheap way to shut down anyone challenging your opinions. Maybe it’s YOU who should think about why your immediate reaction is to dismiss the people who are concerned about how representations of fictional characters influence our society, for better or worse.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002345679283 Richard John Grayson

    Really reaching for something to be pissed off about there, huh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.bean.94 Travis Bean

    Within the context of what?

  • http://twitter.com/RJonesEsquire Russell Jones

    Besides the fact they didn’t take away her weapons in the group shot (I wouldn’t ask her for them, I like my face not riddled with arrows), I love how her hair is threatening to take over the world in a gigantic ginger wave of awesome.

    Could we get a buddy-princess movie with just her and Rapunzel’s hair?

    “HI. I’M MERIDA’S HAIR. PREPARE TO BE ASSIMILATED.”

  • http://twitter.com/Creature_SH Creature SH

    The gold is okay, but it should be fucking armor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ECedroni Elizabeth Cedroni

    Hmmm… I see they replaced Ariel. Only room for one redhead??

    And I’m sorry but Belle and Cinderella don’t look like the characters in the face at all. That’s not even Cinderella’s hairstyle. I realize the original artists probably aren’t around anymore, but you would think they’d keep up with the standard details…

  • http://www.facebook.com/kris.doman Kris Harding Doman

    WHAT???!! SHAME!! SHAME ON DISNEY!!! Did they not see the film? Merida does NOT wear sparkles. She has ALWAYS been a Disney Princess, and what the hell is up with the off the shoulder dress? Merida was the anti-princess for all of us who don’t wear makeup, let our hair rampage free, and prefer to wear real clothes that let us hike, climb mountains, and ride horses. I really wish Disney would stop making all of their perfectly adorable female characters into sluts. GRRRRRRRRRRR…….. SO ANGRY………

  • http://www.facebook.com/caryn.cangro.5 Caryn Cangro

    Love the original Merida, her style is what she stands for, the right to be herself – the new one looks like a Hollywood stylist pinup version of something that needed to be fixed to look beautiful – dislike :(

  • Anonymous

    Well, Belle is a Duchess by marrying a Duke at the end. She’s not a princess technically.

  • Amanda Lepelstat

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I HATE IT. I hate ALL of their re-dos! They’re not supposed to be prissy frilly sparkly GIRLY things! They’re supposed to be how they were in each of their movies! UGH I HATE it when Disney does over like this. It really makes me mad and frankly, disgusted. The only girly/super feminine ones are Aurora, Cinderella, and Snow White. Maybe Jasmine. But they all wanted one thing – freedom. Making them up like this, giving them makeup, sparkles, etc – it goes against what they were in their movies. I will NOT buy anything with these new designs on them.

  • Amanda Lepelstat

    You say it’s ridiculous… yet your avatar picture is a picture of the updated Merida…

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.harris.18007 Rachel Harris

    The sparkles are a mistake in my opinion. It goes against the whole character’s basis…but I guess what ever makes overly spoiled future mean girls squeal with delight and demand that their parents buy it…right marketing department?
    I don’t mind the one showing her with a slew of other princesses it seems to be a nice compromise between her ridding everyday dress and the overly binding ceremonial gown in the movie. That makes sense with how the movie ended and the idea that Mother and daughter learned to accept & respect each other, while trying to compromise. But the sparkles there is no way to rationalize that whith what we know of the character. Although I went into a Disney store the other day and saw the stuff I love how the doll has a sneer it made me cackle out loud

  • Anonymous

    Oops, Merida. How embarrassing.
    In terms of make-up, on the top right they’ve slanted her eyes, shaped her brows, as well as added mascara and lip gloss. I think the slanty-eye is something they’ve done to all the princesses, and it tends to make them look more sexy and prissy (like the do for Rarity in MLP say, vs. Applejack).

  • http://www.facebook.com/tee.morris Tee Morris

    It is awful. Nothing was wrong with Merida to begin with. Come on, Disney. Come. On.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frappa.canu Frappa Canu

    interesting point of view

  • http://www.facebook.com/frappa.canu Frappa Canu

    well.. Belle reads, she is smart, and she’s able to change a beast into a man with the power of her love. it is just fiction i know, a lot of women end up with beasts who will never change. but i like her.

  • http://twitter.com/Womyn2me Womyn2me

    wow. that is terrible. must she look so sexual? what is with the makeup and off shoulder dress?

  • http://www.facebook.com/patty.maala ‘Patty Maala

    The new Merida is very homely!! I prefer the cute fresh face of the original. Why the need to change her????

  • http://www.facebook.com/seiraryu Manu Zolezzi

    Until the French Revolution comes around and she loses her head. >.>

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=157400537 Sara Crow

    Not really. Parents of daughters who love Merida for her imperfection–she’s far from the Hollywood ideal–have every right to be pissed, as this is yet another method of messaging to our girls that anything imperfect should be either “fixed” or shunned.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.mullen.1000 James Mullen

    That’s hardly reaching. I’m still not over that they decided the Long Hared Blond Rapunzel is the one that they went with for the Dolls, not the Short Brown Haired one. What a missed opportunity, and how boring as death they had to be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.mullen.1000 James Mullen

    I’m willing to forgive Snow White, overall. She was compassionate, did things on her own initiative, and in general was a pretty strong character, all things considered. Not everyone has to be the athletic extrovert type, and even though she doesn’t do much, she does enough to establish that she is a responsible person. Compared to some of the Princesses (Aurora and Aeriel come to mind), she’s darn near heroic.

  • http://twitter.com/Harrison_Peter Peter Harrison

    “…but the tartan’s a nice touch”.

    Is there an image missing? Where’s the tartan?

  • Susan Miller

    LOATHE the new one … Merida is beautiful as she IS not this newly ‘hyped’ and aged version. Why change her when she is already so pretty and loved? WHY DO THAT ????? Disney is off it’s head. They really need to take more notice and keep her AS SHE SHOULD BE !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nan.lambert.50 Nan Lambert

    Disney is the Mecca for objectifying & sexualizing girls/young women – & here they go again! Sexualizing yet another young heroine.
    Disney – how do I hate thee? – let me count the ways…

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.mullen.1000 James Mullen

    I blame it on how Disney doesn’t scale things properly, because, with Raja being half of Jasmine’s height, Jasmine stands about 6 foot tall. No one wants to think of their Girls as huge.

    By the way, Tallest Horse by Scale in all of Disney’s animated features is Belle’s Phillip, at 22 hands, which is about 1.5 hands taller than Angus.

  • http://profiles.google.com/christina.elizabeth Christina West

    how is it reaching? And who says I’m pissed? I’m annoyed, sure. I have 2 young daughters who love Merida for who she is. Somehow I doubt you’d really understand. But way to go trying to rile people up.

  • http://profiles.google.com/christina.elizabeth Christina West

    right? My 4 year old is confused as to why the bride dolls have her with blond hair. Even a 4 year old gets it. lol

  • http://twitter.com/Thr33_Eye 3-I

    And the random waist-narrowing? Because her waist is substantially narrower.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Check the belt.

  • http://twitter.com/Besomyka Besomyka

    The dress would be okay if it were ripped a bit at the seams.

  • Anonymous

    could somebody please post a link or an email address for us to complain to disney? i don’t tweet… so, the whole #notbuyingit thing doesn’t really work for me.

  • Terrie Evans

    This sucks! The whole point is that she is a tomboy. She is not a ‘princess’. Leave her alone or respect who she really is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/desiree.outtenberrios Desiree’ Outten-Berrios

    I really do not see a big problem with the change. I am a tom boy myself so I understand Merida. Just because I do not like to wear elaboration pretty dresses, does not mean I want to walk around in rags either. I basically see her new outfit as a better quality dress she wore throughout the movie. This new dress looks like her old dress with gold trim. In the first picture the sparkles are too much. Seriously in a group picture, where all the other princess are wearing beautiful gowns (their best) her old dress was not going to work or give her any merit. If you really think about it, Merida is still being head strong and nonconforming because her best is that other teal dress with her head covered. I love that she still has her bow and arrow (another nonconforming characteristic because she will be the only princess with a weapon). If Disney would have put her in exactly the same dress, then people would complain about her looking boring and not having enough appeal.

  • Anonymous

    What was wrong with Merida as she was created? Oh, I know… Her face is too round, her eyes not tipped enough, her waist is too big, her boobs are too small and her incredible hair is too wild and windblown, not “Victoria’s Secret” enough.

    What a shame. Now she, along with the rest of them, looks like a pinup shoot with her arched back, booty and boobs popped out and come-hither expression. Way to go, Disney. Thank you for making great princess role models for girls, everywhere. SMH

  • Winter

    Do a little side-by-side, sweetie. Look at the “real” Disney Sleeping Beauty vs. the “new” version. You really believe they look the same? You really believe Disney isn’t attempting to up the sex appeal? Really? The princesses aren’t supposed to be Barbies…they are young, innocent, spirited young women, not coquettes. They look ridiculous. And don’t even get me started on how one-dimensional and poorly drawn they look now…

  • Anonymous

    MERIDA WOULD HATE THIS.

    I hate this.

  • Anonymous

    Her face looks like that of a fading starlet and screams, “look at the plastic surgery I had!”

  • http://twitter.com/LauraTruxillo Laura Truxillo

    Sweetie? Really, cupcake?

    There’s a difference between making a character look “prettier” (whether or not it’s a good thing) and making her “slutty.” That’s just a lousy word to use in this context. Again, she’s just showing her shoulders. She has a little make-up on. I missed the bit where she’s been sleeping around or booty-dancing up on a bar somewhere or doing anything sexual at all. (And seriously–many little girls like playing with make-up. I mean, I was a screamin’ tomboy as a kid and don’t wear the stuff now, but at five, I still liked to try and put it on.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/katharine.tapley Katharine Ellis Tapley

    Mulan was never a princess. She was a soldier. >:( My constant grumble.

    I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with being a princess, but Mulan is awesome without being one, so let’s let her be.

    Also, I highly doubt my 4year old (who thinks Brave is about her) will notice the differences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlinjoiebelof Carlin Belof

    Am I the only one who has noticed that they’re putting her into a dress that she would have hated wearing in the movie? The dress that the redesign was based on is one that she was cinched into it and uncomfortable wearing, until she ripped the sleeves and let the waist out so she could breathe.

  • Marcis Liepa

    While I think it would’ve been better if they kept the movie version I don’t think she’s anymore “real” than someone wearing make up and sparkles.

    So what, people who like make up and sparkles are not real people? I get the feeling that you dislike the redesign with the wrong reasons. It’s stupid that they gave her something that she doesn’t have, yes. It’s not stupid to like make up, sparkles or shoulderless dresses.

  • http://twitter.com/ducky_soup ducky

    why did they just put sparkles on everyone

  • Dreolin2004

    Uggg! Ok, apparently my newest Disney “princess” gripe is no longer that they only show Rapunzel with the long blonde hair, which defeats the entire message of the story, it’s this redesign. This crap is the part of Disney that I loathe.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    That’s something consistent with most of the designs, it seems.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    And your point? I quite like it. You are allowed to like ridiculous things, y’know.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    The Disney Princesses franchise. It’s a real thing.

  • http://twitter.com/AntiqueTeacher6 Anne Sullivan

    If they truly consider Pocahontas a princess , then why isn’t she seen at Disney World? You can’t find a “character” of her there at all. In fact, the “strong women” aren’t ever characters there – Pocahontas, Esmerelda, Mulan

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jenanicles Jennifer Risner

    The point this person was making is that the make up, sparkles and shoulderless dresses have nothing to do with the character and that is why the redesign is stupid. It would be nice to have a disney princess that represents a different type of girl. Diversity is always a good thing.

  • Anonymous

    Her face is just … vapid, now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559945163 Melodia E. McIntyre

    Meg is a princess historically twice over and in the movie. She marries the son of the king of the gods. The real one was a princess and she married Hercules. She was also murdered by him, so there is that, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559945163 Melodia E. McIntyre

    I think it’s pretty? I hardly think the shoulders are “sexy” either. I don’t think it’s as big a deal as others are making it to be.

    ETA: Not sure it’s in character either

  • http://www.facebook.com/desiree.outtenberrios Desiree’ Outten-Berrios

    I really do not see a big problem with the change. I am a tom boy myself so I understand Merida. Just because I do not like to wear elaboration pretty dresses, does not mean I want to walk around in rags either. I basically see her new outfit as a better quality dress she wore throughout the movie. This new dress looks like her old dress with gold trim. In the first picture the sparkles are too much and I understand the point about the extra little bit of exposed shoulder. Seriously in a group picture, where all the other princess are wearing beautiful gowns (their best) her old dress was not going to work or give her any merit. If you really think about it, Merida is still being head strong and nonconforming because she is not wearing her best, which is that other teal dress with her head covered that her mother made her wear. I love that she still has her bow and arrow (another nonconforming characteristic because she will be the only princess with a weapon). If Disney would have put her in exactly the same dress, then people would complain about her looking boring and not having enough appeal.

  • http://goodevilgenius.org/ Dan Jones

    This is terrible. Basically, Disney is saying she wasn’t good enough as she was, so they had to make her prettier before she was good enough to be with the other princesses.

    There’s a petition to get Disney to change their minds about it at https://www.change.org/petitions/disney-say-no-to-the-merida-makeover-keep-our-hero-brave

  • http://goodevilgenius.org/ Dan Jones

    It’s not just the dress that’s the problem. They’ve actually changed her physical appearance. She’s skinnier, with broader shoulders, a less round face, and curlier, longer, and more vibrant hair.

    Basically, Disney didn’t think she was pretty enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jin.lee.7927 Minasuki Sasuko

    Wow she looks pretty much the same besides she’s looks a bit older.
    Other then that she looks way cooler then the other princesses up there

  • http://www.facebook.com/jin.lee.7927 Minasuki Sasuko

    She just looks older.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashe.samuels Ashe P. Samuels

    Tiana: The First (And Last) Black Princess

  • http://goodevilgenius.org/ Dan Jones

    People don’t usually get rosier cheeks or a slimmer waist as they age. And they most definitely don’t get a less round face.

    They didn’t make her older. They made her sexier.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashe.samuels Ashe P. Samuels

    Fiction and reality don’t exist separately; they inspire, influence and bleed into one another. To say that ‘she’s not real, it doesn’t matter’ is to take away agency from the people (yes, REAL actual people!!!!!!) who make these stories and control this media. Who tailor these stories with the same dull, backwards messages and nasty beauty ideals and unfortunate implications (“Let’s make this story about how Merida shouldn’t change and be who she is! Now for marketing purposes, let’s change her!”).

    We get to decide what is wrong because we’re women. Women who are tired of having men always getting the final say in what we should do, say, look like and accomplish.

    “(Rhetorical questions – think, don’t answer.)”

    Oops!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashe.samuels Ashe P. Samuels

    Glitter and shoulders: the one way ticket to being a slut.

    Now I know!

  • Anonymous

    Still more faithful to how she looks in the movie than most of those recent redesigns princesses got (they’re godawful spit in the face to every artist that originally designed them).
    Hell, she looks more like her movie-self than her Mattel doll version too!
    I’m in no way endorsing giving her make-up and sparkle, but it could have been A LOT worse.

  • Anonymous

    To be fair, her mother’s dress in the movie has beetle wings sewn on. If glitter on Merida is silly, that’s only because of being out-of-character,

  • http://twitter.com/_Lola_Pelusa_ Akemi Oyanedel

    well, she looks older? not sure if it’s going to work. She suppouse to be a virago more than a femenine princess, so don’t know if this look is ok for her

  • Anonymous

    Nope, they did worse to Mulan. And to Pocahontas.
    Oldschool white princesses also got those ridiculous facelifts and contemporary hairstyles.
    Merida’s redesign seems pretty minor in comparison.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phineaslover10 Taylor Sierra Middlerfield

    they didn’t really change her that much jesus and i thought the people on youtube were stupid

  • http://www.facebook.com/samantha.donaldson.37 Samantha NicDhòmhnaill

    As a Scottish lady myself this feels like a slap in the face to not only me, but to my culture and people (It offends me). Also, historically speaking Tartan DID NOT exist in Merida’s day!! They wore checked, mostly yellow clothes (look it up if you don’t believe me). As much as I love this film Merida looks absolutely nothing like a Scot from that Era.. They didn’t even wear makeup!!! Urgh

  • http://www.facebook.com/jin.lee.7927 Minasuki Sasuko

    She doesn’t look skinnier at all and i didn’t even notice her face was round in the movie.
    She looks the same but taller and just well older.

  • http://goodevilgenius.org/ Dan Jones

    She is skinnier, and with wider hips. They gave her more of an hourglass figure.

    They also made her hair a more vibrant, but less realistic, color. And gave her fuller, redder lips (or maybe she’s just wearing lipstick).

  • vicente rios

    Just so we are clear disney did release some short brown haired bridal rapunzel (standard and limited edition)among the several editions it was mattel that decided to only sell blonde bridal rapunzels. Not sure why they decided to keep her blonde in most of them but you can check it out on amazon(first result for rapunzel bride is the brown haired one standard edition)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1032278476 Lizzy Leigh Vasquez

    I hate it. As others have said the makeup, sparkles and the dolled up hair are ridiculous She looked wonderful before. There was no reason to beautify her. She was gorgeous just the way she was. The only thing I like that they’ve changed is the addition of the tartan, as was stated in the OP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1032278476 Lizzy Leigh Vasquez

    The movie is not by Disney. It’s a movie made by Pixar, distributed by Disney. Pixar creates the movies, the characters, the story. Disney controls the merchandising. Hence their control over the changes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1454833277 Darryl Kinsey Jr

    All they did was age her..and people hate it…really?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jin.lee.7927 Minasuki Sasuko

    Obviously she’s wearing lipstick which goes with the whole she looks older.
    She doesn’t look skinnier she looks the same her dress covers her whole frame and you can barely see if she even has hips.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.ranier Charles Ranier

    no, not anymore. Disney BOUGHT Pixar. It’s now a division. So yeah, they own it. Lock stock and tartan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.ranier Charles Ranier

    yeah funny how Disney kind of glossed over the fact that Hercules got sent on his famous Twelve Labors as penance for drunkenly slaughtering his wife Megara and their kids…

  • http://shiftercat.livejournal.com/ ShifterCat

    I actually rather like it. That Celtic knotwork at the bottom is gorgeous, the tartan is subtle but it’s there, and those wristbands are reminiscent of bracers.

    Sure, I could do without the sparkles, but they kinda come with the territory with Disney princesses.

  • http://twitter.com/camimonae Camille Monae

    Mulan is not a Princess. that annoys me.

  • Amber Barnes

    She’s in the princess merchandising, so…

  • chloroplastic

    I honestly do see the problem in “sexifying”, for lack of a better (or indeed real) word the rare Disney princess who spends her movie rebelling against the social conventions and traditional femininity that are unfairly expected of her. Having said that, I don’t see how this iteration of Merida is all that terrible. The dress, yes: I can agree it’s not representative of Merida as a character, and the shoulder alteration is unnecessary (if in line with what the other dresses look like, which is perhaps a problem in itself). Her face is still round, though. Yes, she has more of an hourglass figure, but to me, that change in itself isn’t offensive: it reflects what happens to some of us as we grow older. I agree that they didn’t have to make her waist slimmer, but it’s not like having a bust and hips, even in conjunction with a small waist, is unnatural or wrong. She doesn’t look like a 90′s Barbie.

    I guess I just don’t see most of it. Her cheeks look just about the same shade in the different pictures. Her face isn’t significantly slimmer. Her hair is a slightly different color red, but not one that seems inherently better or worse to me. I wish they’d kept her in other clothes, but at least she got to keep her bow. Aside from that, maybe she’s a touch slim in the waist, but it’s not like she was a larger character to start with and they shrunk her down. I think the Disney Princess line as a concept is kind of shady and weird, but Merida’s inclusion and subsequent change doesn’t seem too bad to me, as these things go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.bean.94 Travis Bean

    Ha…yes, I realize it’s a real thing. But do you mean “bloody awesome” as in it will “make them lots of money” or something? I see nothing good about this in any context besides “hey, let’s physically strip this character of everything that was made her original in the first place”

  • http://www.facebook.com/gavergun Sandra Gavergun

    I see no problem with it. If you look at the picture you’ll notice that she is the first Disney Princess to have weapons with her. So.. step forward.. I guess?

  • Danielle St. John

    The only thing that really bothers me is the off-the-shoulder thing for the dress. It’s not something Merida would do, firstly (the whole capitalizing-on-sexuality thing, even the dressing-up thing, is not really her bag), and it’s not appropriate for the overall historical style for the whole movie. The rest of the changes I can accept as a move into the Disney Princess franchise, but the little bit of shoulder, while it is a pretty small thing, is just one step too far away from the essence of the character for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.n.carousel Chris de la Rosa

    If I could upload the vector art of Merida from before the redesign and from after, you could see that there actually is no change in her waist size. Unfortunately, I don’t know if that would violate my work contract, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.n.carousel Chris de la Rosa

    Brave officially takes place in the 10th century, so there are a million historical liberties taken. They mention potatoes in an extra short and Roman fleets in the actual film.

    As for interaction, Disney has actually done a cross-over of the Hercules animated series with Aladdin post-King of Thieves. But as far as the Princess line itself goes, there’s never any personal interaction that I can see in the image banks we have at my job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.n.carousel Chris de la Rosa

    Jasmine wanted to marry for love rather than the law, and she did. And to a commoner. Aurora fell in love thinking that he was a peasant like herself, before it was revealed to her that she’s a princess and already has an arranged marriage. Pocahontas wants to save her people from war. So does Mulan. Tiana wants to open a restaurant, which was a shared dream with her late father. Rapunzel wants to be free, also marries a commoner.

    The thing that’s amazing about Merida is simply that she has ZERO interest in boys and marriage and that her story entirely focuses on her and her mother.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    No, I don’t mean it like that. What I mean is that I think the inclusion of Merida, along with Tiana, Mulan and Pocahontas (although one can easily argue these three characters have been sidelined within this franchise – and I would agree), shows that Disney is willing to try to capitalise on some of the less traditional (read: sexistly portrayed) characters.

    And this should mean more kids watch Mulan, Princess & The Frog, Brave, etc., and that should hopefully mean kids see the messages within them and how beneficial (albeit watered-down and, well, Disneyfied) they are.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    It is by Disney. Well, it’s by “Disney Pixar”.

    Pixar’s just another arm on the shambling corpse that is Disney.

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.bean.94 Travis Bean

    OK. So you just mean including Merida as a princess. The comment wasn’t in reference to her redesign. Gotcha.

  • http://twitter.com/Cherry_Cinnamon Cherry&Cinnamon

    could not see it for looking! Cheers for pointing that out, I thought I was going mad!

  • http://twitter.com/MisfitsTamara Tamara Brooks

    I meant in this particular promo. Also, I freaking love Mulan. That has nothing to do with this particular conversation but I just like to mention it now and again.

  • http://twitter.com/MisfitsTamara Tamara Brooks

    I don’t mind the tweaks generally. I think it’s that there’s something glossy and…kinda…Bratz dolls about them. It’s…disconcerting.

  • http://twitter.com/Thr33_Eye 3-I

    This argument is totally not worth losing your job over, dude.

  • Anonymous

    *hat-tip* :)

  • 2bitkubrick

    You people need to chill. Its not much of a “redesign” at all, just some subtle changes y’all are reading WAY too much into. I’m more disturbed by Belle’s face than anything.

    This happens all the time in comics, a new artist comes in and the characters look gets tweaked. Here, you’ve gone from a Pixar CG model to a Disney drawing. Yeah, they’re gonna look a little different. Next year, probably gonna change again. Such is life.

    And no one is talking about the real tragedy here … why is Kida, Princess of Atlantis, STILL not recognized in the lineup? She was a weapon brandishing, ass-kicking, take-no-shit-from-no-man ACTUAL Princess way before Merida. The fact that Disney continues to forget about her is the most disgusting thing about the princess lineup, not taking small, insignificant artistic license on an established character. If you’d all like to hate on Disney for something, lets get it right :)

  • 2bitkubrick

    Oh yeah, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars … all owned by Disney, all are close to death, right?

  • 2bitkubrick

    I agree with you in general (although i don’t think this slight change to her appearance is a big deal), but realize men deal with this too. As a man, I have pressure from everywhere too … i need to look as good in a suit as James Bond, or be as muscular as a WWE star, or any male superhero. I should never cry, bench twice my own weight, and make women hand me their underwear with only a wink. Societal pressure cuts both ways, and you can’t realistically say its all under the control of men so its all our fault. There are PLENTY of powerful women out there who push these ideals (and far worse *cough*annromney*cough*) onto other women. I’m not saying men are blameless, I’m saying ALL ARE PUNISH’D.

  • http://goodevilgenius.org/ Dan Jones

    “Obviously she’s wearing lipstick which goes with the whole she looks older.”
    It sure as heck doesn’t go with who Merida is. Have you even seen the movie?

    Look, if you refuse to see the obvious, there’s no point in me arguing, but here’s the truth, anyway. This is what they changed:
    * A slimmer waist
    * Slightly wider hips
    * Slightly broader shoulders
    * Fuller, redder lips
    * Rosier cheeks
    * Rounder (more anime-like) eyes
    * Less round face
    * More vibrant (less realistic) hair color
    * Longer, curlier hair
    * No more slightly jagged teeth
    * More attitude

    Why you refuse to see this, I don’t know. I can only assume that you’re so enamored with Disney that you refuse to acknowledge the obvious: they aren’t interested in promoting positive ideals; they only want what sells. And even in children’s programming, sex sells.

  • http://goodevilgenius.org/ Dan Jones

    Kida’s not in there because that movie was never near as popular. It’s as simple as that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1314195742 Rain Mist

    I actually think changed Beast was a bit of a letdown. I mean, come on, every princess has a prince, but she had a BEAST. What does it say about him accepting himself? Plus, actual chest hair. Awesome snuggling on cold winter nights. Huge advantage in piggy-back anything. Probably doesn’t mind your leg hair, and even if he does, he can’t say a damn thing. Vets are cheaper than MDs, and if he ever strays, you get him snipped.

    Beast+ library=ultimate fantasy ending.

    Prince+ library…well, there’s still a library.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jin.lee.7927 Minasuki Sasuko

    The only thing i see is an older looking version of her.
    It’s over reaching to say that this is advocating that this is “Sex sells” the only thing pushing that view is your own view on the way the way the character looks which isn’t healthy for children and only pushes ideas that aren’t there into their heads.
    I also don’t care much about Disney, so it’s not as if I’m defending them I’m just wondering why this is even an issue.

  • Anonymous

    In fairness to Herc, he was driven temporarily mad by Hera when he killed Megara and their children. At least in the version I remember. But yes, not something the Disney version was ever likely to acknowledge.

  • 2bitkubrick

    I know … but Atlantis and Treasure Planet are some of my favorite Disney movies. Apparently I’m the only one though :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/Railoc Mike StClair

    Uh… She honestly looks about the same. Her dress is just a little shinier.

  • Anonymous

    Nobody said that there aren’t societal pressures on men, but when it comes specifically to body type and appearance, there is a wider “acceptable” range of male bodies then there are of female bodies. In your reply alone you used the word “or” several times – you can be muscular “or” good in a suit (or you could be kind of decent looking and very funny, which women are NEVER allowed to be when in the mainstream, really). Most women don’t have that option. There’s a very specific ideal we’re supposed to maintain as a base.
    Example: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2012/02/21/she-has-no-head-no-its-not-equal/

  • 2bitkubrick

    That link is a good read, and I agree with 2 of her 4 points, costumes and posing. Both are ridiculously unrealistic for women, much less so for men. But I’d argue that the element of character beauty in comics is pretty even across the board, as one is hard pressed to find “ugly” male or female comic characters. Her argument here is based primarily on villains and is thin. And as far as body type, again I’d argue this is pretty much the same across the board. Men are drawn rippling with muscles that don’t even exist. Her argument that women are drawn like porn stars is, again, thin. Most female comic characters are also drawn unrealistically athletic, the difference goes back to costumes. They’re not drawn like porn stars (or at least any I’ve seen), they’re simply DRESSED like porn stars. So, is there a disparity between the sexes in comics? Yes, but its not as large or as one-sided as some may lead you to think, and it is changing.

    And as far as my use of the word “or” in my reply, I wouldn’t read too much into that. For example, James Bond (an example I used) looks great in a suit AND is super muscular. So is Tony Stark, and many other examples we could mention. IMHO, the idea that women have to be everything and men can pick and choose is faulty. And the idea that mainstream women can’t be both decent looking and very funny was debunked as long ago as Lucille Ball, and more recently with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Sophia Vegara, etc. My point being that very specific ideal you mentioned may have once been the norm, but is rapidly changing, perhaps faster than some women wish to admit (or wish to happen *cough*teapartywives*cough*)

    To be fair, I’m not saying things are equal. Not at all. But I do believe its getting better (we could have a female POTUS in 2016, for instance), and if BOTH sides continue the strides made in recent years, we may someday reach a point of semi-equilibrium. At least, thats my hope :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.n.carousel Chris de la Rosa

    Oh, I know. It’s just frustrating from my end, because different art from different sections of the line don’t make for a great comparison in this piece, especially when Disney’s in-house graphic designers (not the illustrators or animators) are so damn terrible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.n.carousel Chris de la Rosa

    Oh no, I completely agree. The line as a whole washes down so much about the characters themselves, which is why I’m actually pretty surprised with how much they DID preserve with Merida (the bow, the curls are still messy in the vector art). The ones with bigger changes generally look like they’re getting ready for prom in my hometown when I was still in high school, where the “in” look is white girls with curling iron abuse and a bottle of baby oil to look more “hip-hop Latina.”

  • Anonymous

    The changes are hardly ‘suble’. The 2d excuse, I can buy, but this image had to go through a process of approval before being released.

    Also keep in mind what Merida did to the LAST dress she was forced into. To SHREDS. This dress, while pretty, is NOT Merida.

  • Anonymous

    They did far more than age her, which was pointless.

  • Anonymous

    The fsct is, Merida would NEVER, in a MILLION YEARS wear a dress like that WILLINGLY. Remember what happened to the dress her mother forced her to wear in yhe movie?

    Yeah, totally wrong direction here.

  • Anonymous

    Stop right there and go read something on what objectification means and how it functions in relation to patriarchy.
    You are right that society does have high expectations for both women and men, but once you imply they go both ways equally, your argument loses its power.

    Because in modern Western society men are not pressed nearly as much to be fit and/or strong and/or handsome as women are to be thin and pretty (note lack of “or” this time).*
    Also very importantly, female ideal deeply rooted in male gaze. Male ideal is not based on female gaze. A “perfect” man-hero rarely is primarily designed to (sexually) appeal to (straight) women, he’s allowed to emphasize his personality or masculine strength first. A heroine needs to look conventionally beautiful before her other traits come to play.
    Of course the LEVEL of disparity in those regards varies, depending on how sexist the medium is in general (compare, say, video game industry and Disney movies; clearly the latter is much better at catering to both genders).

    *Think of how disgusted we’re taught to always be by a fat woman, while fat man has a chance to redeem his worth by having great personality. For him it’s “at least he’s a good person”, for her it’s “yes, you’re very nice, but why won’t you go on a diet to be as pretty on the outside?”

  • 2bitkubrick

    You should have read both my replys to vnally before commenting, that would have cleared up some of your confusion. No matter, feel free to do so now, and see that though i may have unwittingly implied the level of disparity in the sexes to be equal, i think we can all agree it is not. My remark was more towards the OP (trenton) who implied that only women care about this sort of thing.

    And wow, you ladies like to jump on my use of the word “or”. Again, read my reply to vnally, but really, you think its only one or the other for us? You think James Bond (whom I used in my original example) JUST looks good in a suit, or is JUST muscular, or is JUST charming, but not all 3 at once? No, men are expected to do it all just like women, our roles/expectations are simply different then yours. I also cannot agree with your fat girl example. Fat girls have just as much of an opportunity (to redeem their worth with personality (Mindy Kaling, Rebel Wilson, Melissa McCarthy, and those are just the funny ones). In fact, due to the current obesity epidemic, i’d wager this is one area men and women are very close to equality — both are ridiculed for being fat. Again, yeah, If we’re playing some game where we sit and whine about who’s got it worse, i’ll give the edge to women. But only by a pudgy little nose …

    In summary, yes, the societal pressures women experience have historically been and currently are more oppressive than those men have had to put up with. My point (again in line with OP’s comment) is that we can’t ignore either, and my argument goes further to state that while these pressures may actually be easing for women, I believe they’re increasingly confusing for men, and we may soon reach some equilibrium point.

    Also, telling me to stop talking and go read something a high school kid should know (and then not even having the courtesy of furnishing a link like vnally did) does not a civil discourse promote. Don’t be a jerk like Trenton was (with his “rhetorical question” nonsense) and people will be more apt to listen :)

  • 2bitkubrick

    Sorry, but I just can’t agree. I think the changes are VERY subtle, and wouldn’t have really noticed had someone not pointed them out. I showed the pics here to my girlfriend, who was a bigger fan of the movie than even myself, and she saw nothing different either. I really believe most children will be hard pressed to notice anything different. ALL of the princesses look different then they did originally, and have gone minor tweaks in their looks several times over the years. This is nothing new. And they sexed her up? Really? The only point towards that argument is that her hair looks much more managed, less tangled and unruly. She’s a Disney Princess, for gods sake. You people want her in a potato sack? I think the real problem here lies in the idea of a “Princess” lineup at all, the conformity of it, and the message the entire princess idea sends to little girls.

    Which is why they should include Kida. She’d shake things up :)

  • http://twitter.com/Harrison_Peter Peter Harrison

    Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, I just didn’t notice that you replied to vnally already. Curse you, DISQUS, for not showing all branches of thread when I read it! >(

    Now as I read your second post… I’d still reply similarly, as it just furthers your previous arguments, but I’d also add this:
    Don’t know what comics you read, but the ones that linked article talks about certainly don’t feature “unrealistically athletic” women unless we somehow count boobs as muscles. I’d always agree that female superheroes are referenced from supermodels and pornstars, while male ones from bodybuilders. It’s pretty obvious if you’ve seen sites like eschergirls tumblr.
    Also why does using villains as argument invalidate the statement? There’s little to no diversity in how heroes and heroines look. Bad guys, on the other hand, usually posses individual facial and body features… If they’re male, that is. Villainesses fit to the exact same visual mold as heroines.
    As for real women that you bring up as examples… weren’t we talking primarily about fictional characters? If not… weren’t we talking about mainstream media? Sorry if it’s just my ignorance as non-American, but I recognize just one name there, so maybe, just maybe, if they’re not internationally famous, thus not so mainstream. And also real people, which I take issue with.

    Back to your reply to me:
    Believe it or not, my emphasis on “or” was coincidental, I wrote this bit before finishing to read vnally’s response. Again I’d argue that men don’t get as bashed as women for not possessing all (arbitrary) positive qualities at once, though that may be the difference of perspectives.
    And yeah, we could argue to no end about fat women vs. fat men argument, but just let me remind you that male-focused magazines aren’t oozing with diet “advice” like ones aimed at women and girls. Men are, if ever, encouraged to get thin* by doing sports, women by constantly staving themselves.
    * a stupid notion, BTW, as thin=/=healthy or fit

    And here’s a thing about your initial argument: “But what about men?!” has pretty much become a feminist in-joke that gets shortly responded with “Oh, right. We can’t have a conversation that is not about men for longer than 3 minutes!”.
    That’s the thing: discussing women’s problems is not the same as saying men don’t have problems, even related ones.
    Trenton very stupidly implied that men don’t care about discussed issue, but your response can be taken as “men have their own issues to care about!” as if no-one could care and advocate for the opposite gender for once.

    I admit that saying just “go read something” was a douchey and lazy move on my side. I apologize. Hope those few links would make-up for it:
    - http://thegamesofchance.blogspot.com/2011/12/feature-sexism-in-character-design.html
    - http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/19423881064/thats-christopher-hart-teaching-us-how-to-draw
    - http://chezapocalypse.com/to-pants-or-not-to-pants-the-superhero-uniform-and-its-discontents/
    - http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/01/19/superhero-beefcake-sexy-comics

  • http://twitter.com/jennbust Jennifer

    The new redesign makes Merida look like a carbon copy of all the princesses but with red hair. I like the original version! She’s one of a kind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kel.cadden.5 Kel Cadden

    Let’s take a closer look. As I recall, it took around 5 years to create Merida. When it was complete Disney and Pixar had a winning princess. Little girls around the nation fell in love with her. Now Disney wants to change her look. “My mom tries to tame my wild mob of hair, but I like it just how it is”. Her slimmer figure also doesn’t make sense. Is Merida can ride horses without a saddle while shooting arrows at various targets, climb mountains, sword fight with perfected skills, then she’s in great physical shape and doesn’t need a slimmer figure. she’s doesn’t need a make over it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ebony-Anderson/1282631184 Ebony Anderson

    I like it. She looks just like the kind of princess a 4 or 5 year old girl wants to collect. HINT: Parents this is not for you. Most little girls like tutu’s and sparkles. So Merida is now sparkly. She’s still badass. Several of the Disney ladies have been pretty badass. Pocohantas and Tiana both come to mind. What it shows is that we can choose to be sparkly and bad ass awesome at the same time. I know I am.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shanna.filburn Shanna Filburn

    Seriously people…this is the lineup of the girls in their finest. Do you see Belle up there in her normal clothes? No, This is the fancy line up. She is still very Merida!

    In order to make a cohesive 2D poster, you have to draw all of the princesses in 2D. Look at Rapunzel..she is different from the movie, too!

  • http://www.thedaysarelongandshort.com Matt

    I understand where people are coming from who say they don’t see the distinction between the two. I wrote a post trying to explain. As reference I attempted to do a redesign of Batman in the same vein as the Merida redesign.

    http://thedaysarelongandshort.com/post/50220183714/the-brave-and-the-bold

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002345679283 Richard John Grayson

    I’m seeing a red haired person here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002345679283 Richard John Grayson

    I see bouncier curls, and aswathe of people told by their culture that they should be preemptively pissed off irrespective of reality following suit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002345679283 Richard John Grayson

    ANd I see bouncier red curls while african girls have their clitorises smash off with rocks.

  • Anonymous

    FGM argument used in feminist discussion on popculture, how classy.
    You can just shut up now. Any chance of reasonable dialogue with you died once you brought the equivalent of Godwin’s Law for women’s rights discussions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/renita.orellana Renita Orellana

    She is still a strong, tomboyish looking princess. She still has a good thickness to her, and her own unique face shape. The dress is fancier because it’s a PRINCESS DRESS. This design will be used for PRINCESS MERCHANDISE. So of course it’s going to be fancier. But her regular movie dress is still her regular movie dress… There’s honestly no reason for all of these angry petitions.

    I love this dress. It’s elegant and complex, like dresses from her time period were for royalty. I also love that they didn’t redesign her to be stick skinny like all the other princesses, that she got to keep her face shape, and that she still has her weapons.

  • http://twitter.com/nightxade Nightxade

    When I first saw this last night, I wasn’t pleased. Sparkles and make up? That’s not Merida at all, even if you want to say she’s aged a bit here. But, while did Merida rage against all of the princess trappings, by the end of the movie, she and her mother came to a bit of an understanding and compromised.

    Moreover, seeing her with the other princesses complete with bow and arrows, I can appreciate her make over a bit more. Looking beyond her sparkles and eyeliner at the stance she’s working, compared to the more girly-look-at-my-pretty-dress poses the other girls are rolling with, I’m okay with this.

  • http://twitter.com/JMCanuck Jim

    The made her look like all the others and, well, kind of tarty-looking.

    Boo. Hiss.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erika.organ Erika Lynn Organ

    Actually it’s not bad from costuming perspective ( I am a costumer) nice touch with the tartan. As to people complaining about fit and bare shoulders go take a look at some medieval art you see this really isn’t over stylized from a historical perspective. I think if some cosplayer had come up with this design and it would have circulated the Internet with high praise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erika.organ Erika Lynn Organ

    Also I really like the hem and the sleeve. And the archer/costumer wants to design “dress” quiver and such to go with

  • http://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.renton Elizabeth Renton

    Technically Mulan is a princess – when she is presented with the royal seal by the emperor – she becomes a member of his family, his daughter, so therefore a princess. This is how she is an acceptable match for the prince in the sequel.

  • Anonymous

    Makes me wonder how often will Ariel’s image would show up next to Merida’s in merchandise now. Disney doesn’t seem to be fond of clashing two characters with such intense hair color color together on their pastel-themed merch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alawrence89 Audrey Lawrence

    omg what are they doing???!!! they’re ruining the purpose of the movie (which i haven’t seen yet but which i can haphazardly guess is an awesome view of being a strong confident natural female) NOT TO MENTION WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO ALL OF MY OTHER DISNEY PRINCESSES!!!! Wh-What are you doing to me Disney???!!!! You’re slowly dismantling everything I’ve held dear!!! No body asked you to redesign any of the princesses!!! Leave them the way they are so that my kids and younger cousins have good rolemodels to live up to, not these over glittered, over powdered pompadoos!!! WALT DISNEY WOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOU!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.mullen.1000 James Mullen

    Well, that makes me warm and fuzzy… but it’s a shame that they made it a limited edition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aeristilheartly Jessica Sumner

    Honestly,
    I can see what Disney was trying to do… if they were going to crown
    her a ‘princess’ she’d have to match the set, or else, she would be very
    different from the classics….
    In my personal opinion, I don’t like that Disney keeps adding to the
    classic princess collection… it takes value away to those
    ‘princess’s’ that I grew up with and am trying to share with my daughter
    now.
    And
    lets not forget who started this whole ‘princess’ trend. It was Square
    Enix (once known as Squaresoft) the creators of games like Parasite Eve
    and (my all time fav) Final Fantasy, that decided to TEAM UP with
    Disney and created Kingdom Hearts… Bringing those classy princesses
    (including Alice from Alice in Wonderland which honestly, I think it
    should have been Ariel in there instead…) together and starting the 7
    princess heart trend…

    Now
    I feel like the whole franchise is just tearing away, and trying to
    make the old ‘new’ sucks, and adding onto those classics that should
    REMAIN classics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aeristilheartly Jessica Sumner

    The main point is it’s a cartoon, a lot of little girls want to be princesses… So if you’re saying Snow White and Aura made me a bad person because of the way they were drawn and looked, you’d be crazy wrong.
    There’s nothing wrong with having something ‘different’ but JUMPING all over a DRAWING is crazy…
    You know my daughter likes to REDRESS her Merida doll into more sparkling dresses…. she doesn’t like the plain clothes as much as she does the ‘pretty’ sparkly things… but she’s not focused on how big her boobs are or how slim her waist is. It’s a freaking BARBIE doll that little girls are watching on the big screen and in pictures, but you don’t see people Boycotting Matell because of it’s form -_-

  • http://www.facebook.com/aeristilheartly Jessica Sumner

    Mulan is a strong woman, in fact, I like her BETTER then Merida and I think her story speaks VOLUMES louder then Merida’s. She was crowned a ‘princess’ because of her story and how strong she was. There weren’t really any ‘princesses’ of China, but she was a very powerful character and Disney recognized that as they should have.
    By the end of the story, everyone bowed to her, in the mind of a child, that makes her a princess by default.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aeristilheartly Jessica Sumner

    Exactly

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.bean.94 Travis Bean

    I don’t think it does any good watering down the argument into “girls like sparkly dresses.” Kids do indeed pick up on things despite what you think. I’d say it’s become intrinsic at this point that women are oversexualized if they wanna sell, and that influences not just little girls, but all women. I’m sorry, but your lone daughter isn’t enough to overturn a discussion that’s actually much larger and runs much deeper than one Disney princess. For every girl who likes the sparkly dress, there’s a girl disappointed that Merida doesn’t look like her movie counterpart. It’s a useless way to argue because, of course, individual cases are different. But we need to look at how damaging this can be as a whole. This redesign actually takes away from Merida as a character, and that can be argued and proved. This is not overblown, it’s a problem and this article wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.bean.94 Travis Bean

    Also, the argument isn’t whether or not they’ll become “bad people” (not sure where you pulled that from). Of course girls won’t take candid notice of how big Merida’s boobs are, but kids aren’t complete morons. They do see these things and they become learned traits. I don’t know how you could argue with that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ArtisanKirei Tania Joyce

    Is it me or does the picture of the group look like an advert for a Harem? Belle’s hair is lighter than it was in the film, Merida looks almost slutty. They all do to be honest. What happened to the bright, plucky and determined women they were in the films? All you can see in that image is “look how pretty and perfect I am”. Disney provide role models for thousands of little girls around the world. I sure as hell hope they follow the examples set in the films and not the merchandising.

  • Anonymous

    Revisiting this, I just wanted to say that I love that her mom did her coronation– and that I hope next Disney Princess will be Leia, now that they’ve acquired Star Wars.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed! The coronation itself was really faithful to the movie and how Merida and queen Elinor felt towards themselves at the end.
    Really weird to see how those different elements of Brave franchise are played with varying degrees of fidelity to the movie…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708927181 Debbie Valenta

    They all look like slutty carbon-copies of one another now. Google comparisons of all the film versions of the Princesses and compare them to the re-vamped merchandising versions. Except for Ariel, who was already ridiculous wet-dream material, they’ve been substantially sexed up from their film counterparts.

  • Mist Erry

    It looks absolutely ridiculous. That is not the princess we loved. BTW Disney you have screwed up Belles eyes and hair and the curves of Cinderellas face so much they look like Chinese bootlegs. Bell has wide curved open eyes, not half asian looking almond eyes. I’ve seen the latest Mulan and she has extremely stereotype eyes reserved for WWII comic book Dragon Ladies. Shame on them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1032278476 Lizzy Leigh Vasquez

    No, they’re not. Disney has the MARKETING, Pixar *MAKES* the characters, the movies, the stories. You are so freaking dense. Pixar was created by a core group of people who are still very much a part of it, well before Disney came along. Pixar has fought long and hard to keep their characters protected. Yes, the marketing of said characters is out of their hands, like this shows, but Disney doesn’t make the movies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1032278476 Lizzy Leigh Vasquez

    They own a *share* of Pixar. Pixar still is in charge of all things creatively, Disney owns the marketing rights.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    Well, is there any need for that?

    Disney owns Pixar. It was an independent group of people, yes. I know the history like everyone else. But that doesn’t change that Pixar is now a part of Disney, just like – say – Marvel Comics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/assortedunicorn Elektra Bauer

    Actually they do. It’s actually normal for girls to gain weight during puberty and shed it afterwords, the widening of hips and slimming of the face is part of this change as well. It definitely fits in the “Getting older”. Though it didn’t have to be so sparkly.

    And it would be nice to get some curvier princesses up in here!

  • http://goodevilgenius.org/ Dan Jones

    Why do you say “duh, she would be wearing lipstick”?

    Why would that be assumed? Do you think that because this version is older (presumably), she must, by necessity, wear makeup? Or because she’s dressed up fancier than in the movie, she would, of course, wear lipstick?

    Personally, I don’t see how any of those assumptions make any sense at all. Lots of women choose not to wear lipstick, even when dressed up fancy.

    I’m also curious if you have a daughter. I’ve noticed that, among my group of friends and family, the people who notice the changes (figure, face, etc.) invariably have daughters of their own, but those who don’t more often don’t notice the differences.

  • Emily Hill

    I hate it because one of the appeal about Merida and what made my niece love her was the fact she wasn;’t the typical let’s wear make up girly girl princesses

  • CAEdge

    WHAT?! Yes they do. Speaking as a girl who did ALL those things after puberty, (as did all my friends) I can definitely say you’re WRONG.

  • Luna Lovegood

    Am I the only who noticed ALL of those princesses have had a massive redesign? The only one that looks the same is Tiana.
    Merida’s redesign while startling really isn’t any more shocking than Cinderella’s non- 1950s bouffant, or Aurora’s hotrollers.
    The princess line is just Disney’s way of competing with Barbie.
    :)

  • Anonymous

    Tiana changed the least, because she’s a recent character AND didn’t need to be converted from 3D to 2D. Still, some people noted that in some images on merchandise her nose isn’t as wide as in the movie.
    All those redesigns are heinous crimes against the original looks of the characters. Not to mention that those modern hairstyles will age really badly in a decade.