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Brave

  1. We Heartily Approve of This Little Girl’s List of Kick-Ass Fictional Ladies

    I am no man!

    Fantasy and young adult literature can get a bad rap sometimes, but Mia's list of some of her favorite heroines is a perfect breakdown of why strong female characters like Katniss or Divergent's Tris are so important. Reminder: you don't need to be in the target demographic to benefit from reading these character's stories, either. The qualities they embody are always relevant, whether you're a young adult or just a plain old grownup.

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  2. The Mary Sue Exclusive Interview: Disney Infinity 2.0‘s Brand-New Playable Female Characters And The Future Of Ladies In-Game

    Jasmine! Merida! Maleficent! Tinkerbell!

    Today, Disney announced the release of eight new figures for Disney Infinity 2.0 as part of their Disney Originals line - and half of the playable characters are female. We spoke with executive producer John Vignocchi about these new characters, who's playing the game, and what kind of inclusivity we might be seeing in the future.

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  3. Modern-Day Disney and Dreamworks Characters Are Icons of Style

    Why Not Do It With Some Style?

    Can we all agree that How to Train Your Dragon's Astrid should be in more of these series of artistic reinterpretations of animated characters? Because seriously, she's the best. She's a Viking Quidditch star. So all my thanks to Tumblr user Punziella for including her alongside stalwarts like Brave's Merida, Frozen's Anna and Elsa, etc. Now can more fanartists give Hercules's Meg the love she deserves? And Tiana. I would, but my talent barely extends to stick figures.

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  4. Disney’s Anna, Elsa, Rapunzel, Kuzco and More, if They Were Modern College Kids

    eye candy

    Why, you ask? Why redesign Disney characters as modern college students with a sense of fashion? Well, because some of us are good at throwing closet cosplays together. And some of us are good a drawing. And some of us are good at neither, but are great at looking at fan art.

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  5. The Cosplay of C2E2 2014!

    Today in Awesome

    Did you get to the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo this weekend? Well, neither did we. Fortunately, the internet has provided all the C2E2 cosplay that we could ever want to look at. So let's look at it!

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  6. If You Had the Chance to Cosplay Merida As a Crossbow-Wielding Motorcyclist, Would You?

    Pretty Pretty Princess

    Cosplayer Zoisite-Virupaksha would, and boy are we glad. At her deviantART page you can see other Merida cosplay, both Pixar's version and modern-day (including a shot of her on the Iron Throne, and whoops, I have a few favorite for whom I think should rule Westeros now!), but this biker gang version is our favorite. She and Daryl Dixon should join forces and use their crossbows to wipe evil off the face of the Earth.

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  7. Disney Characters Haunted By The Shadows Of Their Villains

    Curiouser and curiouser!

    Joe Alexander has created some striking minimalist images of Disney's good and bad guys. The good guys get the spotlight, as usual, but it's interesting to see how many villains have an iconic silhouette.

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  8. Stop What You’re Doing And Look at Jessica Chastain As Merida

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    This is the latest entry in Annie Leibovitz "Disney Dream Portrait" series, in which celebs are photographed as Disney characters to promote Disney parks. (Here's Jennifer Hudon as Princess Tiana, for example.) The hair. (via: The Disney Blog) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  9. If Merida Was A Cosplayer, She Might Cosplay Hawkeye, And It Might Look Like This

    Bear Time

    A while back, DeviantArtist Brianna Garcia created a fantastic image mashing together two famous archers - Merida and Hawkeye. Now, cosplayer Lisa Marie has brought it to life. Filed under: "Dammit, why didn't I think of this?" (though I have done William Merida Wallace) You know, considering Disney owns Marvel now, any chance we could get an alternate universe one-shot where Merida is that universe's Hawkeye? Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  10. Series of Real-World Heroines As Disney Princesses Is Snarktastically Wonderful

    A Series of Fallopian Tubes

    If you’ll remember, Disney’s redesign of Brave’s Merida kicked up quite the controversy earlier this year, causing many to be upset by how Disney crushes their princesses’ individuality in favor of creating generic, glitter-tastic images for them to slap on products and sell. Among those less-than-impressed is artist David Trumble, who worked with educational psychologist Lori Day to parody Disney’s “princessification” by illustrating what it would be like if the same treatment were applied to real-life female role models. Hit the jump to see the entire series and some quotes from Trumble on his inspiration.

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  11. If Pixar Characters Abandoned Kid’s Movies For Video Games

    To infinity and beyond!

    Mass Effect Buzz Lightyear is killing me with wonderfulness, but the other pieces in renegade21's series of Pixar characters in video games aren't half bad, either. "If you had the chance to load from your last save point... would you?" (via: Kotaku)

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  12. Things We Saw Today: The Stalk Cosplay From Saga

    Things We Saw Today

    Cosplayer Nikki sent us this fabulous photo of herself as The Stalk and her boyfriend as Prince Robot IV from Saga. (photo by Thomas Spanos)

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  13. Disney Characters Grace Covers Of Magazines

    Bear Time

    We've seen Disney Princesses and Princes on faux magazine covers before but these were created by the Disney blog, Oh My Disney. They're already working on Part 2 but for now...Horse & Bear, you guys. Horse. And. Bear.

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  14. Geena Davis Is The Most Badass Baddass To Ever Badass [VIDEO]

    The Human Machine

    You might recall we recently posted a photo of Geena Davis donning her old A League of Their Own costume while holding her professional archery gear. Well now we know the context. The actress and creator of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media teamed up with Funny or Die for a spectacular shoot (shoot being used here in two different contexts). I am now bumping Ms. Davis to the top of my list for women who should star in the female Expendables. And also, anything else. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  15. Disney Characters Catch ‘Em All In These Clever Pokémon Trainer Illustrations

    Together At Last

    Artist Krista Nicholson's bright, exciting illustrations of Disney characters are almost too cute. Nicholson has definitely managed to slip some perfect pairing in there, from Vanellope and Jigglypuff to the adorable, but destructive, pairing of Stitch and Pikachu. Even Magikarp finds a Disney character to swim around with! You can see more of Nicholson's art, featuring more Disney characters and Pokémon, at her Deviantart account.

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  16. New Funko Pop! Disney Toys: Dumbo, Jasmine, Mary Poppins & More!

    DO WANT

    We already saw a sneak peak of Merida, Carl from Up and the Rocketeer but Funko has revealed a ton of new Pop! vinyl figures to their Disney collection. These new additions to the line will be available starting June 27th and span classic Disney animation, Pixar, and live action films.

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  17. Unsurprisingly, Disney Says It’s Not Backing Down on That Merida Redesign

    All this has happened before...

    The recently controversial redesign Disney's done in order to induct Merida of Brave into the canon of their other princesses isn't the first time Disney has done a sparklier, cleaner, trimmer version of their princesses. But it's caused particular backlash in part because Merida represented a different kind of femininity than most of her other princess counterparts.

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  18. Things We Saw Today: Normal Looking ’70s Beast and ?? Wolverine in ?? X-Mansion What Even

    Things We Saw Today

    If X-Men: Days of Future Past doesn't just have time travel elements, but full on time travel shenanigans, I'm all for it. (MTV Splash Page)

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  19. Original Brave Director Brenda Chapman Chimes In On Merida’s Redesign. Spoiler: She Hates It

    Sock It To 'Em Ada

    "I think it is atrocious!!!… Since I am no longer with the company, I'm sure they could care less what I think on the matter. But they have betrayed the essence of what we were trying to do with Merida—give young girls and women a better stronger role model. She's strong inside and out—she's not just a simpering pretty face waiting around for romance! She was created to turn that whole ideal on it's [sic] head! Oh yeah... that's why I created her... they're just in it for the money... not the integrity. They don't care what message they send about women, as long as it makes them a buck."Brenda Chapman on Disney's Merida redesign. I don't object to anything she says here... but should Disney being in it for the money, as opposed to the artistic integrity, really come as a surprise? Granted, Merida is Chapman's baby, so she has every right to be angry. But I'd say the problem is less in Merida specifically than in how Disney presents their princesses in general. Regardless of how they appear in the movies, the "official public image" of the characters are all kind of shiny and generic (a "simpering pretty face"), and Merida is but one part of that. Though she may be a more important part, because Merida was so different from most other Disney princesses to begin with. What do you think? (via: Boing Boing) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  20. Things We Saw Today: Official Merida and Queen Elinor Cosplayers Give Us Mother’s Day Feels

    Things We Saw Today

    Yesterday saw Brave's Merida officially crowed as the 11th Disney Princess at a ceremony that marked the first appearance of Official Disney Cosplay Queen Elinor. (Inside the Magic)

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