by Jill Pantozzi | 3:33 pm, March 14th, 2014
by Rebecca Pahle | 10:15 am, March 12th, 2014
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.READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 12:14 pm, January 9th, 2014
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)READ MORE
by The Mary Sue Staff | 1:00 pm, December 31st, 2013
2013 has given us some good, some bad, and some ugly, same as every year. Also the same as every year: Some of the stories we’ve posted have struck a chord with our community of readers and gotten you talking to the tune of thousands of comments in the last 12 months. We love you guys, have we said? With the year drawing to a close, we present to you the stories that most got your metaphorical tongues metaphorically wagging.READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 12:10 pm, November 19th, 2013
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?READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 3:30 pm, November 14th, 2013
When I first heard LEGO was teaming with Disney for Princess sets, my first thought was “Yes! Finally I get some minifigs I’ve always wanted!” And then I realized they weren’t the regular minifigs but more like the recent LEGO Friends sets. I’m personally disappointed but I know a lot of folks really like these, so take a peek at our first preview of the line. And don’t miss Flynn Rider looking utterly lost.READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 3:30 pm, November 4th, 2013
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.READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 10:14 am, May 30th, 2013
by Susana Polo | 2:41 pm, May 16th, 2013
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.READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 11:25 am, May 13th, 2013
“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)