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Merida

  1. 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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  2. Genderswap Disney & Dreamworks Characters Deserve Their Own Film

    eye candy

    DeviantArt maby-chan has done their genderswap version of Disney and Dreamworks characters, something we've seen in a few different styles before, and I can't help but want to see them in their own films. Take a look at Merida, Rapunzel, Sinbad and more!

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. The Mary Sue’s 10 Most Talked-About Stories of 2013

    The Mary Sue

    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.

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  6. 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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  7. LEGO Friends Introduces Disney Princess Line

    This Makes Sense

    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.

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. What Do You Think of Merida’s Disney Redesign?

    Pretty Pretty Princess

    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.

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  14. What If All Disney Princesses Were Sloths?

    Pretty Pretty Princess

    We'd have really slow moving Disney films but they'd be ten times cuter. "A Facebook conversation occurred….I needed a break from finals….and this happened," writes Phillip Light of this unique art pairing. Check out what Snow White, Belle, and (my favorite) Merida would look like as sloths. Oh and for those wondering, there's nothing in our bylaws that says we can't do more than one sloth post a day.

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  15. Funko POP! Merida Wants To Let Her Vinyl Hair Flow in the Wind As She Rides Through the Glen Firing Arrows Into the Sunset

    where does he get those wonderful toys

    ... and to stay single, of course. Check out POP!'s versions of Carl from Up and the Rocketeer (Heh. POP! Rocketeer.) under the jump.

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  16. Mom With Triplets Does Obvious Cosplay – Merida’s Brothers

    Bear Time

    It's not often triplets find a suitable family costume so when one mom saw Pixar's Brave featured three brothers, she knew it was only a matter of time before she'd dress her boys up. On her blog Three at Once she says she spent a month making their costumes for a Halloween trip to Disneyland. "The whole night the boys loved the attention they were getting for their costumes and it was nice to have them dressed as Disney characters," she says. "All night they insisted on saying hi to all of the little girls dressed as Merida saying 'it’s our sister.'” (Three at Once via /Film) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  17. Disney Employees Bravely Attempt Merida’s Accent [VIDEO]

    It's A World of Laughter A World of Tears

    Brave is up for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year at the Academy Awards tomorrow night and to celebrate, Disney decided to get silly. They asked a few of their Disney Interactive employees to attempt Merida's Scottish accent. I think you can guess how that went. (via Oh My Disney) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  18. Luján Fernández Draws Strong Women Of Pop-Culture

    A Series of Fallopian Tubes

    I was happy to stumble upon artist Luján Fernández. She has a great collection of drawings featuring many of my favorite pop-culture characters including the women of Game of Thrones, comics, and Disney! Check out our selection here which also features Adventure Time and Dredd, and see more at her Deviant Art page.

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  19. One of Lego’s New Minifigs is a “Forest Maiden.” Sure, Lego. Sure.

    where does he get those wonderful toys

    Good job on that, uh, "Forest Maiden"'s hair, Lego. It's actually really impressive given it's made out of molded plastic.

    A few of our other favorites—Roller Derby Girl, albino Cylon Battle Mech, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Mr. Good and Evil, and a Marilyn Monroe Hollywood Starlet minifig holding a mini-minifig-sized Oscar (be still my beating heart)—are behind the jump.

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  20. This Brave Cake Was A Lot Easier For Merida To Climb Than That Mountain

    this exists

    But what's harder than animating more than 100,000 strands of hair? Recreating that effect with fondant. Click ahead for a close-up. 

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