In considering the Disney princess roster, I've always felt that the "Disney Renaissance" movies--The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Mulan--offered better representation for young fans than Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, if only because Renaissance princesses at least have more diverse desires than their predecessors.
She's shooting for her own hand, but she's pierced our hearts.
ABC's Once Upon a Time released three new clips from season 5 introducing up to Pixar's Princess Merida from Brave and Emma Swan's new incarnation as the Dark Swan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Pretty Pretty Princess
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.
Curiouser and curiouser!
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.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
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?
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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.
To infinity and beyond!
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?"
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
We've seen Disney Princesses
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.
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.
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.
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.