“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,” wrote petition signer Kris Dorman of Utah. “Please allow Merida to remain the fiercely confident young woman who doesn’t need glitter or skin to know she is of incredible strength and worth.”
Merida, the heroine from ‘Brave’, is just about to get inducted into the Official Disney Princess Line-up. Right before that however, Disney gives her make-over.
Though the physical changes aren’t completely drastic, it weighs heavily on the whole image of Merida and what she represented for girls. If you look closely, you’ll notice in her expression and in her eyes that her look of mischief and adventure is lost in the new model. New Merida looks more… sultry? Delicate? Whatever it is, she definitely doesn’t give off the same fierce and head strong vibes as the old Merida. And seriously, a tinier waist and more skin? And most of all, why would you take away her bow and arrows? Old Merida would say: “But Disneh! Eets jast mi booh!”
I personally thought her character design was spot-on. It was refreshing, given the usual Disney princess look, and I know a lot of people appreciated this. I don’t know why Disney would go back on it. And just as she gets inducted into the official line up of Disney Princesses as well. So they felt like they needed to change Merida to get her to join the rest? Pff. I’m pretty sure that she wouldn’t want to join that line-up anyway. Also, if you watched your own movie, Merida hated that Teal dress.
I’m pretty frustrated at this, given that she was one of the Disney Princesses I could actually relate to. What a dumb move.
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