I think it’s really interesting that with all the Merida complaints which are flooding my dash like crazy, they stick the same 1 or 2 pieces of artwork alongside it as if marketing artwork doesn’t vary between the 10,000 pieces of merchandise there will be.
Interestingly enough, this is the one that was released with announcement of her coronation.
Complete with round face, very full hips, small neutral lips, apart eyes, thicker ( than the other princesses ) eyebrows, unruly hair and even weapons ( which is the worst thing to complain about. Rapunzel isn’t marketed with her frying pan. Mulan isn’t marketed with her sword. Merida has and sometimes uses a bow, it’s not her third arm. )
I’m so sick of seeing/hearing this everywhere. TONS of little girls like ‘pretty princesses’ and affiliate that with being pretty and sparkly. Little girls didn’t like Merida because her waist is ‘larger’ than the other princesses ( she’s still, by media standards, skinny, even in 3D ). Little girls like the princesses simply because they like the movies. They like that they are brave, funny and have anthropomorphic, silly animals alongside them.
I would love love love to see someone go out on the street with a picture of the old and new Merida and show it to girls around 4 years old and ask them what they think of each. I bet you they’ll say both are pretty and have no concern or even notice anything anyone’s complaining about. ( And then I bet there’d be the smart kid who would state that the movie one looks different because she’s not drawn or something ).
I really don’t have anything else to say on this…I don’t know why I even bothered writing this other than the fact it was interesting that this was the official image released with her coronation announcement but isn’t used or spreading like wildfire in all the ‘redesign’ rage.
She’s essentially the same, just cartoony…er.
I love that they kept her fuller figure. She still looks like Merida…she IS Merida, just in a princess regalia. Whether she hated the regalia or not, she accepted that she was a princess and her mother, in the end, accepted her for being a strong young woman.
They’re not changing who she is or her storyline.
Exactly…and before someone pops in and says ” THIS ISN’T THE ARTWORK WE’RE MAD ABOUT “… that’s my point. ONE marketing image does not redefine a character OR how she’s intended to be seen. This is another official image and there will be 10000000’s more. Some you’ll like, some you won’t. It’s still Merida regardless of the shade of her hair, the tightness of her curls or the height of her cheekbones ( really…? REALLY??? )…
I personally love the outfit redesign. That first one was the promo, before they had a chance to play with the design and finalize it. Yes, it’s a sparklier dress than she preferred to wear in the movie, but guess what? It still suits her. She’s not wearing a corset, her hair isn’t restricted, which were her mother’s opinion of how she should be; she looks like a young woman being groomed for her future as a queen without being forced to change who she is fundamentally. It’s like people forgot that the movie ended with Merida accepting that she was a princess and sometimes should behave like one, and that her mother accepting that her daughter was a free-spirit that couldn’t be controlled. They found a balance that worked.
As for the “positive role models for girls”? That is the parents’ job. Not a cartoon’s. Cartoons are for entertainment. Yes, they may teach a lesson, but they aren’t the ones meant to raise a child.
When I was 4-5, the age of these “poor impressionable girls”, it was the early 90s. You know who my Disney “forced female” role models were? Snow White, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle.
You know which character was actually my favorite? Aladdin. A male character. Oh no! I picked my own favorite character instead of who I was told to like!!
You know who my favorite character is now? Mulan.
Guess who isn’t a princess and isn’t very marketed? Mulan.
People have been spouting that Merida was the first princess to show that girls could be rough-and-tumble, that tomboys were ok, that girls didn’t have to sit and wait for prince charming. Okay. So Let’s forget Mulan and Pocahantas then. ((Don’t get my started on Pocahantas though….I read her biography in 3rd grade and I’m still mad about how they made her life into a romantic story, ugh.))
TLDR: A 4 year old girl isn’t going to care about what a cartoon character looks like until she is told that that is how she must look and behave. And who does that? Society and the parents that tell her that society is what controls her life, and that she isn’t free to choose her own destiny.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH <—- angels singing from the heavens
I apologize to all my followers for all the repetitious posting, but GOSH so glad to read some legit WELL WRITTEN REPLIES.
Exactly my feelings. Thank you!
Also, people take a inch off a dress and glitters waaaaay too seriously. And I take glitters VERY seriously.
Sometimes the Doctor can be a bit of an ass. A hilarious hilarious ass.
So, first I realize that I have two huge projects, two papers, and 2 finals within a week, after a week of presentations
I am slightly frustrated with this:
So I decide that I WILL DO WELL AND I AM AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE OF MOTIVATION AND GOOD WORK
I work well for a bit, and then…
Sounds about right…
john hughes is a beautiful person, pass it on
John Hughes will get laid everyday for the rest of his life.
John Hughes you intelligent bastard.
someone tell john hughes that everyone on tumblr loves him
john hughes deserves all the awards
Tell John Hughes that he is amazing
i would buy john hughes a drink.
I am so sorry, but I am in a ranting mood. And this may be a bit long.
For some reason, about 9 times out of 10, after I’ve finished ringing someone up, they will lift their basket, and look around with a confused expression, as if they do not remember where they got it from, and do not remember where it goes (and perhaps do not remember what thing in hand is??). To wit, sometimes, for carts, people will just leave them right in front of the registers, blocking the path of literally everyone else who comes behind them, even though the place for them is LITERALLY LESS THAN TWO FEET AWAY FROM THEM as they make their way out the front doors.
To further illustrate my point, the other day someone left a cart in the path from the register to the door. It was a super busy day (THANKS FOR THAT, MOTHER’S DAY), so no employee was able to move it for quite some time. The thing that really got me, though, was what happened in response to that. When they turned to leave, EVERY SINGLE CUSTOMER would turn, bump into cart, give cart annoyed expression, then walk around cart and leave. Every. Single. One of them. I know it’s not their job to move someone else’s cart, but… Seriously? It would have been so, so easy.
So I have a theory. Firstly, it must be stated that people generally tend to have two hands (I’ve been reliably informed, at least). They have been also been proven to be able to carry more than one thing at a time, with their TWO HANDS. I postulate that they are equally capable of carrying both a bag and a basket at the same time MAYBE, I DUNNO, ONE THING IN EACH HAND? And I know for a fact that it takes less than two seconds to put away said basket, especially if the receptacle for THE BASKETS is along one’s path out the door.
SO, my theory is that somehow, the basket itself has logic-draining, or effort-draining capabilities. That maybe, the longer the customer holds it, the less they are able to understand the nature of baskets-right-outside-the-door-and-not-out-of-your-way-at-all. And conversely, I think the cart somehow gives off vibes of “abandon me in the least convenient spot for others.” I’ll have to look into it further and report back, but thus far my hypothesis remains proven at least 8 times within a workday.