Disney Princess Makeover

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Mon, 05-13-2013 - 12:45pm

Brenda Chapman, director of "Brave" prior to being replaced during production, doesn't like how Disney has redesigned the film's main character Merida to better fit its line of princesses.

"I think it's atrocious what they have done to Merida," she wrote to her local newspaper, the Marin Independent Journal. "When little girls say they like it because it's more sparkly, that's all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy 'come hither' look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It's horrible!"

"Merida was created to break that mold -- to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance," Chapman explained.

The new look of Merida has been criticized since being announced as being the 11th princess to join Disney's character line. The character, seen here, eliminates the bow and arrow wielded Merida in the film and makes alterations to the dress. One Jezebel writer noted that the heroine was given a "pretty pretty princess makeover."

http://www.today.com/entertainment/brave-director-takes-aim-new-depiction-heroine-princess-merida-1C9893926 

What do you think of the makeover?  Does it do a disservice to the children empowered by Merida? Should Disney rethink the princess makeover?

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Mon, 05-13-2013 - 3:08pm

Brave isn't one of my favorite Disney movies, but I did like the character of Merida.  It is pretty disappointing to see that Disney is giving her a makeover.  I found her to be very refreshing and different from the other princesses.  She was created to be different than the other princesses so why change her? I don't get it! 

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Tue, 05-14-2013 - 5:18pm

I have to say I'm SHOCKED that Disney would make minor alterations to one of it's characters in order to appeal to a wider audience and generate more revenue!  <gak>

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Fri, 05-17-2013 - 8:14am

HI all, 

I just wanted to share an update on this story with you all:

After Disney debuted a thinner, glammed-up version of Merida, the princess from Brave, ahead of her official coronation as a Disney princess, more than 200,000 parents protested with a petition on Change.org.

What many moms and dads loved about Merida is that her defining character trait wasn't her beauty but her independence and daring -- and it seems like Disney has heard them. Now, according to Jezebel, Disney has quietly removed the new Merida from the Disney Princess website and replaced her with the version we already know and love from movie.

http://www.ivillage.com/disney-princess-scandal-parents-slam-new-merida/6-a-536358

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