AIBU to be annoyed at Disney's reworking of Merida?

(53 Posts)
Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 18:19:34

They've going to give her make-up, completely changed her facial features and made her dress skimpier.


There's also a petition protesting it Here.

What do you guys think?

Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 18:20:31

Well that was worded awfully.

'They're going to give her make up, change her facial features and make her dress skimpier.'

WidowWadman Mon 06-May-13 18:22:28

They also made her look much older. Tosspots. Nothing to do with the movie character anymore.

saintmerryweather Mon 06-May-13 18:23:51

Urgh she looks completely different!

Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 18:24:06

Exactly, I really hope they listen to people on this but I doubt it. It seems that all the strong female characters get forgotten about (Mulan and Lilo) or changed.

JumpingJackSprat Mon 06-May-13 18:25:19

I cant see the problem. shes barely been changed at all from those pictures. Her dress cant really be described as skimpy.

Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 18:27:22

'Barely'? We must be looking at different pictures, it's completely different. Her dress, her facial structure and make up are all completely different. The 'sexy shoulders' is much more skimpier than the original version.

Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 18:30:56

Oh and if you look they have also changed her body shape to make her waist slimmer, shoulders and hips wider.

Glad you posted this seen this on the mighty girl Facebook page, bloody awful especially the appearance of a cleavage yuk yuk yuk!

Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 18:33:59

I agree with the one of the commenters on the article, I don't think it's about making her look older either, it's making her look sexier. It's so bloody frustrating, why on earth would they piss about with the one decent princess.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 06-May-13 18:34:00


saintmerryweather Mon 06-May-13 18:40:23

Her waist is smaller giving her a more hourglass figure. but then again look what the hell theyve done to.rapunzel in that picture i didnt recognise her!

Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 18:41:38

I don't understand why Rapunzel doesn't have short brown hair either, that'd be a nice change too.

crashdoll Mon 06-May-13 18:51:59

I read the petition and it lost me at "empowering role model". Wtf?!

Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 18:55:46

Why crashdoll? It made sense to me, Merida was a princess more inerested in exploring and archery then dressing in pretty dresses (she hates them in the move) and in the redesign they've changed that and turned her into just another vacuous princess in a sparkly dress.

LadyVoldemort Mon 06-May-13 18:56:26


Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 18:56:30

should read 'more interested in exploring and archery than dressing in pretty dresses'

WidowWadman Mon 06-May-13 19:06:57

I'd prefer a short-haired Rapunzel, too. She looks better that way, and isn't weighed down by the hair.

CSIJanner Mon 06-May-13 19:07:46

New Merida?

That's. Just. Wrong sad


YoniRanger Mon 06-May-13 19:10:12

I think the problem is that Merida has proved to be financially very unsuccessful.

DD has the soft doll and the baby doll and both times we went to buy them staff commented that they hadn't sold many. They were on sale really quick too.

I think there is often a lot of talk about wanting certain things from Disney but they are a business and if people don't vote with their cash then Disney have no choice but to revert to old templates.

Frankly I'm amazed she's not wearing pink!

Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 19:11:45

That's true Yoni.

loofet Mon 06-May-13 19:12:16

Oh no sad Merida is the only acceptable Disney princess imo and now they're making her slutty too, grr.

5318008 Mon 06-May-13 19:12:23


have you clocked her more dainty, delicate feet, too?


StickEmWithThePointyEnd Mon 06-May-13 19:12:45

The eyes on the "new" Merida, eurgh! So, you can't be a princess without sexy dresses and make up - oh and all princesses are "grown up" too are they? Has anyone reminded them their target audience is about 6 years old?

squoosh Mon 06-May-13 19:13:11

Isn't Merida meant to be 11 or 12 years old?

Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 19:16:12

Squoosh Yeah, which makes the new sexualized one even more WTF.

FeckOffCup Mon 06-May-13 19:17:50

I thought she was supposed to be around 16-18 years old from the theme of the film which is her "coming of age" to be married off to whoever wins the male strength contest.

Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 19:19:02

Oops, you're right Feck she's 16.

fluffyraggies Mon 06-May-13 19:25:10


So sad to hear that the Merida doll isn't selling well. Who is it that's buying into this 'sexy princess' ideal then? Parents? Kids? Sad either way.

squoosh Mon 06-May-13 19:26:06

Didn't realise she was supposed to be 16. It's a shame, she's a good character but the cartoon wasn't the strongest.

ihearsounds Mon 06-May-13 19:27:30

No Merida is not supposed to be 11 or 12. Girls of that age don't normally get betrothed do they? She is supposed to be 16.

squoosh Mon 06-May-13 19:29:33

I think back in medieval times girls probably did get betrothed at 11 or 12 but I can see that's not a practice Disney will want to be seen to be promoting grin

FeckOffCup Mon 06-May-13 19:29:54

I agree squoosh, I've only watched it once and don't really intend to see it again, it's not one of pixar's stronger offerings. I found it really dark in terms of the colours used in the animation, to the point where I couldn't see what was meant to be happening at some points. Maybe that's why it hasn't been popular with kids, it's not as interesting visually as Toy Story or Finding Nemo.

Twattybollocks Mon 06-May-13 19:30:11

Ew, she looks terrible! She is the action princess, the one who doesn't do girly shit. The new version looks vacuous and insipid. Dd will NOT be impressed, and neither am I!

StickEmWithThePointyEnd Mon 06-May-13 19:30:24

Coming of age would have traditionally been when they started their period, not based on reaching a particular age though wouldn't it? So she could be younger than 16. Although I am likely reading too much into this as it's a kids film and also not real, so accuracy was probably not at the top of their priority list.

Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 19:30:39

I thought it was aimed at older children than younger ones.

Mehrida Mon 06-May-13 19:31:15

Ew, she's gone all... Sparkly.

May feel a namechange coming on now. Hmm.

Well DD loves Brave. It is the only Disney Princess film she is allowed to watch watches. Shame they felt the need to make her older, 'prettier', bustier and twinklier.

Growlithe Mon 06-May-13 21:26:28

I know it's not particularly a popular view on MN to not hate the Disney Princesses, but I don't mind them as IME girls seem to grow out of them when they are about 6, without being turned all daft and sappy.

That said, I have noticed they are remodeling ALL the princesses, so they are no longer true to the original films, which surely children who like them will still want to watch. I think they all look a bit odd now.

I think Merida had a fabulous look before, and it's such a recent film you wonder why they have done this.

PoppyAmex Mon 06-May-13 21:29:13

OP you're absolutely right and the petition letter is very eloquent - signed and passed on.

zukiecat Mon 06-May-13 21:32:57

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 21:36:34

Growlithe I don't dislike Disney Princesses because I think they'll turn my daughter 'daft' and 'sappy' it because they blatantly reinforce stereotypical gender roles and promote a warped body ideal.

This is an interesting discussing it.

hermioneweasley Mon 06-May-13 21:37:11

Done the petition. This gives me the RAGE! I thought Brave had been a success? Maybe the film was but less of the merchandising?

Sparhawk Mon 06-May-13 21:39:46

Oh my gosh I can't write today!

*it's because

*this is an interesting article

Mumsyblouse Mon 06-May-13 21:39:50

I hate the look of all of those Disney Princesses as they are all posing in a very coquettish really quite sexual way which is not appropriate for princesses for young girls. The Disney fairies pose like Page 3 models with tiny bras and pants on, with their arms behind their heads, head to one side. They don't stand up straight and look straight at the camera like the original Mereda did. They are all designed by 21 year old males and it shows and not in a good way.

BumPotato Mon 06-May-13 23:49:34

Brave is such a naff movie. I can see why Disney is trying to sex Merida up. Don't agree with it, however.

gotthearse Fri 10-May-13 22:08:28

Bastards. Cant meddle with Merida. My dd LOVES her and wants to be her more than anything. And they've taken away her bow and arrow. Wankers.

hermioneweasley Fri 10-May-13 22:12:43

Over 50,000 signatures on the petition now. I haven't seen any response from Disney though.

aliasjoey Sat 11-May-13 18:23:47

Just wanted to say THANK YOU for bringing this to my attention! I try to teach my DD about feminist principles, but am not always very articulate. Luckily I followed the link you gave which was really helpful.

DD and I made a game of trying to find all the differences between the two pictures! We found -

Hair 'sexier' and more tamed
Face shape less round (more grown up)
Enhanced cleavage
Rounder eyes (again this seen as sexier)
Exaggerated waist-hip shape
Pouting mouth (instead of the cheeky grin she had)
Finally DD noticed that she was no longer carrying her bow and arrow ie. the very thing that gave her character and made her different

Sokmonsta Sun 12-May-13 03:21:39

<wonder's how long until Sofia grows up>

Yanbu. It's an awful redesign and does nothing to support body confidence. I get that it's 'only a film' but children pick up on these changes so easily.

I'm hoping dd (5) carries on enjoying Sofia on Disney junior a bit longer. That girl has gumption if a little twee in places.

CloudsAndTrees Sun 12-May-13 10:37:03

I've just read the wording of that petition, and I'd be annoyed by that tbh.

'Keep Merida brave'

Why can't a character still be brave, successful, independant as well as being pretty?

Girls don't have to be one or the other.

Isn't it turning girls off of aspiring to those admirable qualities if they aren't attracted to the character?

Akifden Sun 12-May-13 11:59:04

I think she was pretty before. I fail to see why she has to be sexy to be pretty, which she clearly is in the new pictures.

PoppyAmex Sun 12-May-13 12:05:44

She was pretty, but was carrying a bow and wasn't showing off her cleavage.

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