"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 mould," she added. "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."
More 'ouch':Marin filmmaker Brenda Chapman, who won an Oscar for writing and co-directing the animated feature "Brave," blasted Disney's sexy makeover of her movie's feisty heroine, Merida, as "a blatantly sexist marketing move based on money."
Chapman, a Mill Valley resident, modeled the headstrong Merida on her 13-year-old daughter, Emma, creating her as a role model for little girls.
In an email to the Independent Journal on Saturday, she said she has given Bob Iger, president of Walt Disney International, "a piece of my mind" for the entertainment giant's decision to glamorize the tomboy character she envisioned.
"There is an irresponsibility to this decision that is appalling for women and young girls," she said, writing from Chile, where she has been on business. "Disney marketing and the powers that be that allow them to do such things should be ashamed of themselves."
Looks like Disney commercialism went one step too far (again), spectacularly backfiring. I wish the original designers of WDW, of EPCOT, would have the guts to lash out at Disney like this, for taking a great creative product and destroying it into something trite, meaningless and overly commercial, unfit for people who take raising children seriously.. In basing Merida on her teenage daughter, then a student at Mill Valley Middle School, she said she wanted the movie to be "a contemporary fairy tale" that resonates with today's working mothers and daughters. Her character's image as a different kind of princess turned out to be hugely successful, grossing more than $550 million, winning an Oscar, a Golden Globe and the Bafta Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
"They have been handed an opportunity on a silver platter to give their consumers something of more substance and quality — THAT WILL STILL SELL — and they have a total disregard for it in the name of their narrow minded view of what will make money," Chapman wrote. "I forget that Disney's goal is to make money without concern for integrity. Silly me."
Kilts Aye...Bagpipes Naw!!! If played correct yes..If played bad no...If not it sounds like a cat with a blow torch up its butt..Stop it!! I can't take it! Next thing you know, everyone around here is going to be dancing around in kilts and playing the bagpipes
This is from Inside the Magic - Link for video of ceremony and more pictures
:-/ Doesn't bother me really.
They vamped up all the other princesses and people didn't make quite as much a fuss til Merida because Merida is supposed to be more tomboyish. I get that. The changes are pretty subtle too. Plus at her coronation, the CM wasn't acting all twirly and "princessy" like the others do. Her, Rapunzel, and Pochahontas are all more flat footed girls/women than pageant queens.
They put Ariel in that horrible green dress, Belle has her crazy boudoir hair now, and Cinderella sexed up her makeup- it's all of them really.
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