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Wot's with all the glittar?! by paigehwarren Wot's with all the glittar?! by paigehwarren
My take on Merida's redesign.
If you want to read my extended opinion on the matter, I've posted it on my personal blog: [link]
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:iconsummerautumn:
I don't have an issue with the official redesign so much. I still see Merida and I think that the redesign meant she might have found a dude worth her time. Or else she grew up a little. It's not like they changed the stories. Snow White shows kindness to the dwarfs by being their second mother and is eventually rewarded for it when Prince Florian comes to rescue her. Cinderella still worked her behind off but remained cheerful because of her dream for love but that's not all she was, patient is another descriptor and she was rewarded for it by having at least one good night then she gets Charming. Aurora is the classic princess who displays grace and kindness and when she falls under maleficent's control Philip comes right along to help as the classic prince. I'd only have a major problem with the redesign ifthey cchanged the stories which never happened and never will. 
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paigehwarren Feb 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
So giving Merida a more polished and "glamour" look isn't changing her story? Despite the fact that the main source of conflict in the movie is the clashing between Elinor and Merida, directly caused by Merida not being polished and princess-y enough? 
That not only changes the story but straight up erases the conflict - the entire driving force of the story - to begin with. 

And the idea that Merida would change her core qualities (athletic, adventurous, wild hair and boisterous personality, etc.) because she found a "dude worth her time" is a pretty dangerous message to be encouraging. "Don't worry about cultivating a personality of your own or developing your own interests and hobbies, girls. When a 'dude worth your time' comes along, you'll have to throw everything out and conform to strict standard of beauty anyway." Yeah, I ain't buying it. By your own criteria, you should have a pretty big problem with the glitterfied, glitzed up Merida redesign.
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I also said that she might have grown up a little bit to be more like Mulan.  As a guy I don't have as much an issue. 2d is going to look different than 3d and will be modified over time. The princesses in the franchise are logically older than in their films. There is a 3d glitz version for when she Rapunzel elsa and Anna are alone but a 2d set for interaction with the first nine.  I look at the redesigns from Disney's pov as much as I do fellow fans of the films but right now Disney has more points. It's just a cartoon. There's no reason to start a war because it looks a little different outside it. They've been modifying the princesses since day one in 2000 when the line started. Look at Cinderella and Belle the "leaders" of the group before the redesign they both looked slightly different Cinderella was repainted to be a blonde with blue dress and Belle's was lightened to banana yellow instead of remaining golden. And with the redesign only Belle has been given her color back.  One fan elsewhere said that the redesigns are the achievement reward dresses which I agree with. Disney did the redesigns to make a sense of unity within the group while still maintaining their defining traits or weapons as Mulan has her sword on occasion and Merida still has her bow. I think that Merida deserves to put the thing down once in awhile. She's more than her bow and dress, and who said that guy wasn't an archer like her?
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paigehwarren Feb 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
"She might have grown up a little bit more"? So now you're okay with personally continuing and changing the narrative to fit the redesigns?
 I'm fully aware that the other princesses have been altered as well but I'm not buying the "it's just a cartoon" brush-off. These characters have been in the public consciousness since each of them premiered and they will presumably continue to be cultural markers for generations to come. To claim that their stories and the ways in which they are portrayed doesn't mean anything completely ignores the lasting effect these stories have on the people who were raised with them. 
If you'd like to focus on minor color changes and rewrite the ends of the stories so the princess who didn't want to marry, ends up married, be my guest. I'll continue to work on designs that actually reflect the characters as they were in their own stories.
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Alright at first I had some issues with it but now I don't find anything weird about the coronation design except for the low collar because it's the only thing that sticks out. Merida still appears movie like in most media but they have the coronation design as a limited thing. The stories still exist unedited, but the promotional materials occasionally will. Also "the" princess who didn't want to marry is the other issue. Everyone is treating her as if she's the first who didn't want to marry. She's not that title goes to Cinderella again, and to quote Cinderella herself in twist in time "when I dreamed of love who thought i'd end up here" meaning she wasn't expecting to be princess she just wanted someone to love her and found it in the prince. Shift to the rennaisance princesses not one of them want to marry, mulan goes to war Ariel wants to be part of the human world, Belle wants adventures in the great wide somewhere Pocahontas teaches Smith to respect nature, Jasmine wants to see the world outside the palace, in the new age princesses Tiana wants her restaurant, and Rapunzel to see the world ala Jasmine, only Snow White and Aurora explicitly dream of marriage as their themesongs state.
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And that's exactly the design Disney is using for Merida now.  disney.wikia.com/wiki/Princess…
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Moonfire8D Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love her expression! ^^ This is an awesome picture... :')
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DriftinDream Aug 1, 2013  Student General Artist
That's frickin adorable!!! ^_^
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gingerbreadcat Jun 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
Your drawing style is so cute! :') I love your take on established characters. Great work with her hair haha
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gamewizard-2008 Jun 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
She is epic!!
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