Disney's 'Brave' makeover sparks fury from fans, director

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  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    May 21, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    This is ridiculous. She just looks like an adult now instead of a teenager. They didn't destroy any of the things that made her such a great character to so many. The changes were entirely superficial. But people would rather she remain perpetually in innocence, I guess. Feminism is such a ridiculous farce.

  • Harmony Tooele, UT
    May 20, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    I think it's difficult to turn a 3D character into a 2D one, and they figured that they might as well make Merida's dress look a little more "princess-like." Even the new Rapunzel has a gorgeous dress on, and she lived in a dimly-lit tower for the first 18 years of her life.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    May 20, 2013 7:11 a.m.

    Obama lowers the standards on our society. Our society is in a race to the bottom. We are not making things better, only worse. The standards that come with Liberal Democrats make the schools, media, and all parts of our society worse as they constantly lower the standards for what is "normal".

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    May 18, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    Merida needs a short cropped haircut, a tougher looking bow and perhaps some ink on her neck. Get with the times Disney. And btw--get her a girlfriend or at least a tough looking dog. Maybe the Tramp is available.

  • tryingtosurvive Layton, UT
    May 17, 2013 11:17 p.m.

    I do find these thoughts entertaining, though I do not know why people are creating such a fuss over the making of a doll... First, Merida is a cartoon character. If others want their daughters to be just like her, it seems to me that is their issue. My girls - ages 8, 6, and 4 - saw the movie and loved it, but they are not doing all they can to be just like Merida. Second, Disney (evidently) owns the rights to this character, and can therefore do whatever they want with her. Time to turn the page on this one and let Disney practice capitolism at its finest.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    May 15, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    Gemini said: "I wager that some time in the not too distant future they will be introducing her to a new "prince", as all the Disney Princesses have one."

    Or to a "princess". I heard a few people speculate, back when the movie came out, that Merida might turn out to be Disney's first lesbian princess. Wouldn't surprise me at all if they eventually choose to represent her that way.

  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    May 14, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    Isn't Leia supposed to be a Disney princess now? Depending the outfit (rebel, Jabba's concubine, Endor explorer) Disney could have a another typical princess without messing with Merida.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    May 14, 2013 1:55 p.m.


    You are comparing apples and oranges. I highly doubt the "princesses" of the world have much in common with those attempting to fulfill the obligations of joint-heirs with Christ.

  • Jared Average, SE
    May 14, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    Oatmeal, "'Princess' should never be a title that any capable, intelligent young women wishes attributed to herself. A princess is one who has been objectified and limited by society's demands."

    Don't members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aspire to becoming kings and queens and joint-heirs of God's Kingdom with Christ, the Prince of Peace?

    I don't understand all the fuss over the changes. Maybe Merida is skinnier now because of all the running she did in the movie. Maybe she decided to try a little hair straightener. Her makeover is still more modest than Ariel, Jasmine, and Belle (in her gown). She's more modest than Nala in the Lion King, who doesn't even wear clothes! Those aren't excuses but at least Merida is a step in the right direction, even if these changes shuffle back a bit.

  • techpubs Sioux City, IA
    May 14, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    I can understand the idea that she was remade to eliminate the need to make a new mold for dolls.
    However, I don't think they should have done any changes to her figure. A more grand gown in keeping with her historical era for special occassions and slightly tamer curls from having just brushed them should have been sufficient.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    Disney using a more pleasing image to sell?

    What in the name of Britney Spears, Ashley Tisdale, Christina Aguilera is going on?

  • Don Bugg Prince Frederick, MD
    May 14, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    This is just a slightly different version of an animated character. Mickey Mouse has had many incarnations. Other Disney characters' shapes and proportions change from time to time, too. I think this is attaching too much political importance to one rendering of a character whose proportions and clothing will normally be adapted to different situations and products.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    May 14, 2013 8:00 a.m.

    This is a ridiculous debate. "Princess" should never be a title that any capable, intelligent young women wishes attributed to herself. A princess is one who has been objectified and limited by society's demands. Think of the princesses in the modern world: Britney Spears, Marilyn Monroe, etc. Now look into your daughter's eyes. Is that the destiny you want for her?

  • Gemini Australia, 00
    May 14, 2013 6:45 a.m.

    This character resonated with girls and mothers alike because she seemed the most natural and normal of all the Disney Princesses. Disney were onto a good thing and want change it for one thing only - money. If you watch the movie, the dress she is wearing is the same as the "made-over" dress, except for the fact that they made the neckline so very low. Nothing wrong with taming some of the curls (I proudly own mine but they need to be kept in check), or to show a girl she can look her best with a touch of make-up. The problem here is that she's had an extreme make-over which has nothing to do with the original character in the film. I wager that some time in the not too distant future they will be introducing her to a new "prince", as all the Disney Princesses have one. Maybe the extreme make-over is in preparation of that?? Though no-one needs an extreme make-over to find their true love. It's all about compatibility in so many other ways!

  • sixpacktr Murfreesboro, TN
    May 14, 2013 5:37 a.m.

    Life must be grand that you can be offended by something so miniscule in importance that you decide to start a petition. Only in the US.....

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    May 14, 2013 2:40 a.m.

    If you look at the before and after you will see that they lowered her neckline, dropped the sleeves off her shoulders and made her much skinnier. Anybody that thinks its just glitter isn't paying attention.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    May 14, 2013 1:59 a.m.

    Bad move Disney ... most of the things that made Merida unique you took away from her.

    Though she's only an animated character; it was refreshing to see a female in a movie that was strong, determined, and thoughtful in the way she approached life. Sure, she still has her "spunky" personality, but she's been buried in makeup and turned her into a "pinup girl."

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 14, 2013 12:19 a.m.

    From a purely attractiveness standpoint, I like the old version better. Perhaps its the black dress. The bow looks cool too.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    May 14, 2013 12:02 a.m.

    Pathetic. This is all about greed.

    Admit your mistake and change the character back to what she was.

    (And this is coming from a guy who truly appreciates an attractive, slender woman.)

  • bw00ds Tucson, AZ
    May 13, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    @Heffy They are. I is not just about the "glitter." From what I read in the article, they are angry about certain principles being breached.

  • Heffy Kaysville, UT
    May 13, 2013 7:39 p.m.

    If you are "furious" about some glitter on the dress of a fictional character, find something more important to get upset about.