The makeover of a popular cartoon princess has her fans in an uproar.
Princess Merida from the Pixar film “Brave” now has a slimmer waist, styled hair and more delicate features. Disney gave her the new look just in time for her crowning as an official Disney Princess. The move prompted more than 115,000 fans to sign a Change.org petition demanding Disney-owned Pixar bring back the original Merida.
“Merida was the princess that countless girls and their parents were waiting for — a strong, confident, self-rescuing princess ready to set off on her next adventure with her bow at the ready,” reads a letter that was posted on the site.
Brenda Chapman was the original director of “Brave” before letting go from the project. She doesn’t care for what Disney decided to do to Merida. “I think it’s atrocious what they’ve done to Merida,” Chapman said. “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!”
Even though she didn’t finish the film, Chapman did receive an Oscar for her work on the movie. It’s probably safe to say she won’t be asked to work on any future Disney films.
"Disney marketing and the powers that be that allow them to do such things should be ashamed of themselves,” Chapman said. "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."
Disney is saying that the new Merida is every bit as plucky and likable as the original, The New York Daily News reported.
“Merida exemplifies what it means to be a Disney Princess through being brave, passionate and confident and she remains the same strong and determined Merida from the movie whose inner qualities have inspired moms and daughters around the world,” Disney said in a statement.