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What we're really excited to see is the courageous Princess Merida in Pixar's Brave, who challenges her family and country's customs while wielding a bow and arrow on horseback - now that's a real Disney princess "first."

At first I thought this was someone being sarcastic, then I realized it it was something someone actually said.

Don't get me wrong, at some point I'll most likely be seeing Brave myself, and the idea of an animated Pixar film taking place in ancient Scotland is all kinds of neat, but come on. Even when I saw the trailer the whole, "MERIDA THAT IS NOT LADY-LIKE" had me nearly rolling my eyes. I'm really, really hoping the film isn't going to prop itself up on, "there is a young and feisty girl BUT SHE ISN'T LIKE OTHER GIRLS BECAUSE SHE WANTS TO BE A WARRIOR AND DO THINGS ONLY BOYS DO AND EVERYONE THINKS IT'S WRONG BECAUSE IT'S NOT LADY-LIKE BUT BECAUSE SHE'D RATHER DO WILD THINGS INSTEAD OF LADY THINGS how ground-breaking."

Never mind the fact that:
1) It's not a "first." Not even by a long shot (not even for Disney).
2) This trope has been so utterly beaten to death that we've long since reached and passed this point. I'm not saying girls still don't get "oh ur a girl so thats not 4 you" in real life or that stuff like that doesn't exist, but for every cliched "i am a gurl but i want 2 do boi things and i am different becuz i am rebellious and wild and warrior NOT LIKE THE OTHERS" trope we see in fiction replayed to death I feel like it's losing out to actually making a film about other just-as-prevalent but far-less-used gender issues that still plague females. I saw some people getting defensive and bristly when some pointed this out, but seriously, we've long since hit the "i am girl who wants be warrior feisty feisty feisty NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS DEFY TRADITION FUCK YOU PARENTS" and it would be damn nice to see different issues on the table for an animated flick featuring a female lead.

I'm not attempting to bash Brave, or Merida for that matter (so far she seems fairly promising and I like her design), nor am I trying to dissuade people from seeing it or anything of the sort, but a number of promos, both trailer and text, touting the "she isnt like other girls becuz warrior and bows" is just beating the horse deader than dead.

Edit: Before a million others mention "Mulan," it's not the fact Mulan "did it before" or the question of Mulan's status as a "princess." It's the fact the cliche of "i am a gurl who wants to be warrior like boi" is flaunted as something new and original when it's not. It's the fact we've already seen this trope across more than a few films, games, books, etc. and it's old.
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Raygirl4evah Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
It's so refreshing to see that someone agrees with me. This isn't Pixar. It's like Disney's just slapping Pixar's name onto THEIR movies.
Rhapsody-Shaman Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Brave actually looks like it might be worth seeing, but the fact that it's being billed as a "Disney Princess First" is just too much.
SapphiraTheMongoose Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
It's funny too because in all the pictures I've seen she has long hair and is wearing a lovely feminine dress. It's not like she's going around looking and acting like a total dike or unfeminine brute or something. In fact, she seems to be the most lady-like one there most of the time.
SapphiraTheMongoose Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Rofl, most (or all) of the guys I know would only want a girl like that if it was legit and not just 'to be different.'
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0particle Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
How come I never get to see THIS [link] trope played anymore?
fangirl-taxi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
But... Billy Connolly...! D:
Pastel-Dollie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
One of the reasons why I loved Rapunzel of Tangled was that she was extremely girly, loved to daydream and sing, and none of that made her any less capable or strong. She was silly, awkward, cheerful and honest- a fantastic role model for girls who have been told that feminine = weak. Her biggest fault was that she was sheltered and couldn't stand up for herself very well, and this changed when she actually got out into the world and experienced life, all while wearing a lacy purple dress and having flowers decorate her massive golden magic hair.

I really hope Merida's entire character isn't based on "I'm a princess but I HATE PRINCESS STUFF EW DRESSES AND MAKE UP." It is possible to have a "tough tomboy" type of character and not constantly emphasize that anything girly is weak, shallow and IF YOU WANT TO BE A REAL GIRL, DO BOY THINGS. Rather, she is the type of person who feels her country's customs are wrong and seeks to change them, and the conflict (or idea of being brave) is standing up for what you believe in, even if you're alone.
Also, I really, really like her hair. Her entire appearance, actually.
I feel like this entire movie will be extremely aesthetically pleasing.
Pixar animating ancient Scottish highlands? YES. PLEASE.
GALOBster Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone said something similar once. "If having a lady who becomes definitely un-lady-like your idea of feminism, you are sadly behind the times." (or something along those lines)
I always hate these tropes, what's particularly annoying is when the female characters become annoying because they act like this.
Hope the Pixar movie doesn't turn out like this. |:
procon-8 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Mulan can get away with it because that's literally what the story was about anyway. Only difference was that she was only disvovered after she was killed in battle. Don't know why people are trying to use a story that's specifically about that to back up Brave.
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