Belle New Look On The Way

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  1. Disney_Princess83

    Disney_Princess83 DIS Veteran

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    I've seen the short brown hair version and I like it much better. It just makes no sense to me to have Rapunzel with her long hair when she was getting married because she had the short brown hair. :confused3
     
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  3. kasedroz

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    I do agree. I think she's just more recognizable with the long blonde hair. Her wedding dress dress up has the blonde version on it. I was a bit disappointed in that myself especially the limited edition one my DD has. But I guess because she spends more time in the movie with the blonde hair, little ones easily identify her compared to the brown hair.

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  4. mvk

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    New here, but figured I'd throw my 2 cents in. I have mixed feelings about updating classic characters, but I don't mind the updates too much. For what it's worth, my daughter, 5, receives the Disney Princess magazine, and I think that would definitely be considered merchandise with the new branding. To be honest, I think some people are being very harsh in their descriptions of the new look. There is no hint of '****'-iness or whatever in the characters in the magazine at all. I think people are just looking for something to criticize because change is not something easily accepted. And certainly the Princesses are just as recognizable as ever, the changes aren't THAT drastic.

    Updating for cross-promotion and computerized technology will better position them to expand the line/brand I think. With the explosion of online/mobile games and apps lately, and surely more to come, this makes perfect sense at this time.
     
  5. MagicalEars

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    As an artist and someone that studies different artistic styles, let me add my 2 cents...

    If you take a look at the new styles on page 1 and 8 of this thread, you are looking at a variation of western/american Manga. It's very popular in modern cartoons and animation these days. Thus the eyes are bigger and more expressive, becoming the focal point and the other features, especially the nose, are de-emphasised. The eyes are just bigger and not meant to produce a "come hither" look. I can assure you that the phrase "come hither" was written nowhere on the artists reference cards. :rolleyes2

    Disney princesses have always had skinny waists, and nowhere in these new drawings do I see any slimmer waist line or larger bust sizes. In fact my wife and girls commented that their necklines looked higher and dressed appropriately. I think that since most modern tv shows and movies are so inappropriate these days, some of you are seeing monsters where there are none.

    Also you'll notice that the artwork across all the princesses is more consistent. Before the older princesses, especially Snow White and Cinderella, looked out of place compared to Jasmine and Ariel who are more modern. Now there is a consistency across all princesses, which is better for merchandise and in possible cross-over animation.

    Same with the glitter in the artwork on page 8. Notice that the first thing your eye is drawn to is the glitter in their clothing? It's a very pretty focal effect, and again it's consistent across all princesses. Not to mention that almost all princess dresses I've seen for sale have glitter on them. Makes since for the artwork to match that.

    I will say that Mulan's neck is way too long, and Belle's hair is too disheveled, but over all my wife and daughters really like the new look. And Belle's dress in the park looks much more natural than the old one. The deep yellow and "tube" on the bottom of the dress always looked off. My wife really liked the dress and said that the fabric looked like something you could go buy. She meant that as a compliment.

    We're very conservative parents and we see nothing wrong or inappropriate with the redesign.
     
  6. dadddio

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    I'm not seeing what you are referring to.
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  7. Chuck S

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    I think Cinderella looks a little "plainer," Not bad, just a little less "Disney princess-y."

    If the picture on page 1 of this thread is what they are thinking of, I think most of the changes are OK, but I really didn't care for Belle in that picture. The rest were fine, I think Ariel was a slight improvement.
     
  8. fairytalelover

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    I don't like it. They are making all the princesses look sexier. Why? This is Disney for families. Why do they have to have "come hither" looks?? And Cinderella looks like a different person. She looks thinner with a different face. Why ruin an original??
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  9. leebee

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    I, too, can do without the "come hither" look on the new, sexier princesses. They all look like Barbie dolls now, with Mulan and Pocahontas looking less and less ethnic. They all seem to look more alike, also. Why can't the princesses look like their movie character? That's who they are, after all!
     
  10. monorailrabbit

    monorailrabbit Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere!

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    YES! The explanation that they all look the same to make them look more mainstream is ridiculous. Aurora shouldn't look like Jasmine. Cinderella shouldn't look like Belle. Prince Phillip certainly doesn't look like Prince Naveen. For that matter the overall animation of Lion King doesn't match the look or feel of Bambi. All the movies were made to have their own characters in their own styles. Bambi isn't being drawn to "fit in" with Simba. Why do the classic princesses all have to be redone to match?!
     
  11. Mom2six

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    I don't mind the new look. I don't think the Princesses look sexier, but they look younger to me. Maybe that's part of the point since they are supposed to be young. I mean Ariel was only 16 when she ran off and fell in love with Eric.

    Also, I wish they had given Rapunzel short brown hair. Or at least the meet & greet because she cut it off and as my DD informs me, it can't grow back.
     
  12. blondie_k21

    blondie_k21 Earning My Ears

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    Bottom line: when you change classics, you're bound to tick some people off. There's a lot you can mess with, but messing with Disney brings out a lot of critique. I personally think the park costumes could've used some updating. Do I like the merchandise? Not really, but I also don't understand the 'sexier', 'come hither' comments. Just my 0.02.
     
  13. Victoria3

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    Aurora's new look.
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  14. dadddio

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    Bambi and Simba will never share a movie. The princesses, however, may.
     
  15. monorailrabbit

    monorailrabbit Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere!

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    OBVIOUSLY Bambi will never prance up to Pride Rock. I was just making a point. Even if the princesses do share a movie, they don't need to all look the same.
     
  16. dadddio

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    They don't look the same and no one stated that they should look the same. The point that has been made is that it makes sense to have then all drawn in the same style.
     
  17. monorailrabbit

    monorailrabbit Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere!

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    I feel like you just like arguing my points. I don't want to argue. :sad1: Looking the same, same style, same difference.
     
  18. dadddio

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    Not at all. Every person in a movie is drawn in the same style, but they don't all look the same.
     
  19. monorailrabbit

    monorailrabbit Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere!

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    Pocahontas drawn in the same style of Cinderella seems strange to me, but you win, I'm done.
     
  20. Alice Royal

    Alice Royal Nineteen, female, Florida resident, Disney addict.

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    Agreed. Plus, if Cinderella and Pocahontas magically met, that'd be anachronism. Most of the princesses come from different time periods and it goes completely against the integrity of their stories to have them meet, even if it's for a silly kid's show.
     
  21. baylie666

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    It just looks more detailed to me....:confused3

     

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