College student. Overworked, underpaid, eternally hungry.
I like Legend of Korra, Tamora Pierce novels, the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series, and any other media where chicks kick ass and take names.
One semi-hiatus for the next two weeks
“The Disney Princesses as “something.” Even still I always find it interesting when someone takes a beloved character and changes perspective on it. Plus its an interesting design challenge, to change a character drastically while keeping them recognizable and making the changes believable.” -CR
Hit the source for the artist’s DeviantArt page. I love the concept here! -GB
OMG these are AWESOME
I especially love Mulan and Jasmine.
Look around your neighborhood, look around your classroom, look at your friends. We are all culturally diverse. We are not all white! White should not be the norm. When we think about princesses we should not think about a white european princess automatically. There are African Princesses, Asian Princesses, Hispanic Princess, Indian Princesses,etc. There are so many princesses to pick from!
That’s why I’m so conflicted on Disney’s Snow Queen/Frozen. I love the story and I love Hans Christian Andersen, BUT WHY ANOTHER WHY WHITE PRINCESS/ WHITE CHARACTERS? I can almost sadly garantee you won’t see any POC in that film.
Moreover if you’re argument is that “Oh IT’S EUROPEAN STORIES SO THEY HAVE TO HAVE WHITE PEOPLE!” I’m sorry to break it to you but:
- NOT ALL EUROPEAN PEOPLE ARE WHITE.
- EUROPE DOES NOT EQUAL ALL WHITE.
Also if you’re argument is that “OH well THOSE ARE REALLY GOOD FAIRYTALES/STORIES THAT’S WHY DISNEY PICKS THEM” Again I hate to break your heart but:
- Have you read Mexican fairytales? African American Folklore? Asian stories? Every single countries has a diverse set of tales that could be amazing turned into wonderful Disney films. Also imagine the scenery and breathtaking animation? To draw an African Savannah? The shores of any Pacific Island? The Great pyramids of Aztecs/Mayans?
- Do you know how amazing it would be?
I am Hispanic. I have never seen a Princess who looks like me. I have a 8 year old sister. She’s dark skinned and her favorite princess is usually Ariel or Tiana. Ariel because of the fact she’s mermaid, Tiana because she loves her dress and she identifies with her, she sees Tiana as closely resembling her. I want her to keep having more Tianas, in a sense more princesses she identifies with. More princesses all my siblings and cousins can identify with.
Yes I grew up with a world with white princesses and I love many of them. I absolutely love Aurora for the sake of the Sleeping Beauty. I learned to identify with them. When Tiana came out it was a big deal to me, because Tiana is the only princess I personally connect with. I share a similar personality to Tiana but I’m not saying The Princess and the Frog was perfect. No, infact it shows the most blatant racism. The princess (Tiana) in the story spends most of the film as frog. Never in the history of the Disney have they have princess spend her entire film as an animal or non human form. Disney was still shaking in their whitecentric boots that they fear having a black princess for too long in a movie might not work. Whatever argument you might want to contradict or argue in favor of Disney’s choice is invalid.
Now Disney, you come here cranking up stories and more princesses and still exposing the same white characters. I’m fed up. I want another Asian princess, give me a Japanese Empress, an Pacific Islander Princess, a African-American warrior princess, give me an Indian Princess, give me a freaking Hispanic Princess.
Pocahontas,Jasmine,Mulan and Tiana can only do so much versus the white empire of characters and princesses you have created.
“Pocahontas,Jasmine,Mulan and Tiana can only do so much versus the white empire of characters and princesses you have created.”
bless this post.
where is my latina princess, goddamn it.
Something that I think people vastly overlook in The Princess and the Frog is the friendship between Tiana and Charlotte. It may be only a small part in the film, but in the scheme of Disney movies, this is a revolutionary element.
If you trace the history of all of the other Disney princesses - Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Pocahontas, Jasmine, Rapunzel - no other princess is shown as having a female friend. Some may have mother figures such as Grandmother Willow in Pocahontas or the various fairy godmothers, and Ariel has sisters, but the princesses rarely interact with other women as friends. The Princess and the Frog is the only Disney princess film that actually shows women being friends with each other.
Charlotte and Tiana were pals since childhood, and not once did we see Charlotte ever do anything but be a good friend, not falling into any pitfalls of petty friendships or letting class differences affect their relatiojship. When Tiana is trying to earn money on her own? Charlotte hires her knowing that it will help Tiana’s goal. When Tiana fell at Charlotte’s ball and much of the desserts were ruined? Charlotte didn’t care about the food, her number one concern was to make sure Tiana was alright. And when Charlotte learns that Tiana loved Prince Naveen? Charlotte didn’t even flinch; she was willing to forgo her own aspirations of being a princess because she cares about Tiana’s happiness more.
I think this aspect of the film is what in my mind, separates it from other Disney princess movies. It deserve a lot more credit for being the only princess film that actually shows women being friends with each other, helping each other, and caring about each other.
The Princess and the Frog shows a better female friendship than a lot of movies, even outside of princess or animated films. It was really one of my favourite bits of the movie and to say that it avoids the pitfalls is so true. At numerous points when I first watched I was thinking, “Here is where Charlotte reveals her true nature” because how often in movies do girls or women get to just be good friends? I mean, all friends have petty disputes sometimes, but it seems to be unavoidable in most female friendships in media (especially when it comes to romance). So this movie was a really welcome change.
Sobbing at perfection
Kuzco is my favorite Disney Princess.
Just wanted to credit the artist, Amy Mebberson
The rest of her “Pocket Princesses” can be found here
Have you seen these realistic Disney princesses floating around Tumblr? I saw a few, but I didn’t see the whole series until today. They’re awesome! I love period clothing, and I think this wonderful artist did a great job of showcasing them in a way that we all have come to understand.