Partially it has to do with the extra highlights and the intense implied light of the art, but it's worth noting that Aurora is not actually tan in her movie or even close to it. Compare her skin tone with the people around her—the darkness probably comes from being in the shade most of the time. Partially it has to do with a very thoughtless artist who is clearly equating lighter skin with prettier looks.
I read somewhere (probably on this wiki) that Giselle wasn't included in the line because they couldn't get the rights to the actress' image. Why couldn't they just use the cartoon version from the beginning? Sure it's not how she is through most of the movie but hey, Rapunzal isn't 2D (I heard they're using 2D pictures in the line) and Mulan isn't a princess. It wouldn't be the first time they stretched to make someone fit.
Because the animated Giselle is based on Amy Adams' appearance and image so Disney would still be paying her life-long rights to use it.
I guess this is also one of the reasons Princess Shayla isn't in the line either.
It's not. Princess Kida and Princess Eilonwy are not in the line, despite being princesses. Megara is also ostensibly one (as the King of the Gods son's wife), and there are a number of Disney-related material with princesses. The only criteria for the princesses that can really be determined is they were from a popular Disney movie, with the probable exception of Pocahontas, who was most likely included for diversity reasons.
Mulan. Just...why? Did they just forget the entire movie except...did they just forget the entire movie?
Why what? Why she was put in the franchise, because she's not a princess? Or something else?
OP was most likely referring to the fact that Mulan was a strong, independent character in her film. It sends a message that girls don't need to be girly/feminine if they don't want to. And yet in merchandise, she is either wearing the kimono she wore to the matchmaker (something she despised doing), or wearing a frou frou dress that didn't even exist in ancient China.
Well, this is the Disney Princesses line. She had to wear a dress, and the main reason Disney included her in the first place was because she was their most prominent Action Girl. Besides, she's sometimes advertised in the dress she wore when defeating Shan Yu at the end.
This troper blames it on a disconnect between the marketing people and the people who made the actual movie. The latter were interested in making an good movie with an enjoyable heroine who teaches kids a valuable lesson about gender roles and being yourself. The former probably were told "Find as many ways to sell dolls of this character to kids, or your fired".
Er, Mulan didn't despise the outfit she wore when seeing the matchmaker. (it wasn't a kimono, by the way. Those are Japanese) Just because Mulan went to war and became an Action Girl, doesn't mean she has to stop liking girly things. At the end of the film, she was seen wearing a dress again.
Different poster, but for me, why put her in the line in the first place, to me that's lazy, so you don't have a Asian disney princess...why not make a movie that will have one. I'd LOVE to see that!
Well, also, given the way Asian cultures tend to work, if she did in fact marry general...pretty boy, she is nobility by marriage, just not an actual princess per se. If I'm recalling my history correctly, high ranking officers were nobles.
Disney was planning on doing an Asian fairytale, and the choice was between "Mulan" or "Journey to the West". If they had gone with "Journey to the West", Disney would have been put in the unusual position of having a princess who was a villian: The Iron Fan Princess.
Okay, now I kinda wanna see that.
If anything, the reason why is "But Mulan wasn't a princess". Yeah, she comes from an upper class family, but isn't really a member of the royal family. (Shang may have been nobility, but yeah.) You can say the same about Pocahontas, but even then, she wasn't really a "princess" the way of others.
Mulan disguised herself as a man and went to war to save her father; it had nothing to do with her being a tomboy, liking men's clothes, or promoting feminism.
Mulan never expressly hates the dress she wears—she smiles at herself in the mirror during the song. Rather, she disliked what the dress was representing for her, which was a life and persona that she did not want. As far as not actually being a princess, it's not exactly important.
I never got the impression that Mulan disliked the idea of being in an arranged marriage (granted I've never seen the second movie), just that she was upset that her personality prevented her from being acceptable as a wife. She was perfectly willing to enter an arranged marriage to bring honor to her family, and was devastated when she ruined her chance (and thus dishonored her family).
Is there a reason Rapunzel dolls seem to only be sold pre-Traumatic Haircut moment beyond the recognition factor? Seeing that there aren't many/any (I've seen Tiana dolls with both brown and black hair) brunette princesses, and since Rapunzel is a cute-as-a-button brunette, it'd be nice of Disney to make a doll out of her for the brown-haired girls to play with.
It gives away the ending of the movie. And it might be more common to play with fairy tale dolls as if they were within their stories as opposed to after them.
They got also Rapunzel dolls in her Wedding dress and her short brown hair.
It's probably because she's more recognizable in it, and it's more interesting from a manufacturing standpoint. Most girls only wear their gowns briefly in the movie, but they're usually sold wearing them. It's just more iconic/marketable/appealing.
Short-haired dolls are a bitch to make, trust me; also, having long blonde hair is kind of iconic to the Rapunzel fairy tale.
Why do some people have a problem with the Princesses' new hairsyles. It's really not like they'll show the new hairstyles outside of merchandising. It really looks more like it's temporary, then permanent. Is it really "childhood raping", just cause Snow White's wearing her bow on the side of her hair, momentarily?
Because the merchandise often disrespects the characters, and by extension, women. Characters like Mulan did not appreciate being super dolled up, but that aspect of her character is disregarded to move merch. There's a strong implication that a woman's appearance is more important than her personality or tastes. Not to mention that part of the appeal of the movies has been their animation, and homogenizing the girls is ignoring that.
Why is it that whenever the princesses are shown with their respective princes, Belle is always shown with Prince Adam in beast form? She wasn't a princess until they married after his transformation. Why would she still get an invite to whatever tea party, Christmas DVD, or other merchandising venture if she isn't a princess at that time? Does she have some sort of deal with the Enchantress if he misbehaves, as an alternative to making him sleep on the couch?
There's no story or continuity to the line. They all exist in separate worlds and don't interact. You see Beast more often because he is more recognizable than Adam.