It’s all about the performance in animation, and having extremely large or small sizes is going to help in selling that performance. Other characters within the animation world are given rather unrealistic proportions. This is the first Disney movie that the princesses aren’t damsels in distress, they are the heroes of the story. But don't look for hips, because Disney princesses tend not to have them, Viguet pointed out in her tutorial, using Meg from "Hercules" as an example. The idea that thin girls look at plus-size princesses and automatically feel bad about themselves simply isn't true. When creating characters you have to think about your audience, who mainly is going to be watching these animated features? When designing characters artists will take one physical aspect of a character they wish to create and put it to the extreme. What bothers me the most is that these “haters” never stop to realize that, it’s a trait among all characters and not just the females. I often break it down into two main categories, aesthetics and silhouettes. Fan art that contradicts that ideal isn't problematic — it just reinforces the idea that all bodies are truly princess-like. ( Log Out /  She appears in the 50th animated Disney film and is the first princess to be CGI-animated. While disguised as a commoner, Jasmine meets Aladdin, a street thief, who falls in love with her. Many mothers and feminists alike are up in arms about their designs, saying it presents young girls with the wrong ideas about body image. But when so many girls look up to Disney's princesses as role models, surely it's time for a rethink of the animation formula. Despite making princesses bolder, more independent, and less reliant on men, they still speak 40 percent less than their male counterparts. Moana is fine. Some say that those with green eyes have an appreciation for nature and Rapunzel has been shown to enjoy the outside world once she stepped afoot. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. "It's for fat, vain adult women who feel insecure because of a freaking cartoon.". Instead, there are some common traits the official princesses share. How can you claim that Disney princesses having bigger bodies is "unrealistic" when those same movies also feature magical flying carpets, transforming beasts, and talking lions? Behind the fun stories and happy endings is the Disney company’s rhetoric - their commentary on troubling social issues, their ignorance of early childhood development, and their developed tactics of marketing. It’s something that I really haven’t noticed as well. An average looking character just won’t give you as much passion and excitement as a “proportionally challenged” character will. Freedom with style also allows iconic characters to be created, I bet you can tell who most if not all of these characters are. Disney. 2 Best: They Believe In True Love While it would be great for Disney princes to offer viewers more substance, it is encouraging to see that the men believe in true love. But Jasmine does not want to marry for any reason other than love. But I suppose the more important reason brings us to the latter category, the silhouette. ALL. But don't look for hips, because Disney princesses tend not to have them, Viguet pointed out in her … and "Why can t there be an overweight princess who marries a handsome prince and gets treated like she s skinny and normal and no one mentions her weight!" "Do these people really think a mermaid who swims constantly would be fat?" This displays the lack of credible anatomical basis within the creation of these characters. The biggest concern I see here that Disney is teaching young girls is the notion that in order for a girl to be a princess, one must be of the white race, with an unnaturally skinny waist and a pretty face. From cringeworthy details to plot holes that definitely shouldn’t have made the final drafts, here are some of the most burning questions I have about Disney movies. First and foremost, understanding the criteria for a Disney Princess is important. A character with over exaggerated proportions will have actions that are more easily understood by the viewer. So we artists do not intentionally give female characters these ridiculous proportions to influence the minds of impressionable children. It also helps the audience believe that many ridiculous and insane scenarios that animated characters often find themselves in are believable. She is also the first Disney princess to have green eyes and freckles. Rapunzel is not our typical Disney princess. Why be stuck in this reality when you can make your own? 5. Hear that? Despite making princesses bolder, more independent, and less reliant on men, they still speak 40 percent less than their male counterparts. A super-fan has written to the boss of Disney to ask why Disney princesses don't wear glasses. We can't get enough of the myriad of artists who continue to recreate the iconic Disney princesses as body-positive, plus-size, curvy icons. It’s really one of the few times that a character’s physical traits do not have to be constrained by reality. If you have a character with “normal” proportions the actions and extremes they go into can be understood, but it won’t give the same power and emotion that a cartoonized character brings. It’s not something that I knew, but learned in my studies, and having learning all that I have it does certainly make a whole lot of sense. According to a recent Brigham Young University study, scholars have criticized Disney princess movies over the years — the common storyline of a passive princess needing a handsome prince to swoop in and save her, marriage often being the culminating event in the film, and other unrealistic and unhealthy expectations … "Do these people really think a mermaid who swims constantly would be fat?". Because taglines apparently don't work in this theme, Disney Princesses: Why They’re So Dang Skinny, Traditional vs. Computer Animation (the tired old debate). Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Anna from Frozen’s eyes almost look green, but they are more of a blue shade. A post shared by Eduardo Santos (Edull) (@edull.ardo) on Dec 20, 2013 at 9:02pm PST, The Tumblr user insisted that thin girls who look at plus-size cartoons or read articles about them  will then feel bad about their thin bodies not being "normal" or "realistic. By having Disney princesses of all shapes and sizes, it makes it clear that all bodies (yes, even the less-curvy ones) are worthy of being celebrated. she wrote. One of the most common complaints that I hear regarding many Disney films is the size of the princesses waists, or lack thereof. They clearly are able to reveal the unrealistic, and harmful, alterations that Walt Disney has created. Ariel and Jasmine have bigger eyes and head than their couples, despite the boys are taller. Look at the Disney couples, when you see Rapunzel and Flinn face to face, he is similar to an average man, but she is definitely a childish caricature of a woman. For the first, animated characters look the most dynamic and intriguing when put to extremities. These princesses fall into the requirements listed above. But fat women are like "She s still skinny! I think this is a really interesting topic that you chose to write about! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Regardless of any actual title(s) possessed, each official Disney Princess is properly addressed (within the franchise) with the title of "Princess" preceding their name. 4 Mulan: Took Down Shan-Yu I thought I was hilarious because I would debate with whoever cared to listen (aka no one) that Snow White was, in fact, a total monster. ... Disney princesses are … This is not the aesthetic rule, at last in movies there aren’t so huge differences between the man and the woman (Titanic, Shakespeare in love, Avatar, and so on). Russian artist Oksana Pashchenko reimagined classic Disney princesses as pregnant mothers, and these stylish maternity photos are so magical! Most Americans treasure Disney movies and their characters. And a character is most easily read when their traits are simplified and exaggerated, which is why it is rare to see a character with average proportions. Disney debuted its Princess brand in 2000, and through the sale of toys, games, figurines and multiple fashion accessories, has made an estimated revenue of more than $5.5bn for the company. When I say the silhouette of a particular character I’m talking about the poses they go into and how understandable they are. It doesn't mean thin can't be beautiful; it just shows that different kinds of bodies are too. I’ll admit I’m biased here because I HATED Snow White growing up. Explore the enchanting world of Disney Princess. Some artists reimagine them as tattooed queens, some as older versions of themselves, and some even dress as them to show what they'd realistically look like IRL. The intention of character designers is never to typecast a specific physical trait to be associated with one thing or another believe it or not. But when one isn’t studying this kind of thing it’s an easy mistake to make. Why children of course! Disney Princesses: Why They’re So Dang Skinny. In short: More plus-size princesses in 2018, please. ( Log Out /  Moana has been named Disney’s ultimate anti-princess… which was the same title given to Merida from Disney/Pixar’s Brave in 2012, and Judy from … "I really just want all women to love how they look, so we can make each other feel happier and look after ourselves," Ashleigh Beevers, the illustrator behind the plus-size princesses that inspired Thetruebodyposi's post, told Revelist. Children are much smarter than people think they are. A Tumblr user who calls herself "thetruebodyposi" argued that plus-size princesses don't have "realistic" proportions at all. "Or a woman living in France before the French Revolution would be fat? If Elsa is able to wreak that much havoc without even knowing, imagine the level of destruction that she could achieve if she did so on purpose. Original Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWG8c5Pdzo4 Snow White Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. All bodies are beautiful. She is fun-loving, playful and clever. April 10, 2018. Each of the following twelve women has been certified as an "Official Disney Princess." Look how tiny her waist is!" That image in itself is kind of horrifying, just think of a normal human being acting like the wolf in Red Hot Riding Hood. Characters are designed specifically to be read and understood easily by anyone at any age. Um, except—for some of us—the "singing" part). Change ). Similarly, another website, Above Average, found that in 6 out of the 11 Disney Princesses, their eyes were larger than their waists. And I guess that’s what it boils down to, the energy given off by the characters. 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Pocahontas is the only princess that looks like a woman. All women. ... so I … Disney Princess Jasmine is told that she must find a prince to marry so she can eventually assume the throne. Having a plus-size princess actually reinforces the idea that ALL bodies are beautiful. Or a Native American girl who constantly runs around and maybe helps to carry heavy things and hunt would be fat?". Many mothers and feminists alike are up in arms about their designs, saying it presents young girls with the wrong ideas about body image. Thin bodies are already so normalized by fashion, society, and even Disney itself. More recent Disney princesses, like Tangled's Rapunzel and Brave's Merida, are more equal, but even Frozen, a movie about two sisters, still had 59 percent male dialogue. Princess Sofia, the new Latina Disney character, and Barneys' Skinny Minnie Mouse holiday advertising campaign have Disney characters under fire. Why Are The Princesses So Young? Disney's animated female figures, she noted, typically have long, slender necks; "demure" shoulders; B- or C-cup breasts and "soft but very defined" waists. Okay—maybe some shade. The really funny about Disney characters is that all girls are exaggerated, but NOT the boys. ( Log Out /  The researches found that 96% of girls and 87% of boys had viewed Disney princess media, and more than 61% of girls played with princess toys at least once a week, compared to 4% of boys. By Mia Mercado. All bodies — thin, plus-size, and everything in-between — benefit from body diversity. Why? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Twenty years after it became a brand, the House of Mouse still has yet to come out with a set of guidelines. Despite the fact that to me their argument has no real merit, (last time I checked the parents had to be involved somewhere in raising a child) it’s not just the princesses who receive this anorexic-esque looking treatment. On the whole, the Disney princes are a little too one-dimensional for some people, as are a few of the princesses. And recently, they made Moana, who is chubbier than the other Disney princesses. But what does easy reading entail exactly? Disney has made an effort to diversify and empower its princess cast in recent decades, responding to criticisms that the brand is too white and casts women in passive roles. Disney princesses are renowned for their whippet-thin frames and flawless complexions. Her eyes by far are the biggest amongst all the Disney princesses and she was the 10th in the list. It would take a fairy godmother to have the body of a Disney princess. So, let’s talk about psychology for a minute. This freedom leads to various kinds of styles and designs that show just how much animation brings to the art world. I like that you brought it to attention and explained the aesthetics behind it so that those who don’t understand animation, can begin to understand the proportions of all the characters. “Disney princesses are seen as the epitome of beauty and even as a young girl, I quickly learnt that meant I wasn’t beautiful,” she said. The idea that thin girls look at plus-size princesses and automatically feel bad about themselves simply isn't true. With games, videos, activities, products, and endless magic, your dream has only just begun. If you see a wacky looking character doing wacky things it’s going to make more sense than if you see a normal character doing wacky things. I have always heard and seen things about Barbie’s extreme proportions but never about the proportions of the Disney princesses. Look. Whittled waists on The Flintstones. One body isn't more "real" or "less real" than another. Horrified by crazy CGI of Lily James' waist in #Cinderellamovie, so bad for young viewers' body image & unnecessary. The interesting thing about Disney princesses is that no matter how diverse they supposedly are, they almost all have the same very thin body type with doe eyes and tiny hands and feet. Disney princesses are renowned for their whippet-thin frames and flawless complexions. Say hello to the Disney Girls Tutorial, a step-by-step guide to building the perfect Disney princess. ( Log Out /  In her petition, Moore argues there is a strong correlation between children’s level of self-confidence and the amount of representation of their respective body types in the media. One of the most common complaints that I hear regarding many Disney films is the size of the princesses waists, or lack thereof. For those of us who grew up with Disney movies, we're well aware that princesses can be feisty, funny, smart, singing heroines (just like us! If Disney Princesses Had Realistic Waistlines. So Many Adults Never Outgrow Their Disney Princess Obsession — And There’s A Good Reason Why. No shade to Disney or whatever, but some of their movies low-key make no sense. Disney has been trying to cover up the actual plot of “Wreck-it Ralph” sequel with the Disney Princesses’ scenes since its trailer and sneak peak doesn’t reveal anything about the storyline, only showing adorable interactions between the Princesses – and it worked like a … So here's to fighting food shaming, one sandwich at a time. More recent Disney princesses, like Tangled's Rapunzel and Brave's Merida, are more equal, but even Frozen, a movie about two sisters, still had 59 percent male dialogue. However, the five main Disney princesses that are shown the most are the white: Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Belle, and Ariel. The only real reason why the princesses are singled out is because they are the most popular among children, especially girls. Disney's animated female figures, she noted, typically have long, slender necks; "demure" shoulders; B- or C-cup breasts and "soft but very defined" waists. The abundance of identically skinny Disney princesses and other female heroines causes young girls to grow up idolizing these "impossibly thin" protagonists, and then "become young women who perpetuate and buy into the idea that thin is the only acceptable form of beauty" ("Disney Princesses & Disappearing Waistlines" 2009). So why are the princesses so skinny? It’s all about reading well on screen. Posted to deviantART by user Oceanstarlet, the guide, as it were, opens with question. Yet, there is a lot more to Disney than what meets the eye. Mulan technically is not considered a disney princess. Most of the Disney Princesses have either brown or blue eyes, so it is nice to see a princess who has green eyes. It was about time. Thin bodies are already so normalized by fashion, society, and even Disney itself. A Disney princess has “a little girl head on a teenager's body with adult height,” Meridith Viguet wrote in her tutorial. Or why do some characters appear ridiculously huge? With that in mind, let's take a look at why they are terrible role models for everyone. The stories that fairy tales made into Disney movies are based off of were written centuries before our time, in a different culture. Disney's Rolly was a poster pup for the notion that there's nothing wrong with enjoying a good meal. She argued that making the princesses plus-size is a form of skinny shaming. However, the outpouring of body love has offended one blogger, who insisted that Disney princesses shouldn't have "unrealistic" proportions. Disney Princesses Would Have Been Better Suited With These Characters! Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Here are the reasons why Elsa and Anna fall short of Disney Princess status. Disclaimer: I know that the more modern Disney flicks have tried to rectify the issue. From being overly needy when it comes to men, to having stick-thin figures, there's so much that's weird here. RELATED: Disney: All the Disney Princesses, Ranked By Their Independence. Skip … and these princesses conforms to this unrealistic Ideal of beauty because the creators are narrow-minded and think women should have have huge breasts, be thin, and completely submissive to be considered beautiful. ", "This type of shit isn't for 'teh liddle gurls'," she wrote. It's hard to know where to start. Regardless of their shape. Despite Disney princesses being animated characters, who only exist in the imaginary world of Disney, the effect their image has on young girls is very real. WOMEN. 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