Here's Princess Merida, my new favorite Disney Princess. She's the first female heroine ever shown in a Pixar movie. Her story is also the first fairy-tale Pixar has ever done too
. Originally it was meant to be called "The Bear & the Bow."
Merida's a fun character, tho she's constantly at odds w/ her mother, who is very strict & trying to teach her how to be a ruler rather than a vagabond.
The animation in the movie is gorgeous, & it was fun reading about how they designed the clothes & textures for "Brave."
I also recognized Billy Connolly as the voice of King Fergus, Merida's dad
. I've seen Connolly in some other funny movies, so I'd know his voice anywhere
. The comedy was great
. More than once the audience was laughing at something funny in the movie
. I'd say the funniest parts were where the 3 little princes tricked all the men in the castle into being locked up on the roof. The 2nd-funniest part was when the men used their kilts to create a ladder & ended up climbing back down the 1st floor bottomless
Azalea did a good job setting up at least 1 outfit made just for Merida, though I can't understand why they used sleeves from the Italian Renaissance on a 12th-century dress. Unless, of course, Merida designed those sleeves herself so she could move easily while shooting arrows. The girl's hair was something else
. It was just a CLOUD of orange fluffiness
I did 2 versions of the pretty aqua dress, tho I find it ridiculous that her mother would put such a tight gown on her daughter, considering she wasn't wearing 1 like that herself. And why did she put a wimple on Merida's head when the girl wasn't even married? Was it another attempt at taming those wild locks? And where the hell did the Queen find a corset when they wouldn't be around in Scotland for another few centuries? I would have liked that aqua dress if it hadn't been so tight-looking on Merida, poor girl.
The first version of the aqua dress is w/ the wimple, which I made using pearls. The necklace & crown were made from tiny gold & silver beads. I used the tiny, oval hoop earrings available in the drag-and-drop section to make the neckline on the dress. I used large gold coins to make her belt & the little gold crescent moons for her buckle. I finally used gold roses to make the pretty wide band around the hem of her skirt. I was at something of a dilemma about the right color for the dress (seeing as aqua is 1 of my fave colors), tho I found some of the dress pieces from the Jasmine/Esmeralda section were perfect
. The long sleeves from the princess section don't quite match, but it's not really noteworthy.
The 2nd version of the aqua dress is how Merida wore it when she outdid all the suitors in archery, minus the ripped seams.
The next 2 dresses are from my "Disney Brides" collage, where Merida's wearing 2 different colored versions of a wedding dress I designed for her. It makes me hope she'll find a prince charming later on who's man enough for her
. the dresses are based on what noble/royal ladies wore during the early middle ages. I made the girdle out of coins & gold beads to look like a fancy chain. White was not always used for brides before the Victorian Era, tho pale blue sometimes was used to represent virginity. I couldn't decide which color looked prettier on Merida, so I kept both
The last outfit is what Merida might wear in modern day. It's from the "21st Century Disney Heroines" collage. Merida's a very active girl, & green is her best color. I'd say a girl like her would enjoy hiking, bow-hunting (yes, ppl still do that as a hobby these days), & she would probably do best at being a Forester, a person who practices the science of growing trees, keeping an eye on the plants in a forest, healing sick plants, deciding where's the best place to harvest lumber & where not to, observing the ecology of a forest. It would be the perfect job for Merida, seeing as she loves the outdoors & is very observant. There's more info on Forestry here: [link]