Princess Merida Coming To Walt Disney World
Pixar is scheduled to release its 13th animated motion picture on June 22, 2012. Brave stars the very determined and energetic Princess Merida. Not much is know about the plot of the movie so far, but I stole this summary from Wikipedia :
"Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In Brave, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord MacIntosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late."
So the film does sound incredibly interesting and it's Pixar so I have faith, despite how much I didn't care for Cars 2...or 1 for that matter.
With the film set to debut soon, Princess Merida has already been secured a spot for meeting guests at Walt Disney World. The most likely spots are either in the Art of Animation building at Disney's Hollywood Studios or she could be taking over for Rapunzel in the old Storytime With Belle location at Magic Kingdom. But she will not be traveling alone, rumor is she will be joined by her 3 little brothers, Harris, Hubert, and Hamish, who are bears...not sure why, but they are!
But my big question is will Merida live up to the success of her two prior princesses Tiana and Rapunzel? She hasn't really been pushed like the other two as a new member of the princess line. I remember before Princess & The Frog and Tangled we saw huge amounts of merchandise featuring the new princesses. They were on everything, and even joined the ranks of veteran princesses like Ariel and Snow White.
While it may be a little early to start questioning Disney's amazing marketing skills it just seems like they would be pushing the film more considering it has a princess in it. But again, I'm not sure if Merida will be given official princess status. We had the whole induction for Rapunzel into the princess line and a lot of buzz was put out about the fact that she was being added. I'm worried that Disney may give her the Gizelle treatment, or even worse the Eilonwy treatment. Gizelle is of course Amy Adams' character in Disney's hit Enchanted but Disney opted to not included Gizelle in the Princess line because they would have to continue to pay Adams rights to her likeness. Eilonwy is Disney's forgotten princess from The Black Couldron (1985), but Eilonwy never go the Princess title due to her film's poor performance.
I for one am hoping that Merida gets into the line. It's nice to see Princesses that are much more than just a princess, like Mulan. Merida is really interested in breaking tradition and shooting her bow and arrow, which is a bit out of the ordinary for a princess. I think she will also be a bit of fresh air considering she doesn't have the typical look of a princess, but then again that could be her downfall. But right now all there really is to do is sit back, enjoy, and hope for the best.
Look for Merida and her brothers to be popping up in Disney World around March. And until then, see you later!
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