Mulan, Master of the self image and worth




...For most of the movie, Mulan has felt out of place. She doesn’t know where she fits in. Covering herself in femininity doesn’t work, like, at all. The scene of the matchmaker…I don’t even have to explain to show you how much that is not her. But then she runs away and poses as a man. She tries her hardest to blend in and be a guy, but at the same time, covering herself in the masculine just doesn’t work. She’s still awkward and out of place. The men eventually embrace her as one of their own, see her as a guy, but they see her as a strange guy, a very effeminate man. But this scene, this final part of the movie, she has finally found her place. She is short haired (masculine) and wearing a woman’s outfit. She has found her place as a tomboy, somewhere in the middle of extremes.


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BuzzFeed: "Too Young to be Getting Married" - The Apparent ages of the Disney Princesses



From left to right: Jasmine from Aladdin (15), Pocahontas (18), Cinderella (19), Mulan (16), Tiana from The Princess and the Frog (19), Ariel from The Little Mermaid (16), Rapunzel from Tangled (18), Belle from Beauty and the Beast (17), Aurora from Sleeping Beauty (16), Snow White (14).
All ages found @Disney Wikia


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#Discussion: Mulan and that Restrctive Dress



iamabutchsolo:

I was in the Disney store at the mall yesterday and as usual I gaze at all of the merchandise for my favorite character, Mulan. But as usual, I see her featured exclusively in this particular outfit, her “matchmaking” clothes. It actually frustrates me a bit to see her constantly marketed and commodified in this outfit because it’s the outfit that she feels least comfortable with wearing and the one which embodies everything about her journey that she’s trying to leave behind. But of course, because it’s the most “princess-like” and the most feminine, it has to be the outfit that is sold, as if it’s supposed to be her most iconic look. Not only that, but she’s in these clothes for maybe fifteen minutes at most, and only in the beginning. There should be dolls and representations of her in her training uniform, in her soldier’s armor, in short hair, in any of the several other outfits in the movie that better illustrate who Mulan is.

The merchandise intentionally plays down Mulan’s heroic journey in order for her to conform to the “princess” label. Merchandizing her in only this outfit inadvertently erasing all of Mulan’s heroic qualities rather than allow her to stick out amongst the “Disney princesses” to show a more well-rounded group of women.

Disney licensing line-up for 2013



The Disney roadshow in Melbourne this month put 2013 in the spotlight with new films, new television shows, revitalised properties and big plans for beloved characters.

[..]The Disney Princesses will show off a sparkling new look from January and will kick off new consumer campaigns, the first of which is the Disney Princess Movie Festival for five weeks over February and March at Event, Greater Union and Village Cinemas showing: Cinderella, Pocahontas, Mulan, Princess & The Frog and Tangled. In July, Disney’s newest princess, Brave’s Merida, will have her official Princess coronation and the celebration of Ariel will take product and retail under the sea. [SOURCE]

"Brother Bear", "Mulan" "Atlantis" and "Hunchback" to recieve Blu-Ray treatment



Walt Disney Studios has called in the plumber and the clog has been cleared, resulting in a deluge of animated classics all being released for the first time on Disney blu-ray on March 12, 2013. While not all of have been officially confirmed to us by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, now is the time to start saving those pennies to complete your home video collection.


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#Character Spotlight: Mermaid Collection by FERNL @deviantArt.com

IF THERE'S ANYTHING DeciantART user FERNL loves to do, its re-imagine Disney characters as color coded mermaids --- obviously stemming from an adoration of 1989's The Little Mermaid. The following pieces below are a collection of Disney Heroes and Disney Heroines as the aforementioned.



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THE LINE IT IS DRAWN #114 – DISNEY WELCOMES STAR WARS TO THE FAMILY!



In honor of Disney buying Lucasfilm, suggest team-ups and/or mash-ups of Star Wars characters and Disney characters. Enjoy! I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion. All copyright and trademarks of the following characters are held by their respective owners! BigMike20X6 and some one else whose twitter handle I’ve lost suggested:

Jabba takes all the Disney Princesses as slaves


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Photos of Harrods Disney Princesses Display



It’s that time of year again, where every store tries to get your undivided attention through their window display. Top designer department store Harrods has certainly pulled out all the stops this year. The Harrods Christmas windows, which were unveiled on 1st November 2012, are spectacular to say the least.

It is not just any theme, it is a Disney Princess display. Some of the biggest names in fashion have contributed their versions of the iconic fairytale damsels in their dresses, from Versace to Missoni, to Escada to Elie Saab.

Let’s take a look at these iconic dresses to grace the Harrods windows this year.


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#Character Spotlight: "HEEEEYYYY, SEXY LADIES" - Gangnam Style Princes"by Grodansnagel


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AT THIS POINT everyone and their mother has made a parody-something of Korean Pop Star, PSY's GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) since it's debut on YouTube sent it spiraling through the American consciousness like an adequately named bug. Grodansnagel's Disney Princess Parody featuring the official princesses is no different.

#Discussion: Disney, Sexism and Racism



BY DREKI

Nathyn/Nome recently posted a commentary on zan blog about how Disney is going to go off princesses, but we really don’t need any more of their princesses anyways. One of the commentors disagrees with zan complaint of Mulan, but added “I’m more worried about the ethnocentrism. In America, we love to read Woman Warrior at college and make fun of how sexist they are in China and how enlightened we are in the Occident. We also love to appropriate oriental stories, both mythological and contemporary, to give them the Hollywood treatment.”

This is something that is definitely important to notice. China is not the only country to have problems with subjugating women. The US did it, and there are still problems in the present (trigger warning: rape, rape apologism). China also doesn’t have a homogenous history of constantly oppressing women, they also had Empress Wu who improved the status of women, had scholars write history of women, invented entirely new characters to show her greatness, and declared herself Maitreya Buddha, 900 years before Queen Elizabeth. The point- everywhere has good and bad parts of its history, and it’s problematic to think otherwise.


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