Disney has been forced to remove a "glammed-up" version of Princess Merida from the Pixar fantasy fairytale Brave from its official website following a high-profile campaign. Red-headed teenage tomboy Merida had been given a makeover in advance of her induction into the Disney Princess collection, rendering the character slimmer, older and somewhat sexualised in comparison with Brave disney princess merida appearance in 's Oscar-winning animation.
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While Disney has not officially announced a U-turn, the creator of the Change. Chapman, who was replaced by Mark Andrews halfway through the production of Brave but maintained a co-director's credit, described the new Merida as "atrocious" in an interview with her local newspaper, the Marin Independent Journal.
Merida was created to break that mould," she added. A Disney spokesperson said that the design was always intended to be a one-off: We routinely use different art styles with our characters and this rendition of Merida in her party dress was a special one-time effort to commemorate her coronation.
Disney bought Pixar, the Brave disney princess merida of the Toy Story films, in with the smaller firm's John Lasseter taking over as creative head of both studios. The Pixar influence was immediately seen in a new wave of Disney CGI features such as 's Bolt and this year's Wreck-It Ralphwhich abandoned the musical style for a fresher approach.
However, the Merida furore suggests there remains a disconnect between the two studios that makes integration of Pixar characters into the Disney universe a troublesome proposition.
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