National Princess Week-Mulan and Merida

CREDIT NOTE: Excepting my original photos, all artwork in this post series was found on Google Images. I intend to provide full image credits for them in my last post of the week.

Mulan and Merida, the subjects of today’s post, are the warrior princesses of the Disney Princess franchise.

I’m featuring our Chinese warrior, Mulan, first because her movie came out earlier (1998 vs. 2012).

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Mushu and Cri-Kee had to pop in, of course!

Her opening paragraphs from the semi-official Disney Wiki: “Fa Mulan (花木蘭) is the protagonist of Disney‘s 1998 animated feature film of the same name and its 2004 direct-to-video sequel. She is inspired by the legendary Hua Mulan from the Chinese poem The Ballad of Hua Mulan.

Mulan is the eighth official Disney Princess and the one of few in the line-up who is not actually royalty through either birth or marriage.”

and from Wikipedia: “Fa Mulan is a character, inspired by an actual historic figure, who appears in Walt Disney Pictures‘ 36th animated feature film Mulan (1998), as well as its sequel Mulan II (2004). Her speaking voice is provided by Chinese-American actress Ming-Na Wen, while Filipina singer Lea Salonga provides the character’s singing voice. Created by author Robert D. San Souci, Mulan is based on the legendary Chinese warrior Hua Mulan from the poem the Ballad of Mulan. The only child of an aging war veteran, Mulan disregards both tradition and the law by disguising herself as a man in order to enlist herself in the army in lieu of her feeble father.

Disney had originally conceived Mulan as an oppressed young Indian woman who ultimately elopes to Europe to be with a British prince. However, director Tony Bancroft, who was inspired by the well-being of his own daughters, wanted Mulan to be a different, unique kind of Disney heroine – one who is strong and independent, whose fate does not depend upon a male character. Thus, the relationship between Mulan and Captain Li Shang was relegated to that of a minor subplot, while Mulan’s bravery and strength were emphasized in order to ensure that she remained the hero of her own story. Mulan’s supervising animator was Mark Henn, who deliberately designed the character so that she would appear less feminine than her predecessors.

Reception towards Mulan’s personality has been generally positive, with critics praising her bravery and heroism. However, some commentators have accused Disney of Westernizing the character, while her romantic relationship with Shang has been widely accused of compromising Mulan’s heroism.”

and her Wiki links: http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Fa_Mulan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulan_(Disney_character).

Now for Scottish spitfire Merida.

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Her Disney Wiki opener: “Princess Merida is the protagonist of Disney/Pixar‘s 2012 animated feature film, Brave.

She is the first Scottish princess in the Disney Princess franchise, the eleventh official Disney Princess and Pixar’s first entry into the Disney Princess franchise.”

and her Wikipedia opener: “Princess Merida of DunBroch (Scottish Gaelic: Mèrida) is the main character from the 2012 Disney Pixar film Brave. Merida was added to the Disney Princess line-up as the 11th Princess and the first Pixar character to receive the honor on May 11, 2013.[1]Merida is also the main character of the games Brave and Temple Run: Brave.”

and her Wiki links: http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Merida, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merida_(Disney).

I took some pictures of Mulan (DS 2015) at a Chinese restaurant in my area. She chose a dress and shoes from the Barbie Pink Passport 10-outfit pack for the occasion.

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Glass semicircles with this type of artwork on them are placed along some of the tables.
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This statue is outside the restaurant. I thought Mulan posing on it would be very America’s Next Top Model-or “China’s Next Top Warrior Princess”!

Here she is in her more modern togs.

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Dress and purse: Barbie 2-outfit pack, ca. 2015. Boots: Very Velvet Kira, 1998.

Merida (DS 2012) wanted to show off her archery skills.

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This was the best photo I could get without losing the arrow-she actually shoots it! Well, as much as a doll can, anyway.

With the archery gear packed up:

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Archery gear: original to doll (leather archer’s glove/sleeve shown in previous photo). Dress and necklace: unknown Barbie pieces, probably mid-2000s to 2010. Ankle boots: Barbie Basics Look 001-Collection 002 accessory pack, 2011.

Both of these athletic princesses enjoy a bit of modern fashion, as long as it’s not overly girly. Merida in particular favors edgy pieces like this black leather and pink shimmer dress and the asymmetrical dress in the previous 2 photos.

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Dress: Funville Sparkle Girlz (sold at Walmart), bought ca. 2016-2017. Boots: Kenya Fashion Madness Super Cool Denise, 2015.

I think the Disney Princess franchise is pretty safe with these ladies as members.

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Mulan: Go ahead, try to hurt one of us Princesses. Merida: We dare ya!

Tomorrow’s post is going to be a family affair.

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