I've always thought it would be fun to attend one of the Royal celebration ceremonies with my daughters...not necessarily Merida's. Rapunzel's would have been awesome. :) However, I don't really see that happening any time soon. We'll be lucky to get to Disneyland, which is much closer and still unattainable at this point. :}
I'm still working on the last bits of my Doctor Who post, which is getting so long that it may have to be a two-parter. ;) So it's still coming...don't worry.
Last night was our "Ladies Spring Event" at our church. The theme this year was "Hat Nostalgia", so many of us wore hats and all of the items on the program were hat-themed. I got to sing "Easter Parade" by Irving Berlin which was rather fun. :) Oldest Gal hasn't been feeling well this whole week, so she wasn't able to go, but Middle Gal and Little Gal both went. As usual, we sat with my mother-in-law, which is always a treat. :) This was Little Gal's first Spring Event, and I must say she did a great job, especially considering that the show is normally about two and a half hours long and doesn't get over until around 9:00 PM. That's a long time to sit quietly for a 5 year old! ;)
I guess that's about all for now. I'll be in touch again soon. :)
UPDATE: A few hours after I put up this post, my husband directed me to this article on Yahoo. Apparently, as part of her welcome into the official court of Disney Princesses, Merida also received a more "princessy" makeover, and a lot of fans are up in arms. My husband thought it was rather ironic that Disney/Pixar had a unique character that they're now trying to change to fit their marketing. In a sense, Disney has become Elinor at the beginning of the movie, forcing Merida to be someone she's not. And I have to admit that the Merida of the movie would not be too thrilled with this new dress:
What's with the off-the-shoulder stuff and the excessive sparkles?
This one I think at least is a little truer to her original image. The crossed arms and sideways look hint at her mischievous side.
To be honest, I'm not ready to go sign a petition or go too over the top. Merida, while unique in her personality, was not exactly someone I'd want as a role model for my daughters, at least until the end of the movie when she finally stopped making excuses and admitted her mistakes. I do wish Disney had nixed the more curvaceous figure and the off-the-shoulder gown in her makeover. But let's face it: sparkles and Disney princesses kind of go together, so I'm not exactly surprised this happened. I just feel sorry for poor Merida. She probably ran shrieking from her coronation the moment it was through. I'm almost wishing I had a Merida doll so she could do a good rant on Belle's blog. ;) At least in the actual celebration she still got to hold her bow, as you can see from this picture.
What about you guys? What do you think of Merida's new look?