Grandma Beats Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in 750 Hours

A grandmother has finally defeated Zant and Ganondorf in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess after a little over 750 hours. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was released in 2006 and instantly became a seminal title for the Nintendo Wii. It stands at third for most critical acclaim for a Zelda title, just behind Orcarina of Time and the most recent game, Breath of the Wild. Like all of Link’s adventures, many are still playing and talking about it, today.

This isn’t the first time that someone’s grandma has found her way into gaming. 82-year-old YouTuber Shirley Curry made headlines in 2016 after one of her videos playing Skyrim went viral. Even after beating the main quest, Shirley continued to explore the different areas and dungeons, of which Skyrim has plenty. She always broadcasted her travels in the land of the Nords, but her channel got a significant boost when she became famous on the internet. At some point, even Skyrim developer Bethesda took notice and has confirmed that Shirley’s likeness will be used for an NPC in The Elder Scrolls VI.

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According to Digital Trends, another longtime gaming grandma is getting some attention. Reddit user millerischris (whose real name is Chris), shared the story and revealed that it took his grandmother 755 hours to save Hyrule and Midna, the Twilight Princess. Chris bought a Wii and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for her 11 years ago, and she has finally wrapped her journey up, clocking in at 754 hours and 31 minutes. “I would help with the occasional challenge or two when she asked,” Chris said, “but she did 99% of the work, including the final fight!” Nintendo even sent her a physical map to help her beat the game.

Chris said that his grandmother has always loved puzzles and Zelda, dating all the back to the original NES. He also confirmed that once she starts a puzzle, she finishes it. After his post began to gain traction, Chris’ grandmother created her own Reddit account, GramieGreat, and started answering questions. She revealed that Snowpeak and City in the Sky were her favorite areas, and that she still plans on going back to finish the Trial of Ordeals. “Had a couple years when I didn’t touch this,” she wrote, “but it was always there waiting for me.” She continued to go back over the years and eventually beat the game.

It will be interesting to see how many more grandparents are willing to share their gaming stories as time goes on. Many people who played games as adults in the 80’s and 90’s are getting older and continuing their hobby in their later years. Some may even pick up gaming after retirement as a stimulating way to pass time. RPG puzzles can keep wits sharp and platformers are a great way to stretch out reflexes. Stories like Shirley’s and GramieGreat’s are great ways to bring communities together and show that different people from all walks of life enjoy solving puzzles and saving the princess.

Next: Link’s Awakening Remake Could Spawn Zelda Maker

Source: Reddit, Digital Trends

2019-07-13 01:07:13

David Brown

Netflix’s The Crown Season 4 Casts Emma Corrin as Princess Diana

Netflix’s Royal family-focused drama The Crown has cast Emma Corrin to play Princess Diana in season 4. The news comes not long after the announcement that Gillian Anderson of The X-Files fame will be playing none other than former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher aka. the ‘Iron Lady’ in season 4 of The Crown. Though season 3 of the historical drama has still yet to air, the two seasons are apparently shooting back-to-back, so the casting confirmations aren’t as premature as they might seem.

The ambitious, critically acclaimed show focuses on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, from her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947 right up to the present day. Season 1, which premiered in 2016, featured Claire Foy (Unsane, First Man) as the Queen and covered her reign up until 1955, touching on events including Winston Churchill’s resignation. The Crown season 2 was released in 2017 and again starred Foy as the monarch, and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith as her husband Prince Philip. The events in that season covered historic moments including the Suez Crisis and the Profumo scandal, and brought the action up to 1964. The news that season 3 would be headed our way in early 2019 came with a whole host of new casting announcements, including Olivia Coleman, who’ll be taking over playing Queen Elizabeth from Foy and recently won an Oscar for playing another royal, Queen Anne, in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite. It was also confirmed that season 3 would cover the years 1964-1976 and feature Josh O’Connor playing a young adult Prince Charles, so it was presumed that season 4 would mark the appearance of Princess Diana.

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Now we can reveal just exactly who will be taking on the part of the much-loved princess. Netflix has announced that British actress Emma Corrin will play the role in season 4. A relative newcomer, Corrin only has a few credits, including a part in an episode of British detective drama Grantchester and forthcoming beauty pageant movie Misbehaviour, but that doesn’t seem to have put off The Crown’s casting department. Corrin seems excited about nabbing such an iconic role too, having posted the following statement to her Instagram account:

“I have been glued to the show and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal. Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity and I will strive to do her justice!”

Corrin isn’t wrong about The Crown being an amazing opportunity. Foy’s role as Queen Elizabeth has earned her both an Emmy and a Golden Globe, while the overall show scooped the Golden Globe for Best Drama in 2017. The show certainly does have a knack for nabbing some very talented actors too. Alongside Anderson and Coleman, other new additions to The Crown’s ensemble cast in season 3 include BAFTA-winning actress Helena Bonham Carter as an older Princess Margaret and Game of Thrones actor Tobias Menzies as an older Prince Philip.

The role of Princess Diana is certainly the kind of part that could put a newcomer like Corrin on the map. If season 4 of The Crown is set to take place over a similarly long time period as past seasons have, there’ll be plenty of things for Corrin to get her dramatic claws into, from Diana’s very public divorce from Prince Charles to her charity work with victims of AIDS and landmine removal. All in all, Corrin’s casting suggests season 4 of The Crown is shaping up to be a very good one.

Next: What To Expect From The Crown Season 3

Source: Emma Corrin

2019-04-09 02:04:20

Helen Armitage

Wonder Woman Does The Unthinkable To Save DC’s Magic

Warning: SPOILERS For Wonder Woman #56

The latest chapter of The Witching Hour crossover has seen Wonder Woman and her allies in Justice League Dark joining forces with her most powerful enemy – the sorceress Circe. Given Circe’s long-standing grudge against the Amazons and Diana, it would take extraordinary circumstances for her to put aside her legendary spite for a common goal.  Of course with magic itself dying in DC’s Universe, describing the current circumstances as “extraordinary” is putting things lightly.

Based on the character from Greek mythology, the DC Comics version of Circe first appeared in Wonder Woman #37 in 1949. The precise reasons for Circe’s hatred of The Amazons and Wonder Woman have changed several times over the years, but the most common reasons are that The Amazons were responsible for imprisoning Circe for her crimes against humanity and that a prophecy predicted that Circe’s doom would be brought about by the Amazon princess. Though she first appeared during the Golden Age of Comics, it was not until George Perez’s revamp of Wonder Woman in 1987 that Circe was redeveloped into a major player in Princess Diana’s Rogues’ Gallery. It is a position of dishonor she has held ever since.

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The first chapter of The Witching Hour revealed that Wonder Woman was a conduit for hereto unknown magic powers – the result of her having been branded as a child by followers of Hectate, the Ancient Greek goddess of Magic. With Zatanna having discovered the meaning of the magical brand, Justice League Dark was able to start seeking answers as to what was happening to Wonder Woman and why.

This led them to Aeaea – the island home of Circe, according to The Odyssey. It was hoped that Circe, who drew her powers from a connection to Hectate, might know something of what was going on and be willing to bargain for that knowledge.

Though she was hostile at first, Circe was mollified the moment she saw what she called “the witchmark” on Diana’s forehead. Circe went on to explain the history of Hectate and how she was truly a power far older than the Olympian gods. The first wizards tried to tap Hectate’s power for their own uses unsuccessfully, caging a far more evil source of power that would come to slowly infect the world, and Hectate herself, with darkness.

This led Hectate to take the majority of her power and split it among five mortal vessels, The Witchmarked, who would hold Hectate’s pure and unsullied essence until a time when the magic of the rising darkness had begun to fade. Then Hectate would reclaim her power to defeat it, once and for all. As each of The Witchmarked died, the followers of Hectate would find another woman to hold Hectate’s power, passing her energy down from generation to generation.

The problem, Circe reveals, is that the passing years have corrupted Hectate’s mind and she is now a being born of spite and hatred rather than love and light and it was that desire for revenge that made Circe into a perfect avatar for Hectate’s power. The practical upshot is that while Hectate may be capable of fighting the rising darkness, she will forever destroy magic as it is known on Earth, with no magical power but her’s existing. This leaves Justice League Dark with few good options, as Wonder Woman seems doomed to die no matter what and the best option involves all magic being under the control of a single vengeful goddess. Of course all this assumes that Circe is telling the truth and this isn’t part of her own plan for revenge on Diana.

Wonder Woman #56 is now available from DC Comics.

More: Say Goodbye To Magic in DC’s Comic Universe

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2018-10-11 01:10:54 – Matt Morrison

10 Best Disney Movies According to Rotten Tomatoes (And 10 With Almost 0%)

After all these years, Disney movies remain the gold standard in family entertainment. Starting from the back of a realty office in Hollywood back in 1928, Disney is now a brand worth billions of dollars. But it’s not just money—Disney’s cultural influence is worldwide and manages to stay relevant with each subsequent generation. There’s no underestimating the power of nostalgia; chances are if someone grew up liking Disney movies, they’re probably a fan for life. Walt Disney pioneered the idea of feature-length animated movies, an idea considered ridiculous at the time. They would be too expensive to make, and what self-respecting adult would pay money to see a full-length animated film? Turns out everyone wanted to, especially those with kids. At the time, there was no such thing as a full-production studio dedicated to animated films—so with the profits of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Walt Disney built one. From there, it was only a short period of time before Disney branched out into producing live-action films, and before anyone knew it, Disney dominated the family entertainment market.

Since then, Disney has expanded its intellectual properties to include Marvel, Star Wars, ABC, and 20th Century Fox. This makes Disney virtually unstoppable. Some meme artists have even depicted Mickey Mouse as Thanos, with its individual properties the different gems in the Infinity Gauntlet. But there were a few hiccups along the way. Disney has had tremendous success with its films, but people tend to forget that even the mighty occasionally fall. Here are the 10 best Disney movies according to the ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, along with the 10 worst.

20 Best: Pinnochio (100%)

Pinnochio was Walt Disney’s second animated feature, released shortly after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Like its predecessor, it had gorgeous visuals with a painstaking attention to every element of the production. Unlike Snow White, it initially flopped at the box office. Luckily, Walt Disney had faith in the movie and gave it a second release to recover production costs. The plan worked, and Pinocchio eventually earned enough money to put it back into the black.

The iconic “When You Wish Upon A Star” theme from the film is still synonymous with the Disney brand.

The artists of Pinnochio helped pioneered advances in effects animation, which specialized on non-character elements that move, such as water or fire. The animated ocean effects during the Monstro sequence were the most ambitious water effects ever achieved for its time.

19 Worst: That Darn Cat (13%)

If nobody remembers this movie, it’s partially because it came in and of the theatre pretty fast. A remake of Disney’s moderately successful live-action That Darn Cat from 1965, the 1997 version was not nearly as successful. Starring Cristina Ricci as Patti, the plot features a cat that becomes “witness” to a kidnapping gone wrong. Patti eventually convinces the authorities to investigate and she becomes central in helping to solve the details of the crime and eventual rescue.

The reviews of the film were dismal. One critic described it as “…a desperate dip into utter conventionality: dull car chases, explosions, inept slapstick.” Another says it is a “…disappointing, rather warmed over Disney offering.” Despite this, Cristina Ricci was nominated for two awards for her performance in the film, a Kid’s Choice Awards, and a Young Artist’s Ward.

18 Best: Mary Poppins (100%)

The mostly live-action Mary Poppins was a smash-hit. It earned 13 Academy Award film nominations and won five, including Best Actress, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects. It’s easy to see why. Julie Andrews brought her amazing charisma to the performance, dazzling audiences with her ability to sing, dance, and easily handle comedy intended for children. The songs are memorable, with several such as A Spoonful of Sugar and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious becoming part of the American culture.

Disney had experimented with combining live action with animation before, but never in such an ambitious way. For many, their favorite part of the film is where Mary Poppins, Burt the Chimney Sweep, and the Banks children jump into the chalk drawing and have a little adventure in an animated world. Disney is releasing the sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, in December of 2018.

17 Worst: My Favorite Martian (12%)

Based on the 1960’s television show of the same name, My Favorite Martian tells the story of a humanoid Martian (Christopher Lloyd) that crash lands on earth. He enlists the help of a reporter in a funk to put him up while he tries to repair his spaceship and get home.

Though reviews were generally kind to Christopher Lloyd, the movie as a whole was mostly disliked by critics.

Said one reviewer on Rotten Tomatoes, “An utterly pointless and unimaginative remake based on the classic ’60s sitcom…a meteoric misfire.” Another gets right to the point: “A terrible movie. Beware.” My Favorite Martian did earn three nominations…of The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. It was nominated for Worst Resurrection of a TV Show, Most Botched Comic Relief and Most Painfully Unfunny Comedy.

16 Best: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (100%)

Like most Disney movies, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was adapted from existing source material. It’s based on characters from short stories from the author A. A. Milne. The film focuses on young Christopher Robin and his stuffed bear, and a menagerie of other stuffed animals come to life. The movie is a collection of animated shorts edited together into a feature-length film.

Surprisingly, the Winnie the Pooh franchise is worth much more than one might imagine. Variety estimated the sales of merchandise related to Winnie the Pooh topped over $5 billion, which among Disney properties, is second only to Mickey Mouse. Disney released a live action movie, Christopher Robin, based on an adult Christopher Robin rediscovering Winnie the Pooh and his friends in August of 2018.

15 Worst: Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (11%)

One would think that after one of the most stereotypical happy endings of all time, writers would have a hard time coming up with a good sequel for Cinderella. One would be right. Cinderella II: Dreams Come True is actually an anthology movie that ties together three Cinderella short stories into one film. The first story describes her struggle to be herself as a new princess. The second follows Jaq the mouse feeling left out. And the third shows how Cinderella tries to teach one of her step-sisters how to smile. Seriously.

This direct-to-video sequel wasn’t liked by critics. One top critic says simply, “Do not see this film.” Another, quite dramatically, announces, “A screaming black vortex of total, irredeemable awfulness.” A quick glance through other remarks reveals similarly negative responses. Nevertheless, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True still made approximately $120 million in sales.

14 Best: Toy Story (100%)

Toy Story was ambitious in scope, it being the first animated Disney feature that was fully animated with CGI. Audiences had never seen this kind of animated film before and impressed audiences made the movie a runaway hit. Though CGI animated movies have come a long way since then, Toy Story still holds up. The interplay between Woody the Cowboy (played by Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is the highlight of the film. Though they have different perceptions of reality, they learn to work together to make sure they don’t get left behind in their boy Andy’s move.

Toy Story garnered three Academy Award nominations and won a Special Achievement Academy Award for being the first feature-length computer-animated film. It has two hit sequels, with a third in production.

13 Worst: Blank Check (11%)

What if a kid found a blank check that allowed him to spend a million dollars? That’s the intriguing premise behind Blank Check, a movie that didn’t really build a successful story out of this great idea. Through an implausible series of events, young Preston Waters is given a blank check to help pay for a bicycle accident involving a car. But he’s given the wrong check, and the person who gave it to him is a criminal. Preston spends the rest of the movie spending lavishly while trying to avoid the authorities and the criminal who is hot on his tail.

One top critic explains it’s “One of those smart-aleck kid adventures that manages to be entirely obnoxious with very little effort.” A Rotten Tomatoes super reviewer hilariously opined, “If you loved Home Alone, you’ll still gonna hate Blank Check!”

12 Best: Darby O’Gill and the Little People (100%)

Though many modern audiences have never heard of Darby O’Gill and the Little People, it probably remains the most successful movie ever made about Leprechauns. In the film, the aging laborer and caretaker Darby O’Gill has spent much of his life trying to catch the Leprechauns. One day, in his old age, he is actually caught by them. He spends the rest of the film strategizing how he will spend the three wishes granted upon him by Brian, the King of the Leprechauns.

The film also features a young and dashing Sean Connery as Michael McBride, the love interest to Darby O’Gill’s daughter.

Though it won no awards, it has been critically well-received over the years and had state-of-the-art special effects for its day.

11 Worst: Mr. Magoo (7%)

The character of Mr. Magoo was a successful cartoon character from the late 40’s through the 50’s. The running gag for each story was that millionaire Mr. Magoo was practically blind, which led him into comically dangerous situations. Mr. Magoo was also amazingly lucky, which seemed to save him every time.

The Disney adaptation starred Leslie Nielsen, an actor beloved for being able to handle silly comedy with a straight face. But it just wasn’t enough to save the film, which seemed to suffer from the repetitive and unfunny gags. Critics were beyond cruel to the film. One announced, “The movie is an insult to the intelligence of the entire human race.” Another agrees, “Mr. Magoo is transcendently bad. It soars above ordinary badness as the eagle outreaches the fly. There is not a laugh in it. Not one.”

10 Best: Toy Story 2 (100%)

After the runaway success of the first Toy Story, a sequel seemed inevitable. Somehow avoiding the curse of most sequels being inferior to the original, Toy Story 2 managed to be a moving story which many think is even better than the first. It also introduced a brand new character to the saga, Jesse the Cowgirl.

Toy Story 2 has one of the most heartbreaking songs in Disney’s collection, When She Loved Me, performed by Sarah McLachlan. The song describes being abandoned by the child she loved, a sequence that left hardly a dry eye in the house. It went on to become a smash hit, just like the first one. Though it won no academy awards, it won many independent awards and some argue it is the best Toy Story movie of the entire franchise.

9 Worst: A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (5%)

A Kid in King Arthur’s Court is very loosely based on Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, a story that has been adapted into several other films. Modern ’90s kid Calvin Fuller is playing baseball for his team when an earthquake hits. A chasm opens up on the field and he falls in. Calvin is inexplicably transported to England in the age of King Arthur, where he quickly wows the locals with his modern knowledge. While there, he also falls in love with the local princess.

Critics seemed to be surprised this was a Disney film. One critic laments, “Rarely do the well-financed wizards at Walt Disney Pictures cook up a movie this badly written, acted, and directed.” Another says, “Sitting through it, I found myself shuddering at what Disney may have in store for next summer.”

8 Best: Old Yeller (100%)

Old Yeller was famous for ruining many a childhood with a depressing plot twist, the on-screen demise of its titular dog. After saving his family multiple times over the years from bears, wild hogs, and wolves, Old Yeller finally seals his fate when he fought off a rabid wolf to protect his people. Not only did the the dog pass away, but its owner and best friend Travis had to put him down himself because he had been infected with rabies. This scene has become one of the most famous tear-jerking live-action scenes in all of Disney’s films.

Despite the bummer plot development, the film was still a critical and commercial hit. And it still managed to leave on a high note—by the end, Travis adopts Old Yeller’s puppy and names him Young Yeller.

7 West: Meet the Deedles (4%)

As handsome as Paul Walker was, even he couldn’t have saved Meet the Deedles. The story describes the hapless Phil and Stew Deedle, brothers who are in high school and avid surfers. Their father becomes disgusted with their lazy behavior and sends them off to a boot camp where they can learn some discipline.

In an extremely unlikely series of events, the Deedle brothers assume false identities as park rangers and…hilarity is supposed to ensue.

As with most movies received this badly, the Rotten Tomatoes reviews are hilarious to read. One critic announces dryly, “If all of this sounds ridiculous, it is.” Another is much more cruel, saying, “Dumb is one thing, but this sorry attempt at action-comedy from stuntman turned director Steve Boyum is in an intelligence-deprived class all its own.”

6 Best: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (98%)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was Disney’s first animated film feature and the first animated film to gain massive success. It was actually the profits from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves that allowed Disney to build its first full-fledged production studio in Burbank, California. From there, Disney was unleashed to produce dozens of huge hits.

Early forecasters predicted Snow White would be a huge flop, but Disney had the last laugh when the film was finally released. Critics, even the ones predicting its failure, absolutely loved it. Audiences flocked to it and children adored it. Walt Disney received a special Academy Honorary Award for making a “significant screen innovation.” The Honorary Oscar came with seven little miniature Oscars. As with Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, Disney is producing a live-action adaptation of the film.

5 Worst: Mulan 2 (0%)

Did we ever even need a Mulan 2? According to critics, the answer is a resounding “no.” The original Mulan was a hit in 1998, following the adventures of the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a woman who became a fearsome warrior against all odds. Mulan 2 features a convoluted plot wherein Mulan prepares to get married and go on an important mission at the same time, trying to prevent several kingdoms from collapsing against the Mongolian hordes.

The plot doesn’t sound terrible, but it didn’t deliver. Critics seemed to dislike it mainly for being bland. One explained, “If it were any more trivial, it’d be invisible. Mulan II is, rather, more conceptually offensive.” Another spoke bluntly, “It’s harmless, sure, but it’s also charmless.” Another sequel was planned but eventually shelved.

4 Best: 101 Dalmatians (98%)

With 101 Dalmatians, Disney opted to develop a somewhat obscure children’s story.  This was a bit different from the popular fairy-tale adaptations that Disney had been known for. After a bachelor and his new blushing bride get married, their respective male and female adult Dalmatians breed a large litter of puppies. An over the top villain, Cruella de Vil, steals them along with other Dalmatian puppies with plans to eventually turn them all into a fur coat. The adult Dalmatians and other animals lead efforts to rescue ALL the puppies and bring them back to safety.

101 Dalmatians cut costs by adopting a more minimal animation style but still was a critical and financial success.

The movie was adapted into two live-action movies in the ’90s and also had an animated sequel in 2003.

3 Worst: The Big Green (0%)

Not many Disney fans know this film even exists. The Big Green was released in 1995 and tells the story of a scrappy British teacher who introduces kids with low self-esteem in a small Texas town the game of soccer. Sort of a Bad News Bears for the soccer crowd, the movie follows these underdog kids as they go from losers to heroes.

However, according to critics, it’s derivative and not as good as either of those films. Perhaps the poster, which features a young kid getting hit in the groin by a soccer ball, is the first sign the “comedy” wasn’t up to par. One critic writes, “The Big Green is at its worst and most desperate when resorting to ridiculous hallucinations and silly sped-up photography to get laughs, and it’s at its best when… well, it’s over.” Yikes.

2 Best: Cinderella (97%)

It’s hard to believe, but Disney suffered a bit of a downturn during WWII and by the late 40s was financially doing poorly. Disney turned back to its classic roots and decided to produce Cinderella, an old story based on folklore and also told in a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. The movie not only brought Disney out of debt, but gave the studio enough capital to create its own film distribution company, begin production on other films, and start building Disneyland and Disney World.

The movie received critical praise not seen since Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Pinnochio. Many noted its rich colors and backgrounds, realistic human animation, and memorable music. It was later nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Original Song for Bippity Boppity Boo.

1 Worst: Kronk’s New Groove (0%)

The Emperor’s New Groove was a unique and charming Disney film that has become somewhat of a cult classic over the years, featuring the voices of the hilarious David Spade and Patrick Warburton. Its sequel, Kronk’s New Groove was not received nearly as well. Part of the problem may be the thin plot, which has something to do with Kronk running a restaurant, falling in love with a camp counselor, and trying to impress his father. Yzma returns as a villain but doesn’t really have much to do.

Voice talents notwithstanding, the resulting film was a dud with critics.

Pointed out one, “Great voice talents, but weak storyline and frankly not much groove.” Another astutely observed, “It’s just too generic, and generic is not what we want from a sequel to a film that managed to escape the Disney mold.”

Which of these films did you love most? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-07 06:10:17 – Gary Gunter

Wreck-It Ralph 2: Disney Reanimating Princess Tiana Following Backlash

Disney has decided to reanimate scenes from Ralph Breaks the Internet featuring Princess Tiana, following backlash over the character’s appearance. Tiana originally appeared in The Princess and the Frog in 2009, and was notable for being Disney’s first African-American princess. She’s voiced in both films by actress Anika Noni Rose.

Ralph Breaks the Internet will see the characters from the original film – bad guy Ralph (John C. Reilly) and racer turned princess Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) – leaving the confines of their arcade games for the greater world wide web. There they’ll meet a new cast of characters, including a “tough and talented” racer voiced by Gal Gadot, an algorithm called Yesss who is the heart and soul of a top-trending website voiced by Taraji P. Henson, and a group of Disney princesses.

Related: Ralph Breaks the Internet: Designing The Princesses’ Comfy Clothes

The scene with the princesses shows the girls lounging and wearing some very cute bedtime attire. However, when the scene was released fans were unhappy with the way Princess Tiana was animated, noticing that her skin appeared lighter, her nose narrower, and her hair texture different. Many called her features “racially ambiguous”, citing that she didn’t look like the same African-American woman she was in her own movie. Disney has taken fans’ criticism seriously, and according to the Wall Street Journal, has chosen to reanimate scenes featuring the character.

Disney animators reportedly worked with voice actress Rose and representatives from Color of Change, a racial justice organization, to adjust the character to look more like her original movie version. Color of Change praised Disney’s decision to “restore Princess Tiana’s image to that of an unapologetically black princess with full lips, dark skin and dark hair.” And the change can already been seen in the latest Ralph Breaks the Internet trailer.

While the change to Tiana’s look should never have happened in the first place, Disney is showing their willingness to listen to fans’ concerns, especially when it comes to racial representation. The animators responding to fans with openness and the desire to correct their mistakes goes a long way for people who just want to see themselves represented in the media they consume. Having an African-American princess isn’t enough, Tiana is important to so many precisely because of the way she looks. Her darker skin tone is a part of that, and Hollywood still has a long way to go when it comes to representing people of all skin tones and sizes.

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Source: Wall Street Journal

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2018-09-22 04:09:23 – Brittany Rivera

Star Wars: 21 Crazy Details About Princess Leia’s Body

Alongside King Joffrey and the Red Queen, Princess Leia may be one of the most famous monarchs in popular culture. However, though fans know some basic things about her, such as the fact that she certainly is no damsel in distress and that her home planet is destroyed, she has many other secrets.

While she is one of the three leads in the Star Wars original trilogy, she is the least developed character.

Luke is a moisture farmer from Tatooine who discovers his place as someone who can bring balance to the Force. Han is the smarmy smuggler who gradually learns to work as part of a team to help the Rebels. Leia is descended from a royal family (maybe) and is reduced to a supporting character throughout the trilogy.

It is a shame that George Lucas rarely gave her anything interesting to do, but it’s no surprise considering how little screen time he gives his female characters.

However, when looking at the comics and short stories that take place off screen, Leia’s role is expanded on greatly.

Through this extended universe material, we are treated to some surprising and fascinating facts about everyone’s favorite princess. Whether this be hints towards her Force powers or her skills as a leader for the rebellion, Leia is without doubt one of the most interesting characters of the franchise.

While it is a waste that little of this was revealed on screen, the sequel trilogy was a step in the right direction, as it allowed Leia the opportunity to show off how strong of a leader she really is.

With this in mind, here are the 21 Crazy Details About Princess Leia’s Body.

21 Yoda wanted to teach her instead of Luke

While Yoda is the Jedi Master who taught Luke about the Force, Luke was not Yoda’s first choice of Padawan.

In Star Wars short story “There is Another”, Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Yoda that he must train a young Skywalker soon.

Initially, Yoda is delighted, as he believes that this will be his chance to train Leia. However, when learning that Kenobi, means Luke he is reluctant to accept him.

Yoda notes that Luke does not have the correct disposition to be a successful Jedi, whereas Leia would be ready.

Had Obi-Wan Kenobi not been so insistent that Luke be trained instead of his younger twin sister, the original trilogy could have turned out very differently indeed.

20 She’s better with a blaster than Luke or Han Solo

While the phrase “you shoot like a stormtrooper” has become an insult due to their famously bad accuracy, Leia’s accuracy was on the other end of the spectrum.

Throughout the original trilogy, out of the three main protagonists, Leia has the best hit ratio with her blaster.

One would think that everyone’s favorite scoundrel Han Solo would have the best accuracy of the three. His first scene sees him successfully take down Greedo with just one shot, but against stormtroopers, he has worse luck.

Obviously Leia’s early self-defense classes readied her more for the fight against the Empire than Solo’s days of smuggling.

It’s a shame that a complimentary phrase like “you shoot like Princess Leia” never took off…

19 She is thoroughly trained in self-defence

Despite being raised as a princess during her childhood, unsurprisingly, Leia rebelled against this privileged background.

While her aunts wanted her to focus on etiquette, she was busy learning self-defence, which she saw as more useful.

Embracing her royal image yet with a strong knowledge of defense proved to be extremely useful in her later life. Leia was able to use people’s assumptions about her status against them by surprising them with her physical strength.

She uses her etiquette and self-defence lessons in the original trilogy where, despite being one of only three named speaking female characters, she manages to remain both strong and elegant.

This is a hard task alongside the pressure of having to represent an entire gender on screen too

18 Her ‘bagel bun’ hairstyle was inspired by Mexico

Leia’s “bagel bun” hairstyle from A New Hope is still one of the most iconic hairstyles in movie history.

It’s as synonymous with the Star Wars franchise as lightsabers, R2-D2, or Ewoks. So it comes as a huge surprise that this seemingly unique and bizarre style has roots in real history.

George Lucas revealed to Time: “In the 1977 film, I was working very hard to create something different that wasn’t fashion, so I went with a kind of Southwestern Pancho Villa woman revolutionary look, which is what that is. The buns are basically from turn-of-the-century Mexico.”

If only the Southwestern Pancho Villa women could see the impact that they had on popular culture today…

17 Her Force powers are hinted at early on

Across the original trilogy, there are hints Leia possesses the same natural affinity for the Force as her brother.

The subtle clues manifest themselves in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi most prominently.

In Empire, Leia suddenly realizes where Luke will be when searching for him in the Millennium Falcon on Cloud City. However, it is never explained how she knew he would be hanging underneath Cloud City or ever mentioned again.

Similarly, in Return, Leia mentions remembering her mother as “very beautiful, kind, but… sad.”

However, Padmé passed away after giving birth to her, so this makes no sense at all.

The only reasonable explanation is that Leia was able to use the Force to reach out to her family in both situations.

This, or Lucas inadvertently created two plot holes.

16 Rumors surrounded her pregnancy

Thirty years passed between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, but little is said about Leia’s pregnancy. Despite Kylo Ren being a major player in the sequels trilogy, we know nothing about his birth in the movies.

In the Star Wars universe, there were rumors surrounding the child of Leia and Han Solo – from speculation that Leia went through an intense three day labor to another suggestion that it was a painless childbirth.

Much like a real royal pregnancy, there were many rumors but nothing was officially confirmed by the royal couple themselves.

Like the wedding ceremony between Leia and Han, which was supposedly a private affair with only a few attending, there is nothing officially confirmed.

15 Her scene in The Last Jedi was meant to be “emotionally impactful”

According to Syfy, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy requested a scene in The Last Jedi to prove that Leia could use the Force. This made sense to settle debates among fans that had raged on for 30 years concerning whether Leia is as powerful as her brother.

However, Kennedy wanted to make the moment “emotionally impactful,” which led to the infamous Mary Poppins scene. The scene of Leia floating through space managed to divide fans, as some believed that it was cheesy, while others found it empowering.

Whatever your thoughts on the divisive scene, in what will be known as the most divisive Star Wars movie, there is no denying its importance.

It managed to officially canonize Leia’s Force abilities which were only hinted at previously.

14 She could sense her unborn son through the Force

The relationship between Leia and Kylo Ren is an important part of The Last Jedi. The shot of Kylo pausing before attacking the ship that his mother was in is striking.

It’s even more impactful when you consider the fact they don’t share any actual screen time throughout any of the movie.

This seemingly telepathic connection that they shared in The Last Jedi may have stemmed from their connection during Leia’s pregnancy.

In the canon novel Aftermath: Empire’s End, Leia notes that she is able to sense her unborn son through the Force.

She even compared him to a pulsing band of light, which adds weight to the idea that their strong mother and son connection was present when he was just a fetus.

13 Her bounty hunter disguise was taken from a fight

While many of Leia’s costumes have lived on in popular culture, whether it be the slave outfit or the white dress, the bounty hunter disguise may be her least glamorous.

This bounty hunter outfit was worn when she rescued Han Solo from Jabba’s palace at the beginning of Return of the Jedi.

There is some backstory behind the costume, however.

It was stripped off the bounty hunter Boushh. Boushh made the mistake of starting a fight during a meeting between Leia and Maz Kanata, which the Rebels won.

After R2-D2 disabled Boushh with a crane, Leia decided to use the armour as a disguise to rescue Han. Sadly it doesn’t look like we’ll get to see this exciting tale translated on screen.

12 She has punched Han Solo

Although Leia and Han Solo had a very intense and temperamental relationship, we never actually saw them come to blows.

However, while this was the case for the movie, this did not apply to the Han Solo miniseries comics.

We know that Leia can give a good slap – you can ask Poe Dameron in The Last Jedi, as he feels her wrath upon his demotion. Han suffered this in full force, as he was punched by his wife in the aforementioned comic.

Ultimately, it is discovered that this is an elaborate scam to convince General Craken and the Rebels that Han is going rogue.

However, Leia must have felt some satisfaction in being able to punch the most famous scoundrel in the universe.

11  10. She cannot see Force Ghosts

One fact that cannot be explained regarding Leia’s Force abilities is why she cannot see Force Ghosts.

At the end of Return of the Jedi, as Luke smiles on at the Force Ghosts, Leia is oblivious. Despite Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Yoda all being present in the middle of the celebrations, Luke is the only one acknowledging them.

Leia even looks at Luke as if to question what he is looking at.

This may be an oversight on Lucas’s behalf, as he may have forgotten the full potential of Leia’s powers.

While it would be 34 years after Return of the Jedi until Leia could demonstrate her knowledge of the Force, Lucas seems to have forgotten entirely in this scene.

10 She has used telekinetic powers already

While Leia explicitly uses her telekinetic powers in The Last Jedi, she had already previously used them earlier in canon.

As VS Battle Wiki notes: “Leia literally puts her mind over matter via the Force. She can use this ability to blast away enemies, shield herself, disarm enemies, hurl debris at enemies to distract or outright bombard them, etc. Its limits are only those of the imagination of the user.”

While we never see any of this on screen before 2017, fans have witnessed this in the comics and short stories.

Rian Johnson, a long time fan of the franchise, made sure that he included this in his first movie so that those who had not read the material could witness it visually.

9 George Lucas had a different vision of Her originally

George Lucas’s original script for 1977’s Star Wars was extremely fluid, even until a few months before shooting. He famously toyed with changing the character of Luke Skywalker to a female and originally using the last name Starkiller.

However, he also considered casting a Japanese actress for Princess Leia’s part.

Such a casting decision for a major blockbuster would have been revolutionary for the time. It would eventually be Kelly Marie Tran in The Last Jedi who was the first main Asian character of the franchise.

Another idea that Lucas debated, was casting dwarves as the three main characters. Why he originally decided to do this and why he eventually did not is a mystery.

8 CGI was used to paste Carrie Fisher’s face on to another body in Rogue One

Whereas Robert Downey Jr. was de-aged using CGI in Civil War, this was not the case for Carrie Fisher. Captain Marvel will see a de-aged Samuel L. Jackson for its entirety, but this technology was not viable for Fisher.

Another form of CGI had to be used for the brief Princess Leia shot at the end of Rogue One.

The Independent noted that Norwegian actress Ingvild Delia was cast to be the body of Leia. While she adopted Fisher’s mannerisms, a copy of a young Leia’s face was pasted on to her.

Though it was unexplained why they could not de-age Carrie Fisher like they have done to others, Fisher herself was thrilled with the final product.

It was realistic that, according to Screencrush, she thought it was actual footage from A New Hope.

7 She has wielded a lightsaber

Of the three leads, Luke is the person we see repeatedly wield a lightsaber. However, this doesn’t mean the others haven’t.

In fact, Han used one to save Luke’s life, as he sliced open a tauntaun on Hoth before putting Luke into it.

Leia, however, has never been seen to wield one on screen so far. She has used one on several occasions in comic form, though.

Most notably, in the canon comic Star Wars #12, Leia is seen using a lightsaber for the first time.

While she looks relatively at ease using it, and no doubt harnessing the Force, she still goes back to her classic blaster afterwards.

It looks like we will never see the Skywalkers taking down the Empire both using a lightsaber – at least on screen.

6 She has noted how similar she looks to her mother (even though they never met)

Ignoring the fact that Natalie Portman and Carrie Fisher don’t look much alike, Padmé and Leia apparently look identical.

They look so identical, in fact, that in Princess Leia #2, Leia commented that a picture of Padmé she found looked exactly like her.

This comic, which is the second part of five comics dedicated to the Princess, saw Leia make her way to Naboo.

On her mother’s planet, Leia and Rebel pilot Evaan Verlaine seek to find a small group of Alderaanians.

While Leia discovers more about her mother’s planet, she also discovers more about their similarities.

As well as their supposedly similar looks, Leia adopted her mother’s fighting spirit and rebellious attitude, which has spanned generations.

5 She hated her ‘bagel bun’ hair so much she cut it off

While the “bagel bun” hairstyle has becoming a defining feature of Leia, the woman herself was not fond of it.

In The Princess Leia Diaries, Leia is so sick of her hairstyle that she cuts her own hair.

While at the time this may have seemed like a good idea, she was then forced by her aunts, who were disgusted by such a vile gesture, to wear a wig.

As per usual, however, Leia had the last laugh, as she wittily claimed that she didn’t need to wear earmuffs in the summer.

Obviously she was forced to keep the hairstyle during her time as royalty, but, after the events of A New Hope, she decided to rebel against it as she had done the Empire.

4 She was forced to end a life in self-defense

One of the darker chapters of Leia’s life occurred when she was forced to end another person’s life in battle.

In the comic Star Wars: Empire: Princess…Warrior, Leia goes on a diplomatic mission to Ralltiir.

On the planet, she encounters the Moff Lord Tion, and after been given no other option, was forced to end his life in self-defence.

While she has previously shot at stormtroopers, the lack of seeing a face underneath the mask makes them seem almost non-human.

However, in this instance when she is given no other option, the decision seems to obviously hurt her.

Whether Leia ever fully recovered from this traumatic choice is up for debate, but it was a bold move regardless.

3 She was captured with the intention of being Queen of the Empire

Another unexplored yet equally dark moment for Leia was when she was captured by an embittered Jedi Knight who wanted her to join him in the dark side.

The events may have not taken place on screen, but they took place in the comic Queen of the Empire.

Kadann, a Jedi Knight who had embraced the dark side, planned to also turn Leia to the dark side too.

His ultimate goal was to make Leia Queen of the Empire, but Luke was ultimately able to rescue her.

Whereas this might have made an interesting on-screen tale, the subject matter might have been too dark for a children’s movie. However, film’s loss is comic’s gain.

2 She is a skilled tactician

According to Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, Leia was more than just a fighter, a princess, and a rebellion leader – she was also a skilled tactician who became useful in combat situations.

While we do not see much of this in the original trilogy, it is easy to identify Leia’s ability to command an army as General Leia in the sequels trilogy.

Her duties range from putting Poe Dameron in his place with a slap to commanding the remaining rebels in battle.

While many fans will always see Leia as a princess, she will be known by a younger generation as General Leia.

As a skilled tactician, she is able to prove herself as someone who is more than just a figurehead of a royal family after all these years.

1 She helped Luke defeat Palpatine

Battle meditation is something that is never explained in the original trilogy or any of the movies.

According to Wookieepedia, it is “a Force ability that considerably boosted the morale, stamina, and overall battle prowess of an individual’s allies while simultaneously reducing the opposition’s combat-effectiveness by eroding their will to fight.”

One notable practiser of this extremely underrated power is Princess Leia herself. She taught herself how to tap into this force ability from books recovered on Ossus, which is the home of the Jedi Academy.

Most importantly, Leia managed to harness these skills when helping her brother defeat a resurrected Emperor.

Through deploying this invaluable tactic, she managed to aid Luke while weakening the all powerful Emperor.

This is yet another example of Leia’s constantly under-appreciated but vital skills in battle.

Can you think of any other interesting facts about Princess Leia’s body in Star Wars? Let us know in the comments!

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22 Wild Disney Princess Redesigns Better Than Wreck-It Ralph 2

Images of the various Disney Princesses from the upcoming Disney animated movie Wreck-It Ralph 2 have the Internet buzzing with excitement and possibility, much of it stemming from Vanellope’s dubious regard of the princesses’ predicament.

When she asks if they need law enforcement intervention after they ask her if she’s been abducted, cursed, or otherwise mistreated, it’s a perfect self-parodying moment for Disney, much like the joking about falling in love with someone you just met in Frozen. It’s also hopefully a nod to Disney’s moving toward more modern storytelling methods and gender dynamics in its movies.

Even so, as fans squealed over seeing some of their favorite Disney characters in the trailer and anticipated the movie, many more fans have already created new versions of the same old princesses that are much more inventive and exciting than the Wreck-It Ralph 2 versions. This comes as no surprise, given how wild and rampant the minds of fans can be, coupled with the fact that they have the freedom to mash-up different fandoms and genres as they choose without any obligatory contracts or trademarks to honor.

Fans also tend to ignore the norms that Disney upholds, from body size and image to the capabilities of gender to even the number of women allowed in a single scene together. In short, Disney Princess fan art is often more satisfying than the original source material, no matter how beloved and nostalgic those movies are to us.

Here are 22 Wild Disney Princess Redesigns Better Than Wreck-It Ralph 2.

22 Scorched Elsa

Take away the element of ice from the Frost Queen’s arsenal and replace it with something literally much hotter and you get a Queen of Fire, courtesy of fan artist lazytoontown.

Elsa’s own appearance is warmer in this pyro version of the princess, complete with a cool Katniss-esque gown.

Given the whole “conceal, don’t feel” disastrous upbringing the poor girl experienced, we could definitely see this version going Firestarter on her own stuffy palace as a child.

The artist also played with the element of water for another Elsa look, so she’s practically a Pokémon now.

21 Beauty Chains the Beast

Check out that sword and that determined gaze. With her unkempt hair, bold stare, and cool, hooded gown, Belle is a pretty awesome princess-to-be in this version of Beauty and the Beast by artist MeoMai.

And what about the Beast? Belle doesn’t look like a prisoner who marries out of Stockholm Syndrome in this piece. Instead, he looks every inch her servant, his telltale chain displaying her ownership of him.

Human again?” We’re pretty sure this Beast is still a beast– and Belle’s guard dog.

20 Emo Snow White

This modern take on Snow White, in honor of her turning 80, appears much less fragile and much more cunning. Artist Junica-Hots depicts her thoughtfully sipping from an presumed poisonous apple, the gold in the fruit running from her very eyes as she stares at the viewer knowingly, daring them to save her.

This is a princess who doesn’t require saving.

She is probably poisoning her own drink to build up a tolerance to it before she challenges Regina George to a drink-off in order to rule the school.

19 Rapunzel And Merida At Hogwarts

Princesses attending Hogwarts is practically a dream come true for fans of both the Disney Princess and the Harry Potter fanchises.

Artist yukihyo sorted Rapunzel into Hufflepuff and Merida into Gryffindor, making the archer into the Quidditch team’s seeker. The two look like they are quite at home in the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and why wouldn’t they be? Between Rapunzel’s magic hair and Merida’s experience with curses and wisps, they already know a thing or two about magic.

18 Ariel, Warrior Princess

Move over, Xena: Ariel is in the house. Artist dkh88 has created a version of the Little Mermaid who looks fierce and ready for battle alongside Aquaman. Perhaps she could even give him a run for his money.

Poised with her trident and some pretty amazing armor, this mermaid is ready to defend her territory at all costs.

She isn’t about to lose her voice for someone she just met.

While some fans have requested similar versions of Prince Eric, we think she looks like she’s doing pretty well for herself without the aid of a human.

17 Monster Princesses

Monsters will always be popular, so what better way to give the Disney princesses an update than with a few monster looks?

Artist noflutter presents an adorable version of the princesses as classic movie monsters, from Belle as the werewolf to Cinderella as Frankenstein’s Bride. Each has a wild look with a hint of creepiness, perfect for a Disney horror flick.

Take note of these styles for Halloween season, especially if you have someone in your life who really wants to be a princess.

16 Modern Pocahontas

Pocahontas has always been one of the most problematic princesses, although the problems don’t stem from the woman herself, but the completely inaccurate tale woven into the film.

A modern rendering of the princess might shine better light on her story should she be given a voice to tell it, and artist Naimly’s version of the character is as modern as it gets.

Between her partly-shaved head and torn jeans, Pocahontas could fit into any modern high school or college setting.

While it’s not her duty to educate the world, perhaps those around her might delve more deeply into her story.

15 Rapunzel Thor

What might happen if the Disney princesses transformed into Marvel superheroes? The mashup ideas are endless, and artists like Christopher-Stoll have given us glimpses at what they might look like.

Pictured here, Rapunzel takes Thor’s long locks to a whole new level, but even better, she wields a frying pan instead of Mjolnir.

The artist has some other incredible renderings of Pocahontas as Captain America, Snow White as the Hulk, Jasmine as Iron Man, and Ariel as Black Widow. Be sure to check out Tiana as Nick Fury and Mulan as Hawkeye, too.

14 America’s Next Top Disney Princess

How often have the London and New York fashion show photos made you think of the Disney princesses? If so, you’re kindred with artist liminowl, who came up with this mega modern idea.

From the haute couture to the princesses’ very faces, every inch of each character screams runway while still maintaining some sort of homage to the original princess design.

For some fun be sure to check out the author’s little gossipy quotes from each character, written to provide more authenticity to the whole scenario. Some are downright snippy.

13 Disney Space Princesses

Princesses in space! It might be a slightly overused trope, particularly with sequels, but it’s also a fun idea to find Mulan, Pocahontas, Tiana, and company in space with their various space suits and weapons.

There’s even an robotic Maid Marian!

Artist coolbyproxy says that Princess Leia was left out simply because she is already a space princess. Each princess is clearly depicted with elements that differentiate her from the rest.

The artist has created other space Disney characters, such as villains, as well as some of the princesses as solo stars.

12 Art Nouveau Princesses

Artist Hannah-Alexander created a series of Art Nouveau costume designs for the princesses and some other Disney characters that are nothing short of gorgeous.

From organza and chiffon to boned corsets, beaded trimming and translucent puffed sleeves, each design is magical in its own way, truly giving Disney a run for its money.

Be sure to click through all of the artist’s works to see the beauty of each different design, from Elsa, Anna, and Kida to Tinkerbell, Esmeralda, and Meg.

11 Western Frozen

Ever get a Clint Eastwood or Mattie Ross vibe from Elsa and Anna of Frozen? Maybe not, but artist viennaorlando imagined the queen and the princess in a The Good, The Bad and The Ugly scenario and it has birthed a sea of plot bunnies. Hans is even present, holding the pair at gunpoint.

This is quite an interesting take on the characters, far outside the realm of Arendelle. 

It makes us wonder how the sisters might fare in the Wild West. Would Elsa’s powers even work somewhere that hot? Maybe they’d be amplified at nighttime.

10 Klimt Tiana

Combining gorgeous fine art with Disney characters doesn’t seem like an obvious use of artistic license but when artist Morloth88 did so with Princess Tiana and Gustav Klimpt’s “Woman in Gold”piece, it pretty much rocked our world.

The piece is utterly gorgeous and a brilliant, unique form of mashup.

Created for a special contest, this work features a simple coloring book page transformed into a fabulous work of art.

Imagine if other great works were transformed with Disney princesses– perhaps “The Scream” with The Little Mermaid? “Sunflowers” with Princess Anna?

9 Warrior Cinderella

She’s one of the infamously helpless princesses. Yes, she’s kind, beautiful, and can sing, but she doesn’t really do much aside from clean house and dream of the handsome prince.

To be fair, that’s fine: if many people pursued a simpler life we’d surely be in less environmental trouble, at least. But many see Cinderella as a helpless maiden against her stepmother and stepsisters, who don’t even have magic powers.

This version of Cindrella by tragicPOPCORNmoment looks fierce enough to challenge them for her rightful home. The artist has created warrior versions of princesses like Belle and Ariel, too.

8 Avatar Tiana

What if all of the Disney princesses were to star in an Avatar cartoon of their own? Artist racookie3 presumes that Princess Tiana would become Swamp Bender Tiana, complete with vibrant colors and an accompanying Louis, whom the artist refers to as a moss creature that helps her in protecting the swamp.

The deviations don’t stop there. The artist also transformed Pocahontas into an Air Bender, Ariel into a Water Bende,r and Princess Jasmine as a Fire Bender, among others. The artist even has a rendition of Snow White and the Seven Earth Benders!

7 Empress Mulan

We all know that while not a true Disney princess, Mulan did a whole lot more than many of the traditional princesses and deserves a title of her own.

Empress Mulan, as Willemijn1991 has created here, seems to do her some justice.

Being the ruler of a nation suits Fa Mulan best, particularly after she proved herself in battle, deceived everyone she knew in order to save China, and put up with the nonsense of almost every other character in the process.

Sure, she eventually received some acknowledgement and brought honor to her family, but she’s a natural leader who should’ve been given more power.

6 Steampunk Ariel

Disney characters in steampunk gear are the best and this version of Ariel by MecaniqueFairy wins the Internet.

Everything about this version of The Little Mermaid is better than the original, from her functional flippers and breathing apparatus to the cool design itself.

The colorful pattern still alludes to a princess while the rest makes her seem even more of an adventurer rather than a teenage hoarder.

The eyepieces also give Ariel the look of the web-famous hipster Ariel that everyone knows and loves.

5 Tiger Jasmine And Mulan

Sure, we had Maid Marion, but other than that we haven’t really had anything close to an anthropomorphic princess on the big screen, unless you count Princess Tiana’s curse. So when artist LorDefiance created this cool rendering of Jasmine and Mulan as anthropomorphic creatures, she created something special.

The colors are particularly magical, and the characters themselves pretty much beg for Build-a-Bear reproduction.

Disney, it is definitely time for another Robin Hood-esque movie, perhaps with these two princesses in the leading roles.

4 Moana As Maui

Disney gender-bending is the best, particularly when a pliant, submissive princess finally gets to go on an adventure or do something other than be rescued. Moana does not fall into this category in the least. In fact, she is one of the coolest, most active princesses in Disney history. Even so, Moana re-imagined as the demigod Maui in this piece by Arbie-Creative is still quite intriguing.

We have to wonder what the biggest difference would be in the film. Would Moana convey Maui’s arrogance and charm? Or would the god develop humility?

3 Fox Elsa

It’s as if Princess Elsa was transported to Zootopia, and we love it. Artist nik159 has imagined her as a serene, melancholy Arctic fox, which truly captures the new queen’s sorrow while still transforming her into a lovely anthropomorphic creature.

The creator of this piece says that the coronation outfit is the best of Elsa’s wardrobe, which is why it was selected here.

The same artist created various animal versions of other princesses, like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, as well as villains like Maleficent and the Evil Queen.

2 Pacific Rim Princesses

Artist Lou has placed all of the princesses in the same world where they would be directed by Guillermo del Toro, which just has us over the moon.

Imagine Jasmine, Pocahontas, Ariel, and Tiana all as Jaeger pilots!

If Disney combined with the world of Pacific Rim, not only would we have the coolest array of pilots, but also the most incredible monsters!.

Stitch, Mike, Sulley, Raja… the possibilities of Disney Kaijus inspired by monsters, sidekicks, and villains are beyond cool.

1 Jedi Merida

Now that the Star Wars family attends Disney family reunions, it’s not a far-fetched mashup, but it’s one of the most incredible ideas we’ve seen: Merida as a Jedi, complete with an amazing lightbow instead of a saber.

From her fierce expression to her amazing hair and steampunk outfit, she looks as if she were born to be in that world rather than DunBroch.

Artist Phill-Art dazzles us with this concept, as well as sister art of Jedi Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, and Rapunzel.

What’s your favorite Disney Princess redesign? Let us know in the comments!

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