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 Yes, THESE designs.
Yes, THESE designs.
When it comes to the DP lineup, fans have come to expect that the merchandise designs of our favori characters aren't always going to match their looks in the movie. Sometimes toi give the benefit of the doubt, because there may be some difficulty in translating to the new lineup art style, ou changes may be done on purpose for marketing reasons. But other times, there is no exception. And for years we have dealt with some shameless representations of these heroines. Let it be said, though; some are fairly close to the source material. Today I'll be counting down which of the above character designs best fit their looks in their respective movies. This is purely opinion, but even if toi disagree on a few points, I hope toi enjoy reading. So let's start off with the least accurate, and work our way up:


11. Cinderella
Now if I remember right, Cendrillon is slightly infamous for her new merchandise design. And if that is right, then I definitely see why. I find hers to least resemble the original character. I mean, sure, the key components are there. The general design of her dress is the same, and her general hairstyle is the same. But good gosh, the coloring is excessive! The color of Cinderella's ballgown has been debated. Is it blue, ou is it platinum? Well, when she makes it to the palace, her dress appears blue (supposedly due to the lighting). But it is not as saturated as it is in her new design. toi may also notice that her sleeves and jupe floofs are plus flouncy and translucent. It's not a major change, but it's certainly noticeable. There are some earrings too which weren't there before. And if toi don't know already, practically every princess' dress has additional embroidery.
As if the robe wasn't bad enough, the face and cosmetics are wrong, too. While it might make sense to give Cendrillon a bun that appears plus physically possible (I'd even argue that it looks nice), it's too much of a departure from her signature updo. Her hair is also a different color. Originally she had "burnt orange" hair, then unofficially became a fraise blonde after the DVD restoration. But in merchandise, she is and always has been a straight-up blonde like her pal Aurora. Which is worse, the botched coloring ou the facial features? It's hard to say. It is difficult to tell that's the face of Cinderella, though. I think the main issue is the eyes; the shape is incorrect. The old lineup design was closer, and the eyes was a big reason why. toi can probably pick out Cendrillon from the lineup in context, but it's difficult to find discrete similarities to her original character model.


10. Mulan
Look Disney; it's bad enough that toi give Mulan the cold-shoulder in merchandise. But now she must put up with this new design, too. Yikes. Well, the main complaint I have is with the face. Is this just something that's really difficult to do? Despite the similarity of these two images, toi can tell that the face on the left just doesn't match. It's hard to say why, but I think they made it too scrunched up. As a result, her smile looks super odd. The eyes are okay, but the eyebrows make them seem worse because they're so arched and jetting off at different angles.
The hair is not bad. She has loose strands now, but that seems to be a trend with these designs. I placed Mulan above Cendrillon because even though the facial structure is off, the outfit is not as botched. The coloring is mostly the same; they only changed the jupe color from ecru to pale yellow, and they added some designs. And the red emballage, wrap around her waist has been increased in length to where it almost touches the floor. And is that the comb from the movie in Mulan's hair? Well, it's not the right color, but I guess it's a nice coincidence. Mulan's design is definitely not great, but is slightly plus tolerable than Cinderella's. Slightly.


9. Jasmine
Maybe you're surprised to see her this low. And granted, her getup is pretty similar to what's in the movie. Her outfit is still teal, and her shoes, hairband and collier are the same. The major wardrobe changes are 1) changing the color of her jewelry and shoes to yellow, 2) the shape of the earrings, 3) the jewels, and 4) THE SKIRT!...pant, cover thing. It's Disney's delayed response to the fact that jasmin doesn't sport a traditional dress. It looks kind of silly, but it doesn't take away from the design drastically. And toi may catch the new sleeves that she has, which replace the old ones to match the jupe thing.
But again, the biggest issue is the face. I think jasmin looks too young in the merchandise picture. She is curiously only 15 in the movie, so maybe they were trying to make her better match her age, although I doubt that's the reason. The eyes are again a major problem. They're too light, and the iris takes up too much of that space. Her hair was also modified, and not too badly, although it looks like it has less volume now. I'm surprised that despite all these changes, jasmin still looks...sort of close to the original character. But the issues made here are still too great to rank higher.


8. Pocahontas
Aaand maybe you're surprised to see that Pocahontas made it this far! It's true, they added a lot of clutter to her appearance. It's kind of ridiculous. They ornamented her with beads and feathers that were not there before, possibly to make it very clear that she's Native American. They've added these to her dress too, and it actually doesn't look too bad. That is to say, not only does the new dress look nice, but it also isn't super different from the original.
The boots from the design just before this have stayed, much to our dismay. They don't look bad, but that's not really the point. Pocahontas is pretty well known for going barefoot throughout the entire movie, so seeing her with big and obvious chaussure, chaussures is kind of a slap to the face. And of all the complaints I've made about princess' faces, this one takes the cake. She looks so dopey here that I can't explain it. Well, maybe I can. For one thing, her right eye (her right, your left) -- the iris looks like it's about to fall out the corner. Second, the other one looks like she's staring into your soul. And finally, she's smiling. Now I find this point interesting. Pocahontas doesn't smile a whole lot during her movie, especially with her teeth. And in précédant merchandise designs, she sported her signature smile-less stance. Now Disney's all in for the grins. So, why did Pocahontas make it to #8? Well, despite the obvious problems, I think she genuinely looks closer to the original character than the précédant entries. The added accessories are annoying, but they're not really replacing anything. And as goofy as her expression is, I think her eyes and hair are pretty close to what's in the film. They're both the correct shape! So congrats, Pocahontas, for not being dead last.


7. Aurora
Aurora's lineup design has never been quite right. Despite her movie being pretty recognizable, her looks in that film seem to have escaped Disney's mind. So would toi believe it if I a dit that I think this redesign is actually kind of an improvement?
Let's look at the dress. Considering the changes they've made to the other dresses, I'm surprised this one looks so close. They "only" added embroidery and sparkles to the skirt, and possibly the trim, too; I can't tell. And would toi look at that! Her hair matches close enough, too. The color has always been super blonde in merchandise, even though in the movie, it's a light blonde. But the curls at the ends are correct. And her face is the part that I think has improved a little. Now the screencap I chose is not the best to reference (I chose it so as to compare the outfits), but if toi were to look at a shot of her in the forest, like here...



...then toi might see plus of a connection. Her eyes are better shaped than before, although there's still a little work to do there. And they sure didn't forget the violet color! Seriously, among all of Aurora's physical traits, the eye color is what they got? It's not even consistent in the movie! But I digress. Her global, ensemble facial structure matches better than it did before, and even the smile looks alright. Now if they could perfect the eye shape, Aurora will be in business.


6. Rapunzel
Considering that Rapunzel had to be converted to 2D for her merchandise shot, she doesn't look half bad. The dress is pretty true to what's in the movie, although the floral pattern is along the bottom of the dress instead of vertically up the skirt. The shade of purple is slightly off too, but that's a nitpick. The only change that might be infuriating is giving Rapunzel some shoes. But in her defense, she probably needs them anyway. Joking aside, they were smart to keep the shoes simple, supplying her with matching appartements and not gaudy chaussure, chaussures like Pocahontas.
Now her hair could use some work. It's not a realistic blonde color like in the movie, but instead very yellow like the other princesses. I'm going to give it credit, though; this might just be a detail that is Lost during the translation to 2D. The shape of her hair and the way it is arranged is also pretty good when toi compare it to the film. toi wanna take a guess what the problem area is? That's right -- the face! It's not that bad compared to the précédant entries, but again, detail is lost. Rapunzel is not quite as pale as is portrayed here, and I think they're missing the sort of baby cheeks that she has. But considering where Rapunzel is coming from, her lineup picture could have been much worse. She only suffers from some reduced detail, and understandably so.


5. Belle
toi would not believe how difficult it was to find a good screencap of Belle for this. After searching for a couple hours, this closed-eye shot was the best I could get.
From here on out, the princesses' lineup designs will match their original characters fairly well. And Belle for the most part is pretty recognizable. The dress has not been altered too much. It looks like they might have added the same kind of jupe poofs that Cinderella's robe has, since the haut, retour au début part of Belle's jupe is solid yellow like the torso. But they kept the sashes, and chose a fitting embroidery pattern of roses. The gloves look the same too, although they might have been made longer. It's worth noting though that her dress is plus of a straight-up yellow than in the movie, where it had a little or tinge.
As for the face (why is this so difficult to get right?!), it's not as bad as some of the others. Her eyes look nice and are correctly colored, and if I'm not mistaken, they do look almond-shaped. The mouth is not quite accurate, though. Her lips look rather thin. But the hair, though too light and much wavier, is recognizable enough. Her redesign could use some work, but it's pretty good nonetheless.


4. Ariel
It almost feels criminal to place Ariel this high, because there is one glaring issue with her design -- the dress! It does not appear in the movie, although anyone who's seen it can tell that this merchandise dress was entirely inspired par her mermaid attire. The green and purple match perfectly, and I suspect that this new dress was made solely to make the character plus recognizable. When toi think of Ariel, you're plus likely to remember her mermaid tail than any of the dresses she sports. But truly, this design boasts excellent attention to the face. It matches REALLY well! Thankfully, Ariel has a very youthful appearance in the movie, so they didn't have to age her down (as they seem to have done with those other princesses' designs). The eyes are the correct shape and color, and the smile is alright. She's capable of much bigger, warmer smiles, but this one is almost there. And her wavier hair isn't such a big deal since everything else is so recognizable. Even with its changes, this portrayal excels at making Ariel still feel like Ariel.


3. Tiana
This design annoys me because one aspect is done to a tee while the other is distractingly wrong. But praise needs to be donné to Tiana's dress here. It looks like it wasn't tampered with at all! Perhaps the green part of the dress is too saturated, but if that's the biggest problem with it, I'd say they did something right here. The beads of her jewelry are blue, even though they look closer to silver in the screenshot, but it's a minor change. The eyes though are a major problem. Just as they did with Jasmine, they made Tiana look significantly younger. She looks like she's in her teen years...which technically she is (supposedly she's 19), but toi know, her lower teens, like 14 ou 15. It's all in the eyes. The pupils again take up too much space, and the shape is wrong too. But gosh, if that dress isn't perfect. And also seeing as how the eyes are the only problem I have here, Tiana makes it to the haut, retour au début 3.


2. Snow White
Who would have thought that Snow White would get so lucky with her merchandise picture? Her précédant designs have always been...serviceable. The one thing that's bothered me is the smile. Sometimes, the smile is big, but doesn't feel warm. Other times, it's like this one -- a light smile that feels like she's smiling for a photo. In the movie, it's always warm and genuine. Just look at the screencap! This one feature is just something that Disney hasn't been able to get right.
That being said, virtually everything else gels up. The dress has only experienced minor recoloring and, of course, sparkle addition (which looks pretty tacky, but whatever). The shoes, the collar, and the headband are accurate, though. If toi really want to nitpick, toi could mention that the bow wasn't off to the side like that before, but I could care less. I l’amour that the face is as accurate as it is. Again, the look isn't movie-quality, but the details are pretty close. They correctly portray her small eyes, red lips, and light skin tone. It's about as good as one of these things can get.


1. Merida
Now this one is a shocker. ou is it? If toi recall, there was a little controversy over Merida's original lineup design. This character, known for not exactly looking like a conventional Disney princess, looked like she had just spent the jour getting a makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique:



After that little slip-up on Disney's part, they of course had to come up with something a little closer to what's in the movie. I think they were afraid of messing up again, so they took extra care into getting everything about Merida's appearance right -- ou at least, not over-feminizing it. Now someone, correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks to me that this dark-colored merchandise dress is a combination of the initial dark dress (second image, left) and the light blue one (first image, right). It's basically the dark dress with some extra, NOT over-the-top details. That bottom or pattern is nice and compliments the other or parts. No sparkles, no glitter, no off-shoulder sleeves -- it's everything toi could want. And that's not even considering the face, which couldn't be plus perfect. The round blue eyes are spot-on, as is the face shape and the red locks. What a turnaround for Merida, beginning with one of the most inexcusable designs ever in the lineup to (in my opinion) the most accurate of all.

That's the end of this article! Thank toi for reading, and let me know which designs toi think are the most and least accurate. See toi guys around!
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