Welcome to Disney Debate!
Over the next 11 weeks, we’ll discuss each of the “official” Disney princesses. Read the information and question below and then use the comments section to join the debate. Engage with people’s comments by replying to them, and add your own points by creating a new comment. Comments must be civil to be included.
WEEK 11: MERIDA
Brenda Chapman, who created Brave, said of Merida, “She’s strong inside and out – she’s not just a simpering pretty face waiting around for romance! She was created to turn that whole ideal on it’s head!” Filmmakers and critics insist that Merida represents a giant leap in the right direction — away from damsels in distress who wait for men to save them, and toward independent women who don’t need a man at all.
Is this the direction you want to see Disney princesses going in? If so, why? If not, why not?