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“I am Merida. Firstborn descendant of Clan DunBroch. And I’ll be shooting for my own hand!”

Princess Merida is a 16 year old young girl who is daughter of Queen Elinor in the Scottish highlands called kingdom of DunBroch. Princess Merida is a main character in film Brave, which was produced by Pixar Animation Studio and was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures in 2012 (IMDb 2012).

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In movie Brave, Macdonald Kelly, who is a Scottish actress from Glasgow, Scotland, voiced Princess Merida and she is also well known in many famous movies such as Boardwalk Empire in 2010, Finding Neverland in 2004 and Brave in 2012(Rotten Tomatoes 2011).

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Princess Merida is very beautiful with a girl with fair skin, round face, light freckles, blue eyes and long curly red hair in a dark green cotton dress.692212-brave

A shoot in Brave when Merida shoot 3 arrow in the competition.

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In addition, her personality is very braved adventurous but sometimes she is quite tomboyish and headstrong. For example Merida does not want to be a royal lady, she against her mother’s rule when the Queen Elinor prepares a marriage for her with one of three princes from the other lands. As Merida said “I don’t want my life to be over, I want my freedom!”, she dislikes to follow her family’s tradition.

Merida has a best friend named Angus, a Scottish Clydesdale horse which is a beautiful horse with a long neck, black skin, muscle and long white hair on its legs (Ride at Raspberry Ridge Farms 2011). With Angus, Merida can travel to everywhere she wants and trains her skilled archery outside the castle.meridaangus1

Princess Merida and Angus.

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By the short interview of cast and drew of movie Brave about princess Merida, we will understand more her life style, personality and the story of Brave.

On May 11, 2013, Merida has chosen to become the 11th Disney Princess in the franchise and stands side by side with the other previous famous Disney Princesses who are Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana and Rapunzel. However, Merida is very different with the other Princesses.

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Princess Merida and the other Disney Princesses.

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Firstly, Merida is the first princess who never has a musical style in her movie. In fact, there is only one times when Merida and her mother sing a Gaelic song together when she was young at the beginning of the movie (the Disney wiki 2012). In the contract, if you have ever watched the other Disney’s movie which talk about the other princesses such as Mulan (1998), beauty and the Beas (1991) or Tangled (2010), those movies was created as a musical cartoon which the princess could show their thinking by many songs with different emotions.

Secondly, Merida does not look like a typical Princess and she was created base on unreal story or life events (The Disney wiki 2012). For example, her voice is not an American accent as the other princesses because she is living in the Scottish highlands. Moreover, she has totally 22 different costumes and 5 hairstyles in movie Brave which the other princess just have only one clothes as snow white or two as Cinderella (the Disney wiki 2012).

Finally, Merida’s personality is very similar to modern young girls. She loves a freedom life without any heavy and old rules from her family and to be free to find out her true love without any forced marriage from her mother.

Those are some reasons that made Princess Merida become very different from the other princesses and go viral.

References:

The Disney wiki 2012, ‘Princess Merida’, viewed 9 June 2013,

http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Princess_Merida

IMDb 2012,’Brave 2012’, viewed 9 June 2013,

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1217209/

Rotten Tomatoes 2011,’Kelly Macdonald Biography’, viewed 9 June 2013,

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/kelly_macdonald/biography.php

Ride at Raspberry Ridge Farms 2011, ‘Clydesdale’, viewed 9 June 2013,

http://www.raspberryridge.com/Clydsdale-colour%20me.htm

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