I hate how everyone’s all like
MERIDA IS A STRONG PRINCESS CHARACTER BECAUSE SHE DOESN’T WANT A MAN.
She’s a strong character, yes. But I don’t see how wanting a relationship automatically equals ‘weak’, and this is coming from someone who is asexual.
Do you know who else was a strong…
Merida is a strong character because she’s interesting and lively and relatable. I do like the fact that, within the context of the story, we’ve got a female character whose entire life does not revolve around finding a man (*has been watching Girls lately, grumble grumble*) but the very fact that she is not currently looking to marry does not intrinsically make for a strong female character.
Although I am … not sure that most people would agree that all the Disney princesses are strong characters. XD; The early ones are pretty flat (i.e. Aurora, Snow White, Cinderella) partially because they relied heavily on heavily referenced (not quite rotoscoped, but close) animation and followed the storytelling formula of “have a pretty, uninteresting main character and surround them with fun, silly side characters”. This is actually not exclusively a sexism issue, though, since the early Disney princes were just as and frequently MORE stiff and uninteresting than the princesses.
(Which is not to say I don’t really like those movies!)
(Hey, you know what this conversation was missing? An annoyingly technical lesson in animation history with only marginal links to storytelling or feminism!)