A Great Woman – (If You Ignore The Evil)
If you follow my blog you will have seen that I dressed up as Ursula this Halloween. I absolutely love Ursula, although I was terrified of her as a child. If you ignore the evil for a minute, Ursula is a great woman & one of the few cases of body diversity in the Disney Universe
A New Character?
Getting ready for the party I was looking online for some images, to make sure my make-up was spot on. I came across a few images of a stick thin purple woman. To me it appeared to be a different character. Looking a bit deeper into it, trying to find out who that was, it I found that this actually was supposed to be Ursula, the new re-imagined Ursula…
The Disney Crash Diet (rant ahead)
As it seems in 2012 Disney released their so called “Disney Villain Designer Collection”, which I had not heard about yet.
Disney stated on their Blog that this collection is “designed and carefully crafted to capture the essence of evil at its best dressed, the Villains Designer Collection re-imagines the stylish wickedness of classic Disney Villains.”
Read the full story here.
Why it was necessary for this”re-imagination” to let Ursula undergo either a a gastric bypass, develop severe anorexia or let live for 2 years on the cabbage diet is beyond me.
Ursula – A Self-Confident Curvy Woman
Ursula is a self-confident women who owns her own sexuality and knows how to show off her curves. Which to me was an important part of the character, becoming a stick thin villain, she becomes just another Cruella De Ville or however that women in the Emperors New Groove was called. Can you image the scene during the song “Poor Unfortunate Souls” when she stresses the importance of “body language” with her in her new image… I can’t. (If you are not sure which scene I mean, here it is
Bye Bye Body Diversity
With her having lost at least three quarters of her body she is barely recognisable and not only has not only lost most of her appeal, identity and an important part of her character, Disney has also lost also one it’s few moments of body diversity.
What Do You Think?
What do you think about the “new re-imagined Ursula” ? Can you imagine the film Little Mermaid” with this version of Ursula and her having the same effect and character? Let me know
If you love Ursula you should check out my DIY Ursula Costume.