Finally! People buying these Princess DVDs will actually get their money's worth. With the new princess video in the first sing-a-long songs, there was wonder of new animation. Alas, it was just a montage of clips of various Princess movies and various picture quality. Then we were promised new princess stories and alas were given shoddy screencaps of past animation. It would've been better to just show new illustrations a la Reading Rainbow.
Anyhow, the point is that it's so wonderful to see that Disney is finally doing things right with its very profitable Princess merchandise. I agree that the new animation looks great. Aurora looks just like her 1959 self (aside from the pose Kelvin mentions) and not the spoiled snob most merchandise makes her out to be. Though I don't think they could get the style to look just like the original. As with Bambi II, the advancements in animation make the sequels (or mini sequels in this case) look better in color quality and crispness, though they lose the natural look of the artist's touch. I shouldn't complain though because at least this DVD has new animation!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Based on their previous releases, there is A LOT of effort put into this new line of DVDs. It makes me wonder if they put as much effort in the animation into getting similar or ideally, exact voice actors. They did pretty good with getting the same attitude and personality for the new voice of Cinderella and Jodi Benson did a great job imitating Lady in Lady and the Tramp II. Do you think they got her to do Merryweather for this new story? Also, Kathyrn Beaumont still does Alice in various media...Mary Costa is still alive. Will she return to voice Aurora, or at least sing for her?
I shouldn't be excited since I'm not the target audience, but I am! Perhaps Disney may realize how marketable this would be to collectors and Disney fans outside of families with little girls. (crosses fingers that the DVD case isn't pink) Hopefully this takes over for Princess Stories and we'll get new animation for all the princesses. With the list of "Disney Princesses" growing, I hope we could get new Alice in Wonderland animation.
p.s. I think BrandonH is right. I remember seeing some new princess stories in a collection book and Aurura's story was about her throwing a party for something. She had a new costume too.
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