that said I think we could do with a few more.
Bigotry and close-mindedness are probably bigger factor, but animation costs are not irrelevant.
I agree that the animators should represent a more diverse set of characters (or at least acknowledge the existence of people who are anything other than heterosexual) including fat characters, but animating larger, less rigid (if fat was portrayed as a single solid object it would look unrealistic) characters is tricky.
I hear the next Disney princess is going to be Polynesian. Time will tell what the final design will look like.
There's been hundreds of "normalized" barbie clones and majority of them fail on market. The creators of barbie are testing their "normal" body type and I think the are discovering kids enjoy fantasies for fantasies....toys for toys and not so much for political agendas.
Also, that "why not invest in a movie" point is silly. First of all, what if I have no money to invest? I have to make my own movie in order to see something slightly different from what's already out there? What nonsense. Movies, like toys, don't operate as a meritocracy where the beautiful perfect market determines merit. The most awesome movie in the world, if it's independently made and has little/no distribution & marketing, cannot compete with Disney's marketing juggernaut. So this "if you genuinely think there's a market" derailment is bunk. It's a tired one, too. "Oh you don't like what you see in mainstream [video games/movies/toys/comics]? Make your own!" Lalala so easy! Why didn't I think of that obvious and simple solution?
I'm sure you NEVER criticize a movie, right? You NEVER talk about how it could have been better. You NEVER talk about what you might like to see in a movie. Because if you genuinely thought there were a market for your tastes, you'd go out and make that movie yourself. More power to you and all that.
The imaginary "free market" is not actually an answer to anything.
That would be incorrect. Technically Barbie has gone through hundreds changes, clothing styles, and even proportions. It' the brand evolved over the years. Don't take my word for it, go visit a toy museum or old catalogs. Yes, there are hundreds of different doll alternatives, from ethnicity, body sizes, plush-plastic-paper, furry to human, some even teach kids how to potty or even about disabilities, and cancer. There are even virtual dolls/avatar systems and dress up games. (Example nintendo wii)This is fact and real existing products, not something "mythical." Being self entitled or argumentative and making up non sense to exclude facts are completely different than criticism. No need to get mad, just do research.
My Buddy Doll
Cabbage Patch Dolls
Ever After High
Monster High Dolls
E Buddy Doll
Plush Snuggle Buddy , Sugar N Spice Doll
Paper Cut Out Dolls
Lalaloopsy Girls Mittens Fluff N Stuff Doll
Japan is very huge on custom dolls, hundreds of doll companies.
"Stop using the mythical meritocracy of the market to pretend that consumers always get the products they want. [...]if you genuinely think there's a market" derailment is bunk. "
This is a strawman but I'll answer that and your fallacies. Mattel for example know their target demographics and that's the reason why they have one of the most successful and ironic doll brands. No, they don't just make Barbie, they make thousands of other toys as well. It's silly to think that company can make a single brand to satisfy everybody, but smart business can plan for product to help please the majority. Barbie is iconic, not because they forced anybody, because people enjoy their product and voted with their wallets. Kids having fun with toys, isn't that the most important. No need to push a political agenda if people aren't enjoy what they bought. Mattel has also made bad toys, but also learned from their mistake.
Speaking off topic of making your own movies if you strongly don't like the ending. There's also flip book movies.
If you are on a budget, try paper dolls.
"Lalala so easy!"
Your ego is hurt.
I never said I had a problem with Barbie, either. You're arguing against a ghost, seriously.
"No need to push a political agenda." That's what it comes down to. I make a comic saying, basically, "Wouldn't it be nice to have a big budget animated movie with a princess who's not thin?" And your response is to say that's pushing a political agenda. Honestly, who really has the political agenda here? (Hint: It's you.) You didn't say, "Me personally? I wouldn't care for that." No. Instead you drown your comment in links to make it appear as though there's some weight of logical argument, and not personal opinion, on your side.
It's not pushing a political agenda to pose the idea of a fat princess. But I know what you'll say... you'll keep hiding behind the free market/voting with their wallets/consumers decide silliness, as though you've actually constructed an argument. Do me a favor and let it go, let it go...
So now you resort to personal attacks and more strawmans. You didn't do your research and cry there wasn't enough diversity in dolls when there are. I even offer helpful suggestions, but you continue to be argumentative.
"YOU were the one who suggested that dolls attempting to compete with Barbie tend to fail. Not that Cabbage Patch Kids nor Polly Pocket could ever be considered "Barbie alternatives" but whatever."
"My goodness are you really this dense?"
Nope. Let's get back on track here. Your design fails because it's not a barbie nor a real disney princess, but you want to pitch it as such. Do you not see your hypocrisy? I'm also citing doll diversity, that you pretend that doesn't exist. So don't confuse yourself, don't fault me to cite facts that clear your ignorance.
Secondly plus size dolls aren't as popular, the cost in materials can be twice as much. Toy companies want to entertain kids but are also a business for profit. You know what would be dense, a person who is a self-entitled hypocrite, who wants to push less marketable product at twice the cost for their ego. You are a liability. Who cares what kids really enjoy. Let's continue to push politically correctness and agendas down their throat. Don't play coy. Go make the doll yourself if you are that insistent, especially when your heart isn't in the right place, and can't take constructive criticism.
"you'll keep hiding behind the free market/voting with their wallets/consumers decide silliness, as though you've actually constructed an argument."
Sorry if you don't like reality checks or don't do any research. One day the plus-size dolls might become more popular to get to the market. But it will never happen any time soon if it's presented by a person who has ego issues, and a chip on their shoulder such as yourself.
"let it go, let it go... "
If you ever pitch this idea to a company act like an adult, not a spoiled princess. Being snarky like a Tumblr Feminist won't win them over. Companies want to form healthy partnerships, not toxic ones.
Never said that.
"Your design fails because it's not a barbie nor a real disney princess, but you want to pitch it as such"
Nope, never said that.
"doll diversity, that you pretend that doesn't exist"
Nope, never said that.
"who wants to push less marketable product at twice the cost for their ego."
Nope, never said that.
Look another straw man. You didn't literally say those things word for word, that's my constructive criticism addressing fallacies. (Since you think free market/demand is mythical ) You just spent pages insinuating and defending such practice to be in bubble. You threw fits of denial as if you didn't decry toy companies or Disney about lack of diversity towards a political agenda. You haven't been honest.
"Honestly, who really has the political agenda here? (Hint: It's you.)-Gyno-Star "
"And those problems aren't just at Disney; they're part of the fabric of our culture and society. The options that Disney has given us aren't great [...]Their attempts have often been lame. -Gyno-Star "
"There have NOT been "hundreds" of Barbie alternatives, that's just nonsense. -Gyno-Star "
Well, now you know that's not true, there's been cited many sources and store fronts that sell many doll alternatives. If you ignore the competition, you are going to get hurt or look naive.
I'm going to move on. I don't believe in pointless complaining by others, I offered research, solutions, and objective business practices to help. I can't stress enough that mass production of toys are meant for people/kids to enjoy as well as make sales...not for ego trips. You don't have to agree, reality always wins out.
//positives note: You have nice drawings.
You really shouldn't criticize my comics. If you want something different you should donate money to making your own instead. Stop trying to push your agenda on my work. Lots of people enjoy this comic and you're just trying to push your agenda on them. Not everything can cater to your tastes and it's selfish and egotistical of you to demand that.
She'd be really cute.
Still, plus-sized princesses woo!
Ya know what we'll like, never-ever-never see in a Disney princess though? Like, even less likely than a plus-sized one?
Gay Disney princess. Ya know, because somehow we're the one group (queer peeps) it's *okay* to exclude from children's media/media in general. Sorry to derail a bit, 's just a side-thought I had while posting.
DO IT. DO IT NOW. WANT PLUS SIZE PRINCESS NOW.