For too long, Disney's pantheon of princesses were depicted as feeble damsels in distress that required handsome, horse-riding/sword-wielding princes to get them out of sticky situations. In recent years, however, the company recognized just how archaic this was and began to create strong, independent women who don't need no men.
Rapunzel (Tangled), Merida (Brave), Anna and Elsa (Frozen), Moana (do we really need to name her movie?), and even Vanellope von Schweetz (Wreck-It-Ralph) are examples of princesses that subvert the classic notion of what a princess should be, of how they should look and act.
They can all fend for themselves, kick butt and take names, but thanks to artist Artemii Myasnikov, they've become even more badass in art that turns them in all-out warriors. In a way, it gives a second chance to those old school princesses (Snow White, Aurora, and Cinderella) that were nothing more than foibles for the "big strong" princes.
It brings to mind Matt Burt's interpretation of these characters, which turned them into working women of the 21st Century. According to Myasnikov, however, we have Matt Groening's Princess Tiabeanie to thank for these awesome warrior works of art.
"One night, I was watching [Netflix's] Disenchantment with my wife and we started a discussion on what we like/dislike about the main character. One of the things we both liked is how she wasn’t a damsel in distress, unlike most of the princesses in Disney movies," he told SYFY WIRE over Instagram messenger. "I immediately wanted to draw a Snow White (because to me she’s the most damsel-in-distress-y princess ever) that would be armed, dangerous, and in charge of her own fate. That’s how the sequence started."
Check out Myasnikov's work below:
"My favorite part about the project is probably how some people are saying that their kids like my version of the princesses," Myasnikov continued. "As a child, I used to pick up different comic and movie heroes as role models all the time. It’s very inspiring to think that something that I drew will have the impact, even if it’s a very slight one, on someone’s life."
All of Disney's royalty will converge for the first time ever in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It-Ralph 2, which hits theaters on Wednesday, Nov. 21.