I have not been to the Disney store in forever, so I don't know if they've done this also, but the retail Disney dolls, which have less articulation and less quality clothing, have had a serious face revamp. It's like they've taken them away from a human look and turned them into their younger cartoon images by making their eyes ginormous. Not that I have a problem with that, but some of the changes were more successful than others.
If I had an older version of the doll, I've added a pic so you can see the difference. Also, most of my dolls are from the thrift store, so I don't know if my version is Disney Disney or Mattel Disney.
Tiana's face seems more narrow and those big doe eyes give her a charming appearance. She almost appears elfin. This one I like. It has a high cuteness factor.
Rapunzel looks better as the doll, than she does in that art rendering. She has freckles and I'm a sucker for freckles so again, I approve. I still haven't watched this movie. I heard it was pretty good. It's on my list of things to watch that I never will.
I am in love with that Merida rendering. It's fierce and gorgeous. The doll has never really floated my boat so I have no opinion on this change one way or the other. Meh.
Who approved this?! Snow, what did they do to you? Girl, no. I do like the detail added to the bottom of her dress. It's kinda dark and foreboding.
I rather dig this Jasmine. She looks... spunky. My versions look... regal and less inclined to ride carpets.
Before anyone thinks they lightened Pocahontas into another race, my phone amped up the lighting, not the doll maker. Having said that, that doll does not look like the character. I mean, I love how the doll looks, but that aint the Pocahontas I saw in the movie.
Uh, Aurora. Something isn't right but I cant put my finger on it. If you take the features individually and compare them to the drawing they are the same. But put together on the dolls face they don't look right to me. Hmm.
Lord love a duck, no. Another one where it compares point-by-point to the drawing but doesn't come together well.
I almost prefer the new Belle. She looks more mischievous and her lip shape is adorbs. I never did understand why the dolls' eyes are green when Belle's eyes are brown.
I like my old Cinderella so much better. She looks like she's been through some ish. Had a hard life, cried a few tears, but always kept her hair on point 'cause she's a mf-ing lady. New one looks like she's straight out of charm school. She aint even met them step-sisters yet.
There was no Mulan! What the heck? Well, I'll throw in the three versions I have anyway. I wonder if she's still getting darker.
If it was their intention to make these be younger, teenish versions of the characters, which they have done plenty of times but usually making them babies or toddlers, then that's cool. However, if that was the case, they should have made the art renderings younger too and then I would have not felt this overwhelming need to compare the two. You know I have issues! *twitch*