Disney have released a video on YouTube which re-brands the whole ‘Princess’ phenomenon. Until my daughter started pre-school, she was completely oblivious to all this. But now she has been completely informed. It’s all tiaras, ball gowns, dancing and pink in our house at the moment. So I really appreciate the change of pace that latest Disney Princesses have taken. We adore Anna and Elsa (well the first couple of times I watched it, in the next thousand they started to get a little annoying). Merida is incredibly popular too – Personally I think the archery angle has a lot to do with her popularity.
But while I’m all for these Princesses who show you can wear the ball gown and tiara, but still sport a spirited, independent attitude while saving the day… my son seems to be left behind. Where are the movies with male leads that have the epic musical numbers that we are still singing a year later? Sure, there are so many brilliant movies for boys. But my issue is that the male leads aren’t… well boys. They are cars, they are toys, they are monsters, they are weird human-like creatures with super powers… but none of them look like real people.
A quick trip down any merchandising aisle at Target (or anywhere) only confirms my suspicion. While there is an abundant selection of boy targeted toys, they are all marvel superhero/monster/incredible hulk/spiderman type toys. None of the ‘dolls’ (or should we say ‘action figures’) look like people. Although, thumbs up for Fireman Sam. Maybe Fireman Sam could make a musical?
Now don’t get me wrong. My son can rock an Anna dress as good as any girl… but as much as he improves it with his light sabre and Fireman Sam helmet – I think he’d really appreciate a dress ups outfit he can relate to. So let’s hear it for the soon to be released Princes!! And while you’re at it – add them to the toy aisle. My wallet really didn’t like that the only way I could buy Kristoff was to buy the entire cast of Frozen. Little boys like dolls too.