24 May 2011 @ 06:56 am
Come see the Olszewski Heirloom Boxes! Currently at the Disney Store.com, these very detailed & very pretty wooden heirloom boxes are priced between $45-$90.

Hi-Res pictures and links after the cut :D

 
 
 
Current Mood: accomplishedPretty...
Current Music: "Awakening"
 
 
Hey all!

I know I said Mulan's set was going to be up Friday. I started it Thursday and finished by Friday. I finished really late on Friday. And because Mulan's outfits were so much more complicated I wasn't too surprised it took longer but was still determined to finish. Just maybe over deadline :D

So here are the best of the best of the last dress set - Mulan's after-battle wardrobe! The outfits are sometimes gorgeous, sometimes wacky, but always in good fun.

Remember to click each image to see the higher-resolution version of the image, or hop-a-long to my Flickr page.
See also: Snow White, Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Aurora, Pocahontas, How To Save Your Dress-Up Doll Tutorial, & Disney.com Princess Website Updates.
 
 
Current Mood: gigglyHurray! I did it! I finished!
Current Music: "Reflection"
 
 
I think I've set a personal record - the day after finding out about Pocahontas's page going up on the Disney Princess website I started and then finished her dress set! Well, well!

Coming clean, Pocahontas has a special little nook in my heart and I know precisely why - her movie was being advertised when I was most susceptible to mainstream marketing (approximately 8-9 years old). I didn't even see the movie in theaters but I had all sorts of Pocahontas merchandise. The older me is less media-malleable but still holds Poca dear to her crooked little heart.

Some may be wondering - where's Mulan? Mulan's page has been up for months. Where's the action on that?

There is a difference between my finishing Poca's dress set so quickly VS. Mulan's - Pocahontas's outfits were really easy to put together. I don't know if I'm somehow predisposed and that made it easier, or more likely because Pocahontas only had like 6 hats/accessories which cuts down on variation. But I know I'm being a bore - so I'll finish and post Mulan's set by Friday. Sound good :D?

Remember to click each image to see the higher-resolution version of the image, or hop-a-long to my Flickr page.
See also: Snow White, Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Aurora, How To Save Your Dress-Up Doll Tutorial, & Disney.com Princess Website Updates.
 
 
Current Mood: flirtyPrincesses of Color Represent!
Current Music: "Colors of the Wind"
 
 
Hey gals! I've been MIA for a few days so let me start by thanking everyone for their comments on my Princess and the Frog post!

This week is actually a week of celebration because I've finally cracked the code on flash zoom player that the Disney Store.com uses to where I can type in an address and view an entire image without having to reconstruct it at all - suffice to say, a huge time saver and a very big deal (if you're me).

Coupled with that and some further haxoring skillz, I've found the links to the images that originally made me want to do the pain-staking reconstructions that I never got the chance to piece together from over a year ago! And then I discovered another back door trick that allowed me to haphazardly look at high-res images the Disney Store has posted in the past! Boo-yah!

So, really, I can't hear anything over the sound of how awesome I am :D

With pride and triumph, I present the images that established I had finally pwned that flash player

ETA: All the musical jewelry boxes posted here were featured in the Disney Store.com from Spring to Summer 2008. Most of them can now be found in eBay or other online markets ^_^

ETA: There was an oversight (oh noes!)! I forgot to add in Sleeping Beauty's circular music box! Scroll down to see the newest edition ^_^;
 
 
Current Mood: crazyCan't hear you-Still awesome!
Current Music: Lie to Me* - 'Love Always' episode
 
 
24 May 2011 @ 06:47 am
The Princess and the Frog. Can I gush about how excited I am for this movie? Because I'm really excited for this movie. And two things today set my excitement levels to 11:

Running through the Princess and the Frog Flickr set, linked in this recent post bybibinharamos_rj, I discovered a video of a few scenes of rough animation had been uploaded!

 
 
Current Mood: energetic%#^& YES!!1!
Current Music: "Down in New Orleans"
 
 
Here we go:

Snow White (14ish): Originally designed to look like Shirley Temple who was very popular at the time (and 9 years old in 1937, too young to be in luv), Snow White is a young thing around 14 (7 in the Grimm fairytale). I think she looks older because her style is from the 1930's when some of our grandmothers were kids themselves ^_^;

Cinderella (~20's): No age given. But she's a dutiful, responsible sort who can prioritize the well-being of her household above her own needs like a good proto-mother, so she's probably a little older than her teenage years. And then the King himself wants to hear "the pitter-patter of little feet again," so we can assume Cinda's next priority is the baby-makin' which would be more appropriate if she was out of her adolescent years.

Sleeping Beauty (16): Quote Maleficent - "Listen well, all of you. The Princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who know her. But, before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she shall prick her finger, on the spindle of a spinning wheel - AND DIE!"

Ariel (16): Quote Ariel - "I'm 16 years old! I'm not a child anymore!"

Belle (~18-20s, possibly 21): No age given. She's well-read but her primary material seems to be fairy tale-esque novels and Shakespearean plays, which are more escapist than educational (though the Shakespearean angle is arguable toward her intelligence, and only added in the "Human Again" sequence on the Platinum Edition DVD). She also desires for adventure in the "great wide somewhere" and to be more than the teen peasant bride of the town oaf and apex of masculinity, Gaston.

However, she does sacrifice her freedom to save her father, which shows selflessness or the prioritizing family over self (adolescents tend to be more ego-centric). But then she ventures into the Beast's forbidden West Wing when she thinks he's dangerous and ill-tempered, then runs away when he frightens her (breaking her promise) which always seemed illogical, incautious, and lacking in foresight to me (just asking for trouble, she was!).

To me Belle seems somewhere between Ariel (16) and Jasmine (18ish), but as the Beast is at the end of his 10-year curse (Quote the Prologue - "The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his 21st year.") one could assume Belle was about the same age to create a more egalitarian match.

[EDIT]:

Jasmine (15 going on 16, 18ish): Quote the Sultan - "The Law says you must be married to a Prince by your next birthday. And you've only got three more days!" According to princealia's work print of the film, the original line is "The Law says you must be married to a Prince by your sixteenth birthday." But then J. Katzenberg probably remembered the brew-ha-ha surrounding Ariel getting married at 16 and the teenage wedding precedent that implied so the number was replaced in the Sultan's line. (see comments for more on Jasmine's age)

Jasmine is a little less mature than Cinda but that may be because she's been overly-sheltered growing up as a Sultan's daughter. Though she is less impulsive as say, Ariel, and she is cunning enough to see through Prince Ali's lies when her father can't. So between Ariel and Cinderella - 18's a good bet. Additionally, Jasmine and Aladdin do seem physically more... developed... than the Disney couples that came before them (or after). J. Katz is to blame again for wanting the princesses to look like bombshell babes and then he goes off and makes Shrek like he doesn't even care about physical beauty. Nice. (Thanks again to princealia!)
 
 
Current Mood: crankyIDK if I'm legal, ask Disney!
Current Music: "A Fairy Tale Come True"
 
 
24 May 2011 @ 06:41 am
We all love Princesses, that's an easy tell. The jewelry, the dresses - anything sparkly and shiny, really. But the grandmama of any princess collection is her castle, and from Snow White to Jasmine we've seen some stunning homes and gardens.

This post features some of the background art I've found on Disney.com, Disney.com/Princess/, and Disney.cn (Disney China). Some of the artwork is incomplete or looks odd because it wasn't meant to be viewed by itself, but for the most part they're all easy on the eyes.

It's an image-heavy post, so dial-ups beware. And as always, you can click on each image to see a higher-resolution version of the image or browse the collection at my Flickr page.
 
 
Current Mood: nostalgicCastles are pretty...
Current Music: "Aliens" = Cinderella
 
 
It's time for Princess Aurora's dress set!

Like most of you I was annoyed by Aurora's new voice to no end. Jennifer Hale does an excellent Cinderella for my money (my love for Cinderella III: A Twist in Time is a post on it's own ^_^), but she can't duplicate the lilting, operatic quality of Aurora's voice. With Aurora's phrases such as "Oh my goodness!" and calling people "Dear," she ends up, as princealia noted, sounding as old as her Fairy godmothers.

OK, I'm going to get up on my soapbox and say my peace: Aurora got screwed. Whoever has been designing the outfits and programming the games completely phoned it in on Aurora - a lot of the accessories didn't match any of the outfits or were from other dress sets. Whereas every other dress set I've done has 19 outfits, Aurora only has 17!

I know Aurora's time period and character design doesn't need a lot of reinterpretation - she's the Dark Ages chick! - but the outfits themselves aren't as awe-inspiring as some of the other sets. It seems like she got the crappiest of what the designers had left over, which is frankly unfair. She may not be as popular as an Ariel, a Belle, or even a Cinderella - but hey, some of us like her, too! (Like me >:-C)

While it isn't my favorite set, I think it still merits posting. At the end of the post is a comparison between the Aurora's accessories and those from other sets. Though I think I'm colorblind to purple and pink now...

Click each image to see the higher-resolution version of the image, or hop-a-long to my Flickr page.
See also: Snow White, Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine, How To Save Your Dress-Up Doll Tutorial, & Disney.com Princess Website Updates.

 
 
Current Mood: soreOh... Oh God, no...
Current Music: "Maleficent's Evil Spell"
 
 
All right, now that I've got the Jim Shore and Disney Fine Art updates out of the way, I can get to the Disney.com Princess Dress-Up Dolls!

And like I've been promising for four weeks - Jasmine's dress set! I know a lot of people are big Jas fans so I'm happy to set this one up. And her outfits aren't too bad. . . well, comparatively, anyway ^_^;

Click each image to see the higher-resolution version of the image, or hop-a-long to my Flickr page.
See also: Snow White, Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, How To Save Your Dress-Up Doll Tutorial, & Disney.com Princess Website Updates.
 
 
Current Mood: bitchyBitches best be recognizing!
Current Music: "A Whole New World"
 
 
All right, now that I've got the Jim Shore and Disney Fine Art updates out of the way, we can get to the Disney.com Princess Dress-Up Dolls!

So here for your pleasure, Cinderella's outfit set! And wait - wasn't Cinda supposed to be the seamstress of the Princesses? Let's just say her fashion sense is a little whack...

Click each image to see the higher-resolution version of the image, or hop-a-long to my Flickr page.
See also: Snow White, Belle, Ariel, How To Save Your Dress-Up Doll Tutorial, & Disney.com Princess Website Updates.

A dream is a wish your heart makesCollapse )

 
 
Current Mood: excitedI feel pretty! Oh so pretty!
Current Music: "Cinderella" the First [movie]
 
 
24 May 2011 @ 06:27 am
Here's a post of all the yet-uploaded Jim Shore figures I've reconstructed. Flickr, with all it's wonderful restrictions, may be thanked for forcing my hand. You can click each image to see the higher resolution original.

 
 
Current Mood: deviousI get around (restrictions) ;D
Current Music: "Technologic" Daft Punk
 
 
24 May 2011 @ 06:20 am
As previously posted, I'm getting some of my yet-to-be-uploaded reconstructions up before I can't view them directly on Flickr anymore.

Here's the newest newer additions to my Disney Fine Art collection
from John Rowe, Rodel Gonzales, Mike Kupka, Thomas Kinkade, & the Disney Signature Collection.

Click the image to view the higher-resolution original &
Enjoy ^_^
 
 
Current Mood: deviousI get around (restrictions) ;D
Current Music: "Get Around"
 
 
So so, as princealia posted earlier the Disney Princess site was updated recently!

I've compiled some of the updates here and I hope to do the next two dress sets (Jasmine and Cinderella) over the weekend ^_^


 
 
Current Mood: enviousenvious
Current Music: "Gold Digger" Kanye West
 
 
Here is the tutorial on how to save the Disney Princess Dress-Up Dolls from the website using a Windows XP operating system.

It's an image- and detail- heavy post - so be prepared >:D Abbreviated tutorial on my Flickr account.
 
 
 
 
 
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
 
 
Whew. Ok, fans - putting together Ariel's dresses was really hard. I wish I were kidding. There are 19 dresses per princess and I use the designs and colors to match the corresponding tiara, necklace, and/or purse.

With Ariel's dresses - it went from everything matching to nothing matching. I tried so many different combinations it started driving me crazy. I ended up saving 27 final dress combinations from 19 dresses. I was frustrated, y'all.

The good news is I'm done and ready to move on (to Jasmine!). I've posted all 27 dresses on my Flickr account, which are also in higher resolutions. If you have any suggestions for any of the dresses without accessories, feel free to tell me what you see!

On a final note: I realized some of you might also want to save your dresses (duh) and so next I'll post a tutorial of how I go about it.

And now: Arr-ee- el!! Notice the wave- and seaweed-inspired gowns in strict blue/green/purple/pink color combos! Not a lot of wardrobe variation, there, Ariel.
 
 
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: "Part Of Your World"