Have too many animated fairytale films about imprisoned princesses, distressed damsels, and heartsick mermaids left you feeling disgruntled? Are you tired of whimsical singing animals, happy endings, and love that conquers all? Have you had it up to here with doe-eyed, wasp-waisted women starring in tame, toothless, bowdlerized versions of stories that should have been wildly exciting?
Then Jason Porath’s Rejected Princesses are the fairytale heroines you’ve been waiting for.
Porath, a former effects animator from Dreamworks, has turned his artistic talents to some of history’s more interesting women, in a new illustrated series called Rejected Princesses. Each installment depicts a famous historical or mythical woman in the guise of a classic Disney princess, with a focus exclusively on ladies who are “too awesome, offbeat, or awful” to ever merit their own major motion picture or line of brightly-colored tie-in merchandise.
Which is understandable, at least in certain cases (we’re looking at you, Lolita.) But we would also totally watch a movie about Rejected Princesses like…