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Hey guys! So I got a lot of stuff pending, the first thing being my 'How to Train Your Dragon?' review which was requested by a fellow follower and my Christian Grey analysis for my 'Fifty Shades of Grey' blog. However, I need to rant about something at the moment because through my 'Disney Princess' research I found something truly horrifying. I was open to give this franchise the benefit of the doubt, but when I stumbled upon this I was absolutely certain that this franchise has reached a new low. I present to you; the Palace Pets.


These abominations and crimes against creativity are Disney's answer to 'My Little Pony' and the 'Littlest Pet Shop' success (notice how most of the Palace Pets are ponies). Each of these bastards were carefully constructed to appeal to little girls by adding a shit ton of sparkles, ribbons, tiaras and CUTIE MARKS (I kid you not). The worst part of all of this? a) They talk, b) THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE CANON in the Disney Princess Franchise, c) The caucasian princesses get more pets than the minorities and d) It completely ignores the Disney Princesses REAL pets. 

Let's examine these little shits one by one shall we? 

Snow White's mutant rabbit; 'Berry'

During a stroll in the forest, Snow White found Berry hiding beneath a blueberry bush and immediately discovered her fondness for food. Berry's personality is gentle and graceful.

Now to be fair, Snow White is the Princess whom I find most...uh...'fit' to have a new pet. After all, she didn't have a pet in the movie unless you count the forest animals. A rabbit isn't a bad choice since they are quiet and sweet (even if they are huge stressballs). However, this...this THING...I don't even KNOW what it is! It's tail is incredibly swollen I mean...what IS that?! I don't trust this rabbit, look at its eyes...it's definitely hidding something under that fluffy monstrosity. Snow White needs to take that rabbit to a vet ASAP to check that pulsating growth growing out of it's butt. 

Cinderella's pets; 'Pumpkin' and 'Bibidy'


Pumpkin was an anniversary present to Cinderella from the Prince! This glamorous puppy loves to attend royal balls, twirl and dance.

Now at first I didn't think this design was TOO bad...until I saw that it has earings. What the hell? Did Cinderella get this dog's ear's pierced? Also, Cinderella ALREADY HAS A DOG. His name is Bruno and he's an adorable Bloodhound that helped her get her happy ending. BUT NOPE, he's not a sparkledog so let's forget him. What kind of name is 'Pumpkin' anyway? I would give that name to a pet that resembles uh...a pumpkin? Oh wait...Cinderella rode in a carriage that was an enchanted pumpkin so...in honor of that, she names her dog 'Pumpkin'. Ain't that obscure? 


She was given to Cinderella as a wedding present by the Fairy Godmother and she's Cinderella's most helpful pony and adores doing chores.

HOW CAN A HORSE DO CHORES?!?!??! They have no thumbs how on earth can this thing wash dishes? Oh and isn't that nice of the Fairy Godmother, she gives Cinderella an animal slave WITH NO FINGERS to do her castle work. Like 'Pumpkin', Bibidy has her ears pierced, why on earth would you make these design choices? Also, Cinderella has a horse. I don't remember his name but he usually hangs out with Bruno. Also he's wayyyy cuter and rideable. 

Aurora's pets; Beauty and Bloom

Aurora met Beauty one warm spring day while on a walk in the garden. The sleepy kitten was snoozing beneath some flowers when Aurora scooped her up. Since Aurora found Beauty, they haven't left each other. This kitten adores sleeping and you'll often find her cuddled up with Aurora.

Awww get it? She was SLEEPING. GET IT?! SLEEPING. BEAUTY. So apperantly, Aurora found a pink deceased cat in her flowers and thought it was okay to just keep it? 


 Bloom was a gift from Prince Phillip, and Aurora loves spending time with her. She's the most charming horse in the stable and is a natural performer.

BWAHAHAHAH look at the expression in this horse, it definitely has bedroom eyes. Oh and 'a natural performer'? Well...by looking at her expression I probably have an idea on what she does at the stable and...I rather not say.

Ariel's ugly cat 'Treasure'
She is curious and playful, just like Ariel. Ariel and Treasure met during a trip aboard Prince Eric's sailing ship. Prince Eric's sailors found Treasure and kept her on board the ship, where Ariel met her. Treasure is very curious kitten that loves the water, but had always dreamed of life in a grand castle.

Okay so you expect me to believe that Prince Eric's rowdy sailors found a stray cat and decided to put her on the ship...because? Not only this but how can a KITTEN love water? I believe cats are afraid of water and hate getting wet. MOST IMPORTANTLY, CATS EAT FISH. To feed this thing Ariel has to sacrifice her subjects. Who the hell thought it was a good idea to give Ariel a cat? Seriously the people who designed these things weren't thinking at all. Also look at this horrid Treasure plushie; i.ebayimg.com/t/Disney-Princes….

Belle's horrendous pets 'Teacup' and 'Petit


Belle and Teacup met one day in the village square; Teacup was entertaining a crowd by balancing apples on her head! Teacup loves shopping for accessories and she always chooses the perfect pieces for the occasion.

...I have no words. Belle, my favorite Disney princess, gets this PUKE as an animal companion. BELLE ALREADY HAS A DOG. He was previously a foot-rest and even HE had more personality than this horribly designed thing. Also, this is super weird but in the actual merchandise, the colors are completely changed. Its pretty bad that they feel the need to change the colors in the product that greatly stray from the actual design. That's how bad and halfassed this is.


 Belle found this little pony on a winter day while strolling near the frozen lake. Petit is adventurous, strong-willed, and doesn't let anyone ride her except Belle.

BELLE ALREADY HAS A HORSE, HIS NAME IS PHILLIPE *cries*. What the hell? How can Belle ride this thing, its tiny! Her name is 'Petit' which implies that she's in fact a small horse. Why, why, why would Belle choose this useless thing over Phillipe? 

Jasmine's OTHER tiger; Sultan
Jasmine found Sultan napping on a pile of precious silks at the market. This tiger may be small, but his bravery is a million times his size.

Wow, the shop owner must've been really stupid to let a mangy tiger sleep on it's precious merchandise. Also, JASMINE ALREADY HAS A TIGER. Rajah is most badass pet she could ever want, and he's also Jasmine's best friend. Why would Jasmine replace her current tiger with this one? I would actually accept it if this thing was Rajah's son but nope! She simply found a stray tiger in the marketplace. 

Pocahontas's pet-...Oh wait she gets none because she's a minority. My mistake.

Mulan's half assed pet; Blossom

This lovely panda is the most cheerful pet one could wish for. Mulan met her during a banquet, when Blossom was hiding under her table.

THATS A PANDA? Good lord it looks diseased with it's purple hue and its abnormal tail. Oh and if I found a Panda under the table while I'm eating I would probably pass out. Also I may be repeating myself but Mulan already has 3 PETS. Khan her WAR HORSE, Cri-kee the cricket, and  Little Brother the dog. But Mulan felt it was necessary to have an illegal pet as well. I hope she has enough bamboo to feed this thing before it tears apart her home. 

Tiana's really lazily designed monstrosities; Lily and Bayou

 Like her favorite Princess, Lily loves Jazz music and adores dressing up in her finest ragtime outfit.

 Every Princess loves a pony, and when Naveen's family gave her lovely Bayou, Tiana was happier than ever.

Where do I start with this? Okay so these are the two recently added 'Palace Pets'. After being blatantly racist by giving each caucasian Princess 2 pets (not counting Merida) and the minorites 1 (if you include Pocahontas, 0) they hastily design 2 pets for Tiana. Look at these things, they really do seem like they were designed in a rush and in the period of one day. Tiana's horse for example doesn't look as elaborate as Aurora's horse. 

Rapunzel's pets; Blondie and Summer


Rapunzel met Blondie during a parade to celebrate the princess's return. Blondie is a brave and trustworthy guard pony. Blondie is also very sweet, and no one salutes as elegantly as she does.

A GUARD pony?! Are you serious? This pint-sized thing couldn't even knock you off your feet. I also love how they give these things saddles to give you the illusion that you can ride them despite the fact that you would probably snap their spine. Also since their manes and tails are long they will definitely trip while they run. 

When Rapunzel found Summer, she looked matted and dirty, but...she knew what Summer needed: a home and pampering time at the Royal Beauty Salon! Summer and Rapunzel love to walk together in the meadows.

So Rapunzel ditched her life long pet and friend Pascal for a dirty cat she found in the street. Can you just imagine Rapunzel strolling around and finding this stray and going all valley girl like; 'OMG YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED, A MAKE OVER!~'. That's the impression I got with this 'backstory'. 

Anyway, these are 'The Palace Pets' an uncreative spin off of the already horrid 'Disney Princess' Franchise. Its unknown whether new Palace Pets will pop up, but I beg you if you are a Disney fan don't buy these things or support this. Not only its a huge ripoff of other franchises but its a horrible representation of femininity and Disney Canon. Thanks for reading, and I'll be back with reviews soon!

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Harmony-Borealis Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
...Have you ever thought about adding in the other new pets since this journal was made? I wanna know what you think of the new ones. The franchise is really getting out of hand, and I thought it was bad the first time I heard of it...:o
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Kittengoo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh yeah I've seen them lol, I just haven't had much time! Maybe on summer vacation! :)
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Harmony-Borealis Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
I'm baffled with how many pets Rapunzel has now...

Also, I checked their wiki page and read the comments on it, I'm honestly kinda sad...The people who didn't like the idea or critiqued the Palace Pets in any way were pretty much shot down for silly reasons. And others would lazily defend them, saying they're more 'marketable' than the real pets...:no:
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RawkYa Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
GOD NO!

Please tell me this isnt true  Lie if you absolutely MUST do it.

Also,I fucking love Rajah and I hate that they thought The Disney Princesses (TM) needed "Cute Pets"

The ONLY work I want to see of this abomination is Fucking Rajah fucking mauling the fucking crap out of this fucking Adorable pets.

Rajah is so fucking awesome he does call for his own movie.
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ElijahAcquah Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
These pets are so dull! I may find them cute, but I also find them to be unnecessary. And y'know, I can make a few of them much more interesting.

Sultan:
This small, heroic tiger has a largely brave heart and never turns away from danger. As the nephew of Rajah, he would always keep an eye out for the sake of Jasmine.

Pumpkin:
Pumpkin has often been a work puppy for her Persian cat stepmother and stepsisters. Cinderella found this poor puppy in tears, who looked scruffy and cried because she was rejected to go the royal ball. Cinderella made it up to Pumpkin by rewarding her for her hard work. The now pampered puppy can dress in style and twirl with her new friend.

Beauty:
This cute cat was cursed to sleep for all of an eternity, thanks to an evil, dark Doberman. Fortunately, she was awaken with true love by her new princess companion, Aurora.

Besides, this was a hilarious review. Keep it up.
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Cianna200 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
These comments are just draining No, I disagree! 
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supergirl4239 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Ugh... I can't stand the palace pets :( 
What was wrong with the princesses old pets? What about Cinderella' s dog Bruno? Just because he's old didn't mean they had to get rid of him :( 
And is it just me or did they try to give this horse eyes like Mulan? disneyprincesspalace-pets.wiki… Just because her owner is Chinese does not mean that the animal must look that way too :(
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Angeltherandom Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow.... Summer.... OMG MY NAME!!!! I WILL BUY ALL  YOUR PRODUCTS THAT SAY SUMMER DISNEY!!! YAY!!! and that is how you act like a little girl again
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 Rapunzel now has FOUR PETS for some reason...I don't get it. I understand she's very popular, but hell, Ariel and Belle are too! Why give Rapunzel the most pets. Hell, Mulan is easily one of the most popular, so she only get's one because she's a minority? Now Rapunzel has a pony, a cat and her two newest pets are a dog, and (for some reason) a skunk!? Why a Skunk??? And again, why does Rapunzel get so many pets???? Uggggghhhh Disney Princess franchise..

Sorry for the rage filled comment :P
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Kittengoo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I NOTICED D: 
The new ones are a travesty. I will most likely make a journal entry about the new additions x-x
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ampharosisawesome Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Certainly. It'd be nice to hear your thoughts on those pieces of garbage, Ariel's horse, and Pocahontas' Raccoon.

Sorry I've been commenting a lot on your stuff recently XD Very recently discovered your Disney vault journal entries and Disney artwork and I frankly love your reviews and art! Keep up the amazing work :)
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Kittengoo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Psh, don't apologize! I love getting comments :D Thank you for taking your time to read my stuff :)
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ampharosisawesome Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
My pleasure :3
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Fraternal-Punzie Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love them!!! 
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bloody-my-doll Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually think there kinda cute.
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Lysmerry Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
This is hilarious. I gagged when I first saw these things.
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Alue26 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Heh, strange that Disney didn't got sued by Hasbro since this is obviously referenced by Hasbro, if not rip-offed!
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AlinaMau Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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lol well look at what we were missing XD
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Getalife17 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
And by the way - Pocahontas was not discriminated against. She has a f'ing pet and her name is Windflower. Hope this helps you sleep better.
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Kittengoo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This rant was done back when she didn't have a Palace pet. 
Oh and I love how you made a DA account solely to tell me off. You are so cute baby~
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Wolfcho Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
As of now there are 19 Palace Pets.
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Getalife17 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Seriously, they're toys. Get over it. Stop attacking and making a far bigger deal out of the intricacies of Aurora's horse versus Tiana's. It's rants like these that perpetuate stupid shit. My daughter has them, plays with their freakin crowns and tails and calls it a day. I'm sure there's something a bit more relevant to spend your time writing about, as you've obviously spent way too much time on this already.
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Getalife17 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Seriously, they're toys. Get over it. Stop attacking and making a far bigger deal out of the intricacies of Aurora's horse versus Tiana's. It's rants like these that perpetuate stupid shit. My daughter has them, plays with their freakin crowns and tails and calls it a day. I'm sure there's something a bit more relevant to spend your time writing about, as you've obviously spent way too much time on this already.
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Kittengoo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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You know, I usually rant for entertainment purposes. You are making a bigger deal out of it because you can't lighten up and take a joke. Don't like it, don't read it. 
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awesomestarz Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Judging by the user name I think that they are possibly trolling.
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Invader-Zodiac Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

In my opinion, these are kinda cute. ^^ The one Palace Pet I have a gripe with is Treasure. I mean, really? I think a parrot would've fit a lot better. But Treasure looks so adorable that she passes.

 

Also, Pocahontas has a Palace Pet. It's a female raccoon.

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Datalover101 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
OMG This is the best! I'm dying! 
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Michaelsar Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Congrats, Pocahontas has a pet now! A raccoon! Yeah, because it's not like she already HAS a raccoon...
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ask-sourgrape Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i am with you the treasure plush look bad but next mouth this store buildabear going to have a better one of her treasure is my fav >3< airel always been my fav as a kid still is and what if the cat get feed like fake fish like fake fish meat idk
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kopperslushi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
I ment to say the pets are cool but not ur stupid comments
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kopperslushi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Cool
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Starlioness Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013

wait, wouldn't the cats eat the rabbit?.. and maybe the ponies? don't know about the Panda though.. send it to Dreamworks and have them make a martial arts movie out of it.. :p...

 

I would pay 20 disney dollars for someone draw one the princesses riding those ponies.. hell, not even Lilo can ride one of those things..

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KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know it's an old old post. But I don't see what's so bad about them. I find them cute. And the ponies are more anatomically correct than Hasbro's MLPs. Also, you must remember, this franchise is aimed at little girls. Not us adult Disney fans. 
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Kittengoo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I know it's aimed at little girls but just because it's aimed at them doesn't mean that they should have these exagerated stereotypically girly designs. Unlike MLP they have no variety, they ALL look exactly the same and have the same traits. It's really lazy and IMO horrifying. 
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KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I agree that some things don't make sense, but I don't judge unless I have a damned solid reason. And besides I'm obsessed over Disney's merchandise promo art which caught my attention on Palace Pets. That soft shading is just adorable and makes it look almost third dimensional. And I must admit I was a bit turned off till I looked into Palace Pets further before it grew on me. When I was 5 back in the 80s we just had G1 MLP and Breyer ponies. I'd have killed for ponies like that from Disney's Palace Pets when I was 5. I didn't get ponies like that till Littlest Pet Shop came around in 95 and back then they were more anatomically correct and look near exactly like the ponies from Palace Pets compared to today's style for them. LPS toys of today look more like bobble head dolls. Seriously, compare G1 LPS toys to that of Palace Pets. You'll see that I shit you not. 

And if you stop and think about it, there are many background ponies on MLP that are generally cardboard standees if you paid enough attention. The fans give them their stories, few make it to the show as canon. Mostly because many of the stories they come up for the ponies are risqué and rated R since MLP is originally aimed at little girls ages 3 and up. Derpy and Clockwise were of the few bg ponies that earned stories from the fandom that became canon. 
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Kittengoo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I never said that MLP is perfect or anything of the sort. I'm actually really neutral about it.

It's fine if you like them, I personally think they are tacky as hell. I'm just sick of girl toys being the same thing over and over. Super sparkly, pink/purple palettes, and over accesorized. There is no thought, depth, to any of these designs and Disney is BETTER than this. 

When I was little (and I was in an all girl school when I was the target demographic for this) we had a variety of interests just like little boys did. Most of us played 'Dragon Ball Z' which is the LEAST girly thing you can think of because it actually had a story line and well defined characters. A lot of the 'girls only shows' were about tea parties, boys, and 'cute things'. There is nothing bad in liking these kind of things but it gets boring really quick. 

Most of the girls in my class liked the Power Rangers, Saint Seya, Gundam Wing, and other things that were aimed at boys. Disney offered us better content with most of their movies but with the 'Palace Pets' they took a huge step backwards. I showed this to my niece (I did not say ANYTHING about how I disliked this) and she found them boring. 
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KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have you seen the new Nerf toys for girls? I lol because when I was a kid I played with nerf dart guns and swords all the time and I didn't care if they were pink or purple and sparkly and sound like they came off of the latest book craze. 

Aye, Growing up was different, but for when it came to my first love, equines, I was into sparkly cutesy stuff for them. Everythign else was a detail. Nice to know we're both on the same level there ;) 

Myself, I was mostly into robots and Dinosaurs Mostly robots. If it was robotic in nature, I stared at the screen like a zombie. Power Rangers fell onto that category. I preferred seasons 1-3, as the seasons and reboots progressed it became lazy and predictable. But yes, I enjoyed most of what you listed. The only thing remotely girly I enjoyed was The Little Mermaid as well as Littlest Pet Shops as well as Puppy/Kitten in my pocket. 
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AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love how pissy adult fans get about these kinds of things.
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crazygirl125 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
I  HREE YEAR OLDS WHO USE LESS SPARKLES THAN THAT. Why did Disney further destroy what has been deteriorating for years. Besides they already had pets, WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE. And those things all look terribly diseased.
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greatcinalone23 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
What I'm most alarmed about this series is their designs in the faces/hair, they all resemble their owners...What does this imply, did the princesses go down and got pregnant with animals? :rofl:
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Masterge77 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist
I agree with you on all of this, for one thing, there is little to no variety with these pets (almost all of them are copy-paste characters, and most of them are usually cats, dogs, or ponies) many of them have either personalities, sometimes ones that contradict that of the princess, like Ariel's cat as you mentioned, or no personality all. Not to mention I think they all look ugly and unappealing in my opinion, especially Ariel's cat, who as many above stated, looks like a deformed Vulpix with it's ass on fire.

Also, they gave Mulan a panda, how stereotypical can they get? I think they should have made it so that each one had a different animal rather than just the same ones copy-pasted over and over again.
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ArtemisiaDark Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Thanks for your detailed rant. It was needed. ;_; I cringe so much when I think of what Disney is becoming. Now, I'm gonna draw Raja, Pascal and other badass and REAL pets killing these ugly spoiled motherfuckers in a horrible way...
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Kittengoo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That I would love to see.
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ArtemisiaDark Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
By the way, have you ever seen this Palace Pets concept art ?  31.media.tumblr.com/f597c86fb2…

Even if the idea is still godawful and lacks of diversity (all pets are cats here), the art itself looks definitely WAY BETTER than these awful pictures. ;_; Even in these sketches, these freaks have more personality and the simplicity of their design is less painful to watch. Oh, and the lack in shiny ribbons and fancy jewelry EVERYWHERE is really refreshing ! It's almost "cute"... Yeah, now Disney choses the worst designs. The good old Disney era were the best was brought for us is dead.
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Kittengoo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I completely agree, these aren't half bad! :O  It does feel more like 'The Princesses turned into animals' than actual pets. I'm also surprised not to find Pocahontas, Merida, nor Mulan there x-x
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ArtemisiaDark Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Exactly, and they should have done something like this. I'm sure than even toys inspired by these versions would have look way more appealing, too !
As always, they're forgotten. -_-
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AzeilaRose Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't usually get upset over fiction but... what the hell!?  I'm livid!!!
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HalfEpic Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Good lord. Even without the whole marketing of being 'girly' the designs are way too busy. (I don't want to bash it on being girly because that's a whole other can of worms, but I'll just rip it apart from the perspective of aesthetics. )

The designs are way too busy, on top of simplified designs that you see from the Littlest Petshop and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.. I won't say the style itself is ugly for those two shows because that is their specific style and it works because they keep them notable and simple.  It works for those two different shows because everything is simplified in those two different shows.

But with Disney it doesn't because it's a rip off of the other two, trying to take their aesthetics but changing it enough to have a 'disney' flare. Mixing the two together is a huge mistake because both of the styles don't mesh well together. They're over designed and gaudy, the only one who could hypothetically fit is Sultan and even then we already have a design of a what a small tiger will look like in the Disney universe, so it comes off as clashing against the preconceived notions of these characters. 

Also the excuse of not being able to do 'cute' critters is cowpies to me, especially when you have many animals like Thumper, Figaro, Dinah, Abu, Pegasus (when he was tiny), Patch, and Meeko. Are they all necessarily the princess' pets? No, but this proves that they have some base of the disney style to go off of and they could with little effort just design around those types instead. 

To give you an image of how badly designed these marketing pieces are: I don't remember what they look like. They're all way too busy for the most part. I had to look up repeatedly to know what you were talking about, to even get a good idea, and I still can't really tell who belongs to who. If the designs are not distinct (... and they aren't) they're not any good.

This is a pretty informative post but I had to put in my two cents of why they were terrible. 
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Kittengoo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is very insightful and true :)
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Radioactive-Sodapop Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
OH WOW. I'll take this journal entry as an informative "What NOT to do when designing animal characters" list. Holy moly, I can't even curse correctly after seeing that.
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