The Internet Dropped Two New Princess Shorts!

Just when I thought I wouldn't have anything else to talk about until the Aladdin remake comes out, the magical world of the internet surprised me yet again with two charming new YouTube shorts. Technically, neither of them are about princesses, but both are related to some of the most well-known Disney Princesses. The first is a new music video from PattyCake Productions, the dream team that brought us "Princess Academy" and "The Grande Mermaid." The second video is a clip from an upcoming episode of the animated Guardians of the Galaxy series on Disney XD called Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! (not to be confused with the ride at Disneyland of the same name). This episode will premiere this Sunday with the clip below featuring Gamora, the green-skinned Avenger.

Just in time for Mothers Day, "Tough Love" is the second episode of PattyCake Productions' Villains Lair web series. It features three of the most devilish Disney stepmothers singing about the hardships of raising princesses who are not their biological daughters. Anastasia and Drizella Tremaine have an opportunity to shine in it as well as they back up their mother with their screeching off-key vocals. What stood out to me the most about this music video in comparison to others from PattyCake's impressive library of work is that it contained lovely original art pieces to accompany the costumed performers. Several of these drawings portrayed characters that we have never seen before, such as Lady Tremaine's first husband and Snow White's birth father. They were done in a very clean and simple style that is reminiscent me of classic children's book illustrations while remaining true to the official Disney character designs. The song lyrics about the hardships the the villains went through while taking care of "bratty" princesses reminded me of a Disney book series that I saw in stores a long time ago called My Side of the Story, which retold the classic films from the twisted perspectives of the villains. The song itself is incredibly catchy, and you have to admit that the Tremaine sisters make a fair point when they say that Cinderella was "crazy" because she was "talking to the mice."

The second princess video that dropped today is actually a clip from an upcoming episode of a Disney XD series. It is a princess parody featuring Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy looking very different from the painted green live-action actress we've seen in the Marvel movies. This clip is particularly timely due to Gamora's appearance in the new Avengers: Endgame film. It comes from an upcoming episode of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! series from Disney XD called "Black Vortex, Part One." Each episode of this arc will incorporate a different style of animation from classic black and white to stop motion to 8-bit. The four-part arc will feature the guardians traveling through various dimensions after jumping into a Black Vortex Mirror.

In honor of the genre it is satirizing, this episode has a similar look to traditional hand-drawn animation and takes place in a world that is appears to be inspired by Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, right down to the fluffy animals helping Gamora clean the cottage as they sing a song about whistling. Among her snark about being stuck in a timeline that heavily predates her movie, Gamora rightfully points out that the "Whistle While You Work" parody contains an awful lot more singing than it does whistling. The animals attempt to convince that she is a princess because her stepfather, Thanos, is a wicked king, but she is hesitant to see herself in that way. "Black Vortex, Part One" will air in full this Sunday, May 5th, and will hopefully contain even more animated princess goodness.

The internet never sleeps. Every time I think I've seen all the new princess content there is, my social media feeds throw me a curve-ball. I enjoyed PattyCake Productions' new episode of The Villains Lair even more than the first one, but I'm eager to see a second episode of their Princess Academy web series as well since it's been over six months since it premiered. I'm not a huge Guardians of the Galaxy fan, but seeing the different styles of animation that will be incorporated into the Mission Breakout! series is certainly intriguing. It looks very different from anything Disney has released recently as they've been far more focused on live-action remakes and CGI than creative endeavors. Gamora could be classified as a warrior princess, but that would be a stretch considering her tortured life. Many princesses do have troubled upbringings, but they still find happiness later in life, while Gamora's story has no happy ending. On May 5th, we will find out just how princess-like this new iteration of her will be.


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