Because having princess after princess that looks exactly the same, with the same personality and physical traits and characteristics, is boring and unrealistic. Yes, Merida looks fucking different. She’s a ginger, she has freckles, she’s short, she doesn’t like painting her nails and she probably doesn’t spend thirty minutes on her makeup in the morning.
Does that give you the right to say she’s not pretty? She’s unconventionally beautiful and different and unique, but by no means is she ugly. I think the fact that people are making Disney confessions about her not being pretty delves even deeper into the way we think as a society and what we believe to be pretty and how unrealistic that is, and it really shows what we truly think about beauty and how we don’t understand that beauty comes from confidence and variety and uniqueness, instead of being plastic and common.
Okay, end rant. Sorry, I had to get that out there.
The latter. I, of course, won’t spoil the movie before it comes out, and I’ll try my best to post plot updates from Pixar themselves instead of getting something secondhand that may spoil the plot. But once the movie is out, I’ll wait a couple days and probably start posting gifs/graphics/edits then.
Hope this helped!