The marketing and merchandising juggernaut known as the Disney Princess line is about to induct its newest member: Merida, from Pixar's "Brave." (This is the first time a Pixar character has officially been dubbed a "Disney Princess.")

Merida will be inducted into the hallowed ranks in a ceremony set to take place at Walt Disney World on May 11. She will be the 11th Disney Princess, and the first with curly hair. It's unclear if there are any sorority-like hazing rituals that go along with the induction.

"Brave" was released last summer and follows a headstrong Scottish princess (Merida) as she fights for her own independence and stumbles into a magical plot that has her accidentally transforming her queenly mother into a bear. The movie was Pixar's first attempt at a fairy tale, and despite its production woes (original director Brenda Chapman was unceremoniously replaced 18 months before the movie was scheduled to be released), it ended up becoming a huge financial hit and winner of the Best Animated Feature Oscar. More recent inductees into the Disney Princess line include Rapunzel from "Tangled" and Princess Tiana from "The Princess and the Frog."

The "royal coronation" at Walt Disney World on May 11 will undoubtedly be serving tea and crumpets, although haggis, the traditional Scottish dish, will probably be left off the menu. It'll be interesting to see if they let her keep her trademark bow and arrow, or if being a princess means setting such things aside.

[via Inside the Magic]

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