Real hair is not plastic.
And that means it moves with the wind. However, when you look back at Disney movies, one thing is very clear, they didn’t care about hair physics. That might be because they had to hand-draw a lot of things or because they always wanted their Princesses to look perfect. Whatever the reason may be, that is sadly not how real hair works. Real hair will get frizzy the moment you get out in the humidity and when it gets wet, it never looks as pretty as movies make it out to be.
But what does that have to do with Disney movies? Well, just imagine a world where every Disney princess had hair that actually had physics and weight? Would Ariel still look as flawless when she did that hair flip? I think now and that is what we are here to see today. That is exactly why we have some of our favourite Disney princesses here with, drawn on realistic hair. Just scroll below to take a look for yourself.
#1 I can see that the hair ties Jasmine uses are pretty strong.
#2 Alice’s hair looks much better flowing like this.
#3 Aurora’s hair still looks much better after waking up from a long sleep than mine does every day.
#4 I bet the birds can help fix her hair.
#5 Esmerelda is still looking as gorgeous as ever.
#6 I mean that ice is bound to get into her hair.
I understand that they probably didn’t do this because it would take much longer to animate hair like this. It is much easier to draw realistic hair on a single image than animate it for the whole movie. However, they’re trying to do something similar with their newer movies like in Moana. We might not get individual hair strands for years to come but someone animation would be so advanced that it would reach the uncanny valley and I am not looking forward to that.
#7 That is how real hair reacts to wind.
#8 Either Ariel had hair magic that meant her hair was always perfect or her hair was made of plastic.
#9 Can she colour with all the colours of the wind when her hair is on her face?
#10 Mulan is looking as fabulous as ever.
#11 Moana’s hair is quite perfect already but this adds a twinge of realism.
What do you think of these Disney princesses with realistic hair? Do you think it matches their character or does it take away from their character? Comment down below to let us know.