Pixar is no slouches when it comes to providing likeable and strong-minded female characters in their acclaimed features. They may possess antennae, scales, or windshields but they're still remarkable representations of their gender.
Unfortunately, in the glowing popularity of guys like Woody and Buzz Lightyear, or Mike and Sully, the influence of the Pixar ladies receives a Luxo Junior-sized spotlight in comparison. It's not too surprising given that most of the movies in Pixar's canon contain male protagonists. Brave was the first commendable exception but it took awhile to get there considering it was the company's thirteenth film.
While Merida's aim showed great accuracy, it's even more accurate to say that Pixar's females didn't need the title role to champion different aspects of girl power. Some promote the right to frown and some demand excellence from those around them. Others fly after falling while all of them pick themselves up in the midst of emotional turmoil. They deserve recognition for their animated achievements because their noteworthy actions hit the feminist bulls-eye.
Whether they excelled in their careers, showed unwavering perseverance, or single-handedly saved their families, Pixar women of all types are trailblazers for the flesh and blood females watching them. Their underrated appeal shouldn't cause them to be underestimated.