Believe it or not, no Disney princess movie has ever earned a theatrical sequel. But how did the picture earn this designation? Take a closer look at the Disney princess lineup. Frozen has one of these in central character Anna, who wants to break free from her oppressive lonesomeness and celebrate life with her sister Elsa. The Little Mermaid: Beauty and the Beast: That said, the endeavor becomes more and more about feminist empowerment as the movie carries on.
After being holed up in a tower attic for 16 years or so, Rapunzel just wants to go out and see a light show. But come on, baby steps. Spiting what is expected of your proper royal Scotswoman, Merida likes to shoot things. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Princess and the Frog: A little extra cash and some time off would be nothing to sneeze at!
For whatever reason, Disney is big on dead parents. Both parents are dead, hence her custody going to that nefarious stepmom. See above. Ariel has a dad, but her mom is out of the picture. Same, re: Aladdin's a full-fledged orphan. Once again. The Charming Prince After generations of celebrating a wide array of similarly designed debonair princes, Frozen turned the trope around by making its handsome and suave royal a certified villain.
But the prince has seen highs and lows alike throughout Disney history. The prince. Prince Charming, footwear enthusiast. Sleeping Beauty: Prince Phillip, coma doctor.
Prince Adam, a. The Beast. In absence of a bona fide prince, the de facto role here would belong to Kocoum, the approved mate for Pocahontas in the eyes of her father and culture. Prince Naveen. The Rugged Layman Alternatively, we sometimes find the princess falling for — or at least canoodling with — a man far beneath her class distinction. Frozen treats us to this storyline with ice-chopping orphan Kristoff. The huntsman, who earns a much grander role in the live-action remake that hit theaters in than he does in the Disney cartoon.
Flynn Rider, a genuine bandit who, by virtue of being the only other human being she has ever met, catches the eye of Rapunzel. The various birds and chipmunks and so forth that dress her. Her team of rodent seamstresses.
A timid fish, a doofy albatross, and a silver-tongued lobster. On the side of justice, Abu and Raja. On the side of peril, the much more verbose Iago. A cricket. Of all animals to trust to sustain months at war, Mulan brings a cricket.
Aside from the eponymous amphibians, this one has a singing crocodile, a prescient firefly, and a ravenous dog.
Rapunzel has a chameleon, and Flynn has a consistently insubordinate horse. So… many… bears. The genie, no doubt. The cave lady who keeps on turning everyone into bears. The Inanimate Object Come to Life A slightly rarer phenomenon in Disney animation, but one that rears itself in Frozen nonetheless, breathing vivacity into sweet-natured snowman Olaf. Candlesticks, clocks, teapots, armoires, ottomans, feather dusters, drinking cups, plates, forks, knives, spoons, chairs… you get the picture.
A feral magic carpet. That old standard: Disney 9.