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Everythings Better With Princesses / Animated Films

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Is the title a spoiler? Yes.
Was it worth it to have a princess? Yes.

  1. Princess Snow White — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  2. Cinderella — Cinderella (1950)
  3. Princess Aurora — Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  4. Princess Ariel — The Little Mermaid (1989)
  5. Belle — Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  6. Princess Jasmine — Aladdin (1992)
  7. Pocahontas — Pocahontas (1995)
  8. Mulan — Mulan (1998): "She hugged royalty, but that's about it."
  9. Tiana — The Princess and the Frog (2009): Notably, the first one to be created after "Disney Princess" became an official franchise. Her friend Charlotte seems to be a spoof on this mindset. Tiana only became a princess by marrying a prince. And she promptly makes things better by kissing the enchanged prince, whom she married, and who then becomes human again.
  10. Princess Rapunzel — Tangled (2010). Due to living in a tower in the forest, she didn't know about her royal ancestry... until she gave a burglar a Tap on the Head with a frying pan, and her life changed forever. Everyone cheers when she returns to her birth parents.
  11. Princess Merida — Brave (2012): First Pixar character to be a "Disney Princess". She is something of a Rebellious Princess, refusing to marry a man just because he won a contest, which one has to admit is not a good method to find a suitable husband for your daughter. She makes everything better for the princes of the neighbouring countries, who weren't very keen on marrying a stranger because of "tradition", either.
  12. Princess Anna — Frozen (2013): One of two princesses in the movie. Having grown up very sheltered due to an accident in her childhood, she strongly identifies with the princess stereotype. She gets better, though, and eventually saves the country. In a way.
  13. Queen Elsa — Frozen (2013): Elsa is the first "Disney Princess" to actually be crowned a queen pretty early in the movie. True to the trope, once she's crowned queen, she causes some trouble.
    • The reason the Disney Animated Canon is stuffed with princesses is actually because they draw so much on fairy tales... but as of the 1990s, they centered merchandising on the princess characters, and you know the rest. Actually, only some of the princess characters got in; those that had bit parts, were from unpopular movies, or just weren't as marketable were shoved in the back. And they've tried a few times to add non-royals into the line, despite Mulan, Esmeralda, and Alice definitely not being princesses, either to ease concerns that the classic pantheon wasn't dynamic and/or integrated enough (Mulan being the best Action Girl they could use, since they didn't have one) or to fill out various storybooks, music albums, etc. Pocahontas, another honorary member of the group, actually is, but might not have been considered "classic" when the line was introduced. (That, or her clothes aren't considered pretty enough.) Naturally, this was somewhat referenced in Kingdom Hearts, where those who qualified as "Princesses of Heart" just happened to be popular characters on both sides of the Pacific. Alice, a non-princess, was in fact added to the list, with the thin justification that she becomes a queen in the original books (and as foreshadowing that another seemingly normal character is also one). Ariel was in fact removed from the list for Kingdom Hearts, probably because, as a mermaid, she wouldn't be able to leave Atlantica to interact with the larger plot, but she gets to be an Action Girl Guest-Star Party Member.
    • Other commonly forgotten Disney princesses (or queens) include Eilonwy, Tiger Lily, Kidagakash (who inherits the throne in the denouement), Maid Marian (mentioned in the film to be King Richard's niece), and Nala (by marriage to Simba). If you stretch, you can also include Jane (queen of the jungle), Alice (who becomes a queen in the chess sense in Through the Looking Glass), and Megara (who originally was a daughter of King Chreon).
    • Ironically, the Powers That Be at Disney have been downplaying the princess element of its films after theorizing that marketing The Princess and the Frog as a Princess movie turned away the male demographic. This is mainly limited to the films' marketing and not their actual content, however: Tangled upgrades Rapunzel from a commoner into a princess by birth, Wreck-It Ralph turns out to have an unexpected princess in Vanellope, although she decides that she'd rather be president, and Frozen gives a fairy tale that originally didn't have a single princess in it two princess characters (although Elsa is quickly elevated to queen).
    • Moana is the most recent Disney princess and expected to be added to the official Disney Princess line soon. Her film even lampshades her status in one scene where she insists that she's not really a princess and Maui points out that she is, complete with animal sidekicks.
  • Spoofed all over the place in the Princesse franchise, especially the third film. The princesses from that got their own toy line, too, but this seems to be a further parody rather than hypocrisy. Princesse: The Musical! added one more, making Lord Princesse's mother the princess from The Princess and the Pea.
  • The Swan Princess: Odette actually is a princess in the original ballet and the film adds the Disney Princess touches to her, giving her a beautiful singing voice, becoming a Friend to All Living Things etc. She manages to become a Queen at the end of the film and remains one in the sequels.
  • The Flight of Dragons has Princess Melisande, the Happily Adopted foster daughter of the wizard Carolinus. Her being a princess has nothing to do with the story, and probably the only reason she is one at all is so that the hero can win the heart of a princess like in any proper fairy tale.
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  • Rainbow Brite: Averted here, with one of the very few actively evil princesses. Has a lot of the standard traits (wealth and sovereignty, for starters), but she looks like a punk rocker, acts like a five-year-old and is after a Cosmic Keystone whose absence will send the universe into an endless winter.
  • Rugrats Go Wild!: Angelica decides that she will become the island's princess. This time the babies have learned their lesson and ignore her but she ends up passing herself off as Princess Angelatiki to Debbie Thornberry. One must wonder why Debbie doesn't question that the island princess is white and speaks perfect English.
  • Similarly in Rugrats in Paris a stage play in Reptarland has a princess as a main character. After seeing it, Chuckie wishes for the princess to be his new mother. Coco La Bouche attempts to exploit this when she hears about it and Chuckie admits that all he wants is a mother who loves him.
  • Anastasia: While the real Anastasia was royalty, she is recognised as "Grand Duchess" rather than princess.note  But the film frequently refers to her as a princess just to avoid confusion. In a twist, she also gives up the title and chooses to elope with Dimitri.
  • Shrek marries Princess Fiona, daughter of the King and Queen of Far Far Away, at the end of the first film. In the second film, she's reunited with her old princess friends, including Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel. The third film doesn't add any princesses to the cast, but Artie sure is enthused about the prospect of meeting some.
  • The Barbie movies are fairly common with princesses; a few examples are Princess Charm School, The Pearl Princess, The Princess and the Pauper, and (pictured above) The Island Princess.
  • Teegra in Fire and Ice was the Princess of Firekeep, whose purpose at first was being kidnapped, being the hero's love interest and look good in a string-bikini. Thankfully, she avoids being useless by saving herself more than once as well as the hero's life.
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) adds another princess to the G-4 canon (see below). Princess Skystar is notably the first seapony to be a princess in the franchise (even if she's really a hippogriff turned into a seapony). She provides help to the Mane Six and even assists them in the Final Battle.


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