Here's my list of Disney Princess couples, it's primarily based on what connected with me in their relationship and what i find admirable. I do have some ifs and buts with few couples but that's just my way of looking at how a relationship grow
1. Mulan and Shang:
Theirs a relation that I actually look up to with great admiration and respect. They both were mature to handle a relationship before falling for each other. Their love grew out of mutual trust, understanding and respect rather than romantic feelings. It is to not say that romantic feelings are not true or valuable, it's my personal opinion that while romance over the time diminishes and eventually trust, respect and understanding becomes the core of relationship, on which true love can be nurtured. I also love how they gain each other's trust and respect by their actions more than their words.
I love how they talk about their differences without hurting each other's feelings and how they can respect each other's opinions while upholding their own. I cannot help but simply put their relation on a pedestal of perfection.
2. Belle and Beast:
I really love the growth of their relationship. It truly shows how love brings out the best in them, makes them better people and also shows how without love, a person is actually only a beast. I love the gentle changes in Beast's personality from absolute mannerless, rude, selfish and mean to slowly warming up to how to care for someone, how to show affection, how to be polite and eventually how to be selfless. Belle also learns that some adventures in life are not about daring swords and charming prince but to find love and happiness in least expected place. She also learns to not be stubborn to not show her real feelings to someone else. I feel she was afraid to admit to her own feelings and only when she thought she has lost Beast, did she finally broke down to admit her feelings for him.
It tells me that for true love one must have the courage to be vulnerable, and that is why I love their growth.
3. Anna and Kristoff:
I don't understand why people find their relation forced or rushed. I think it's one of the most natural relationship that grew out of facing circumstances together and getting to know someone over course of time. I think, it was actually very sweet of them to find each other's opinion on love to be exact opposite. I also liked that they bump into each other at a public place, happened upon knowing each other;s requirement which Anna only seemed to help Kristoff with if he helped her in return. They were honest with each other, looked out for each other as companions to common goal. I loved how Kristoff was so genuine with rushing Anna to his friends when he saw her being hurt by Elsa. And they eventually realized that they had fallen for each other all this time, sharing their feelings and seeing each other in more vulnerable phases. That is how you stumble upon love, i guess sometimes, not really realizing until it starts to slip away.
4. Cinderella and Prince Charming:
I'm not a big fan of love at first sight and do not understand how they came to love each other just after spending only half a night with each other, with little to talk about themselves. But i love how their relationship is shown in the 3rd sequel. They have found deep love and respect for each other in marriage. Despite being torn apart, i loved how Prince Charming always felt that he somehow knew Cinderella, and how Cinderella whole-heartedly believed that despite the spell, his heart won't change and will recognize her again. I do believe that nothing can change true love; no spell, no materialistic greed. I find their relationship more strong and meaningful in 3rd sequel.
5. Rapunzel and Eugene:
It is one of the most complex relationship I have ever seen in a disney princess movie, but i like to believe in the good part of it rather than turning it into a completely horrible relationship, of Eugene taking advantage of Rapunzel. I think Rapunzel's goodness undid him. He would have never experienced that kind of trust and genuineness before. He would have been used to getting his food by cheat and manipulation and learned it as a way of life. I loved the change in him after they were trapped in the water tunnel, the way he was surprised when Rapunzel told him her story, of healing powers and never leaving the tower. I think it touched him to see that despite being locked up that way for all her life, she would not rebel straight away and would consider going back. I think it undid him seeing that kind of innocence and selflessness. I think that moment changed him in his heart, changed him to do something good in his life, for someone else's happiness. i find that incredibly moving to see how genuine affection and honesty and vulnerability can shed outer layers we often cover ourselves in the name of defense against cruel world.
6. Aurora and Philip:
Although I'm not a big fan of love at first sight, but I'm a strong believer in destiny and people who come together because they were meant to be. They had a beautiful time with each other, something as sweet and innocent as first unknown date. They simply wanted to meet each other more because they liked it. And when Philip kissed Aurora to wake her up, they simply realize they were just meant to be. I would have loved to see more of their relationship, to place them higher in my list.
7. Tiana and Naveen:
I could see why Naveen fell for Tiana for being smart and hard working, dedicated person she is, despite being so tough and uptight from outside most of times. But I didn't find his change of heart to be so powerful, he simply started liking her when she was being fun and let loose a bit at Mama Odie's place. I could say later he fell eventually for her righteous ways and morals and passion and knowing she could be fun too along with it. I'd want to believe that Tiana would have found that having a dream is great but being able to share it with someone is even more fulfilling but somehow i missed this chemistry on emotional front but i like the premise of their relationship, even though they were polar opposites of each other.
8. Jasmine and Aladdin:
I like how they discover each other, Aladdin rescuing her from a cruel vendor and sharing similar feelings of being trapped into a lifestyle that restricted them in different ways. They instantly connected with each other's way of thinking. This seemed like a great base for friendship rather than romantic love. I think the movie more focused on the adventure of Aladdin from there on than their relationship and failed to build it from there. I would have loved if they were to become friends and fought for each other's companionship in honest ways rather than both of them being dishonest with each other and hiding their true identity. I honestly didn't see why Aladdin fell for her, except for her beauty initially, and couldn't understand why Jasmine fell for him after the carpet ride. It could have been exciting but it truly failed in my eyes to deepen their infatuation/attraction into true love.
9. Ariel and Eric:
There were lot of things missing for me in their relationship. First of all, I didn't connect with Ariel's reason for falling for Eric. Despite gauging him from distance for a short while, i still find it hugely influenced by her fascination with human world that got her liking him rather than actually liking him for his personality/nature. I find it odd that she didn't interact with him at all if she liked him or thought she loved him but rather sought to go to his world with no voice in changed form to make him attracted towards her in disguise. I find it dishonest on her part, as she clearly had a choice of letting him know her. I enjoyed how they spent their time in town, however i find it a little forced on Eric. I mean he was dreaming about some girl with a beautiful voice and then he's kinda stuck with being nice to Ariel coz she seemed lost and need of help. For him, they were two different people. I really didn't like "Kiss the girl" sequence where he's being led into an awkward situation, he clearly do not want to kiss her like that without knowing her properly. It seemed as if she was trying so hard for Eric to fall in love with her.
10. Pocahontas and John:
This seemed like one of the most forced romantic relationship to me. They were simply fascinated with each other because of the huge cultural differences and were drawn to each other simply because they hadn't experienced each other's way of life. I couldn't understand and connect why they loved each other as a person. The movie shifted to completely different topic of peace between different kind of communities and their relationship seemed lost to me rather than developing further deep into each other in that war and peace situation.
11. Snow and Prince:
I completely failed to see why Prince was singing to a maid out of nowhere. And then fell in love with her just like that. And right at the end of the movie, he claims his love for her while she's presumably dead. This was really one of the most unfit romantic relationship with no foundation and it didn't sit well with the plotline at all.
Would love to hear from you all, as always.