posted by storymaster
There are several points that make a Disney female character a Disney Princess;
She must be produced by hand drawing, she must sing at least once in her movie (in solo or duet) and she must either be born to royalty or marry into royalty or in some cases, both.
Princess Snow White, Princess Aurora, Princess Ariel and Princess Cinderella were all painfully hand drawn by the Disney artists and were animated to have at least one song meeting the technical side of their requirements. Princess Snow White, Princess Aurora, Princess Ariel were born to royalty and marry into royalty while Cinderella only married into royalty meeting the characteristic requirements.
This makes them the Original True Princess.
However the story is far from over as there are other princesses; such as Belle and Jasmine.
Belle was the first Princess who wasn’t just hand drawn, she was also made using a Computer Animation Production System or CAPS, developed by Pixar for Disney. CAPS allowed the artists to combine their hand drawn art with computer generated art, which made it a lot easier to do wonderful artistic scene like the famous ‘Tale as old as time’ waltz. This wonderful scene was made so beautiful by CAPS ability to create a computer-generated ballroom, put in the hand drawn dancers and make the camera mover around in any way they want. This process made the waltz almost seem real!
So in some ways Belle was hand drawn but was animated as a computer image… but she is still a Princess as she married Beast or Prince Adam as his name was released to be. So Belle is a Computerised True Princess.
The next princess under inspection is Jasmine from Aladdin, the only princess who is not related in some way to her film’s title. She is rather simple to understand; like Belle, Jasmine was made using CAPS and hand drawings, sings a duet with Aladdin and she is a Sultan’s daughter, which in Arabia, the setting, is equivalent to a king in Europe so his daughter is a Princess; a Computerised True Princess.
The last princess who could be called a Computerised True Princess is Tiana the youngest and newest princess. She might be set in a modern world, a new for a Disney Princess, but she is hand drawn with CAPS, sings and does marry a prince, prince Naveen. I will admit at first, I did not believe that this character could be called a Disney princess but after seeing the movie, I changed my mind and now happily call her a princess.
Then we come to the difficult ones; Pocahontas and Mulan.
Both made with CAPS and Hand drawings, both do sing solos or duets but the problem with calling them Disney princesses is… they are not princesses!
Neither marry princes, or even fall in love princes and neither are daughters of kings and queens.
It is possible to argue Pocahontas’s claim to royalty, her father is the chief = leader for a tribe so on a long shot, she is a princess but in my personal opinion, as she does not marry a prince, does not have a determined royal mother or father, she is not a princess.
Mulan… she has no claim what so ever to Princess-hood. She isn’t born to a king, just a normal solider who became a farmer after the war and his wife. She doesn’t marry a prince but a general in her second movie. She has no claim at all to be a princess.
But Disney still calls them princess but I class them as Computerised Princess (not True Princess as… well they aren’t princesses.)
The questionable ones
There are some 'unofficial' Disney princesses who meet some of the requirements; Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Tinker Bell from Peter Pan series and Giselle from Disney’s Enchanted cartoon. However; Alice sings, is hand drawn but isn’t born to royalty and she doesn’t even meet someone to call a prince; that is one factor that makes Mulan a possible princess, she has Shang.
Tinkerbell doesn’t need to be classed as a princess anymore; she has her own category, the Disney Fairies after the release and success of a prequel called ‘Tinkerbell’.
For part of her movie, Giselle is animated but then becomes live action………… Even Disney don’t count her as a princess.
So what of the future?
Tangled… Rapunzel. She sings, she is born to be a princess, she is…… COMPUTER ANIMATED. 100% computer animated. 2 factors out of 3 but the missing factor is the most important factor… can we call a princess who’s only spark is that of a computer? Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine, Tiana, Pocahontas and Mulan all have a heart. They were worked on for months to make sure each individual cell was perfect and detailed… they may have been animated by a computer but they were given life by hand.
Does Rapunzel have that heart?
In the end, no matter what I say, the only things that matters is what you believe and what you think in your heart makes a princess.
That is the joy of Disney.
posted by princesslullaby