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I am a Software Development Engineer in Test working for the Windows Sound team. You can contact me via email: mateer at microsoft dot com
Last time we examined the "Disney princess" status of Belle from Beauty and the Beast. This time I attempt to give an exhaustive list of all Disney princesses together with a very short summary of their status.
Methodology - I started with Disney's own "50 animated features" list as present on the Tangled DVD. To this I added the list of Pixar and (somewhat more controversially) Studio Ghibli movies released under the Disney name.
1 Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind is technically not a Studio Ghibli film as the studio was not founded until after the film was released. 2 In The Black Cauldron, Taran is not yet aware that he is a prince. 3 In The Little Mermaid, Ursula briefly has a claim to being a queen. Her relationship to Triton is never made clear; if she is his ex-wife, Ariel and her sisters are potentially her daughters. 4 In The Little Mermaid, Triton is briefly incapacitated. His eldest daughter thus has a brief claim to being Queen. 5 In Beauty and the Beast, Belle's princess status hinges on whether she is married to the Beast. 6 In Aladdin, Aladdin spends a fair amount of time transformed into a prince, though it is not clear where his principality lies. 7 In Aladdin, Jafar is briefly Sultan and attempts to woo Jasmine, though there is no reciprocity in their relationship. 8 In The Lion King it is perhaps best not to inquire too closely into the precise nature of the familial relationships between members of the pride in question. 9 The Lion King ends with a shot of Simba and Nala's cub being presented, but it is not clear whether the cub is male or female; in sequels it is made clear that the cub is a girl and her name is Kiara. 10 Charlotte's father is King of Mardi Gras, so Charlotte is princess for only one day. Still, Once a Princess, Always a Princess.
Jasmine from Aladdin is the best.
My personal favorite shifts around but at the moment it's probably Kida from Atlantis (only Disney princess to deliver a knee to the groin on-screen) or if you include the books then Eilonwy from The Black Cauldron (she has some great one-liners in the books.)
Added Merida from Brave.
What about Hercule's girlfriend/wife, Megara? He's a Prince being the son of Zeus.
Megara: being a prince's girlfriend does not suffice, so I wouldn't consider Megara an official princess.
Now that Star Wars is owned by Disney, I suppose I have to consider Princess Leia's claim to Disney Princess-hood.
Added Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-it Ralph.
why does everyone always forget about anastasia?
@aya the wonderful 1997 film Anastasia is not Disney, so Anastasia, while indisputably a princess, is not a Disney princess.
Side note: one of the composers for Anastasia was Lynn Ahrens, who also composed many of the classic Schoolhouse Rock! songs.
Mulan? She is probably my favorite/second favorite apart from kida. Ellonwy is pretty cool aswell.
Mulan is quite the hero, but has no claim to royalty that I can see.
You forgot Princess Nancy "Enchanted", Ariel's daughter Melody "Little Mermaid 2"(whatever it was called), and Charlotte from "The Princess and the Frog"; thought not royalty, she was princess of the mardi gras and it counted when Prince Naveen needed a princess to kiss.. Oh and since Disney owns Star Wars, you can include Princess Leia. x)
Just curious, but why did you include several not-princesses?
Oh! And those three princesses from "Mulan 2"! Ting-ting, Su, and Mei.
I'm only counting release-to-theater animated films, which rules out many direct-to-video sequels.
Enchanted is a gray area because it is part animation and part live-action.
Charlotte from Princess and the Frog is a good catch.
Where the f is mulan? She is the bomb