No Anna or Elsa, they're too busy being cash cows
Every time I come back from a hiatus I always do this and since it's been confirmed (in an indirect roundabout kinda way) that Moana will be apart of the lineup, it's as good of a time as any. 12. Moana
There's something about her that's just very forgettable, maybe it's because her movie evokes such apathy in me. Everything about her just screams "perfect modern role model" even plus so than princesses like Belle, Poca, Mulan ou Tiana and I find her even plus "marketable", "manufactored" and obnoxiously flawless than Rapunzel. Even becoming chief feels like some gimmicky "role model" thing, like "look, she's a strong leader". If I was introduced to her when I was younger like the précédant princesses maybe I'd like her fine but then again I actually DON'T like Simba either (he bores me) and he has a very similar "becoming leader of my people" arc, and at least his movie, which I don't even l’amour as much as other people, is actually memorable. 11. Merida
As for Merida, two things worth noting, she's the only princess who did something that borders on morally reprehensible BUT she tries her hardest to redeem herself par the end of the film. Her character development is well done for the most part, as is her relationship with her mother, though I do feel like Elinor sacrificed plus than she did. I used to have a plus vitriolic reaction to her, but I got over it, she is cool and like Moana, she might have benefited from being put in a better movie. However, unlike Moana, I do feel like they took a bit plus time to make her "human" rather than a "role model", nor do I feel the need to consistently bring up other DPs and even non-DPs when I talk about her, so that's something. 10. Aurora
Now, here's a character that I don't have high on my liste but I actually find myself defending quite a bit, I've even written two articles about Aurora. I don't think she's complex ou super duper deep, and a few of her fans do go overboard, but she's not a blank slate either and her detractors need to stop jouer la comédie like her fans "over-analyzing" her is this absolute epidemic. She's still one of the least populaire princesses, so calm down. In regards to Aurora herself, of all the princesses, she's the one most concerned with love, romance and a prince, and toi know what, there's nothing wrong with that. I just wish we saw plus of her, but in the short time she was on screen, I enjoyed this regal, obedient, hopelessly romantic girl. 9. Belle
I used to find her snobby, and she still is a little bit, but I've come to find her "stuck up outcast" persona kind of endearing. She is willing to level with people, like the Beast, toi just gotta meet her half way. And it's not like the townspeople are saints, they're clearly ignorant and shallow. She is intelligent but not in the way people think, it's in how she's able to persuade conversations in her favor, she uses that a lot on other characters. I like that even though she's plus mature and well spoken, she has a bit of a childlike curiosity and enthusiasm, considering her taste in books. And I wouldn't downplay what she did for her father too much, it seems like an easy choice in the moment but if toi really think long-term, it actually is a pretty scary and tough decision to make. So yeah, there's quite a bit to like about Belle. 8. Rapunzel
She was my least favori for a while but she's back in my good graces now. As mentioned before, her "relatibilty" and "marketability" is a bit over the haut, retour au début but she does have a few moments of realism. Particularly, when she's near Gothel and whenever she faces the fears Gothel's ingrained in her head. Like when Gothel sends the two criminals after her for her hair, that's Rapunzel's worst nightmare coming to life and her reactions are actually lowkey cœur, coeur breaking. Punz is probably one of the most realistic and slightly horrific portayals of a mental abuse victim in film, without delving into adult territory of course. I like her l’amour and talent for painting and how if plays a subtle role in her finally realizing the truth. In my opinion, hobbies like hers, ou Belle's reading, are the right way to humanize a character and make them relatable, not those cheap obvious "normal girl" tropes toi find with Anna. 7. Pocahontas
One quality that I'm glad plus people are noticing in Pocahontas is that she's a combination of qualities. She is calm and wise beyond her years but she's also playful and energetic. A lot of people think she loses her personality as the film goes on but I actually think her duality is big part of why she becomes so mopey and confused. She's a balance between the rebellion (Ariel) and nobility (Belle) of other princesses. Some characters would run off with John Smith, (Jasmine) other characters would stick with their tribe, (Mulan) Pocahontas is in the middle so she's torn between her wise side and wild side. And none of these traits feel contradictory, she's just plus confident and well versed in some areas (compassion for nature and people) and extremely slow in others. (de-escalating conflicts) It would have been nice if she had a "breather" scene equivalent to Ariel's jour out in the town to showcase her fun side plus but still, she kept me engaged. 6. Snow White
Because these films are fairytales and fantasy, aspects of a character can be a exaggerated, case in point Snow White. Her over the haut, retour au début optimism is so in your face that it's easy to paint her with a broad brush and overlook many characteristics that go against this common notion that she's docile lamb. First of all, she's surprisingly level headed and proactive when faced with a dire crisis. She devises a plan to earn her keep with the dwarfs, using her skills (cooking, cleaning) to her advantage. Her motherly nature combined with her bossy attitude actually makes for a pretty good leader. She has a slight spunk to her, which is highlighted whenevef she teases ou scolds the dwarfs, especially Grumpy. She is innocent and naive, and later her naivety (believing in the wishing apple) combined with her sternness (scolding the animaux for trying to warn her) gets her into trouble. Snow White is a pretty straight vers l'avant, vers l’avant character but we shouldn't let our judgement be clouded par preconceived notions and ignore the not-so-subtle nuances in her personality. 5. Tiana
I just recently wrote an article about her so I don't want to repeat myself too much.The biggest issue with Tiana is when she turns into a frog, she becomes significantly plus overbearing and insufferable. As I stated in my précédant article, the writers went too far in making Tiana and Naveen "foils" of each other with her work devise and his fun motto. This isn't helped par the fact that she's shockingly plus thickheaded than Naveen when it comes to learning their lessons. However, whenever she's human, a plus well, "human" Tiana is present. She genuinely just seems like a serious but well mannered young lady who just wants to make her father proud, and in the back of her mind she does feel somewhat drained par her passion, so her mother and friends' criticisms of her lack of fun and l’amour do not fall on completely deaf ears. It would be nice if Tia's attitude towards Naveen was the same as her attitude towards Lottie (she disagrees with Lottie's values but doesn't judge her) and maintained that quality throughout the film. Her character development is flawed but she does her learn the error of her ways and I admire her general characteristics, diligence, maturity, practicality, all of which I aspire to have myself. 4. Ariel
What I can say about Ariel that hasn't been a dit before? She's a self absorbed, stubborn, spoiled brat who's completely oblivious to how her actions affect others and never takes full responsibility for the mess she indirectly started, but still I l’amour her. She doesn't mean to cause everyone grief, it's just her singular minded unrelenting determination clouds her thinking. In my opinion, the only thing Ariel did that was morally wrong was not having the foresight to know Ursula's intentions and even then, majority of the blame for Ursula's actions fall on Ursula, not Ariel. Another reason why I gravitate to Ariel is because her story kind of resonates with me. I'm quite frankly sick of living with my family and I'm dying to déplacer out, I still l’amour them but I'm in a time of life where I'm just ready to go. It's the same with Ariel, I understand her desire to get out, be free, explore and just live her own life. We all have to leave the nest at some point. I also l’amour her thirst for adventure and knowledge, her exuberance and her fierce tenacity, she's just an all around fun character. 3. Jasmine
I'm slightly frustrated because I know the upcoming Aladin remake is completely drain all personality from her character and further perpetuate lame arguments against the original, just like Belle and Cinderella. She was never concerned about l’amour ou marriage, all she wanted was to be free and to make her own choices in life, IF l’amour comes along her way, that's fine. I l’amour how she's constantly trying to take matters into her own hands, even though she fails at every turn. I know it's realistic but it would be nice if she accomplished something whenever she takes charge but the film is not her story, it's Aladdin. Her bold and fiery personality is complimented par her cunning intuition, the minute she got a good look at "Prince Ali" she knew he looked familiar and later, she tricks him into revealing himself. She is a quick thinker, a fast learner and knows to adapt to situations, but she's not up to speed on everything (like the concept of paying) and her outbursts can get her into trouble. Overall, despite being not being the étoile, star of the story, jasmin is a well rounded out and extremely interesting character. 2. Cinderella
I could just cite the increasingly famous "Cinderella: Stop Blaming the Victim" video par ScreenPrism because they pretty much hit the nail on the head about Cendrillon and how amazing she is. I'm so happy that plus and plus people are pushing back against the vocal minority of strawmen who pick apart Cendrillon and her movie as well as the other princesses. I think it's wonderful that Cendrillon has kind of become a symbol of what Walt intended for Disney to represent, having faith, having inner strength and enduring hardships. In addition to being "ever gentle and kind", she actually has a subtle sly sense of humor and a pretty realistic outlook on life, for example she doesn't let faith do all the work nor does she let her one chance at happiness slip through her fingers. Unlike her weird remake counterpart, who just sits back chant to herself and accepts her fate. Oh yeah, way less problematic than original character. Anybody with an ounce of goodness in their cœur, coeur and has ever put up with mistreatment can relate to Cendrillon and her story. toi can't always be aggressive and behave anyway toi want, sometimes toi have to choose "practicality over justice" as ScreenPrism says. She's a very realistic and inspiring character who's message still holds up and is relevant over 60 years since her film's release. 1. Mulan
My liste has changed from my time to time but #1 has always remained the same. I have always found Mulan to be inspirational and relatable. I see a lot of myself in her, she's a naturally unmotivated and lazy person but if it's doing something she really cares about, she'll try her best, even if she chooses less than honest methods. Some people would say her character growth is unrealistic but if toi watch any Disney movie, like Tarzan, character development taking place over a musical number which takes place over a course of weeks is common. Plus, I think it's plus that Mulan had inklings of the qualities that lead her to victory deep within, such as nobility and cunning, she just wasn't utilizing them properly, taking the easy out works for fighting in a war, it doesn't really work for doing household chores.
I admit luck and help from her friends, who are men, were part of her accomplishments but I don't think even she herself would deny that. She acknowledges the detrimental aspects of both femininity ("with good breeding and a tiny waist") and masculinity ("just because I look like a man doesn't have to smell like one") and she encounters women like the Matchmaker and men like Chi Fu but Mulan still loves women and men, and she does try to confirmer to their values, and even retains some of those respective qualities, but they're ultimately not for her. She's not the perfect woman, nor she is a man, she's just Mulan, a brave, intelligent, family oriented young woman who grows to be a bit plus confident.
This is why her story resonates with a lot of people, including myself. She struggled to find her place in the world, and through grit, wit and a little help from others, she made her own. When she's donné a chance to further leave an impact as the Emperor's adviser, she declines, because throughout all amazing things she did, her biggest priority was still her family. She never wanted to make this huge revolutionary change, she just wanted to prove herself, be comfortable in her own skin and make her family proud, that's it. And I hope all of these qualities can still remain in the upcoming remake.
Well there toi go, you'll probably notice something with my bottom two but I've made my issues clear in précédant articles, I won't beat a dead horse. It felt good to really get my thoughts out there and address a few arguments that I've wanted to refute for a long time. Anyways, thanks for reading!