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Aladdin: So here we were, early 1990's, and the Disney Renaissance was at its peek. The studios had produced two of the highest grossing animated films of all time and still were pushing on. However the team suffered a tragic loss with the death of lyricist Howard Ashman who surprisingly had had a large amount of creative input on the précédant two films. (He named Ariel) It was even his idea to make the suivant Disney animated feature, Aladdin released on November 25, 1992. However, much to the disappointment of many, this would be the last picture to showcase a royal fairytale princess for the suivant impending 17 years, Princess Jasmine.

jasmin is unique for a plethora of reasons. One being the fact that she is the only princess of the Disney Lineup whom the story does NOT revolve around. Not surprisingly, this lends to the fact that researching her is slightly plus difficult without deviating into the design of the other characters.

jasmin is also the first princess of any ethnicity. Keeping in mind that this film was released pre-September 11th, (not to say 9-11 affected the way we view these characters today) but unlike the upcoming princess Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, racial sensitivity and political correctness was surprisingly not as touchy an issue in the creation of a Muslim princess.

 illustration of Badroulbadour
illustration of Badroulbadour



In fact, in the book 1001 Arabian Nights the story of Aladin (and subsequently the princess) was Asian. However Aladin was most likely not originally apart of the stories dating back to about 1000 A.D., but was added to the compilation par Antoine Galland, a French author/translator, who published the livres in 12 volumes between 1704 and 1717.

While the Disney version underwent many contemporary changes, the princess’s predicament of being pressured to find a suitor remained relatively the same. However, originally the princess's name was Badroulbadour and was very vain and spoiled.

 jasmin Guy
Jasmine Guy

Obviously, Disney writers decided to change this personality flaw along with her name to something plus 'relatable'. It turns out jasmin was their first choice as it was among the most populaire girl names in the early 90's largely due to actress Jasmine Guy. Although some early sketches were based from some of her features, her look came off as too severe.


 Beth Allen
Beth Allen


Yet another unique detail about jasmin is the fact that her final look was not based after any particular celebrity. Mark Henn who has been partially responsible for the design of every Disney princess since Ariel, turned to a number of exotic mannequins to base jasmin off of but ultimately was dissatisfied. He describes having seen a guest at Disney World with long black hair and knew he wanted that feature but was having difficulty finding a face for the princess. Eventually Henn looked in his wallet to find a high school graduation photo of his younger sister Beth Allen. He did a concept sketch based off of her which the directors liked and ended up approving.


 jasmin vs Taj Mahal and Arabian text
Jasmine vs Taj Mahal and Arabian text

In a similar spirit that incorporated the angular look of medieval tapestries into Sleeping Beauty, Art Director, Bill Perkins wanted to incorporate the look of Arabian text and architecture into Aladdin. Once such place to compare with jasmin is the Taj Mahal. Although, NOT Arabian but Indian, the Taj Mahal is located in the city of Agra which is arguably the inspiration for the fictional city Agrabah. At closer inspection of jasmin toi may notice similar arches and curves in her clothes, jewelry, hair and features.


 early sketches of jasmin vs Aladin
early sketches of jasmin vs Aladdin



With the finalized look of princess jasmin being whole-heartedly approved, the directors faced a problem. Aladin had been developed to be a young, scrawny underdog of a character. However Jeffrey Katzenberg, Disney's then Chairman, believed the romantic chemistry between the two characters would be 'unconvincing' (that the princess would never find him attractive). So, at the last minute, animators were told to make Aladin older and resemble Tom Cruise. Therefor in this case, Jasmine’s design influenced that look of the hero.





Many people are unaware of the two major themes representing the Princess which are presented in her first scene. The first is the water fountain. jasmin was chosen to be dressed in a light blue specifically to represent water, the most precious substance one can find in a desert. The princess's first scene was situated suivant to a fontaine to emphasize this connection.

The seconde theme is a caged bird. Also, in the first scene we see jasmin release birds from their cage. This was meant as a metaphor for her plight; While she is “taken care of [and] provided for” she is caged from a world she has never seen and yearns to be released. We see this theme again in Jasmine's birdcage-shaped boudoir.


The whole concept of jasmin escaping the palace in the dead of night to experience the 'real' world is directly inspired from the 1953 classic Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday. Hepburn plays a Princess Ann from a nondescript country visiting Rome. After a slight emotional breakdown, the princess sneaks out of the royal embassy and enjoys living as a regular person for a jour going par the name Anya. (which would later be the name used for Don Bluth’s misplaced princess Anastasia) She meets a guy, they fall for each other, her bodyguards come after her...all of which is in Jasmine's story~Great movie. Watch it!

As I've mentioned before, this movie has directly inspired pretty much every Disney Princess since Sleeping Beauty.



In conclusion, jasmin is an asset to the Disney Princess lineup. She is a pioneer so to speak, being the first heroine of color Disney had ever produced. Notably so, every following addition to the Princess lineup has been ethnic with Pocahontas, Mulan and now Tiana. plus than that, jasmin represents a fight for civil rights, to fight against laws that stifle life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For this, she continues to represent one of the most important messages to our society today. Whether it be racial tolerance, social hierarchy, civil rights ou something more, each person can take a lesson from her and her story. She broke a long-held exclusive bearier for girls (and boys) paving the way in letting children believe that anyone of any race can be a princess and plus importantly, to fight for what toi believe in.


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You'll notice that characters created around the same time as each other tend to share traits that are populaire at the time ou big with the artist/director/etc who works with them.

However, I'm not here to talk about personalities. Those have already been covered par many interesting authors who explore the topics far plus effectively than I could. What I want to talk about is common overarching themes I have noticed in each generation of princesses.

Classic Princesses

A common theme with the first three Disney princesses (Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora) I think is maintaining hope and optimism...
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posted by AnotherHepburn
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Alright this is plus of a rant than anything because "Enchanted" is one of my favori films and I cannot believe she isn't in the line up ou is thought of as a Disney Princess. And I know the movie is making fun of the stereotypical princess when she meets the real world but there are so many allusions to the movie, especially The Little Mermaid in a lot of them. BUT ANYWHO let's get started.
The usual reason Disney deems a character a Disney Princess is usually because they are the heroine of the movie and have a few musical numbers where a dit heroine sings in. They also are very beautiful...
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 Eleven beautiful princesses...
Eleven beautiful princesses...
I've done hair and face lists for the princesses so far, but that's only physical qualities from the neck up. So this time I'll tackle the princesses bodies, everything from the neck down. After all, isn't that where all the good stuff is? par 'good stuff' I mean the heart, of course.


11. Snow White
Sorry, Snow, I know you're at the bottom of all my lists, but Walt himself a dit they were still learning when they made Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, anyway. One good thing about Snow White's body is that she looks her age. Snow is supposed to be fourteen, and she looks fourteen. That's a good...
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posted by dimitri_
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 I l’amour them <3
I love them <3
I saw KataraLover and sweetie-94 doing these kinds of articles so I decided to do this too but with Mulan and Pocahontas.


Similarities:
They are both confused and chercher for spiritual guidance. Neither are very... optimistic. They have plus in common than that but I will explain it all reviewing the aspects.

Differences:
Since Pocahontas follows her intuition and wanted to choose her own path, Mulan is much plus obedient than Pocahontas. Pocahontas isn't into serious guys and Mulan, well... just look at Shang. Mulan is literally a fighter and Pocahontas is against. Mulan vélomoteur, cyclomoteur around a lot in the...
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posted by MaidofOrleans
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As many of toi know, I have been conducting a countdown of the most populaire love's first Kiss scenes. It's been a lot of fun and I'm glad so many people participated! I must say, though, that I find it hilarious that each vote had about 40 participants and less than half of them commented. I mean it even says in the titre that your vote won't count unless toi leave a comment! It doesn't particularly bother me, I have plenty of citations as it is, I just find it funny. :P On to the results...

8. Cendrillon and Charming's kiss

At first I was surprised that they were the first couple to go, considering...
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 The receiver
The receiver
I know this is kinda a weird countdown, but here ya go.

10. The Prince
I don't see him giving any wedgies at all. If anything, I think he'd be the one receiving them from everyone else.

9. Prince Charming
Just like with the Prince, I don't see Charming giving any wedgies. He might give the occasional wedgie, but only to the Prince.

8. Prince Phillip
This guy would give so many wedgies to the other two classic princes that it's not funny.

7. Shang
He doesn't always give wedgies, but when he does, toi better believe that it'll being excruciatingly painful.

6. Adam/Beast
Beginning-of-the-movie Beast...
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I was bored today, and really wanted to do something, so I decided to start a series of analyzing the DP Couples in depth (and later, the other Disney Couples). toi can recommend me which couple to do suivant in the couples section. So here is how it is going to go. I will first explain my global, ensemble statement about the couples in a paragraph, and then I will analyze each scene to look at the inner and outer feelings of the characters individually an the couple itself.

First thoughts right after watching the Movie
Right after watching Pocahontas, I do not believe that Pocahontas and John Smith were...
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I've seen many of these articles on here, not many of them are that récent though. Hardly any include the CGI princesses ou Tiana in extreme cases. Not offence intended
So I decided to do a slightly plus up to rendez-vous amoureux, date countdown. Hope toi enjoy it! :)
IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an opinion article. if toi do not agree with any of my choices that's fine but there's no need to make harsh comments.

Due to the récent 'Merida Princess Makeover Scandal' I am only judging the girls on how they look in the movie, not in the merchandise.


20. Merida

 Super brave, not super beautiful...
Super brave, not super beautiful...


She may be brave,...
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posted by sweetie-94
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 Let's see who of these two that really is better
Let's see who of these two that really is better
I saw that KataraLover had written an article about Ariel and Merida and who of the two that was a better character, I decided to do the same, but with my two favori princesses Snow White and Aurora, but also because they're imo the two most similar princesses, but anyway here we go

Similarities:
They have a lot of things in common, they both l’amour animals, they have the same dream, they're both considerd beautiful par people around them and they both had to be saved par their princes

Differences:
One of the biggest differences between them is that Aurora is pessimistic and Snow White is plus optimistic,...
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