ODP standing for, 'Official Disney Princess'.
We all know that Disney has more than ten(?) princesses, but what do those in the line-up have that others don't? I try to solve this puzzle by making a list...
As I watched the Princess movies, I saw four things that they all had in common:
1) They are either born or married into royalty (or the equivalent)
2) Their movie is a musical
3) They have sidekicks
4) They have a love interest
(did I miss anything?)
So I suppose that in order to qualify, you have to fit all four of the criteria. But if we are going by this logic, then Mulan should not be in the line up. One could make the case that they needed some ethnic diversity. But when I do a line up, Mulan is not included. In the real world, Pocahontas is not a Princess, since Native American inheritence laws work differently. But this is Disney, and the Disneyverse works ona different set of laws than we do. Thusly, Pocahontas is in the line up for that reason.
Though Princess Merida is expected to join the Disney Princesses, I don't think she will fit into the mythology aside from being a princess, which to me isn't enough. Giselle was supposed to be an official Princess once upon a time, but dropped her because they would have to give Amy Adams (her actress) royalties (haha). Personally, I think that was a good idea. Giselle met only three of the four.
What about Kida? Well, she was a princess and had a love interest, but Atlantis wasn't a musical nor did she have a sidekick. Eilonwy was a princess, had a love interest and a sidekick (I suppose), but The Black Cauldron wasn't a musical. Hell, even my beloved Atta and Dot from A Bug's Life only meet two/one out of the criteria, so they are not included. But should Nala be up there? Jasmine proved that it doesn't have to be her movie in order to get into the ODPs. Who knows?
I dearly apologize if I sound uber-elitist or stuck up.
Disney Princesses - Qualifications of an ODP
21 June 2011 @ 01:38 pm
Qualifications of an ODP
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