Ever since Walt Disney brought Snow White to the world, people loved Disney princesses. Yes, they do tend to break into singing with little animals around them for no reason, but there is just something magical about them that we can’t resist them. But despite the fact that you have been forced to watch Frozen gazillion times by your kids (not to mention listen to the son whose name we won’t say here), we are sure that there are some facts about Anna and Elsa that you don’t know. Read on to learn those and other secret facts about Disney Princesses are below.
18. There is a 30-year gap between Ariel from The Little Mermaid and her predecessor Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, which was released in 1959. We had to wait until 1989 to see the next princess.
Ariel from The Little Mermaid Aurora from Sleeping Beauty
17. Beauty and the Beast features Belle as the only child. But the original script included her sister Clarice, which didn’t make the cut and was left out from the final version of the movie.
16. Linda Larkin, the voice of Jasmine in Aladdin, almost got replaced during the production of the movie. Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of the Disney’s bosses, didn’t think her voice was regal enough for Jasmine. In the end, he was convinced to let her stay and finish the role.
Jasmine in Aladdin Linda Larkin
15. Walt Disney’s favorite princess was Cinderella. According to Ilene Woods, who voiced her, he once told her: “You’re my favorite hero, you know?”
14. Mullan is often depicted as one of the most badass Disney princesses. Ironically, she is the only one who technically isn’t a princess.
13. Most of the stories Disney used to create his princesses come from old folktales and myths. The only princess who is 100% original is Merida from Braveg, but few could tell you the exact length, which is 70 feet. That’s a lot of hair.
12. Pocahontas is often mentioned as the first Native American princess, but that isn’t true. The title goes to Tiger Lily from “Peter Pan.”
Pocahontas Tiger Lily from “Peter Pan”
11. The only time a princess sings a duet with a villain is in Frozen. To her defense, Anna didn’t know at the time that Hans is a bad guy.
10. Do you know Cinderella’s shoe size? It’s 4 ½. Now it makes sense why no one else could fit that tiny glass shoe on their foot.
9. The success Snow White enjoyed was unprecedented for a cartoon and was so big that Walt Disney made plans for a sequel, titled Snow-White Returns. After much deliberations, he gave up on the idea.
8. The role of Tiana in The Princess and the Frog was a very sought after and Alicia Keys, and Jennifer Hudson all auditioned for her before it went to Anika Noni Rose. Beyoncé was the only one who refused to try.
Alicia Keys Tyra Banks Jennifer Hudson
7. To outdone Anna, who was the only princess who sang a duet with a villain, Jasmine took it a step further and became the only princess who kissed a villain.
6. Among so many hits and blockbusters, there was bound to be at least one failure. That role went to Sleeping Beauty and poor Aurora is the only princess who flopped at the box offices. That explains the 30-year gap between Aurora and Ariel we mentioned earlier.
5. We already mentioned that Mullan is badass, but did you know exactly how much? She killed 1,995 people in the movie, setting a record that will be hard to break even by the likes of Stallone or Schwarzenegger, let alone some future Disney princess.
4. The only Disney movie ever nominated for the Best Picture at the Oscars was Beauty and the Beast. That gives Belle a lot of bragging rights in front of her fellow princesses.
3. Ariel and Hercules are cousins. Her grandfather Poseidon and Hercules’ father Zeus are brothers. Disney loves to connect characters from different movies in some way.
Ariel and Hercules Zeus and Poseidon
2. Four actors voiced Anna: Livvy Stubenrauch, Katie Lopez, Agatha Lee Monn, and Kristen Bell.
Livvy Stubenrauch Kristen Bell Agatha Lee Monn
1. The only Disney princess to actually become a queen is anna. Snow Queen, but queen nonetheless.