Saturday, May 17, 2014

Kill, Refurb, Marry: Disney Princesses

It's that time again, folks! The time has come again for everyone's favorite blog hop- it's time for:

(If your mind shouted that game show-style, my work here is done.)

This month's game of Kill, Refurb, Marry is all about the Disney royalty- princess, to be specific! It was tough to pick favorites in the lineup of ladies I grew up loving (and I'm still a bit resentful about killing one off), but I've made my choices and am ready to share them with you! Here we go! 


Kill: Rapunzel


Here's the thing: I'm not a huge fan of Tangled.


I know, I know- to express any distaste for the long-haired heroine is akin to blasphemy in the Disney fandom these days. But put down your frying pans for a moment and allow me to explain. I will admit that the film has grown on me since we first encountered each other in 2010. Flynn Rider is undeniably dreamy, the psychology of Mother Gothel is deliciously complex, and the script's sparkling wit has come through as multiple viewings brought out unseen nuances. Why is it, then, that the movie's protagonist manages to rub me so much the wrong way? In fact, there's nothing that I inherently dislike about Rapunzel. She's kind of "meh" for me, and in the game of Kill, Refurb, Marry, lukewarm ambivalence is a quick path to the axe.


Please don't get me wrong- I would never, ever wish to kill a Disney princess. And if I'm honest, Rapunzel is a total blast to meet in the parks. So rather than a kill, lets just consider this a gentle brush aside.

Refurb: Aurora


(Note: It was entirely too difficult to find an image of Aurora that was actually from her movie. For shame.)

Oh, Aurora. I feel like Disney often forgets about the heroine of the 1959 classic, not due to a lack of presence, but through a serious misunderstanding of her character. Aurora falls prey, more than any other of her royal peers, to the trap of the Disney Princess franchise. You know what I'm talking about- you can't walk into a single merchandise location that isn't generously stocked with mugs and t-shirts plastered with her face, almost always accompanied by some "sassy" catchphrase like, "High Maintenance" or "My Castle, My Rules." My issue isn't with the goods themselves, but rather how far they deviate from Aurora as an actual character.

Seriously- this is a thing!

Sleeping Beauty  ranks as one of my all-time favorite films, and it wouldn't take to much reclaim the grace and charm that set Aurora apart from the rest of the princess pantheon. Come on, Disney- you can do it!

Marry: Tiana



Princess and the Frog, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Okay, I won't count all the ways, but I will say that my love lies largely in the movie's heroine. Tiana is a special kind of Disney princess. Hardworking and determined, she shows girls that dreams are meant to be achieved, and that your heart's wishes can come true as long as you're willing to take them there. Tiana is a magnificent role model for young girls… and can cook up a mean gumbo to boot!

I kid you not, this moment was a highlight of my young life.

Honorable "Marry" Mention: Giselle


A princess in my heart!

What would your "Kill, Refurb, Marry" picks be? Leave them in the comments below, then check out all of the other great posts in this month's hop! 

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