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Snow White ___________________________

In the beginning of the Grimm's Tale Schneewittchen, Snow White's mother pricks her finger with a sewing needle and three drops of her blood fall onto the snow which lay on the ebony windowsill. Oddly enough, this made her long for a daughter of a similar color scheme. While this reflects the arc of the story: (white)innocence, (red)maturity & love, and (black)death, her name particularly represents a season when the world metaphorically sleeps only to be inevitably awakened with the coming of spring.





_______________________________ Cinderella

Omitted from the Disney version of the fairytale, Cinderella was actually the cruel nickname given to her by her stepsisters for sitting at the dying cinders of the fire after her long days work. Cinderella's real name is never mentioned. Cinders have a number of symbolic meanings from being merely a source of warmth and a hidden fire to represent rebirth in the story of the Firebird or Phoenix. In myth, the creature would die in the fiery blaze of its nest only to rise again reborn from the ashes signifying a rise to glory from the lowest of places.





Aurora ________________________________

Latin for "light" or "dawn", Aurora is her royal name given by her parents. It may be stated in the film that this was "because she filled their lives with sunshine" but its also fitting for this princess since dawn is the time when the sleeping world awakes. It's no accident that she falls asleep at dusk and awakes upon sunrise. Incidentally one may recall her "hair of sunshine gold" but her "lips that shame the red red rose" are more linked to her second name.



Briar Rose ________________________________

Briar Rose, a pseudonymn given by her fairy godmothers also has poetic meaning. The first word BRIAR, a mass of thorny plants obviously makes sense with the story's motif but a rose also has numerous conotations. Roses have represented love, beauty, virtue, femininity, and virginity hence why it is also a symbol of the Virgin Mary. But a briar rose is a thing of beauty surrounded by harsh thorny bramble -- much like Aurora herself in the castle surrounded by the forest of thorns.





__________________________________ Ariel

Ariel's name probably has the most mysterious of origins but there are two possible sources that equally make sense. Song writers Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (both of Jewish heritage) had a surprising amount of creative input in the story having named several of Ariel's sisters. This could leave reason to suspect they may have also suggested the name Ariel, Hebrew for "Lion of God". Lions are well known symbols of strength and courage.




The second possibility which actually ties into the first is the connection to the word 'ARIA'. Hebrew for "lioness". However in Italian it means "air" and is a musical term for a solo vocal piece with a light instrumental accompaniment. This probably makes the most sense considering music, and not lions, is the most obvious if not significant factor in Ariel's story.









Belle ________________________________

The most straight forward of names, Belle is literally French for "beauty". Granted this makes sense since Belle's character is meant be physically attractive. However beauty is not just restricted to our visual sense but can encompass all the senses and even that of our spirit. Intended to contrast the physical ugliness of the beast, Belle's purpose in the story is ultimately to transform the beast's soul to match the beauty of her own. She is everything the beast must aspire to be.





________________________________ Jasmine

Most people assume Jasmine is merely a reference to the jasmine flower and to a certain degree it is. Jasmine is actually indigenous to the Middle East. Known as "yasmine" to the natives, the flower is so pleasantly fragrant that the name translates to "gift from God" in Arabic. In the western world it can represent sensuality, elegance, and modesty -- a particular virtue Aladdin or Ali Ababwa must obtain to win the heart of the princess.




Pocahontas _________________________

Pocahontas is unique being that she is the only Disney Princess whom we know actually existed. Historically she is known by three separate names. Powhattan for "little mischief", Pocahontas was actually a nickname given to her because of her precocious and playful nature. Her real name was Matoaka or "bright stream between the hills". This can easily be linked to her affinity for rivers in the film. Her third name Rebecca, which she adopted after being baptized, is Hebrew for "to bind or bring together" and this is exactly what she did for her people and the Jamestown settlers.





___________________________________ Mulan

The story of Mulan is not a fairytale but a legend potentially based on real events of a woman named Hua Mulan which literally translates to "flower wood orchid", or the magnolia. Magnolias are a symbol of perseverance and nobility. The film makes reference to this in the scene when Mulan and her father sit beneath the magnolia tree. Her father subtly parallels his daughter to a late magnolia [mulan] blossom and how it will one day be the most beautiful of all.




Tiana ___________________________________

Potentially derived from the Greek word 'TIANI' meaning "princess", being a popular name among African-Americans it may be fitting that the first black Disney Princess was named Tiana. However this was not her first name choice. Originally her name was Maddy but was deemed too racially insensitive. This is odd since Maddy is short for Madeline derived from Magdeline. Mary Magdeline was a friend of Jesus and only disciple strong enough to witness his crucifixion and the first to witness his resurrection -- a woman who went on a long journey and acheived a great spiritual transformation.


_______________________________ Rapunzel

Also known as "rampion" or "bellflower", rapunzel is an edible plant. In the Grimm's Tale, it was specifically this plant that a poor man stole from a witch's garden to feed his pregnant wife. As punishment, the witch took the poor couple's daughter and raised her away in a tower without any doors or stairs. This plant is not only beautiful but is also noted for its ability to grow in very inhospitable soils. Rapunzel is very much like her namesake plant in that she too flourishes in beauty, kindness and curiosity despite being locked away in a cruel world. (she will also be the first Disney Princess who's main color is purple.)
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Since I have to leave for a while, I figured I would go ahead and publish what I have written so far for my Cinderella Countdown. When I come back, I will finish it!

20. The Glass Slipper- The King demands that the Grand Duke find Cinderella
You'll try this on every maid in my kingdom. And, if the shoe fits... Bring her in.
You'll try this on every maid in my kingdom. And, if the shoe fits... Bring her in.

The King is absolutely furious when he finds out that the "Mystery Girl" ran away. He calmed down once he found out about the glass slipper she left behind, and instucted the Grand Duke to try it on every girl in the Kingdom.

"Well, I love everything about the movie,...
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I don't understand why a lot of users on fanpop don't seem to like Cinderella. I think she is overlooked. People think she just sits around and does nothing but I think there is more to her than that. I think she is a strong character tho not as strong as the newer heroines such as Belle & Jasmine. I love Cinderella's optimistic attitude & she works hard to get what she wants. I think she is smart. She is mature. She is kind. It amazes me that she still has a positive attitude after all those yrs of being abused by her step family. I wish I can be as positive as she was. I think Cinderella is a stronger character than Snow White & Aurora. I think she is the strongest out of the classic heroines.
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Sketches of Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, & Ariel
Sketches of Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, & Ariel
Alright, everyone else seemed to be doing one of these, and for a while I was trying to figure out the order of my favorite princesses. It wasn't easy. It'd be easier to ask me what my first and second favorite Disney movies are (Lion King and Lilo & Stitch) but even after that it would be hard cause cause then it's which Disney movie I like more than another, which ones I didn't see and which ones I don't remember.... Oh right, we were talking about the princesses. How about we just move onto the article then? For the record, I don't curse and I blab - yes even when I'm typing. Hope you...
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20. Aurora's Kiss
And from this slumber you shall wake, when true love's kiss, the spell shall break.
And from this slumber you shall wake, when true love's kiss, the spell shall break.


“this one is boring, compared to the others”- pretty_angel92
“A bit dull.”- princesslullaby
“how can people not like Aurora's kiss??”- founten





19. Snow White's Kiss
Love's First Kiss
Love's First Kiss


“OMG Snow Whites kiss is like one of my faves, I can't believe people don’t like it.”- founten
“I like both Aurora and Snow White's kiss”- Mongoose09





18. The Gifts of Beauty and Song
One gift: beauty rare, gold of sunshine in her hair, lips that shame the red red rose, she'll walk with springtime wherever she goes.
One gift: beauty rare, gold of sunshine in her hair, lips that shame the red red...
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"Forcing your child to be a slave while your other two are being waited on hand and foot? Talk about bad parenting."-firegirl1515
"Forcing your child to be a slave while your other two are being waited on hand and foot? Talk about bad parenting."-firegirl1515
9. Lady Tremaine
I came close to leaving her out of this countdown, but she was after all Cinderella’s Stepmother. When Cinderella was just a little girl, her Father married Lady Tremaine, who had two daughters of her own, Anastasia and Drizella. After the unfortunate death of Cinderella’s Father, Lady Tremaine’s true colors were finally revealed. She was dreadfully mean-spirited and hated sweet little Cinderella. She forced Cinderella to be a servant in her own house and even made her live in the attic. Never once does she show love or kindness towards Cinderella. She even tries to ruin...
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The Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Grimm's Fairy Tale version - translated by Margaret Hunt - language modernized a bit by Leanne Guenther

Once upon a time, long, long ago a king and queen ruled over a distant land. The...
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when I watched cinderella 3 (a twist in time), alot of reasons made me dislike the movie.... one of them that disney all forgot about the first movie (which is one of my favorites).


First in the beginning of the movie u can see that the ugly step sisters are SINGING, and their singing was NOT bad.



And as we all remember from the first movie, their singing was awful (when the sang sing sweet nightingale).
Besides the two ugly step sisters should be evil and selfish, why did anastcia become a good one and left the prince for cinderella when she had the chance to marry him??!!

The way cinderella...
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Hello, everyone! My name is Jaina, for those of you that don't know me. This is the results for your choices of our favorite outfit/dress for each Disney Princess. This wasn't a countdown, so the order I'll be doing is the order of the DP's, starting with Snow White and ending with the latest addition, Merida. I never realized how many outfits or how many different (and confusing) ways that you could describe each outfit. Anyways, let's begin!

Thank you to all of our 17 participants.

Snow White



Snow White only has two outfits, which are completely different from each other. One is rags,...
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It's me again with another article about what we like most when we see couples, kisses. A kiss is the most, lovely thing that you can share with the person that you love. And the Disney Princess can left behind. This article is about the kisses that the Disney Princess share with their love ones. I know that there is more kisses in their movies that this 10, but this article is about the main kisses- their only one kisses, or their first kisses. I hope that you like it and I am sorry if I made mistakes in spelling and grammar. Enjoy it!




10. Mulan and Shang
Mulan and Shang
Mulan and Shang
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I want to make it clear- I LOVE THE MOVIE ALADDIN, I love every character in it- except Aladdin. And finally, i'll tell you why.
I didn't really organize this well because I couldn't figure this out.

Main issues- Aladdin's sexist/classicism assumptions, and Jasmine's hypocrisy

Scenario: Aladdin sees Jasmine in the marketplace, falls for her, brings her back to his poor-boy hut, and together they have a heart to heart about how they feel trapped by their situations. Although Jasmine doesn't explicitly state that she is a princess, she does hint that it's not an enjoyable life. "Oh sure,...
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