Kill, Refurb, Marry: Disney Princesses
Uh oh. This month’s Kill, Marry, Refurb theme is Disney Princesses – which means I’m killing, marrying, and refurbing (?) actual human beings! The murder didn’t seem so bad when it was just a Disney ride. I know this one will be hard, but also interesting. I love the princesses, many of them. For this I’m going to consider both how the princesses are presented in their respective movies, but also their presence in the parks. I’m also only including the “official” princesses. So that includes Mulan and Pocahontas, but not people like Esmeralda or Megara.
Kill – Aurora
I’m sorry Aurora! I really, really didn’t want to kill any princesses. And I enjoy Sleeping Beauty. But if I absolutely have to, I guess I would kill Aurora because we just don’t get to know her as well as some of the other princesses. After all, she spends half of her movie sleeping. I can’t think of any unique personality traits that come to mind about her, so I feel like she’s rather undeveloped as a character. I’m sure she would be quite lovely if we got to know her, but if I’m forced to choose one to kill then the princess that does the least to stand out is Aurora.
Refurb – Jasmine
I like Jasmine a lot. But after seeing Aladdin on Broadway, I felt like there was more potential to her character than we get in the movie. She’s one of the first spunky, independent princesses, who doesn’t want to just marry whatever man her father chooses. I like that about her character a lot, but she seemed even more feminist in the Broadway version, and I wish that was brought out in the movie more. Also, she happens to be the most sexualized of all the princesses due to her costume. I’m not sure how historically accurate it is. But I think they could have put her in something beautiful, even a little sexy, while not showing quite so much skin. Or at least jazz up her outfit a bit more! To me she always looked much more like a typical belly dancer than a princess.
Marry – Belle
Anyone that knows me knows that this, at least, was an easy choice. Belle is my girl! As a librarian, I love the fact that she adores books. She’s also different and not afraid to be that way. She has a big heart and doesn’t judge people based on appearances. Her relationship with the Beast actually took some time to develop and she didn’t just fall head over heels in love at first sight. I like to think that I’m a bit like her, and I admire her greatly. Also, as far as Princess dresses go, I love the style of her dress and the color (I know a lot of people don’t like yellow but my favorite color is orange, so I like bright and sunny colors!) So yes, Belle can come home and be my wife!
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