Disney's Forgotten Princesses
The Disney Princess Franchise is one of the most profitable line of products created by Walt Disney Company. Once a character is selected to be part of this group of female heroines, a series of merchandise is created to ensure people would never forget these special girls.
|Current line-up of Princesses: Rapunzel, Mulan, Pocahontas, Elsa and Anna (who will be incorporated to the line in 2015), Aurora, Cinderella, Merida, Tiana, Belle, Ariel, Jasmine and Snow White.|
To be incorporated to the franchise, the character doesn't really need to be royal. Mulan and Pocahontas, for example, are not real princesses. If there's a rule is that the princess can never be an animal, so, characters such Minnie Mouse or Lion King's Nala would never be part of it.
The main reason for characters to be coronated "princess" seems to be commercial success of the movie they star. For this reason, for the lack of commercial success, a few female heroins were not included in the final list. Lets see them:
1 - Alice (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
She's a heroin, lets face it, but the final result of the movie in the box-office was never impressive. Maybe for this reason Alice is not part of the Franchise.
2 - Princess Eilonwy (The Black Cauldron, 1985)
This one was born royal, but, who remembers her?
3 - Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996)
This movie was successful. Esmeralda can even be considered a princess among her people, the gypsies. However, the character was too dense and deep for the target audience. Not to talk about her sexy dancing and the obsession she caused upon the main villain.
4 - Megara (Hercules, 1997)
Well, if Zeus is the king of the Mount Olympus, Hercules is a prince. When he choses to be with Megara, that makes her a princess... Or kind of... So, why not taking this beautiful Greek character to the franchise? We'll never know...
5 - Princess Kida (Atlantis, 2001)
She is a real princess and blah, blah, blah... But the movie flopped in the box-office. And so did her career as a Disney Princess.
6 - Tinker Bell (Peter Pan, 1953)
She's was originally in the Princess Franchise but was removed to be replaced by Tiana. The excuse: Tinker Bell was already the star in her own franchise, Disney fairies.