You've come a long way,
baby your highness.
This week, Disney welcomes "Moana" into the fold as the magical kingdom's first Polynesian princess. To honor the woman whose name literally means "ocean," the folks at Thunderbomb Surf Camp developed an animated GIF to illustrate how Disney's princesses have changed from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) to "Moana" (2016).Here are the characters in the GIF, in order of appearance:
- Snow White
- Aurora ("Sleeping Beauty")
- Ariel ("The Little Mermaid")
- Belle ("Beauty and the Beast")
- Jasmine ("Aladdin")
- Tiana ("The Princess and the Frog")
- Merida ("Brave")
- Anna ("Frozen")
- Elsa ("Frozen")
- Elena ("Elena of Avalor")
It's pretty cool to see the evolution from passive (and white) characters to more active (not always white) women who actually star in their own movies and control their own journeys. It's also heartening to see most of those journeys are no longer centered around finding Prince Charming.
The latest official Disney princess, Moana (voiced by Hawaiian Auli'i Cravalho), begins her journey in theaters Wednesday, November 23.
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An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity. Read More