We have all been brought up watching Disney princesses and we still find them everywhere we go. There are apparel, stationery, bags and other items that have been designed on these Disney princesses. However, have you ever wondered where these princesses are from? If you didn’t, here’s what you need to know.
Snow White is German, not Dutch. We all know Snow White from the famous cartoons and movies. Snow White essentially has been the 19th-century German fairy tale but it is now well read and widely appreciated across the Western World. Princess Snow White has been a fictional character and the main character of Walt Disney Production’s latest film the Snow White and 7 Dwarfs.
Princess Ariel is a fictional character and also the main character of Walt Disney Pictures’ 28th animated film, the renowned The Little Mermaid. She has also appeared in many film television sequels. Ariel originates from Denmark, which is a very interesting fact within itself. However, some people classify Ariel as Atlantean.
Mulan is from China. The character of Mulan is inspired by a real historical figure that appears in the Disney Pictures’ 36th animated feature film, Mulan that was released in 1998. The movie even had a sequel, the Mulan II, which was released in 2004. Mulan’s speaking voice has been provided by the famous Ming-Na Wen, a Chinese American actress. Mulan, essentially, disregards both the tradition and the law by changing herself as a man in order to list herself in her father’s army. Mulan’s appearance suggests that she is not your orthodox Disney character and rightly so because she originates from China.
Pocahontas was a Native American who is well known for her long astounding dark hair, high cheek bones and almond eyes. Pocahontas is known for her resilience and appreciation for nature, characteristics often tied to the Native Americans. She supposedly originates from the Virginia area.
Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, is notably French in her character and setting. Disney’s Belle is very similar to the French film La Belle et la Bete, though they claim to be unintentional. In French, the name bell means beautiful – while many people assume it means beauty given the film’s title.
Tiana is perhaps the easiest to pin down with her setting acting as a prominent part in her story. Tiana resides in New Orleans and is the first African-American Disney princess. The story takes place around the 1920s and Tiana works as a busy waitress before kissing a frog and becoming a princess of Maldonia (a fictional country).
Jasmine lives “Arabia,” but when looking into the specifics some people believe it takes place in an ancient babylonian city – similar to modern-day Iraq’s location. Jasmine and Aladdin both have Arabic names and demonstrate more diversity than other Disney movies from this time.