It seems like Disney princesses are a hot-topic over the internet, or at least at my own blog, so here is another ten posts about them. Yes, they will be revealed one at a time, perhaps in intervals of one week. Since I have not watched all of Disney’s animated films (even from their canon list) I may not include some of your favorite Disney female characters, but any Disney princess exclusion is intentional. Some other things about this list:
1. Disney does not equal Pixar
2. Only 2D-animated characters allowed
3. No animals or otherwise non-human characters allowed
4. Must be of at least teenager age
5. Must star in at least one of Disney’s canon movies
6. Let’s pretend that all sequels did not happen
Belle: How, is it this amazing? It’s my favorite part because, you’ll see! Here’s where she meets Prince Charming. But she won’t discover that it’s him ’til chapter three!
Those are the lyrics to Belle’s Song, dang it! I have no idea why every website I visit lists the lyrics as: “Oh, isn’t this amazing?” And it’s important, because this was the exact moment I knew I was going to love Belle. Vibrantly voiced by Paige O’Hara, she supplies Belle with a true soprano voice worthy of the Broadway musical stage. It’s been said that during O’Hara’s audition for the role against 500, she brushed back a wayward strand of hair, inspiring screen-writer Linda Woolverton to conceive “a little wisp of hair that keeps falling in her face,” one of the many finer details audiences may miss upon their first viewing of Beauty and the Beast. During production, producer Don Hahn felt Belle was being upstaged by more engaging characters the likes of Lumiere and Cogsworth. Hence, Woolverton made Belle eccentric. She loves reading books. She longs for adventure. People may be surprised I’ve selected a picture of Belle out of her signature yellow/gold dress, but I actually dislike how revealing it is, seemingly contradicting Belle’s modesty. Perhaps Belle’s animators Mark Henn and James Baxter simply got carried away with Belle’s physical attractiveness.
But what attracts me to Belle more than her physical appearance or her singing voice is her personality. Her blue village dress shows girls don’t need an extravagant gown to look great. And it represents there’s more to being a Disney princess than being born of wealth or of royal blood. There is another picture of Belle that I love which I’ll include below, and I think it most embodies Belle’s desire for something more. Something more than she’s been presented with, something more than she can possibly imagine. There is only one Disney princess in my mind who dreams bigger, but Belle is downright near perfect as far as movie characters goes. Co-starring in a film studded with memorable characters, including the complicatedly brooding Beast, Belle is still a real highlight of the Beauty and the Beast experience. I’ve reserved using a particular word to describe Belle, and I’m pretty sure everybody knows what that word is. That is because Belle is, in every distinguished sense of the word, beautiful.