Everything Wrong with Disney Princesses
Disney Princesses have been around for decades and remain attractive characters. What’s not to like?
Ariel Give up everything for a stranger.
Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty) Still asleep if not rescued.
Beauty Suffers from Stockholm syndrome.
Cinderella Still a slave if not rescued.
Elsa Afraid of her own powers.
Mulan Doesn’t sell well.
Pocahontas Doesn’t sell well.
Jasmine Stepping stone to social mobility.
Snow White Dead if not rescued.
Regardless of the drawbacks to their character, the role of Disney Princesses have progressed, from the helpless Snow White to the powerful Elsa. Nowadays it is nearly impossible to feature a weak female protagonist.
We shall see whether the strong female characters also sells dolls. Sales of Mulan and Pocahontas, both strong characters, have lagged those of the Golden Age Disney Princesses. We shall see whether that trend changes with Elsa.