Jason Porath used to work at DreamWorks Animation, and is the driving force behind a project called Rejected Princesses, which now exists as a website, a blog and a book. He took his experience of working in an animation studio that was nearing collapse, and the need for safe, money making stories in animation. It got him thinking about princesses, and all the awesome women in history and folklore who wouldn’t make it into a Disney-esque movie because they’re too weird, off beat, or have stories which are way too awful.
We don’t know for sure if any of these have really landed on The House of Mouse’s rejection table, but we can be pretty sure not to expect a movie of them any time soon. So we’re taking a look at some of Porath’s Rejected Princesses, with Disney in mind.
We look at a few from fairytales and folklore, such as the Italian Penta, who cut off her own hands to avoid marrying her brother, and the Native American Corn Maiden, who gave her tribe corn from her own body. Iranian Banu Goshasp, who tied up her new husband and stuffed him in a closet.
We also look at some real women, such as Boudica the warrior queen who rose an army against the Romans, and Black Agnes, who defended her castle from siege for five months. Princess Pyongyang married a fool and turned him into a fierce warrior, and Freydís Eiríksdóttir tried to go into battle at eight months pregnant.