Disney Princesses are a few of the most recognizable animated characters in the world. From Cinderella to Tiana to Aurora and Elsa, these princesses have captured our hearts in their respective films, but how much do we really know about them? Let’s find out.
More than 150 girls auditioned for the voice of Snow White, but the role went to Adriana Caselotti, the daughter of one of the film’s singing coaches. Adriana overheard her dad’s phone conversation with Disney execs, and she began talking loudly in the background to prove to them that she had the right voice for the character. She ended up winning them over immediately. In 1987, the character Snow White received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is the first Disney Princess to receive this honor.
Tiana of “The Princess and the Frog” was originally given the name Madeleine or Maddy. But after critics became upset and called it a “slave name,” Disney writers changed her name to Tiana. Many entertainers wanted to be the voice of Princess Tiana, including Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, supermodel Tyra Banks, and Beyoncé. Beyoncé would have landed the role, but directors wanted her to audition for it, so she declined. In the end, the role went to Broadway star Anika Noni Rose.
Walt Disney was struggling to make money at the box office when he released “Cinderella” in 1950. In fact, Disney was $4 million dollars in debt and on the verge of bankruptcy. Thankfully, the film turned out to be a huge success. As for Cinderella, if you were thinking about squeezing into her glass slipper, you better have some pretty dainty feet. The princess wears a tiny size 4 1/2 shoe.
Pocahontas is the only princess based on an actual person, and the movie was released on the 400th birthday of the real Pocahontas. In the film, every scene had to be rewritten at least 35 times because the team of writers wanted to make sure each line was as perfect as possible. Perfectionism seemed to be the motto for the movie because it took 55 different animators to design Pocahontas’ character.
It took a team of 50 people to create the animation and technology in the scene where Elsa builds her ice palace. Her ice palace also changes colors depending on her mood. When she’s happy, the castle turns blue, when she’s scared it turns red, when she’s angry it turns yellow, and when she’s sad it turns purple.