When you look into the main relationships in Disney princess movies, you see the amazing evolution of Disney’s most romantic couples. The change is fascinating. It starts off with the classic era of the 1930s to 1950s, when a princess falls in love at first sight and then waits for her prince to save her. Then it undergoes a transformation with the more independent princesses of the renaissance era in the 1990s. And then in the most recent movies, men and women work together as equals. Watch our video to learn the important details of each couple’s unique relationship, from how they met to the challenges they faced and how their romance blossomed.
Snow White and Aurora’s love stories have so many similarities. Watching ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’, you could easily think you’re seeing the same relationship play out. They both fell in love instantly, and then didn’t see their princes again until their men saved them from death with true love’s kiss. It was always a villainous woman standing in their way. After a break of 30 years, the next era of Disney princesses were more independent. But their love stories were still the focus of their lives.
Through the 1990s audiences were shown a different kind of love story. These couples had to deal with more than just a jealous female villain. Ariel and Prince Eric in ‘The Little Mermaid’ and Belle and Beast in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ each had species differences to overcome. Jasmine and Aladdin were up against class prejudice. Pocahontas and John Smith had to contend with cultural differences. And Shang spent the majority of ‘Mulan’ thinking he was forging a friendship with a man rather than the woman he would eventually fall in love with. These movies showed couples overcoming obstacles created by society rather than an individual.
After a break of more than 10 years, the new wave of movies brought in couples that certainly didn’t fall in love at first sight. And the women in these movies weren’t just passively waiting for a man to save them. Tiana and Naveen in ‘The Princess and the Frog’, Rapunzel and Flynn in ‘Tangled’ and Anna and Kristoff in ‘Frozen’ each worked together as a team to defeat the obstacles that stood in the way of their path to true love.
Watch our video to learn more about the amazing evolution of Disney’s most romantic couples, and let us know in comments which couple is your favorite.