Welcome Back, Cassettes! This week we’re following up with our third episode of our Disney Pixar Princess March Match-Up!
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This week we revisit the winners of week one and pit them against the last set of princesses! After this week, every princess in our bracket will have fought.
Special Thanks to Anthony Forrest for appearing on this episode as a guest judge!
Anna v Eilonwy
Nala v Atta
Venelope v Elsa
Snow White v Cinderella
We talked about Eilonwy in our first episode of the Match-Up (link)
Her film The Black Cauldron (1985) performed poorly commercially which explains her lack of status as an official Disney Princess
Eilonwy won over Princess Tiger Lily ultimately for her decision to act against the terrifying Horned King
Although Eilonwy is a lesser-known princess, she it notable for her bravery and intelligence; she never fails to believe in herself and will not tolerate nonsense from the people around her
Anna is a protagonist in the 2013 film Frozen
She is the sister of Elsa, and voiced by Kristen Bell
Anna is notable as being one of the first Disney princesses that literally saves herself
When Anna is freezing to death, she turns to a man she believes to be her true love in the hopes that he will save her
When this turns out to not be the case, Anna shifts her focus to saving her sister’s life which ultimately saves her own
*the sister that’s “completely ordinary” ends up saving the day
Anna is trusting, positive, and charming
She’s notable for her bravery and can-do attitude
Anna isn’t afraid to go after what she thinks is best for her kingdom
She trusts Elsa when no one else does
Anna believes in the people around her, which causes an issue when she is tricked by the villainous Hans; however, it’s that very trust and understanding that saves the day in the end
The older princess and heir to the throne on Ant Island, Atta defeated Dot in our first round due to her relatability and leadership
Her film A Bug’s Life (1998) was only the second Pixar film
The survival of the entire ant population on her island is set on her shoulders, which is a tremendous responsibility
In all of these films, we see the princess face a struggle. However, that struggle rarely has to do with actually leading their people in the way that Atta is faced with the threat of the grasshoppers
The only Disney animated classic princess on our list that isn’t human, Nala is the future queen of Pride Rock
She first appears in The Lion King (1994) and is voiced by Moira Kelly
It’s made known by Zazu early in the film that Nala and Simba are betrothed, meaning that even if she wasn’t born a princess, she was always slated to marry into royalty
As Nala is not the main character of the film, we don’t see as much of her as some other princesses on our list
Nala is notable for having a strong, sassy attitude as a child, and a sense of responsibility to her pride as an adult
Nala goes out on her own after Scar takes over the Pridelands, searching for a way to help her kingdom
Despite her intense grief over the “death” of her best friend and future king, Nala will not submit to Scar
When Nala finds Simba, she convinces him to return and take his throne back
Nala refuses no for an answer and will not abandon the other lions to be with Simba; it’s her persistence (and some help from Rafiki) that convinces Simba to return and face Scar
The older sister to Anna and Queen of Arendelle, Elsa is voiced by Idina Menzel
In our first round, Jacob chose Elsa over Kida for her ability to overcome the fear of being herself and ultimately giving herself up for the kingdom that shamed and refused her in the first place
In a magical sense, Elsa is the most powerful princess on our list (the second being Repunzel)
Elsa is a fighter throughout the entire film
She takes down the men that come after her with weapons
She only allows herself to be taken after deciding not to hurt anyone else
She distances herself from her sister despite the fact that she loves her; Elsa wants to be herself and believes this is only possible if she is to be alone
Elsa shows audiences how you can be happy alone and as yourself; she also demonstrates the dangers of not embracing your true self
Although many may see Elsa as the hero of Frozen, it’s Anna’s love for her that saves the day and teaches Elsa how to end the winter
Venellope is the rightful princess of Candy Crush as we learn at the end of Wreck-it Ralph (2012) and is voiced by Sarah Silverman
Venellope strays from the traditional mold of Disney princesses, though as we see in Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), she has more in common with the other princesses than it would seem
A skilled racer, Venellope is strong-willed, smart, and determined
Despite the bullying she gets for being a “glitch,” she never abandons her dream of racing
She also shows audiences that you don’t have to fit a certain pattern to be a princess, and that your greatest weakness can often become your best feature
Possibly the most famous princess of all time, Cinderella has the most classic story of all the Disney princesses
Known for being Disney’s second princess, her songs are iconic and the supporting animal characters paved the way for future animal side-kicks
In a time when Disney was not known for princess animated movies, Cinderella broke ground with its popularity and lovable protagonist
Cinderella is hard-working and positive
Although her life is tough, she never gives up on her dreams
Cinderella follows the classic Disney mantra that dreams really can come true as long as you continue to believe in them
Cinderella doesn’t show resentment or ill will toward the women who have been oppressing her, she only focuses on her own dreams
Based on the fairytale by Brothers Grimm, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was Disney’s first full-length animated film
This film paved the way for more animation and showed audiences in 1937 that animation was a legitimate art form
Although Snow White is young, she learns to adapt to a new life very quickly when she discovers that the queen wants her dead
Snow White is charming, innocent, and loving
Animals are naturally drawn to her because of her beautiful voice and gentle nature
Snow White has no issue taking care of the dwarfs in exchange for a place to live, which shows how resourceful she is and willing to do her fair share
Without Snow White, animation may not have been the same! Critics were sure that this venture was a mistake for Disney, only to be proven wrong
Snow White helped create a formula that has entertained and inspired many generations
First appearance in the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, though the character she is based on has no name
She is “officially” the fourth Disney Princess after Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora (although there were other princesses before her)
The Little Mermaid (1989) is the known as the film that started the Disney renaissance, and for that reason quite possibly the most important Disney animated classic; It saved the studio
It’s worth noting that without Ariel, no other DIsney princess after the 1980s would exist
Voiced by Jodi Benson, Ariel is a strong-willed and passionate character known for her beautiful singing voice
Although she follows the trope of falling in love with someone she didn’t know, her headstrong personality set the stage for Disney princesses of the renaissance and after
Ariel is loving–she has many friends that help her on her quest to be with her true love
Her song “Part of Your World”
The Little Mermaid was also the first Disney film scored by Alan Menkin, who’s music is partially responsible for making Disney the animation powerhouse of the 1990s
Disney’s studio created the storyline for Moana based on Polynesian culture
The name Moana means “Ocean” and the film explains “The Long Pause” when Polynesians stopped voyaging for nearly 2000 years
Auli’i Cravalho was 14 years old when she was cast as the title character
Moana is strong-willed like many other Disney princesses of her time, and disobeys her father’s wishes much like Ariel
Moana, however, achieves her goal of saving her people and doing what’s best for them; her motivation is her love for her people and not romantic love
Moana (2016) was directed by the same duo that directed The Little Mermaid (1989) Ron Clements and John Musker
Jasmine v Repunzel
Based on the character Princess Badroulbadour from the Aladdin tale added to 1001 Arabian Nights
She first appears as Jasmine in Aladdin (1992) and is officially the 6th Disney Princess
Jasmine is free-spirited and unwilling to follow the rules set by her kingdom’s tradition
Jasmine is independent, despite the fact that she has lived a lavish life within the palace. She isn’t afraid to go for what she wants in life.
During the climax of Aladdin, Jasmine seduces Jafar; This is an important moment for her and the movie because she distracts the villain enough for him to be defeated
Despite not being the main character of the film, Jasmine is a scene-stealer and is more than just a love interest for Aladdin
Jasmine is the catalyst for the Aladdin story while also telling s story of her own
Her character and story has loosely been adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.
This movie expands upon why Rapunzel was locked away in a tower away from everyone else.
Disney added Rapunzel’s healing power which adds to her character
Rapunzel is the first Disney Princess that holds a magical power of her own with a movie centered around her and that power.
Voiced by Mandy Moore, Rapunzel is free-spirited and rebellious
Despite the fact that she is literally locked away, she doesn’t see herself as someone in need of rescue
When Rapunzel leaves her tower, she does so on her own and only because it’s her decision to do so
Rapunzel is a trusting person, never truly questioning why she’s been locked away until she finally sees the outside world
Her character undergoes a great change throughout the film, but her strong will and faith in others still stands, despite the fact that the person she trusted most lied to and manipulated her
Belle v Pocahontas
Based on the protagonist in La Belle et la Bête, Belle is voiced by Paige O’Hara
She is known as the most beautiful girl in town despite the fact that she is also considered “peculiar”
It’s important to note that Beauty and the Beast (1991) was the first ever animated movie nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars
The critical acclaim this movie received helped cement Disney’s place as an animation juggernaut and put the Disney Renaissance in full swing
Belle is smart and kind, known for disregarding her own dreams of adventure in exchange for her father’s freedom
Because of Belle’s indifference toward conventional beauty, she is able to accept the beast for who he is and saves him and all the people in his castle from a lifetime of torment
This character is based on the real Native American woman of the early 1600s
The movie is not accurate to her life, though she did ease tensions between English settlers and the Powhatan Tribe
Her rescue of John Smith is debated; According to John Smith’s account, his head was to be crushed before Pocahontas intervened. However, some historians believe that he might not have been in danger at all
Pocahontas also had no romantic relationship with John Smith, and him leaving for England while injured at the end of the film did happen
She is voiced by Irene Bedard, her singing voice by Judy Kuhn
Pocahontas is another free-spirited princess, not wanting to conform to tradition and ready to live a life of adventure
It’s her wisdom that helps the people of her tribe and the settlers alike to understand each other in the film (and from historical accounts, real life)
Tiana v Merida
Voiced by Anika Noni Rose, Tiana is the last of the 2D animated princesses
Tiana is arguably the hardest working of the princesses, her work ethic and restaurant dreams being a major plot point of the film
Tiana is not royal at at the beginning of the film and has no interest in being a princess, yet she eventually falls in love with Prince Naveen
It’s important to note that Tiana is the only princess from the United States (where Disney Animation is located); The only Disney princess in the 20th century, and the first and only African American Disney princess
Tiana is her own hero, determined to solve her own issues and ready to make her own dreams come true through hard work
Ultimately she learns not to focus too much on her dreams, but to find a balance between work and other important parts of life
Merida is the first human Pixar princess
Voiced by Kelly MacDonald, Merida is the only Scottish princess
Brave (2012) was an original story, though it contains elements of Scottish folklore
Merida is known for being headstrong and skilled with a bow and arrow
She defies her parents’ wishes and fights for her own hand in marriage, which goes against the customs of her people
Wanting to control her own fate, Merida does whatever she can to make her own wishes come true until it’s at the expense of her mother
Merida is able to go through a change in the movie that ends with her finding some middle ground between her and her mother
She’s a relatable princess for every young girl that has been at odds with her mother at some point in time
Who qualifies as a “Princess?” We’re pretty picky. For us, it’s not enough if Disney or Pixar markets you as a princess; you have to actually be the daughter of a king or chief or marry into royalty. Now, some may say that daughters of the chief aren’t royalty, but if you are going to lead your community one day because of your birthright, that sounds like royalty to us.
Therefore, we must tell you now that Mulan was disqualified from this bracket. “OH NO SHE’S MY FAVORITE!” Oh, well, we love her too! We’ll probably do another one at some point for Disney woman. Don’t forget: Lilo, Meg, Mulan, Esmerelda, and many other AWESOME Disney/Pixar non-royal women should also be talked about (and talk about them we shall!) Just, not today. Is Mulan a bada**? Absolutely. Is she technically royalty? Nah. Plus, let’s be real, if she was in this bracket she’d probably win and the others deserve a fair shake.
Tiger Lily v. Eilonwy
Referred to as “Princess Tiger Lily” in the Disney animated film Peter Pan (1953)
She was voiced by: Corinne Orr
Tiger Lily only speaks once in the entire film when she cries out for help as she begins to drown
Her first appearance was in that 1904 play by JM Barrie and has appeared in many film adaptations
What makes her a princess: Daughter of the chief in Neverland’s native tribe
Tiger Lily is possibly the unsung hero of Peter Pan. She’s definitely the bravest character in the Disney film.
When Captain Hook kidnaps her, she refuses to give up Peter Pan’s hideout. As Hook leaves her to drown, he reminds her that her people believe that those who drown won’t make it to the “happy hunting grounds”
So, even though she was faced with the possibility of death AND not having a happy afterlife, she still never gave up on Peter (WHO ALMOST FORGOT TO SAVE HER)
Princess Eilonwy of Llyr appears in “The Black Cauldron” (1985)
Voiced by Susan Sheridan
Her first appearance was in the 1964 novel “The Book of Three” in the Chronicles of Prydain; she appears in four out of the five books
Does She possess magic?
Possibly. She has a magic orb called a bauble that the Horned King thought would show him where the cauldron was located
Eilonwy is brave, never seeming to be afraid of the Horned King even when being trapped in his dungeon. She helps Taron escape and joins him on this mission despite the fact that she doesn’t have to
Eilonwy is opinionated and speaks up when things don’t seem right; she’s also affectionate to Gurgie when no one else seems to be
Dot. v. Atta
Atta is the oldest daughter of the queen and heir to the throne at Ant Island. Very smart and dedicated to her people. Always wanting what’s best for the ants.
She appears in A Bug’s Life (1998)
She is the first Pixar princess
Atta supports Flik when she realizes that his plan could save the colony, even though the rest of the colony doesn’t seem to approve of him
Atta starts to show true leadership near the end, getting the ants to work together to gather more food and she steps up when Hopper demands an explanation; She also rescues Flik when he is captured by Hopper and ultimately she is the one that kills Hopper by leading him to the bird
Voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (What?! Did not know that!)
Dot is very young (~4 or 5?) More interested in having fun and what Flick is up to.
Voiced by Hayden Penettiere, she is the younger sister of Atta in A Bug’s Life (1998)
Dot is initially Flik’s only supporter, who firmly believes in her friend and is ultimate right in doing so
Dot is the one that tells Flik that the grasshoppers will smash the queen, and helps him with his plan to scare the grasshoppers with a fake bird
She also goes through a lot of growth and change in the film, overcoming her fear of the grasshoppers
Elsa v. Kida
Do we need to write anything here? JK Let’s do this.
Elsa is the eldest princess and later queen of Arendelle
She is a Disney adapted version of “The Snow Queen” which was a character created by Hans Christian Anderson in 1844
Elsa is a special case when it comes to Disney princesses; technically she is also the villain of the story. But, it’s clear to children watching that she is merely misunderstood
Is she magical?
Um, did you see the movie?
Elsa distances herself from her sister and her people in attempt at freedom, and she shows children watching that being yourself can be beautiful
She’s notable more for what she represents and teaches children watching than for her actions in the movie
Voiced by Cree Summer, first appearance in Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Kida is the warrior princess of Atlantis; Animators were specific to design her personality and look differently than previous Disney Princesses (remember this was 2001, before Repunzel, Elsa, Anna, or Tiana)
She is incredibly powerful, yielding the power of the Atlantian crystal. She’s also the oldest Disney princess as she is between 8500-8800 years old
Kida will do whatever she can for her people to survive. She leads a group of hunter/gatherers to help sustain their people and even tries to convince her father that embracing change may save their people
She’s incredibly smart and brave, realizing that Milo’s knowledge of their culture is important and also gives herself up to the Heart of Atlantis which allows her to save the community from a volcano
Aurora v. Cinderella
AKA Briar Rose, she is based off the character in the Charles Perrault version of the fairytale
She appears in Sleeping Beauty (1959) and is voiced by Mary Costa
We don’t know as much about Aurora, she doesn’t have a lot of screen time. We do know that she is kind and trusting of the three fairies and follows their rules
She intelligently doesn’t trust Prince Philip (whom we affectionately call “Philly”) immediately and asks him to meet her when her “aunts” are present
What makes her a princess? She is the daughter of King Stefan and Queen Leah, though she thinks she is a peasant until she pricks her finger on the the spinning wheel
She is the third Disney princess, and the last to be developed by Walt Disney.
Her first appearance is in the Charles Perrault story that the film is based on
Cinderella is voiced by Ilene Woods in the 1950 film
What makes her a princess? She marries a prince (legit he has no name)
She is charming and beautiful, which is why her step-mother and sisters treat her so badly; making her a scullery maid
Cinderella remains kind and cheerful despite her situation, and the animals reward her kindness by helping her make a dress which her sisters destroy
Cinderella, like Elsa, is more notable for the message that she gives to the children watching than for her actions in the movie. Her story perpetuates the belief that if you keep dreaming, stay positive, and be yourself, your dreams can come true. Her most notable action is being so kind to animals and staying positive. She also works hard, having finished her chores before the ball
Towed in a Hole (1932): In this short, Stan convinces Ollie that they would make more money as fishmongers if they caught the fish themselves. So, they set out to fix up a boat for fishing.
A Chump at Oxford (1940): In this full-length film, Stan and Ollie are given a scholarship to Oxford for catching a bank robber. While there, they have a difficult time fitting in with the other students
Flying Deuces (1939): When Hardy falls in love with a married woman, he joins the foreign legion with Laurel to forget her.
This is the film in which the men die in a plane crash and are reincarnated; Laurel as himself and Hardy as a horse
Atoll K / Utopia (1951):
This was the duo’s last film together. Laurel was sick for much of the filming and the men weren’t given the creative freedom they thought they would have.
Unaccustomed As We Are (1929): When Ollie invites Stan over for dinner, Hardy’s frustrated wife leaves him to cook the dinner on his own. When the woman from across the hall offers to help, the evening develops into a big misunderstanding between the men and the neighbor’s husband
This was the first sound short filmed without a corresponding silent version.
They Go Boom (1929): Laurel and Hardy attempt to get a good night’s sleep despite Hardy’s terrible cold
This short was released as both silent and with sound
Born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in 1890
He was known for many of the creative ideas behind the comedy due Laurel and Hardy
He played the lovable air-head Laurel who looked up to his friend Hardy
He appeared in numerous shorts and films throughout the 20s, 30s, and 40s
After the death of his comic partner in 1957, he no longer appeared on-screen
Born Norvell Hardy in 1892, he later added Oliver to his name to honor his father
Originally from Georgia, his southern background was a large part of his character
He was known for playing the out-spoken, bossy counterpart to the childlike Stan Laurel for about twenty years
After the duo’s final film (Utopia/Atoll K,) the men went on a final tour together
Writer, producer, and director who won three Academy Awards and was chief of Hal Roach Studios for 40 years. One of the awards was for “The Music Box” from 1931 in which Laurel and Hardy spend the entire short lugging a piano up a staircase. Mostly known for his work with comedies he not only presented Laurel and Hardy to the world he also created “Our Gang” a series of short films about the escapades of young poor neighborhood kids.
Well known for his comical sneezing routine. He most notably appears in “The Music Box” as Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen who is upset with the Laurel and Hardy for delivering a piano he does not want. Other credits to him include episodes of The Three Stooges, the movie His Girl Friday, and the model/voice of Sneezy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
A man of many talents, Edgar Kennedy was a member of the Keystone Cops before landing roles in Charlie Chaplin films
As a freelance comedy actor, he often played a policeman in Laurel and Hardy shorts and became famous for his “slow burn” routine
Roles in 33 Laurel and Hardy Films with the majority as him portraying the villain. He is also who Dan Castellaneta took inspiration from for Homer Simpson’s famous catchphrase, “D’oh!”.
Mae Busch: After having a rough start in Hollywood she finally was able to appear in a movie with Stan and Ollie. She then appeared several times afterward as Hardy’s nagging wife in shorts like “Their First Mistake”.
Anita Garvin: At the age of 12 Anita was already 5’6″ allowing her to begin early in a bathing beauty stage show. After working her way up with her beauty and hard work she began comedy work thus landing a leading lady role opposite Stan. Stan impressed with her commitment convinced Hal Roach a year later to bring her aboard for roles within the Hal Roach Studios. In Laurel and Hardy she often portrayed Laurel’s shrewish wife.
Thelma Todd: A successful actress despite her short career, Thelma Todd made a name for herself in comedy and other genres as well. She appeared in Marx Brothers films before being cast alongside Zasu Pitts and Patsy Kelly in shorts as the female counterparts to Laurel and Hardy. She died at the age of 29. Although the death was officially ruled a suicide, it is still considered highly suspicious.
ZaSu Pitts: Along with Thelma, a female counterpart to Laurel and Hardy. We mention their film On the Loose (1931)
Patsy Kelly: Discovered by Hal Roach she was paired many times with Thelma Todd and known as the Queen of Wise-cracks
When our guest Mr. Bob Hecker listed some comedians that were influenced by Laurel and Hardy, he quickly threw in the names “Audie & Baudie.” These two might not be a famous comedy duo, but they are real! Archibald Audie and Ichabod Baudie are a clown duo featuring Mr. Hecker and his cousin Steve.
Everybody loves a sequel, right? Well, this time Robin takes us back to the golden age of film to talk about the composers that set the stage for film music today. We talk briefly about the composers nominated for Oscars this year, and some famous names we didn’t get to last time.