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Rapunzel is crowned the 10th Disney Princess

Yesterday – 2nd October – Rapunzel was officially welcomed as the 10th Disney Princess.

The long-haired lovely joins Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Snow White and Tiana.

As previously mentioned, I’m a big Disney fan. However, when it comes to royalty, I’d prefer to be of the elven kind, perhaps someone along the lines of Arwen or Galadriel.

In ode to the beautiful Rapunzel, of Tangled fame, I thought I’d take a look at some I’ve my favourite film princesses.

Princess Leia Organa – Star Wars
Being the big Star Wars fan that I am, I just had to start with Leia.

Revealed to be the twin sister of Luke Skywalker, Leia’s birth parents were Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala, though she was adopted by Senator Bail Organa. Luke was adopted by his uncle and aunt, Owen and Beru Lars, his uncle being the step-brother of Anakin.

Leia has to be one of my all-time favourite film characters. A very feisty yong woman, she is a talented warrior. One of Leia’s most memorable scenes is when she chokes Jabba the Hut to death in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, using the chain that had tied her to him.

Mia Thermopolis – The Princess Diaries
The Princess Diaries
(2001) is a guilty pleasure of mine… It’s a fun story: a teenage girl discovers she is the heir to the throne of the fictional Genovia, ruled by her grandmother.

Finding out your are a princess is many a young girl’s dream. This enjoyable film, based on the award-winng book by Meg Cabot, is a fun story about what would happen if that dream were to come true.

Princess Fiona – Shrek
Voiced by Cameron Diaz, Fiona is intially your stereotypical princess. When she first meets Shrek she is somewhat taken aback, and is disappointed that her rescurer isn’t the handsome prince she imagined. Well, he is an ogre after all.

However, her true (lovely) personality is revealed when Shrek finds out about the horrible secret she’s been hiding.

Fiona’s friends – Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty – are fantastic, too. The narcoleptic Sleeping Beauty has to be my favourite.

Buttercup – The Princess Bride
Thinking about it, I’m not sure whether Buttercup actually is a princess… However, she is engaged to be married to Prince Humperdinck and it is called the ‘princess’ bride after all.

Buttercup, played by Robin Wright, lives on a farm in the fictional country of Florin. After realising a mutual love for the farm hand, Westley, they decide to marry. Westley leaves to seek his fortune so they can have a life together though, sadly, he never returns… In the time that passes Buttercup has, unwillingly, become betrothed to the horribel Prince  Humperdinck. Before the wedding she is kidnapped: who will save her?

Xena – Xena: Warrior Princess
I know, I know, Xena: Warrior Princess isn’t a film but, Xena had to have a mention.

Xena is the definition of ‘fierce’. Portrayed by the fantastic Lucy Lawless, Xena first appeared in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, 1995-1999, before going on to appear in Xena: Warrior Princess TV show. The first episode was broadcast September 1995, with the last airing in June 2001.

A summary on IMDb explains Xena as a mighty warrior and healer, who once led a band of outlaws that terrorized all of Greece. She has come to regret the harm she caused and, with her companion Gabrielle, now travels the countryside seeking adventure and fighting the forces of evil.

Told you she was fierce!

Favourites Friday – Toy Story

I must admit, I am being a bit cheeky with this Favourites Friday. I saw Toy Story 3 last week and as the Toy Story films are a favourite of mine (and it is Friday) I thought I’d have Favourites Friday all about the Toy Story series.

Toy Story series (1995, 1999, 2010)

Directors: John Lasseter (1, 2), Lee Unkrich (2, 3) and Ash Brannon (2)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

I must admit, I have only recently watched Toy Story and Toy Story 2. I never saw the films at the cinema and I have never rented or bought the films – until recently. In the run up to Toy Story 3 I decided to buy the first two films and finally see what everyone else has been talking about for the last 10 years. 10 years, now that has come quickly! Toy Story was released in 1995 and Toy Story 2 in 1999.

A film like Toy Story won’t date the same way other films will. As it is animated and was the first Disney-Pixar release and the first feature film to be made entirely with CGI, the Toy Story series will always hold a special significance in the cinematic world.

One of the reasons why I like Toy Story so much is because it isn’t tied to just one age group. A five-year-old, a 35-year-old or a 65-year-old can get the same amount of enjoyment but for very different reasons. It is about toys but Toy Story is about the secret life of toys and what happens whenever the child or adult turns their back. It’s something a lot of people have thought about; how magical and fascinating would it be if your childhood teddy starts speaking and fondly recalls what you were like when you were a baby? I know I’ve thought about it.

More than anything, Toy Story is a story about friendship. To be honest, it deals with some big stuff. From what jealousy feels like to what losing somebody is like, Toy Story gets pretty deep. Through Pixar Disney has evolved into a different kind of storytelling. To me, classic Disney will also be the animated films of Cinderella and Dumbo. Modern Disney is Disney-Pixar and the CGI-created tales of Up and The Incredibles.

Toy Story is an inspiring and uplifting series and I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed each of the films. I must admit though, I hope there isn’t a fourth offering. Toy Story 3 reached a logical and lovely conclusion and was a great end to a much-loved series.