Why does it seem like everyone forgets about Kida, Pocahontas, and Mulan? All 3 of those princesses, though mostly forgotten, were never trying to find love, though they did find it in the end. Kida wanted to help her people/learn more about how to help them. Pocahontas also wanted to help her people and also wanted to stop a war from breaking out. Then Mulan wanted to find out who she really was/wanted to make her father proud of her. Everyone forgets about these wonderful princesses and it’s a shame because their strong, beautiful, and smart; plus they can kick some butt.
Merida’s a kickass gal,
but she’s not the only kickass gal.
Don’t forget about these amazing ladies.
I hope no one will jump at me when I point out that all three of them are ladies of colour on top of that, and strangely Merida, the first white princess with a similar motivation, is the one being promoted as the strong willed woman most.
Valid observation, Chen m’dear
Merida was the first Disney princess to not fall in love in her movie. I think that’s what they were trying to get across in her movie.
Mulan fell for the general. Pochahontas fell for John Smith. Kida fell for Milo(And he even wound up saving her and her people)
Mulan was EXPECTED to get married, then DID. Pochahontas was expected to wed someone, then bonded with someone and left her people behind to go with the man she fell for to his land, and fell for another man. Kida married Milo and led her people hand in hand with him.
Merida defied tradition and even wound up changing it in order to AVOID GETTING MARRIED which was her drive from the beginning of the movie.
Just saying, sometimes you need to go back and look at the plots of the movies, and the movies that follow them, and compare them properly.
^^^^^^ omfg thank you i was bout ta slap a bitch
Pocahontas definitely acted on romantic impulses, don’t kid yourselves. But she did stay with her people rather than go back to England with John Smith like he proposed.
I’ve never seen Atlantis, so I’ll stay out of that one.
Mulan is the only one that sort of matches the criteria outlined above. Her motivation was at first, freedom from the oppresive lifestyle she was about to be saddled with, later to save her father’s life, and finally to save China.
The Shang/Mulan romance is less played up as the friendship and general respect they have for one another. Mulan’s motivation to become the most kick ass soldier had nothing to do with impressing Shang is a romantic sense. It was to prove that she was a warrior above all. Even at the end of the movie, when Shang comes to the Fa residence, he doesn’t propose marriage. He simply comes to congratulate her in battle, and perhaps see her one last time before he moves on. Mulan also does not propose marriage. She simply asks him to stay for dinner. The only person who even insinuates marriage is Grandma when she yells “Would you like to stay forever??” At the end of Mulan’s movie, we don’t have a marriage, or a promise of marriage. We have a budding romance grown from the seeds of friendship. Even in the sequel (which I only bring up to prove a point, not because I consider it canon), they’re still only engaged, not married.
Even her romantic situation is a show of her triumph. Yes, she was expected to marry. A man of her parents’ and the matchmaker’s choosing. However, she chose a man on her own terms, defying tradition and taking control of her life.
reblogging for the commentary.
I just wanted to add that Mulan has more Strong Female Character traits in her foot than Merida has all together, lol
I also want to add that Mulan and Shang break all disney archtypes of romance by having the two of them be equals that stand together for their cause. They fought side by side as equals, and Mulan didn’t her man to save her, ever.
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