Ever since movie icon Carrie Fisher passed away, fans have been determined to keep her flame alight in their hearts. From tribute videos to fantastic fan-art, devote fans are now fighting for #PrincessLeia, the role Carrie Fisher was most famous for playing, to become an official #DisneyPrincess!
Disney bought Lucasfilm back in 2012, and fans believe that since then Princess Leia has as much right to the title as Cinderella and Pocahontas. Fans have even began a petition to really show their support. The petition, which specifically addresses Disney CEO Bob Iger, says:
After the tragic lose of Carrie Fisher, we feel that it is only fitting for Disney to do away with the rule that an official Disney princess must be animated and make Leia a full-fledged princess. This would be a wonderful way to remember Carrie and a welcoming to one of Disney’s new properties that is beloved by millions.
What we are asking is that the Walt Disney Corporation hold a full ceremony inducting Leia as the newest Disney princess as well as a special service in memory of Carrie Fisher.
The idea of making Princess Leia an official Disney Princess is an amazing idea, as very few of the animated princesses that have earned the title have been as influential as Princess Leia. The Disney Princess franchise was first conceived back in 2000 (according to CBS) and so far, 11 heroines have officially been given the title:
- Snow White
However, Princess Leia must meet a number of requirements to even be considered. In the long history of #Disney movies, there are far more than 11 heroines that have graced the big screen, so why is that some other notable women, such as Frozen's Anna and Elsa, didn't make the cut? Well, there are three criteria that the heroine must meet before she can even be considered a Disney Princess. The letter that was included with the petition already stated that one problem Leia faces is that she isn't animated, but this wouldn't be the only exception they would have to make if they were to make her an official member of the Disney Princesses:
1. Must Be The Main Role In A Disney Animated Film
This is the main point against Princess Leia's title of Disney Princess; she is simply too real for the part! Although she is one of the main characters from Star Wars Episodes III–VII, Star Wars is a live-action film series. From Snow White to Merida, the animation styles have changed significantly over the decades, but the fact remains that every single Disney Princess is required to be animated. Now, unless the CGI Princess Leia in Rogue One counts as sophisticated animation, this is the first black spot on Leia's royal CV.
2. A Disney Princess Must Be Human Or Mostly Human
Leia is human, there's no doubt about, but she isn't an Earthling. After Disney accepted a mermaid as a Disney Princess (hence "mostly human") they cannot punish Leia because she wasn't born on Earth. Ariel was born with a fish tail and Tiana spent most of her film as a frog, so this is one criteria Leia has in the bag. I'd even dare say she's more human then some of the women on Disney's official list.
3. Their First Appearance Mustn't Be In A Sequel
This is the reason why heroines like Jane (Peter Pan 2: Return To Neverland) and Madellaine (Hunchback of Notre Dame 2) aren't considered Disney Princesses, and this final criteria might also cause Leia some grief. This all depends on how you view the Star Wars series. She appears in A New Hope, which was originally titled Star Wars, but later became Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. With this in mind, it's arguable whether or not Princess Leia's first appearance was in a sequel.
Technically speaking, Princess Leia first appears in the first movie of the original #StarWars trilogy. If Star Wars had remained a trilogy, Leia would have this one in the bag, but the introduction of the prequel trilogy has complicated things. Personally, I'd give her this one because her movies were released decades before the prequel trilogy, with the original title as Star Wars.
Princess Leia has as much a right as any other Disney heroine to be called a Disney Princess. She has the strength and bravery to be a positive role model, but with her being an alien seen in live-action, will Disney be willing to bend the rules?
Thus far, there has been no official response from Disney but that hasn't stopped fans from signing the petition (here). With already over 85,000 signatures, there is still hope that their voice will be heard someday
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