Monday, October 30, 2017

Disney Princesses

According to Wikipedia, the franchise does not include all princess characters from the whole of Disney-owned media, but rather refers to specific characters from the company's animated films. As of 2017, the eleven characters considered part of the franchise are (left to right below) Jasmine, Rapunzel, Snow White, Mulan, Aurora, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Tiana, Belle, Ariel, and Merida.


The original line-up consisted of princesses Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan and Tinker Bell. Five of them (Snow White, Aurora, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Ariel) were royal by blood, two (Cinderella and Belle) married into royalty, and two (Mulan and Tinker Bell) fit the "princess mythology."

March 14th, 2010: Tiana officially became the first additional character to the Princess franchise, taking Tinker Bell's short-lived place as the ninth member. Tinker Bell was already heading up another franchise started in 2005 . . . Disney Fairies.

October 2nd, 2011: Rapunzel was "crowned" and inducted into the Disney Princess franchise as the tenth member.

May 11th, 2013: Disney added the first Pixar character Merida as the 11th Princess to the franchise.

Whether Anna, Elsa, Moana and Lilo are officially "crowned" is yet to be seen.

These are some of my little Disney darlings who I have been knitting for. I also have Elsa, Merida, Tinker Bell and Arial, but I'm not sure if they will be wearing the same knitted sets yet.



I still need to add Snow White, Aurora and Cinderella, but there's always tomorrow! :)

When purchasing Disney Animator dolls, please be aware there are fakes out there and if you want to know how to tell the difference, check this out!

10 comments:

  1. You always post about such interesting things. I never knew Tinker Bell was briefly considered a Disney Princess and I actually didn't know Anna and Elsa weren't officially Disney Princesses yet. I would have thought they would be considering both were of royal blood and actual Princesses.

    The animator dolls are so gorgeous. Love Pocahontas' cute little face. Anna's face is adorable too. I recently bought a Hasbro Anna doll and hybrid her onto a MTM Barbie body and changed her eye colour. She's so cute. I haven't posted about her yet. Also got the Disney Store Merida which I have also hybrid onto an MTM body.

    Love their matching outfits and colours. I really like that you took their "character colours" into consideration.

    Thanks for posting the link to tell the fakes from legit. I was actually shocked to read that people even did bootlegs of these dolls. I mean, why? Before I buy anything that is supposedly from the Disney Store, I tend to check the actual Disney Store to see what the packaging looks like and compare it. Although I think Disney Store actually post internationally unlike Mattel. They always seem to be having one sale or another over there. I did read a rumour that Australia is supposed to be getting their own Disney Store online store but I haven't seen anything about it in a while. So maybe that fell through. Shame if it did.

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    1. Thank you Alasse, I'm glad you found the post interesting. I was surprised about that myself and found the reasoning a little weird, but Elsa does become a queen.

      They are very cute and once you have one they seem to work their magic on you. My favourite is Mulan, but they all have something endearing about them. I enjoyed knitting in their colours, but I don't want to do another green set for Tink so I may knit her something completely different in pink. :)

      I came across that link quite by accident, but thought it worthy of posting as many people may not be aware of the fake DA's.

      You'll have to post your MTM body Disney dolls, I'm curious to see them.
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  2. Hello sandy,
    It is fascinating to read about the franchise. I don't think many people understand the thought that goes into it. Terrific job on the knitting. They look lovely.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hi Giac,
      The general public probably don't, but I think anyone who has a creatve mind realises the amount of thought and work that goes into it. Thank you so much. :)
      Big hugs,
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  3. Oh my, you have literally been knitting up a storm! So many beautiful outfits in every color and shade of the rainbow. All I can say is WOW!
    I am also shocked to read that they make knockoff versions of the Disney dolls. I thought that was only in the BJD world. Weird!
    Your dolls are really cute but I am not going to look too closely at them as I do not want to become entranced by them. I am a real sucker for dolls of any kind. I have way too many and they are all patiently waiting for me to "play" with them.
    Hugs,
    Sam

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    1. Hi Sam,
      Thank you, I appreciate your kind words of praise. :)

      You really shouldn't be, there are always lazy unscrupulous people ready to take advantage of the hard work of others without paying any dues. It seems to be a fact of life these days.

      Entrancing is a good word for these dolls, they certainly cast a spell on me! LOL!
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  4. What lovely, well dressed girls you have there! I have three of these girls but cannot remember which ones as two of them are still in their boxes waiting to be customised! You've been knitting up a storm and the colours and styles are very pretty.
    I have been tempted by one of the boy characters but the fact that the boys all have moulded plastic hair completely puts me off......so girls it is!
    Hugs Sharon x

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    1. Hi Sharon,
      Yes really caught the knitting bug with this lot! Initially my thoughts were of customising them, but I like many of them pretty much as they are. Only Elsa is having a makeover due to very thin hair and oversized eyeballs!

      It was disapponting about the boys, I'm not fond of the plastic hair at all. So it's girls only for me too!
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  5. Hello! Well, I learned something new today. I did not know this with all the princesses. Sad that there are fakes out there. Have seen some monster high dolls as fake, but not Disney's animators. Good to know and keep ones eyes open.
    Love the knitted clothes, so cute and colorful.
    Hugs!

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    1. Hi Niina,
      We are never too old to learn something new, I did too!

      Yes far too many fakes, appearing far too often for my liking. However, they only exist because people buy them, if they didn't the market would soon dry up and the leeches would have to find proper jobs!!

      Thank you.
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