Top 5 new Disney heroines from the last 10 years


The Incredibles

Some of my fondest memories of my childhood involving my sister and I are watching our CRT TV with a Disney VHS tape playing on our VCR. Prehistoric technology aside, I’ve loved Disney films for as long as I could remember, and I’m sure if a Disney representative ever comes across this article they would be very pleased. Isn’t that Disney’s mission? To get us hooked to Disney early and often? Disney movies are just so charming and fun, how can you not like it? Disney is known for its strong heroines featured in both its live-action and animated films. It was hard boiling down the top 5 new Disney heroines from the last 10 years, but here they are:

  1. Helen Parr/Elasticgirl/Mrs. Incredible (The Incredibles): My favorite Pixar Animation Studios film, aside from the original Toy Story, is The Incredibles. The Incredibles was about a family of retired super heroes that are thrust out of retirement to use their super powers again to save the city of Metroville. Helen Parr, otherwise known as the wife to Mr. Incredible and by her super hero name Elasticgirl, has the power to stretch her entire body. She ranks at the top of this list because she was a powerful woman, from her super powers obviously, and a great mother to her kids and a wife to her husband, Mr. Incredible.
  2. Tiana (The Princess and the Frog): Disney broke new ground for itself when it finally introduced the first African-American Disney Princess in Tiana. She is the star of The Princess and the Frog, the first traditionally animated Disney movie since 2004. Tiana is a young woman living in 1920’s New Orleans, working dead-end jobs to make enough money to open her own restaurant. She comes in at number 2 because Tiana was a strong enough person that she was content being with the man she loved even if they were both frogs.
  3. PixarEVE/Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator (WALL-E): Who would have thought an animated film, let alone any film in general, has no lines of spoken dialogue for a good chunk of the film? That’s the case in Pixar’s computer-animated science-fiction film, WALL-E. EVE is WALL-E’s love interest in the movie after she is sent to Earth to see look for a sign of life in terms of vegetation. Here she runs into WALL-E for the first time and nearly kills him, but as the movie progresses, she grows attached to WALL-E and at one point saves his life. I didn’t think a robot could portray a gender, but it works in this film.
  4. Dory (Finding Nemo): Dory is one of the stars in the Pixar film Finding Nemo which is about a father (Marlin) with Dory tagging along to find Marlin’s son, Nemo, who’s been abducted. Did I mention these characters are all talking fish and the film takes places in the ocean? Dory, a blue tang with short-term memory loss, saves the day by getting the sharks trying to kill them to help her find Nemo.
  5. Elizabeth Swann (Pirates of the Caribbean): From Disneyland attraction to full-fledged movie franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean took the world by storm with its swashbuckling action and quirky characters such as Captain Jack Sparrow. Elizabeth Swann starts off the film as nothing more than a daughter of a rich governor and evolves into a full-on pirate with attitude.

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