Coinkydink Or Coinkydonk? Do Disney Heroines Have A Dress Code?

Beginning in 1937, Walt Disney set a precedent with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Was it in animation? I guess possibly.

Was it in film history? Maybe.  I think so.

Was it in– Listen man, do I look like a film major or something?  (For the record – I am.)

The precedent I speak of is a simple one: almost all Disney heroines wear blue.

EXAMPLE 1: THE DISNEY PRINCESSES

Snow White - Cinderella - Aurora (Briar-Rose) - Eilonwy - Ariel - Jasmine - Pocahontas - Mulan - Kira - Tiana

Okay, so Snow White is wearing all the primary colors, Sleeping Beauty’s dress changes back and forth between pink and blue, Eilonwy’s eyes are the bluest thing on her, and only pieces of Pocahontas and Mulan’s outfits are blue, but there’s still further proof in the pudding.

EXAMPLE 2: THE DISNEY NON-PRINCESSES

Blue Fairy - Alice - Wendy - Jenny - Belle - Esmerelda - Jane

This one’s easy. The Blue Fairy has the color in her name; Alice & Belle and Wendy & Jenny are practically twins; Esmerelda’s corset is blue and for Jane it’s her kerchief.  Blue eyes are shared by almost all of these ladies as well.  Sorry Belle (brown) and Esmerelda (green).

EXAMPLE 3: THE DISNEY ANIMALS

Jumbo - Lady - Purdy - Duchess

Lady and Purdy might only have blue collars, and Duchess only blue eyes, but Jumbo sure has one big blue blanket.  As far as the animals go, these few are lucky.  The others…

EXAMPLE 4: WILD ANIMALS AND WILD, UM, CHILDS

Bambi's Mother - Maid Marian - Bianca - Nala - Megara - Lilo

These are the unlucky ones that break the blue streak.  It makes sense that Bambi’s Mother and Nala don’t represent the traditional hue, seeing as how their stories take place in the wild, but it’s also interesting that the anthropomorphized animals (Maid Marian and Bianca) wear purple alongside the temptress-turned-heroine Megara.  I figure Lilo never wears blue since her pet “puppy” Stitch is nothing but.

So what does all this blue business mean?

Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. (via Color Wheel Pro)

Hmm… those are pretty decent traits for all these characters to be associated with.  What I don’t understand is whay there has to be an emphasis on pretty

Wait.  The emphasis was mine.  Never mind.

(Thanks to David for the tip)

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5 comments

  1. Michael · February 8, 2010

    I met the Disney princesses in Disneyland two years ago. Snow White was super nice, Pochahontas was cool, but Cinderella was kind of stuck up…it’s like she forgot she was a maid or something.

  2. sgottahurt · February 8, 2010

    Put a glass slipper on a woman and that’s bound to happen.

  3. Elsie · October 10, 2010

    I hate to burst everyone’s bubble, but Belle is a Disney princess! She marries the Beast, who is a prince in disguise. When she breaks the spell, she gets married and becomes a princess. Am I the only one who notices this?!

    I’ve actually never noticed the pattern. Don’t almost all of the Disney males/princes wear blue also? You should do a list on that!

  4. sgottahurt · October 11, 2010

    @Elsie

    You are correct about Belle, but because throughout the film she’s a simple townie, I considered her a “non.”

    I very well may have to check into the Prince pattern…

  5. Anonymous · May 10, 2014

    i am super duper fun of cinderella when i meet thee princess i am only
    7 or 8 but snow white is just an ordinary movie channel

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