This is an interesting topic! There is a Change.org petition right now to name Princess Leia as a Disney Princess. The petition currently has nearly 100,000 signatures.
Here is what the petition asking:
After the tragic loss 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.
What do you think of this? Should Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia become a full-fledged Disney Princess?
At first, I thought it would be a really cool idea and great way to remember Carrie Fisher’s legacy too. It seems fitting on one hand. But on the other, it is a totally different level of a character.
It seems that the consensus from die-hard Star Wars fans are opposed this idea. They want the Star Wars brand and name to not be compared to the animated Disney characters.
I can see their point.
When you think of a Disney Princess, you are thinking the “little girl” animated fairy tales. Princess Leia is different from this. Most “little girls” probably haven’t even seen Star Wars. She’s a princess for adult, teen and tween fans, not one in the true classic Disney sense.
In fact, making this induction into the Disney Princess Hall of Fame (my words ;)) could cheapen her character.
The character would also need to include an animated version, which has already happened in many merchandising and materials.
For example, the Disney Infinity Princess Leia is already animated.
Photo Credit: Disney Infinity
My kids own a book of animated Star Wars Bedtime Stories where you can find an animated Princess Leia.
Currently, there are 11 official Disney Princesses – can you name them all?
Photo Credit: TonyCliffordFilms.com
Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, Rapunzel, Tiana, Snow White, Mulan, Aurora, Pocahontas, Jasmine, and Merida. Yes, Anna and Elsa are not in the line-up…yet. But it’s coming. Probably along with Moana and maybe Princess Leia.
What do you think about this?