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Monday, January 18, 2016

My Favorite Things From Disney Princess Films

Recommended Listening While Reading 'My Favorite Things' About Disney Princess Films:

10. Animal Friends/Sidekicks: 
I always thought that the DPs having animal friends was the cutest idea. I like the "unrealistic" elements of fairy tales because they're not supposed to be real, that's why they are "fairy tales". I always liked the idea of animal friends helping cook, clean, sew, etc. I also like the symbolism that the Princesses were so pure and untainted, even animals would feel the need to take care of them and do their part in rescue missions, etc. I also always liked the idea of talking to animals or having specific pets that aren't possible in real life (looking at you, Rajah).

9. Landscapes & Colors: 
Whether it's an imaginary place like Atlantica or a real place like Virginia before colonization etc; Whether it's under the ocean, looking out at rolling hills or even running water in some form; I have always found the landscape "shots" from DP films to be very beautiful. The use of colors is usually very artistic and detailed. There is also usually a fantastic score in the background that makes what would already be unforgettable scenes, that much more memorable.

8. Romantic Waltz/Dance Sequences: 
Not only are these scenes all done so beautifully, but (back to) the score is usually just gorgeous. The animation with the "Waltz" sequences usually tend to be top-notch, especially with turns and lifts. I love these scenes because they are done so well that I feel like I'm sweeping across the floor with the couple. Just absolutely stunning scenes. (Plus, I love ballet and contemporary styles.)

7. Splendor & Wonder of Magic: 
Again, most of these DP films are based on fairy tales so they have elements of magic. I have always loved the way they portrayed fun magic, especially in the older films. I used to think how neat it would be to use magic to help cook, clean, sew, etc. as in Sleeping Beauty's "Magical House Cleaning" scene.
I have also dreamed of flying on a "Magic Carpet Ride". (Still can't believe that's never been made into a legit ride at Disneyland since the motion and scenery are already given!)
I also love the splendor of magical transformations that take place when a "magical curse is broken". Disney knows how to make magic feel special!

6. Family Friendly Humor: 
I love family-friendly humor. I love little "inside" jokes to the audience (i.e. Scuttle's looking in the wrong side of the telescope and when he pulls it away, Ariel goes from being far away to in front of his face and he says "Whoa, what a swim!") I love "punny"/play-on-words jokes (i.e. Sebastian saying "Ariel, you're under a lot of pressure down here" or Mushu saying "You've never seen a black and white before?" referring to the Panda Bear). I love references, especially in Disney about other Disney films (i.e. Louis as Madam Mim from Sword in the Stone). I also especially love set-up jokes that require paying attention to the film (i.e. Most Frozen/Olaf jokes). I really love innocent, public-appropriate humor, that Disney does a great job at doing and incorporating in most of their films. (In case you were wondering, yes I absolutely love the Jungle Cruise at Disney for their jokes!)

5. Musical Score & Songs: 
As you might know by now, I absolutely adore Disney's music as it makes their films etc. much more memorable to me. I love hearing the music at Disneyland and I like listening to it on my free time every now and then. Disney has been fortunate with very talented musical teams, my favorite being Alan Menken & Howard Ashman (RIP). I love the scores a little more than the songs but I think Disney is super talented when it comes to making memorable tunes.

4. Honest Villains: 
I live in America where there is a "No Judge" culture trend going on. This trend has managed to do far more harm than good in my life as it gives bad people outs and excuses to never be reprimanded for their actions or pay consequences. In addition, a lack of honesty has resulted about bad people because words that might be considered "judging" are removed from descriptions and warnings. I love that (especially classic) Disney shows the true things in villains that truly exist but aren't often mentioned. Since I grew up knowing people who were very similar to the villains (without magical powers and pursuit of murder) it is refreshing to have one honest source about the reality of greed, jealousy, vanity and sociopathic tendencies. Additionally, I like how all of the original DPs had female villains since it is more likely that women will find an enemy in other women than men. (Aside from Shan Yu, I also think the females make all of the best DP villains.)

3. Balance & Beauty in Relationships: 
Especially in a modern American society when relationships and true love aren't valued the way they used to be, I really love the way some couples in DP films are shown. They show the complimentary balance of femininity and masculinity as well as the beauty of being in love and the change it can have on a person.

2. Power of True Love: 
The concept of "True Love" used to be something that was admired and many people strived for. Then society told people that being in love made them lose their "independence" etc. and the "magic" of love has been forgotten. I love how the DP films remind us that True Love is the greatest gift on Earth. Unfortunately today, I see true love being completely underrated or compared to lust or "puppy love". I love how Disney came up with the concept of "True Love's Kiss" breaking "Magic Curses" and I think it was the single best addition to fairy tales in a long time. I also love how Disney showed, especially in older days, how a great man could rescue a great woman so she didn't have to live a life of abuse or any false pretenses. I also love how they showed that love brings out the best in both partners and allows them to overcome more obstacles together than they could have alone. Furthermore, I love the distinction between one's past/present family (parents & siblings) and their present/future family (marital spouse & kids) and the transition in life that follows that. In a lot of ways, it is like the ultimate "coming of age" tale for young women.

1. Virtuous Characters: 
Not entirely lost and not entirely forgotten. Contrary to popular belief (especially in America), virtuous people do still exist in life. They're just not forcing their way into the spotlight. Regardless of how seemingly "unrealistic" or "perfect" these characters are, they represent the "uncommon" good that still exists. The darkness is always trying to snuff out the light which is why people like to pretend that virtuous people don't exist or shouldn't be looked up to. That is also why The Evil Queen, Lady Tremaine & Maleficent wanted to destroy Snow White, Cinderella & Aurora so badly. They were the opposites of the villains, everything the villains were not and wish they could be. There used to be a recurring representation/theme of Good vs. Evil and the DPs vs. their villains was a part of that. DPs were the good women who fought against the evil that tried so hard to corrupt them. I am so thankful that characters like this have been made so that we have reminders of what "perfect" should look like. If ever I reach a day where I have stopped striving to reach this level of perfection, I know I have become vain and prideful or simply just given up. I love the inspiration that can only come from pure and innocent role models that are not corrupt. Furthermore, it wasn't just the princesses who were representative of "all things good" in females but the "Prince Charmings" were representative of all things good in males, too. People can say that these stories are harmful to children but I would have to disagree 100% from personal experience. I loved these movies growing up, I still do, and I have met my very own "Prince Charming". On the contrary of the ridiculous claim, these films were far more beneficial to my childhood then they ever could've been harmful. Lastly, these "virtuous" values are not outdated at all. Quite oppositely, they are timeless values that are even more treasured today by other virtuous people, especially with the increasing rarity. I don't believe there's been a more crucial time to bring back more "virtuous" characters than now to remind people why these virtues are timeless.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Disney Princesses: Real-Life "Disney Inspiration Worthy" Women

The Classics (& Such DPs) Are Unrealistic.... 
... Or Are They?
I keep hearing this massive distortion that Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora and sometimes others (primarily Belle and now Rapunzel lately) are "unrealistically perfect". Well first of all, they're not actually "perfect" but yes they strive for it and come pretty close. The number one reason? The earlier DPs were made in a time where families were still valued as well as good morals and they were on their best behavior in front of children, hoping that the kids would learn to embrace positive traits and reject negative traits so they would be more positive people. They cared more about well-roundedness, being modest in all aspects because true modesty wouldn't just be limited to attitude, manner or appearance but apply to all aspects. Likewise, the DPs were shown to be modest in all aspects: Positive and pleasant demeanor, graceful and good etiquette and feminine yet modestly dressed.

Secondly, they were obviously not uncommon or unrealistic for their time but they still aren't now! Need proof? Here are some examples of women in the spotlight who managed to hold onto their morals and who are just as "unrealistically perfect" as the DPs whom are accused of being such. Do people really see them as unrealistic or is that just an attack on a certain type of female that isn't embraced and respected anymore? Or has the focus shifted so much to a certain type of female that the others are relatively belittled? Whatever it is, I hope this article enlightens those who are so quick to judge the classics for being too "perfect" or "unrealistic". Here are 14 beautiful women from the 1920s to now who have been in the spotlight yet never caused a scandal, never posed or filmed nude, never gotten any tattoos and never debased their moral character for society or the media. (As far as I know of but I did thoroughly check.) Women in Hollywood, the media and spotlight culture are the most likely to do all of these things which is why I used these standards to limit down the candidates as much as possible to prove a point. Point being you can find virtuous women even in unlikely times or circumstances. Lessen the restrictions on my criteria and you'd have anywhere from 10-100+ extra female candidates. I didn't include women who overcame their mistakes (drug abuse etc.) and have lived modestly ever since or women who have only ever done nudity for film/TV but dress modestly publicly; If I had then that would automatically be at least 15+ women. These women actually had pressure on them to "shake things up and get attention" yet they used their talents and not their bodies, rants/tantrums, scandals or violence to make an impression.

I will always stand up for what I believe in which is morality, modesty and true balance. That is what this article shows, women who had a true balance who didn't need to "use their assets" to play up to men or make other women feel uncomfortable to get ahead. Instead, these women were the reality of "modest and balanced women" who deserve respect and appreciation for not allowing others to corrupt or pervert them to their own personal biases and goals. So for all of those who doubt that women can change things or be "progressive", "successful" or "independent" while still being "feminine", "demure", "seemingly perfect", "innocent" or "old-fashioned" etc, please take a read:

1. Norma Shearer: Spotlight 1920s-1940s
"Norma Shearer was a Canadian actress who became one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the 1930's and was known as the "first lady of MGM". She was nominated six times for the Academy Award for Best Actress, winning once, for her role in 'The Divorcee' in 1930. She has not been remembered as some of her contemporaries have but recently her career has been re-evaluated and celebrated as one of cinema's feminist pioneers: "the first American film actress to make it chic and acceptable to be single and not a virgin on screen". She also starred in undoubtedly her finest career performance, was in the all-star, all-female comedy, 'The Women' in 1939, in which she triumphed amidst the stiffest competition from co-stars Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell and Paulette Goddard."

2. Grace Kelly: Spotlight 1950s-1960s
"She has reigned over two worlds – by popular demand she was the queen in Hollywood, by marriage she ascended the throne of a European principality. Grace Kelly was an Oscar winning American actress who was a major Hollywood star in the 1950s. In 1956, after starring in 11 films, she retired from acting to marry Prince Rainer of Monaco. As Princess consort of Monaco she fulfilled duties of her Royal position, and set up a Foundation to promote the arts and help disadvantaged children. As a movie star Grace Kelly gave the impression the one who was cool, serene, every inch the aristocratic lady. It seems remarkable that such a woman could have forged her way to the top in the competitive feverish world of Hollywood."

3. Audrey Hepburn: Spotlight 1950s-1970s
"Most of us know Audrey Hepburn as a beautiful woman – a woman who was one of the defining individuals of the film and fashion industry of her time. But what a lot of us don’t know is that Audrey Hepburn was a woman who used all the fame and fortune she received in her career to become a commendable humanitarian.With her work as a UNICEF ambassador, devotion to being a mother, and life founded on kindness and compassion, Audrey has remained a treasured household name; and not just from of her style and career as an actress, but from her inner beauty, wisdom, and love that touched everyone around her."

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

"You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him." ~Audrey Hepburn

“There is more to feminine charm than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much femininity, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.” ~Audrey Hepburn

"A quality education has the power to transform societies in a single generation, provide children with the protection they need from the hazards of poverty, labor exploitation and disease, and given them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach their full potential." ~ Audrey Hepburn

4. Lucille Ball: Spotlight 1950s-1980s
"For over sixty years, Lucille Ball has been regarded as one of the original “Queens of Comedy,” and rightfully so. From I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show to such classic movies as The Long Long Trailer and Yours, Mine and Ours, Lucy has constantly provided the world with laughter (thanks in part to the magic of reruns). But Lucy did more than just make people laugh: she showed the world that a woman could do [something] a man could do — and she could be successful at it, too. In 1962, Ball became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu. Her studio produced many successful and popular television series, including Mission: Impossible and Star Trek. She continued making film and television appearances for most of the rest of her life, albeit without ever attaining the success she enjoyed in the 1950s."

5. Jackie Kennedy: Spotlight 1960s
"There’s so much we learned from this remarkable woman and her amazing life that it’s hard to even know where to begin in recognizing her for all of her accomplishments. Kennedy was best known for being a student, editor, brave wife, mother, cultural guru, and style icon. She was very intelligent (she spoke four languages!), elegant, sweet and reserved. Jackie was a fan of anything cultural. “Before Jackie, America wasn’t thought of as particularly sophisticated in literature, or poetry, or music, or art. We had it all along. We just had no one to showcase it. But Jackie did those magical White House evenings that let the world know America didn’t have to take second place to anyone,” Flaherty said."

6. Linda Ronstadt: Spotlight 1970s-2010s
"One of the greatest vocalists of all time, male or female. Author Andrew Greeley, in his book God in Popular Culture, described Linda Ronstadt as “the most successful and certainly the most durable and most gifted woman Rock singer of her era.” Linda Maria Ronstadt, an American popular music singer, was born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award. Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times noted in 2004, Ronstadt is “Blessed with arguably the most sterling set of pipes of her generation … rarest of rarities – a chameleon who can blend into any background yet remain boldly distinctive … It’s an exceptional gift; one shared by few others". By the turn of the ’70s she was the most popular female artist of the decade. Multi-platinum albums, a raft of hit singles, sold out concerts–she graced the covers of both Time and Rolling Stone magazine–Ronstadt literally wrote her own ticket, essaying a wide swath of musical styles and genres numbering country, pop, rock, R&B, jazz, new wave, American songbook standards and mariachi. And the one common thread through all of her music? Her peerless interpretative skills, fearless versatility and hard fought integrity." (Also notable: after a while she encouraged her backing band to go off and form the Eagles.)

7. Tina Fey: Spotlight 1990s-Now
"Constantly surrounded by people like Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian, it is hard to find a female celebrity who is actually worthy of praise. Not many celebrities fit the criteria for the definition of a “role model” anymore. From dancing on foam fingers to mug shots, most of the women we see on television are examples of how NOT to act. However, comedian Tina Fey is a relief to those of us who have been yearning for proof that talented, funny, intelligent women do exist. She was the youngest winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. – She has also won eight Emmys, two Golden Globes, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Four Writers Guild of America Awards. Tina Fey didn't become the first female head writer at Saturday Night Live by following the pack. "So, my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this," she writes in her New York Times best-selling book Bossypants. "When faced with sexism, or ageism, or lookism, or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: 'Is this person in between me and what I want to do?' If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you're in charge, don't hire the people who were jerky to you." Unlike most women in Hollywood, Tina Fey doesn’t use her sexuality to make her famous and get her ahead. She doesn’t flaunt her beauty or her body, and uses her personality and humor to woo audiences across the world. She has proven that generic beauty is not necessary in order to be successful, something so often overlooked by today’s younger generations. Tina has never been afraid to take on the male dominated profession of comedy and comedic writing. As a woman, she is one of the most famous and loved comedians of our generation."

8. Amy Poehler: Spotlight 2000s-Now
"Poehler has become one of television's top comediennes with the success of Parks and Recreation, which aired from 2009 to 2015. For her work on the show, she has received multiple Emmy nominations as an actress, writer and producer. In 2011, she landed on Time magazine's list of "100 Most Influential People." Poehler and Tina Fey also became a favorite comedy duo as regular hosts of the Golden Globes Awards, with the duo earning Emmy nods for their writing for the telecast. Poehler also won an acting Golden Globe for her role on Parks, Under her pretty, girl-next-door exterior lies a quick-witted comic actress with impeccable impersonation skills. She made Saturday Night Live history when she joined Tina Fey as Weekend Update co-anchor and they became the first all-female news team during the show's run."

9. Rachel Bilson: Spotlight 2000s-Now
"Rachel Bilson is an American actress. Bilson grew up in a California show business family, and made her television debut in 2003, subsequently becoming well known for playing Summer Roberts on the prime-time drama series The O.C. Bilson made her film debut in the 2006 film The Last Kiss and starred in the 2008 action/science fiction film Jumper. From 2011 to 2015, she starred as Dr. Zoe Hart on The CW's Hart of Dixie. At the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, Bilson collected three awards: "Choice Hottie Female", "Choice TV Actress (Drama)" and "Best Onscreen TV Chemistry" (jointly won with Adam Brody). In 2005, Maxim magazine named her sixth in their annual "Hot 100 List"; in 2006, the publication awarded her #14. The UK edition of FHM Magazine named her 28th in the 2006 100 Sexiest Women in the World list, while the US Edition Ranked her 77th in 2005. Bilson was also named one of People magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People" in 2006. Before appearing in Maxim, Bilson had turned down requests to appear seminude in men's magazines, specifying that she feels that her body "is sacred" and "not there for the whole world to see.""

10. Taylor Swift: Spotlight 2000s-Now
"Taylor Swift believes that with fame comes responsibility. And the singer, who is known for her good-girl image, is expressing just that on this Sunday's 60 Minutes. For instance, when the subject of her fans comes up, Swift says she understands that, for many of them, she is indeed a role model..."It would be really easy to say 'I'm 21 now, I do what I want. You raise your kids!'" Swift says. "But it's not the truth of it. The truth of it is that every singer out there with songs on the radio is raising the next generation." Taylor respects herself, and her fans, enough to keep her public image clean and classy. I don't need to tell you that most of the young ladies in Hollywood do not dress, how do I say, appropriate for their age. Taylor breaks that mold too. Her style tastefully fits her age and always has — and it's one that I feel sets a good example for girls. She also writes a lot of her own material. Taylor could easily have people writing songs for her, but she does it herself."

11. Jennifer Garner: Spotlight 2000s-Now
"Jennifer Garner was born on April 17, 1972, in Houston, Texas. After performing on stage, she moved to Los Angeles to work in television, landing bit parts in Spin City and Law & Order. In 2000, she earned notice for her role on Felicity, and was cast in the TV drama, Alias. In turn, she landed in films like Catch Me If You Can and Daredevil. She's also starred in Elektra (2005), The Kingdom in 2007, and Dallas Buyers Club (2013)."

12. Isla Fisher: Spotlight 2000s-Now
"Isla Fisher is an Australian actress. She was born to Scottish parents and raised in Australia. She appeared on the children's adventure series Bay Cove and the short-lived soap opera Paradise Beach, before playing Shannon Reed on the soap opera Home and Away. She has since been known for her comedic roles in Scooby-Doo (2002), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Wedding Crashers (2005),[2] Hot Rod (2007), Definitely, Maybe (2008), Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), Rango (2011), Bachelorette (2012), and Arrested Development (2013). In 2013, Fisher starred as Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby and as Henley Reeves in Now You See Me. In June 2015, Fisher became the ING DIRECT (Australia) brand ambassador. She is known best for her comedic roles and despite being on many "hottest" and "sexiest" women lists (including Maxim), her no nudity stance is nothing to laugh about. "I feel like if you have a female comic character and then you see her nipples, then she is no longer funny," Fisher told the Sydney Morning Herald. "...which is clearly wrong, but that was my theory, and that's why I didn't want to do it.""

13. Freida Pinto: Spotlight 2010s-Now
"Freida Pinto is an Indian actress who works predominantly in American cinema. She was born and raised in Mumbai and determined to become an actress from a young age. As a student at the St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, she took part in amateur plays. After graduation, she worked as a model for four years and then briefly as a television presenter. Pinto rose to prominence as the leading lady in the 2008 British drama film Slumdog Millionaire. This was her first appearance in a film. Her performance was well received from critics and she won the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. She was also nominated for various awards at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), MTV Movie Awards, and Teen Choice Awards. Pinto has subsequently appeared in a number of British and American productions including You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Immortals (2011), and Trishna (2011). Pinto is credited with breaking the stereotypical image of an Indian woman in foreign films, although she has been criticised by the Indian media for not acting in Indian films. Alongside her acting career, she has taken part in philanthropic activities and promotes humanitarian causes which include duties as a global ambassador of the Because I Am a Girl campaign."

14. Kate Middleton: Spotlight 2010s-Now
"The Duchess of Cambridge can be recognised as a great role model for women, especially young adults. She displays lovely qualities, such as her caring nature, humour, charm and genuine kindness. When on her public engagements she is open, down-to-earth, and willing to get involved with the public. She is exactly what women need to look up to in a world subjected to reality TV and celebrities seeking fame and fortune. Duchess of Cambridge therefore offers an alternative image, showing young girls that you can be stylish and admired, as well as being intelligent and hard working. She has also updated traditional outlooks, giving them a positive, modern and relevant clarification, but without damaging women’s equality. The Duchess of Cambridge, through waiting nine years before marrying Prince William, shows that determination and patience is important. She did not rush into things and got on with her own life, which included training for ‘The Sisterhood Challenge’ in 2007 and other fundraising events. Her determination is shown through her maintaining a relatively normal life, not exercising her fame and fortune to excess, as she lives modesty and has a normal, loving relationship with her husband and family.

The Duchess of Cambridge is also well educated, achieving a degree in History of Art at St Andrews. She is very much involved with charities and important events, using her role to help others. Not only does she participate in well-known charities, but also with smaller, over-looked charities, which is very important. Her style is inspiring, especially for young girls, as she show us that women can dress modestly yet still be fashionable and incredibly stylish! She recycles her clothes, buys from affordable stores and has even been seen to wear clothes borrowed from her mother! She shows us how to dress sustainably, by adding different accessories to the same dress, transforming the look. In the long term this is environmentally friendly, and she encourages us to appreciate what we have rather than going out and buying more. Her genuine smile shows that she’s not in any way fake, and she has never done anything bad for publicity. The Duchess of Cambridge is a fresh air of elegance: kind, caring and modest. She shows characteristics we must all show, as she is involved with charity, considerate, a positive fashion icon and very normal! She is a wonderful mother and wife and, despite now being part of the Royal Family, she is still very much ‘Kate’."

Note: I do not like or agree with all of the women's positions on this list so this is not my subjective opinion. This was meant to be an accumulative list of objectively the "cleanest" or most "seemingly perfect" role models in spotlight history to prove that Snow White, Cinderella & Aurora etc. are not as unrealistic as people claim. There are many more actresses that I would have liked to have put on this list as they admit their mistakes etc. but I decided to stick to as objectively perfect as possible.

In Conclusion:
Stop Degrading Modest Females and Disney Characters Just To Fulfill Feminist Agendas
Telling girls that being "wholesome" and "good-natured" is "impossible", "unrealistic" or otherwise stereotyped negatively like "Mary Sue" will only hurt girls and pressure them to be "bad" and make negative-impacting decisions to fit a status quo.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Disney Princesses: Real Life Favorite Movies

This list comes from a combination of movies that I think these official Disney Princesses would love in real (modern) life, as well as these movies remind me of these Disney Princesses.

Snow White - Gone With The Wind (1939): Known as one of the favorite romantic classics of all time, this was very big in it's day and came out just 2 years after Snow White's movie did. This is not only a story of romance but a story of survival and Snow White is definitely a (romantic) survivor.
A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War.

Cinderella - Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998): Okay so this one might be a bit close to home but that doesn't change the fact that it's still noted as one of the best "modernized" versions of Cinderella. As someone who lived a life very similar to Cinderella, I can't imagine she wouldn't appreciate this film and the way it portrayed the classic story of a downtrodden yet virtuous young woman who not only makes it out of a horrible situation but also gets to find true love the process. This story is so inspirational and positive that I can't imagine she wouldn't absolutely love it.
The "real" story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale.

Aurora - The Sound of Music (1965): Such a beautiful and romantic tale full of wonderful songs, this perfectly fit's Aurora's romantic and sing-song nature. She loves to go into the forest and sing just as Maria loved to go to the hills and sing. I think Aurora would adore the music in this movie as well as the incredibly romantic story.
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Ariel - West Side Story (1961): The story of people from different worlds who want to come together, this is very similar to Ariel's love life story. This version has a musical twist with singing and choreography that would only serve to delight her even more. I think she would love this film for it's overall story as well as the little (musical) details.
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Belle - The Princess Bride (1987): A movie about reading a book, it's perfect! The plot is actually following a book being read within the film that tells of sword fights, a touch of magic, men in disguise to save a princess, etc. and would be the perfect kind of movie that Belle would be interested in, as it is in line with the kind of books that she likes to read.
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

Jasmine - Dirty Dancing (1987): The story of "daddy's girl" falling for a man who is "beneath her" socially/economically and her father not wanting to see his daughter settle that way. Throw in the daughter becoming rebellious, sneaking out and participating in secret "dirty dancing" with this guy and I don't see how Jasmine could not love this film.
Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor Johnny Castle.

Pocahontas - Romeo & Juliet (1968): More of a serious and tragic story of forbidden love, I think Pocahontas would appreciate the moral of this story. The ending here was so sad and unnecessary, a result of external hate and criticism. She would definitely relate to this film and see it's sad ending as a lesson to incorporate so as to avoid such tragedy and nonsense. She chooses to embrace love, not choose hate or sides for (unnecessary) war, which is the message of this film.
When the now famous "star crossed lovers" of two feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues.

Mulan - Joan of Arc (1948):
The story of a very brave and courageous young woman who fought because she thought it was the right thing to do, I think Mulan would idolize the character of Joan of Arc. Mulan would see a lot of herself in this character as she also fought with a military because she believed it was the right thing to do, albeit completely different circumstances. (I know Mulan would not be Christian like Joan, but she did pray to her ancestors for guidance before taking her father's place.)
The fourteen years old farm girl Joan of Arc claims to hear voices from Heaven asking her to lead God's Army against Orleans and crowning the weak Dauphin Charles VII as King of France.
Tiana - Mary Poppins (1964): A classic tale of a seemingly "no-nonsense" woman who is able to bring balance with her straight-forward yet pleasant and flexible attitude. I think Tiana would love how Mary Poppins can be a bit strict or bossy yet she is also very loving and respectful, especially of families. Mary is a balanced character who works very hard but brings happiness to her "customers" and doesn't have time for love which is exactly what Tiana's life had been like. I think this would've been a childhood favorite for Tiana that she never grew out of.
A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family.
Rapunzel - Mommie Dearest (1981): So it's possible that this story could be a bit darker than what Rapunzel would normally like but I still think she would have a deep appreciation for this film despite that. Though there are certainly some great differences between Rapunzel and the character of Christina Crawford (Rapunzel didn't know she was adopted and Mother Gothel wasn't obviously abusive or crazy), there are plenty of unique similarities that she could relate to (wanting to please a mother who doesn't really love her, wanting to become her own woman against her mother's wishes, being manipulated and neglected by her mother, etc.). In the end, the character Christina did not surrender to her adopted mother and found her own calling, just as Rapunzel did. I think Rapunzel would feel a personal relation to this movie and the ark of the adopted daughter character.
Mommie Dearest, best selling memoir, turned motion picture, depicts the abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother...screen queen Joan Crawford.

Merida - A League of Their Own (1992): A film about revolutionary women, this would certainly be right up Merida's alley. This story is about women who challenge gender roles, put off marriage and family and try to pursue a career in "a man's field". I think Merida would absolutely love this film as she loves sports, has a fiery personality and is pretty untraditional when it comes to "gender roles".
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.