I just wrote a Take titled 5 Interesting Disney Princess Facts You Probably Didn't Know where I explored some interesting things about Disney princesses that weren’t common knowledge. And with all this talk about equality, I felt it would only be fair to include fun facts about the princes of Disney.
Now, because there isn’t an official lineup for Disney princes (or if there is, I've never heard it), I took into consideration any male love interest of the Disney princesses. Let me know what you think!
1. Aladdin’s feather falls forward when he lies
You remember the outfit that genie put Aladdin in when he asked Genie to make him a prince? Well, just in case you didn’t notice, that feather atop his turban falls forward whenever Aladdin tells a lie.
2. Eric is the first prince to be saved by his woman
Of course, other males in various Disney movies were saved by their love interests, as well, but Eric was the first to be saved by the Princess herself. And they say women are the weaker sex…
3. The gargoyles and statues in the Beast’s castle are actually the Beast himself
The statues of creatures seen throughout the Beast’s castle are actually early concept art pictures of him before the film was drawn.
The final picture of the beast was a mishmash of different creatures, or, for a shorter term, a chimera. The Beast has the head and horns of a buffalo, eyebrows of a gorilla, arms and body of a bear, jaws, teeth, and mane of a lion, legs and tail of a wolf, and the tusks of a wild boar.
4. Prince Naveen is the first prince to not be the same ethnicity as his princess
And a lot of black people were pissed. To date, Disney has not had a black prince for any princess, not even the one black princess they have in their lineup. Prince Naveen’s character was meant to be gorgeous so that ladies would be fawning all of him. Naturally, part of this was because he’s a prince, but the other meant that he was super attractive. The overall concept was to imply interracial love is okay. However, many of the black community took it to mean that while black women can be attractive, black men cannot.
5. Flynn Rider was portrayed as a thief in ‘Tangled’ because creators wanted to make him edgier
Flynn was originally supposed to be a prince, of course, because the maiden was a princess. And while he isn’t the first male love interest in a Disney film to not be of royal descent, he is by far the most sarcastic and egotistical. This was 100% on purpose as the creators wanted more humor and rebellion in the film, though critics think it was just a ploy by Disney to appeal more to the male audience.
The creators put together the traits and antics of Han Solo and Indiana Jones to create his thieving attributes.
There’s way more information out their on the male Disney characters, but I found these to be the most interesting. And while you may have heard of some of them, hopefully you learned something new today!
**BONUS FACT: And, just for a bonus since you good people read my Take, although not stated in the film, Flynn is conceptualized to be 26 and Rapunzel 18, making them the Disney couple with the largest age gap.