There are only 12 Disney princesses in a franchise that dates back to the release of “Snow White” (the youngest princess at 14) in 1938 and goes all the way to “Elena of Avalor” (the first Latina princess) in 2016. But, as of yet, there has never been a Disney princess who was not animated.
A group of “Star Wars” fans is trying to change that.
A Change.org petition designated for Disney CEO Bob Iger currently has 33,000 of the requested 35,000 signatures and will likely hit its goal before the end of Thursday. The petition states, “After the tragic lose 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.”
Disney bought Lucasfilm, the production company behind the “Star Wars” films, in 2012. The official “Disney princess” franchise was only conceived in 2000. According to CBS, Disney princesses are “their own franchises, marketed separately from the films that spawned them.”
After coming under attack because all their princesses looked more like supermodels than real-life royalty, Disney released modern rules that have more to do with the moral principles of the princesses than royal blood or a size-zero waist.