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Here’s Every Disney Princess As A Cartoon Vs. Live Action Vs. Broadway


The trailer for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey recently dropped this month — and let me tell you, I CANNOT wait to see this movie!

closeup of Halle as Ariel

I still have chills hearing the incredibly talented Halle singing “Part of Your World” in the teaser. And I’ve been touched by the reactions of young Black girls seeing themselves represented on screen as Halle plays the first Black Ariel.

close up of Halle at the D23 expo

So, while we wait for this highly anticipated remake, here’s a look back at how each Disney princess has been portrayed in their animated film, the live-action remake, and on Broadway.

1.

First up, of course, is The Little Mermaid. Here’s the 1989 animated film with Ariel, voiced by Jodi Benson:

Ariel swimming

Here’s Princess Ariel, played by Halle Bailey in the live-action adaptation which comes out May 2023:

closeup of Halle looking up as she sings

Here’s Sierra Boggess — who played Ariel in The Little Mermaid on Broadway — performing a scene from the musical at the 62nd Annual Tony Awards in 2008:

Sierra singing on stage with a large mermaid tail behind her

And here’s a side-by-side of all three:

all the ariels

2.

Here’s the 1991 animated film, Beauty and the Beast, with Princess Belle, voiced by Paige O’Hara:

belle in a gown

Here’s Belle, played by Emma Watson, in the 2017 live-action adaptation:

emma dancing in a gown

Here’s Sarah Litzsinger as Belle in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast in 2002:

Sarah on stage in a large gown

And here’s a side-by-side of all three:

all of the belles

3.

Here’s Princess Jasmine, voiced by Linda Larkin, in the 1992 animated movie, Aladdin:

Jasmine singing in her two piece

Here’s Naomi Scott as Jasmine in the 2019 live-action adaptation:

closeup of Naomi wearing a lot of jewels to match her dress

Here’s Courtney Reed as Jasmine in Aladdin on Broadway in 2014:

Courtney in a bedazzled dress and crown on stage

And here’s a side-by-side of them all:

all of the jasmines

4.

Here’s Cinderella, voiced by Ilene Woods, in the 1950 animated movie, Cinderella:

Cinderella entering the ball in a gown

Here’s Cinderella, played by Lily James, in the 2015 live-action adaptation:

Lily entering a ball in a large gown

And we can’t forget the classic 1997 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella movie starring Brandy as Cinderella:

Brandy smiling in a gown with gloves and a crown

Now, here’s Laura Osnes as Cinderella backstage at Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway in 2013:

Laura in a gown and crown

And here’s all our Cinderellas together:

all the cinderellas

Unfortunately, not all Disney princess movies have been adapted for the big stage ~and~ a live-action movie YET — but here’s some side-by-sides for the ones that have already been adapted for Broadway OR live-action.

5.

Here’s Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, in the 2013 animated film, Frozen:

Elsa in a sparkly dress and large braid

Frozen currently doesn’t have a live-action movie remake — but here’s Georgina Haig as Elsa in Season 4 of the TV series, Once Upon a Time, for a Frozen-inspired crossover:

Georgina in a long dress and large braid

Here’s Caissie Levy as Elsa in the Broadway musical, Frozen, in 2018:

Caissie in a long flowy dress and large braid on stage

And here’s a side-by-side of all three:

all the elsas

6.

Here’s Tiana, voiced by Anika Noni Rose, in the 2009 animated film, The Princess and the Frog:

Tiana working in a diner

While we currently don’t have Tiana on Broadway or in a live-action movie remake, here’s Mekia Cox as Tiana (or “Sabine”) in Season 7 of Once Upon a Time:

close up of Mekia in an apron

And here’s the two side-by-side:

the two Tianas

7.

Here’s Mulan, voiced by Ming-Na Wen, in the 1998 animated film, Mulan:

Mulan holding a wrapped up sword

Here’s Yifei Liu as Mulan in the 2020 live-action adaptation:

Yifei swinging a sword

And here’s the two side-by-side:

the two mulans

8.

And finally, here’s Princess Aurora, voiced by Mary Costa, in the 1959 animated film, Sleeping Beauty:

Aurora holding a bird on her finger

Here’s Elle Fanning as Aurora in Maleficent, the 2014 live-action retelling of Sleeping Beauty:

closeup of Elle with a hood over her head in the woods

Here’s the two side-by-side:

the two sleeping beauties

WELL. Now I’m even more excited for The Little Mermaid and all the Disney remakes to come!

Which adaptations have you seen? Which live-action Disney remakes would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments below!


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