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Animated Princess Movies

Perfect for Parties and Sleep Overs

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Most little girls at least go through a princess-loving phase, and many hold on to their preferences for all things princessy well into adulthood. Thankfully, a good princess story is fun for the whole family, and thanks to Dinsey, princess movies aren't hard to come by. Perfect for sleepovers and parties, or just a fun family movie night, here are some animated movies fit for a princess:

1. Brave

Brave
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A princess like none you've even known before, Merida is a Scottish lass who is determined to forge her own destiny. Brave tells the exciting story of Merida's bold decision, the mystical unintended consequences, and what she learns as she works to set things right. Merida is a good princess role model, because she's not all smitten with some prince, and she believes in making her own destiny. The movie is also somewhat educational, as it's set in medieval Scotland. Animated movies set in real world locations can spark kids interest in other countries and cultures.

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2. Tangled

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Told through artistic animation and lively characters, Tangled is the story of Rapunzel. Disney's 50th animated movie had to be a princess movie (it just had to), but this royal film is appealing to both boys and girls of all ages. Tangled does Disney justice, and it pays tribute to all 49 films before it while still feeling updated and fun. The Blu-ray version of the movie contains deleted scenes, original storybook opening and more. (Rated PG)

3. The Princess and the Frog

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Hop into an exciting twist on a classic fairy tale in Disney's The Princess and the Frog. The movie follows a hardworking and kind young woman named Tiana, who is minding her own business trying to make her dreams come true, when a froggy kiss turns her world upside down. A family adventure full of magic and wonder, The Princess and the Frog tells a flavorful story with a great message about hard work and remembering to value that which is most important.

4. Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast
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In a provincial town in France, Belle is the daughter of an eccentric inventor and the talk of the town. Her beauty is beyond compare, but the townspeople  are disapproving of her intellect and desire to do things like read. When Belle's father is trapped in the castle of a hideous beast, she goes to rescue him and makes a promise to stay with the Beast forever. At first, Belle is afraid of the Beast, but as she gets to know him, fond feelings grow. In fact, the beast is actually a prince under a spell, and all it will take is Belle's true love to break the curse, but the Beast has got a few things to learn first, and with her big heart and open mind, Belle is the perfect one to teach him.

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5. Aladdin

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Princess Jasmin is tired of life within the castle walls. One day, she ventures out and meets Aladdin, a friendly and charming young man, and the two hit it off. When Aladdin finds a magical lamp, he asks the funny and clever genie (voiced by Robin Williams) to make him a prince. As a ficticious prince, Aladdin tries to win the heart of Princess Jasmin, but the evil Jafar has designs on being Sultan and isn't about to let Aladdin get in the way. Together, Jasmin and Aladdin try to stop him, but Aladdin must come clean with who he really is first.

 

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6. The Little Mermaid

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The adventurous mermaid daughter of King Triton, Ariel loves life under the sea, but she dreams of life on land. When she rescues a prince who fell overboard during a storm and falls in love with him, Ariel longs to become a human and be with him. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula and is given the opportunity to try out life on land for a few days. But Ursula's trickery makes it difficult for Prince Eric to realize who Ariel is, and if Ariel and her friends can't stop her, Ursula may use her bargin with Ariel to destroy Eric and take control of the seas.

 

7. Cinderella

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After losing her father, Cinderella's step-mother and step-sisters treat her like the maid. Despite her situation, though, Cinderella remains gentle and kind. She is friends with the mice and sings all the day long. When the King of the land announces that every young maiden is to attend a ball in honor of the Prince, Cinderella is excited to go, but her her step-mother forbids her. With no dress to wear and no carraige to take her to the ball, Cindrella runs to the garden and weeps. Suddenly, her kindly Fairy Godmother appears and magically changes Cinderella's life forever.

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8. Sleeping Beauty

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The King and Queen are devestated when the evil fairy Maleficent puts a terrible curse on Princess Aurora, condemning her to die by pricking her finger on a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday. Three good fairies offer to take Aurora into the woods and raise her. She grows into a beautiful, warm and loving girl. Just prior to her 16th birthday, the princess meets a handsome prince in the woods. She falls in love with the prince, and so the happy news that she is actually a princess and must now return to the castle is not so happy. Not only that, but Maleficent has not given up on seeing her evil prediciton come true, leaving little chance that Aurora and her true love will ever be together.

 

 

9. Snow White

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"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?" The Queen asks her magic mirror each day. It always answers that she, the queen, is the fairest, until one day it says "Snow White." In a jealous rage, the queen orders her woodsman to take Snow White into the woods and kill her. Alas, the woodsman cannot kill such a kind and gentle girl, so he lets her go. A frightened Snow White finds a cottage and makes her home among seven dwarfs, but in time, the queen finds her and tries to finish the job herself. Thankfuly, true love's kiss can conquer all. If this princess story seems fair enough to purchase, the Blu-ray Diamond Edition is one of the coolest releases ever to hit store shelves.

10. The Swan Princess

The Swan Princess DVD
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Princess Odette and Prince Derek are betrothed to be married, but in an unfortunate turn of events, princess Odette is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer's spell. Held captive at an enchanted lake, she befriends Jean-Bob the frog Spped the turtle and Puffin the bird. By day, Odette remains a swan, but by night, she returns to her human form only for a very short time. Her friends try to help her, but the spell can only be broken by a vow of everlasting love. If Odette doesn't find some way to show Derek the truth, he may marry the wrong girl, and Odette may be  a swan forever.

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11. Thumbelina

Thumbelina
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A woman's dreams come true when she is given a flower and it grows and blooms to reveal a tiny girl who has been born inside of it. The woman names the pretty girl Thumbelina, and takes care of her as her own. Thumbelina is kind and wonderful, but she is sad that she seems to be the only human her size. One day, her dreams come true, and a fairy prince who is just her size finds her and falls in love with her. Thumbelina is ready to go with him and become a fairy princess, but a family of toads have other plans and come to kidnap her. Through one adventure after another, the tiny Thumbelina and the fairy prince search for each other.

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12. Anastasia

Anastasia
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An animated adventure full of excitement, danger and romance, Anastasia tells the story of the lost Russian Princess Anastasia and her journey to find her true identity. She is the youngest daughter of the royal family, the Romanovs, but she barely escapes with her life during a seige.  Years later, she is an orphan known as Anya, and two men find her and decide they will pass her off as the long lost princess. Little do they know, she is the real Anastasia, and the evil Rasputin has a grudge against the Romanovs and is determined to see every last one of them gone.

 

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