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Every Disney princess movie ranked from worst to first

  • Every Disney princess movie ranked from worst to first

    Disney princess memes and quizzes have become ubiquitous in the past few years—who among us hasn't taken "which princess matches your personality?" Disney princesses reimagined as hipsters, parents, modern-day career women—the list goes on and on. But there’s nothing like going back to the source material for the true answer to the question: who’s the fairest of them all? Using data from IMDb rankings, with the number of IMDb user votes to break any ties, Stacker ranked every standalone movie released by Disney that featured a princess character, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to “Moana.”

    It’s important to note that this ranking goes beyond what might be considered the animated princess-sphere, and includes movies like “Enchanted” and “The Princess Diaries,” which also feature royalty and are Disney creations, but are not “Disney princesses” in the traditional sense.

    Whether you consider yourself an Ariel or more of a Jasmine, there’s something for everyone here. Read on to see where your favorite falls in the rankings.

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  • #29. Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World

    Year released: 1998

    IMDb rating: 4.9

    Directed by: Tom Ellery, Bradley Raymond

    Runtime: 72 min.

    Picking up where the original film leaves off, “Pocahontas 2” sees Powhatan’s daughter journey to England with her animal companions Meeko, Flit, and Percy. According to IMDb, the character John Smith is voiced by Donal Gibson, the younger brother of Mel Gibson, who voiced John Smith in the original film.

     

  • #28. Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

    Year released: 2002

    IMDb rating: 5.0

    Directed by: John Kafka

    Runtime: 73 min.

    Narrated by Cinderella’s mouse friends, Jaq and Gus, “Cinderella II” tells the story of how Cinderella becomes a princess but loses touch with herself. Brooke Allison received two DVD Exclusive Award nominations for Best Original Song for “Follow Your Heart” and “Put it Together (Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Boo).”

     

  • #27. Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams

    Year released: 2007

    IMDb rating: 5.3

    Directed by: David Block

    Runtime: 56 min.

    This Disney princess film is a compilation of short stories about Aurora (“Sleeping Beauty”) and Jasmine (“Aladdin”). It was originally intended to be part of a larger series of “Disney Princess Enchanted Tales,” but the plans were scrapped after the release of “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning” in 2008.

     

  • #26. Belle's Magical World

    Year released: 1998

    IMDb rating: 5.6

    Directed by: Bob Kline, Cullen Blaine, Dale Case, Daniel de la Vega, Barbara Dourmashkin, Rick Leon, Burt Medall, Mitch Rochon

    Runtime: 92 min.

    Paige O’Hara, the original voice of Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” reprises her role in this sequel to the 1991 film. The 1998 movie is divided into three chapters that include two original songs and are intended to teach children lessons about love, kindness, and forgiveness.

     

  • #25. The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea

    Year released: 2000

    IMDb rating: 5.6

    Directed by: Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith

    Runtime: 75 min.

    Ariel’s daughter Melody is forbidden from entering the ocean for fear that she will encounter a sea witch, but when she turns 12, she runs away to the sea. Ariel must turn back into a mermaid to rescue her daughter from Ursula’s clutches with the help of her friends. Pat Carroll, the voice of Ursula in the original film, returns as the voice of Ariel’s sister Morgana in this direct-to-DVD film.

     

  • #24. Mulan 2

    Year released: 2004

    IMDb rating: 5.7

    Directed by: Darrell Rooney, Lynne Southerland

    Runtime: 79 min.

    Mulan and husband-to-be Shang encounter obstacles on the way to their wedding in this sequel to the action-packed 1998 film “Mulan.” World champion ice skater and Olympic silver medalist Michelle Kwan is featured as the voice of the shopkeeper in the village, according to IMDb.

     

  • #23. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

    Year released: 2004

    IMDb rating: 5.8

    Directed by: Garry Marshall

    Runtime: 113 min.

    This Garry Marshall-directed sequel to the well-received “Princess Diaries” starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews was released in theaters in August 2004. Unlike many of the films on this list so far, which were direct-to-DVD sequels, “The Princess Diaries 2” enjoyed box office success, taking in more than $100 million worldwide.

     

  • #22. Aladdin: The Return of Jafar

    Year released: 1994

    IMDb rating: 5.9

    Directed by: Toby Shelton, Tad Stones, Alan Zaslove

    Runtime: 69 min.

    Disney released “Aladdin: The Return of Jafar” directly to video in 1994, its first direct-to-video sequel. Robin Williams did not appear as the voice of the Genie in this sequel, due to a disagreement with Disney.

     

  • #21. Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time

    Year released: 2007

    IMDb rating: 6.0

    Directed by: Frank Nissen

    Runtime: 74 min.

    Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s evil stepmother, reverses the course of events that led Cinderella to Prince Charming. Cinderella must win back her prince before he marries one of her ugly stepsisters instead. Primetime Emmy winner Holland Taylor lends her voice to the film.

     

  • #20. Into the Woods

    Year released: 2014

    IMDb rating: 6.0

    Directed by: Rob Marshall

    Runtime: 125 min.

    This star-studded production of the Sondheim classic features Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy). Of course, what would a princess story be without a witch (Meryl Streep)? With the longest runtime of any film on this list, the 2014 film version of “Into the Woods” clocks in at 125 minutes and is a modern amalgamation of the stories of the aforementioned princesses, a baker and his wife, “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

     

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