A Look at Some Popular Disney Characters
By Stanley Lewis
No matter the age of the child or what their favorite characters are, there is certainly something to be said for the magic of Disney and some of the terrific characters that they have created. In many ways, Disney makes its money from storytelling, and this is easily seen in some the characters that have sang and danced their way into our hearts.
When looking around at the various Disney characters out there, there are so many to choose from. One of the more iconic Disney princesses out there is certainly Ariel, the mermaid who fell in love with a prince and gave up her undersea kingdom to follow him on land. The music score was stunning, and the mermaid herself was determined, sweet, and downright adorable.
Another Disney princess that many people will recognize on sight is the strong-willed Jasmine, who appeared in Disney's Aladdin. Jasmine was a princess through and through who was forbidden by her father to marry anyone save a prince. Though Aladdin was certain the star of the show, Jasmine lit up her scenes with a combination of quick with and regal grace.
Of course Disney has more than princesses to offer to their eager audience. What about pirates? There's no pirate that can match Jack Sparrow, the captain of the Black Pearl, whether he is sailing into harbor on bedraggled raft or taking on the East India Company. Johnny Depp brought a great deal of charisma and charm to this character, and his performance is one that has greatly pleased his fans.
Lucy from the Chronicles of Narnia is an adorable character who tells us that Disney heroines can come in any age and any size. She is quite small when she first encounters the world beyond the wardrobe, but that doesn't stop her from standing beside her brothers and sister bravely in the face of the White Witch. She goes on to become a Queen of Narnia in her own right, reigning alongside Peter, Edmund, and Susan from Cair Paravel.
Another standout from the Disney characters is Peter Pan, the boy who would never grow up. He lived in the land of Neverland where children who had fallen out of their prams ended up, and he was the leader of the Lost Boys. We first meet him when he is charming Wendy, John and Michael Darling into flying away from their bedroom window and joining him in a life of adventure.
It is difficult to speak of Peter Pan without speaking of his arch-nemesis the pirate Captain Hook. When Peter cut off Hook's hand and fed to the a crocodile, he won Hook's undying anger, and hook has come up with many plans to capture and kill both the Lost Boys and their leader, which finally does culminate in their last and fateful meeting.
Disney is founded on good storytelling, and even if the stories are ones that we have heard over and over again, it is worth noting that we still love the Disney versions. We watch them over and over again, and every time, we find something new. Disney costumes still remain a popular choice with children today, despite the vast number of modern television, movie and comic book characters around today.