In the 1989 Disney film, what's the name of The Little Mermaid?
And the answer: Ariel.
Loosely based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale by the same name, The Little Mermaid tells the story of a mermaid named Ariel, who becomes intrigued by life on land. The movie won two Oscars for Best Original Song and Best Original Music Score.
Though you may think you know everything there is to know about Disney princesses, these are tales that just keep on giving. Beyond the eight classic princesses – Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Mulan – that number has since grown to 12 (and counting). Test your knowledge of the silver screen's favorite animated heroines below.
- Q: Which Disney princess has a name that literally means "princess" in Greek?
A: When you realize it, this one's a no-brainer. Tiana, starring in the 2009 film The Princess and the Frog, is loosely inspired by the main character from E.D. Baker’s novel The Frog Princess as well as the princess from the Grimm fairy tale “The Frog Prince.”
- Q: Which two Disney princesses don't have an American accent?
A: While the heroine of Brave, Merida, might be an easy pull (that Scottish inflection is unmistakable!), the second may not be so obvious. Aurora of Sleeping Beauty actually has an English accent, and was the first Disney princess to deviate from the American standard.
- Q: Which Disney princess was based on an actual person?
A: Props to you if you knew her first from your history textbooks – it's Pocahontas, of course. The real Pocahontas was a Native American woman of the Powhatan people, remembered for her aid to John Smith in the Jamestown settlement.
Continue to test your Disney princess knowledge here.