The Art Behind the Disney Princesses

Ever wonder what historical artistic influences contributed to the art style of many classic Disney movies?  Even as a little kid I noticed the stylistic differences between older movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and (relatively) newer movies like Beauty and the Beast (1991).  Yet it wasn’t until later that I picked up on how much the art and character designs were inspired by classical paintings and fairytale illustrations spanning centuries of European art.  I then found a three-part article that illustrates both the final Disney designs, and the historical art pieces that contributed to their conception, side by side while explaining the process and thought behind their design choices.

Part I – Golden Age (Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty)

Part II – Disney Renaissance (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin)

Part III – Modern (Hercules, Giselle,  The Princess and the Frog)

Which movies do you like the artistic style of the most?  The least?  Are there any styles that Disney has not used yet that you would like to see them use for a movie?


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