- Disney has been creating princess-centric movies for over 80 years, but some are more beloved than others.
- “Frozen II” (2019) is the only sequel on the list to make it to the big screen and it’s the highest-rated princess film for audiences.
- All of the direct-to-video sequels are on the bottom half of the list with low audience rankings.
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Disney has been releasing animated, princess-centric films for decades — but some are far more beloved than others.
Here are all of Disney’s animated princess films, ranked by audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
Note: Audience scores were up to date as of publication but are subject to change.
In “Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World” (1998), Pocahontas travels to England.
Audience Score: 29%
Pocahontas returns in this sequel, where she travels to England to stop a war from happening.
Overall, audiences weren’t thrilled with this direct-to-video movie, saying that it “lacks the charm and visual delight of the first film.”
“Cinderella II: Dreams Come True” (2002) is comprised of three short stories.
Audience Score: 32%
Created nearly 50 years after the original “Cinderella” (1950), this movie is composed of three short stories about Cinderella’s struggle to adjust to life as a royal, her mouse’s wish to be a human, and her stepsister’s journey to find love.
Many viewers wished the movie centered around Cinderella instead of telling three separate stories.
And one audience member summed up this sequel as being “completely harmless, completely watchable, and completely unmemorable.”
“Mulan II” (2004) forces Mulan to reflect on her strong values.
Audience Score: 43%
Mulan and her warrior friends escort princesses to their weddings to bring peace between their home countries, but along the way, she discovers they are all being forced into arranged marriages that go against Mulan’s values.
Audiences had mixed feelings about this sequel. Many of them loved this new tale, while others felt strongly that it didn’t quite live up to the first.
One viewer wrote, “Even though ‘Mulan II’ does not have enough action as the original has, it still has great characters and a great story.”
“The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea” (2000) shows Ariel’s daughter turn into a mermaid.
Audience Score: 45%
This sequel follows Ariel’s daughter as she makes a deal with an evil sea witch to become a mermaid.
Although some fans enjoyed this sequel, many found the plot unoriginal from its predecessor.
As one audience member wrote, “‘Little Mermaid 2’ is not a perfect sequel and definitely inferior to the first. It is, as fans complain, the same story backwards.”
Belle tries to get the Beast into the Christmas spirit in “Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas” (1997).
Audience Score: 56%
Taking place before the spell is broken at the end of “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), Belle and the enchanted objects try to get the Beast into the Christmas spirit as an evil pipe organ tries to foil their plans.
Audiences generally agree that this flashback movie is missing much of the magic from the original.
One reviewer wrote, “It brings back the same great voice actors but with far inferior animation, miserable unfunny humor, and simplified characterizations that remove all the subtlety of the first movie’s romance”
“The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning” (2008) is a prequel to the events in the original “The Little Mermaid.”
Audience Score: 56%
In this prequel, Ariel’s father King Triton has banned music from their kingdom, which places a strain on their relationship. Ariel then goes on a quest to bring music back to everyone’s lives.
Fans enjoyed learning Ariel’s origin story, but felt the film boring and that it lacked “the charm and wit of the original.”
“Cinderella III: A Twist in Time” (2007) shows what would have happened if the glass slipper didn’t fit Cinderella.
Audience Score: 61%
Cinderella’s stepmother steals the fairy godmother’s wand and sends them all back in time to the night of the prince’s ball. In this new timeline, the glass slipper fits her stepsister’s foot instead.
Many audience members felt this was one of the best Disney princess sequels out there.
One reviewer wrote, “Providing an accurate backstory on its original, and developing its characters in honest emotion, ‘Cinderella III,’ while it has its corny moments, is still a rare gem in Disney’s line of DVD sequels.”
A young Native American girl and a British settler fall in love in “Pocahontas” (1995).
Audience Score: 64%
The Algonquin chief’s daughter Pocahontas secretly meets and falls in love with a British settler, which puts their people at odds. The pair must show their groups that they’re all more similar than they might think.
Audiences loved the music and animation style, but felt the historical inaccuracies and slow-moving and “dull” plot overshadowed its redeeming qualities.
A girl and a prince turn into frogs in “The Princess and the Frog” (2009).
Audience Score: 74%
Thanks to voodoo magic, a girl and a prince are both turned into frogs. While they figure out how to reverse the spell, the frogs meet a host of musical creatures along the way.
Fans found the plot to be refreshing as it shows the princess working hard to make her dreams come true.
One reviewer wrote, “Loved everything from the music to the visuals to the story. Tiana is a strong female lead and a great role model.”
A girl defies her family for what she feels is right in “Brave” (2012).
Audience Score: 76%
After defying her family’s outdated traditions, a princess seeks help from an old witch that turns her mother into a bear.
Audiences mostly enjoyed this movie for its unique storyline.
One fan wrote, “A daring, original narrative from Disney/Pixar that isn’t as gripping as other films but still has enough sentiment and charm to keep audiences smiling.”
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) is about a princess escaping her evil stepmother.
Audience Score: 78%
A princess is forced away from her home by her stepmother and finds solace in the cottage of seven small men. When her stepmother realizes that Snow White is still alive, she plots to kill her.
This was the first fully animated feature film created by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and audiences believe it mostly stands the test of time.
One reviewer explained, “While outdated by modern standards, Snow White manages to charm and delight its viewers with its charismatic lead, wickedly antagonizing villain, and strong supporting cast of characters.”
A girl becomes a princess for just one night in “Cinderella” (1950).
Audience Score: 80%
When invitations to the royal ball arrive, Cinderella’s fairy godmother appears to ensure she has a beautiful gown and slippers to attend in hopes that she’ll meet the prince.
Although they enjoyed the film, audiences felt the movie focused too much on Cinderella’s animal friends and not enough on developing the human characters.
As one reviewer wrote, “While Cinderella is a viable and compelling heroine, the film focused more on the relationship between rodents and felines at the expense of the film’s central romantic interests.”
“Sleeping Beauty” (1959) is about a girl who is saved after falling into a cursed slumber.
Audience Score: 80%
An evil fairy places a spell on Princess Aurora that causes her to fall into a deep sleep. Her prince must battle evil forces to awaken her.
Overall, fans praised the Disney classic for its “stunning animation” and impressive soundtrack.
In “Mulan” (1998), a girl disguises herself as a man to join the army and help her father.
Audience Score: 85%
A young girl disguises herself as a man to take her father’s place in a military draft and, with the help of her dragon, she works with the other soldiers to battle the Huns.
Generally, audiences enjoyed seeing a strong female character as the lead.
One reviewer wrote, “‘Mulan’ is groundbreaking in its portrayal of women in animation, helped by an instant classic of a soundtrack, likable characters and important themes for families.”
Two sisters must break an icy spell in “Frozen” (2013).
Audience Score: 85%
When Queen Elsa loses control over her magical ice powers and freezes her kingdom over, her sister Anna believes she’s the only one who can reach her sister and break the spell.
Overall, fans loved “Frozen” for its catchy songs and touching plot.
One fan wrote, “Perhaps one of Disney’s absolute masterpieces. Beautiful and believable story of love between two siblings who stick together and don’t give up on one another no matter what.”
A girl finds freedom and love in “Tangled” (2010).
Audience Score: 87%
Rapunzel escapes the grasp of the old woman who kidnapped her with the help of an outlaw who stumbled into her tower.
Fans mostly agreed that this retelling of a classic fairytale is a hit, especially due to its impressive visuals and “amazing songs.”
A mermaid becomes a human in “The Little Mermaid” (1989).
Audience Score: 88%
A young mermaid becomes a human when she makes a trade with a witch. She must make a prince fall in love with her or else she’ll lose her voice forever and become the witch’s prisoner.
Audiences loved just about everything in this classic Disney princess movie, especially praising its “catchy music” and great cast of voices.
“Moana” (2016) is about a girl traveling across the ocean to discover her past.
Audience Score: 89%
Moana goes on an epic journey across the ocean to discover her ancestors’ connection to it and ultimately save her island and her family.
Fans applauded the film’s animation and especially appreciated its humor and well-timed jokes.
One reviewer wrote, “Beautiful animation, great characters, and knee-slapping jokes makes this one of the best Disney movies of recent years.”
A girl is locked in beast’s castle in “Beauty and the Beast” (1991).
Audience Score: 92%
A girl is locked in a castle by a cursed beast who must make her fall in love with him in order to break the spell.
Audiences and critics both agreed that “Beauty and the Beast” is quite a masterpiece.
As one fan wrote, “Outstanding. Engaging all the way through, and every song is a hit on its own.”
In “Aladdin” (1992), a boy teams up with a genie to make his wishes come true.
Audience Score: 92%
A boy living on the streets on a kingdom finds a genie in a magic lamp, and tries to use his three wishes to woo the princess and become a prince.
“Frozen 2” (2019) shows how Elsa got her icy powers.
Audience Score: 92%
In Disney’s newest princess movie, the two sisters return to discover their family’s secret past and figure out how Elsa gained her icy powers.
Although critics didn’t like this film as much as the original, fans loved this continuation of the “Frozen” story.
As one reviewer wrote, “It’s more mature than the first ‘Frozen,’ with so much depth to the characters, their motivations, songs, and story arcs.”