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The skinny on the princesses

Ariel

Cinematic coronation: The Little Mermaid (1989).

How much the peasants paid to see the movie: $84.4 million (first-run); total of $111.5 million with rereleases. In today's dollars (adjusted for inflation), that's $147.5 million for first-run.

There's no such thing as original anymore: Popularized by Danish poet Hans Christian Andersen.

The meanie: sea witch Ursula.

Does Disney hate moms? Ariel's mom is not mentioned, but it's revealed in a sequel that she was killed by pirates.

Aurora

Cinematic coronation: Sleeping Beauty (1959).

How much the peasants paid to see the movie: $36.5 million (first-run); total of $51.6 million with rereleases. In today's dollars (adjusted for inflation) that's $271.9 million for first-run.

There's no such thing as original anymore: The Sleeping Beauty folk tale dates back almost 500 years and includes one popularized by Charles Perrault, who wrote Tales and Stories of the Past With Morals: Tales of Mother Goose.

The meanie: wicked fairy Maleficent.

Does Disney hate moms? Aurora's mother, who is out of the picture, isn't named, unlike her father.

Belle

Cinematic coronation: Beauty and the Beast (1991).

How much the peasants paid to see the movie: $145.9 million (first-run); total of $171.4 million with rereleases. In today's dollars (adjusted for inflation) that's $232.2 million for first-run.

There's no such thing as original anymore: This classic fairy tale has its roots in Europe.

The meanie: the jealous Gaston.

Does Disney hate moms? There's no mention of Belle's mom.

Cinderella

Cinematic coronation: Cinderella (1950).

How much the peasants paid to see the movie: $33 million (first-run); total of $88 million with rereleases. In today's dollars (adjusted for inflation), that's $296.8 million for first-run.

There's no such thing as original anymore: Popularized by Perrault, the Brothers Grimm and pretty much everyone else, the Cinderella folktale has been traced as far back as a millennium ago.

The meanie: the wicked stepmother.

Does Disney hate moms? Cinderella's mom died.

Jasmine

Cinematic coronation: Aladdin (1992).

How much the peasants paid to see the movie: $217.4 million. In today's dollars (adjusted for inflation) that's $335.9 million.

There's no such thing as original anymore: This classic Middle Eastern fairy tale was popularized by The Book of One Thousand and One Nights a few hundred years ago.

The meanie: Jafar.

Does Disney hate moms? There's no mom in this one, either.

Mulan

Cinematic coronation: Mulan (1998).

How much the peasants paid to see the movie: $120.6 million. In today's dollars (adjusted for inflation) that's $160.4 million.

There's no such thing as original anymore: The Chinese tale dates to the 500s.

The meanie: Shan-Yu, the leader of the Huns.

Does Disney hate moms? Mulan's mom is not mentioned.

Pocahontas

Cinematic coronation: Pocahontas (1995).

How much the peasants paid to see the movie: $141.6 million. In today's dollars (adjusted for inflation), that's $201.4 million.

There's no such thing as original anymore: If you've never heard of Pocahontas, check the history books.

The meanie: Governor Ratcliffe.

Does Disney hate moms? Pocahontas' mother is dead. She shows up in a flashback in a sequel.

Snow White

Cinematic coronation: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

How much the peasants paid to see the movie: $66.6 million (first-run); total of $184.9 million with re-releases. In today's dollars (adjusted for inflation), that's $1 billion for first-run.

There's no such thing as original anymore: The Brothers Grimm wrote down this commonly told folk tale.

The meanie: Her stepmother, the evil queen.

Does Disney hate moms? The classic fairy tale includes a mention of Snow White's mom but not how she came to live with her stepmother. Disney doesn't mention Mom.

Tiana

Cinematic coronation: The Princess and the Frog (2009).

How much the peasants paid to see the movie: $104.2 million. It's still in some theaters.

There's no such thing as original anymore: Loosely based on E.D. Baker's The Frog Princess, which had roots in a tale popularized by the Brothers Grimm.

The meanie: Doctor Facilier.

Does Disney hate moms? Not in this one. They scored Oprah to provide Tiana's mom's voice.

Compiled by resident mythical-characters nerd Scott Sloan from various web sites, including the Disney Archive, box office mojo, The box Office Junkie and U.S. Bureau of labor statistics.

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