We now return to one of Disney’s forgotten princesses: Kida. Who is Kida, you may be asking? Well, she was the princess featured in Atlantis: The Lost Empire. This movie, featuring the voices of Michael J. Fox and James Garner (among others) was released in 2001, putting it a couple years after the end of what was known as the Disney Renaissance. Is that why Kida is not considered an official Disney Princess?
Can’t be. Because if that were the case, then Tiana, of The Princess and the Frog wouldn’t count. Nor would Tangled‘s Rapunzel. Granted, Kida is not the whistle-while-you-work-and-talk-to-animals kind of girl. She’s heir to the throne of the lost city of Atlantis. According to the film, this nation/city-state has been subterranean for thousands of years. Funny, she doesn’t look a day over 25.
I’m not actually sure how old she’s supposed to be. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Atlantis and I’m not 100% sure they ever actually mention her age. Though, in real time, she would be several centuries old, at the very least.
Anyway, I was discussing Kida’s absence from the Disney Princess lineup with a friend, who said she’s not an official Disney Princess because she kicks too much butt. I’m sorry, but so does Rapunzel. Have you seen her with that frying pan? But we’ll get to her. If anyone out there from Walt Disney Studios happens to read this blog, would you please explain to me why Kida has been excluded? As animated characters go, she’s kind of amazing.
Should You Date Her?
As mentioned before, she kicks a lot of butt. She doesn’t back down from a fight when the bad guys try to take over Atlantis purely to steal their mysterious source of power. She’s smart. She’s adventurous. She’s curious. And she speaks, like, all the languages.
Oh, and she falls for a geek in the end. Kinda gives a guy like me hope that I, too, can fall in love with a princess who isn’t just looking for a knight in shining armor.
Also, she really pulls off the white hair look.