Should Princess Leia be a Disney princess?
As of Friday morning, more than 56,000 people believed so. That’s how many people had signed a petition asking Disney to add Leia to its official stable of princesses.
It seems like a match made in movie mogul heaven. Disney bought “Star Wars” producer Lucasfilm in 2012.
“After the tragic loss of Carrie Fisher, we feel that it is only fitting for Disney to do away with the rule that an official Disney princess must be animated and make Leia a full-fledged princess,” says the petition on change.org.
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The page features concept art showing how Leia could look as a Disney princess. But there’s a big drawback: Leia is a live-action character and some purists insist that Disney princesses be animated.
Cody Christensen of Cedar City, Utah, would beg to differ. The father of five started the Princess Leia petition drive.
“We are big fans of the current princess lineup, but I think that Leia is a really strong, positive, awesome role model for my girls,” he told GeekExchange.
Fisher died last month. Her mother, Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds, died the next day.
“The possibility of adding Leia to Disney’s roster of princesses has always been a source of hope for fans of both companies,” writes Decider.com, “and the idea of making Leia an official princess has developed into its own sort of online community.
“Now, with the release of ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘Rogue One,’ Disney has made it clear that it plans to actively invest in the ‘Star Wars’ universe. Why stop there, fans are asking. Let Leia into the princess squad.”
Like other petition supporters, Decider argues that Leia’s “story fits in well with Disney’s newer line of empowered leading ladies. The smart and scrappy Leia fought and commanded troops just as well if not better than her male counterparts, and Princess Leia was already a role model for young women long before she was in Disney clique talks.”
Since the Disney Princess line of toys and merchandise was introduced in 2009 with a coronation for Princess Tiana of “The Princess and the Frog,” each new princess has been welcomed to the lineup with similar celebrations in front of Cinderella’s castle at Disney World, notes GeekExchange.
Christensen’s petition asks that Princess Leia get her own coronation.
Disney has yet to respond to the petition.
“The recent princesses added to the lineup have been stronger role models than the preconceived idea of what a Disney Princess can be, and adding Leia to the group only furthers that evolution to include truly powerful women,” GeekExchange argues.
“If anything could get Disney to change their rules, it’s a rebellion.”