Everyone ready to feel really old? We hope so, because these facts are about to do just that. Prepare yourself for some mind-blowing facts that you didn’t know. Or maybe you did know them, but you were avoiding thinking about it. Don’t worry, we’ll all get through this together.
Let’s start with The Little Mermaid.
The Little Mermaid was released in 1989. While you were flipping your fins to watch it over and over again, Lily James, who plays the leading lady in the recent live-action version of Cinderella, was busy being BORN.
Just to drive that one home, the first time you saw The Little Mermaid was 27 YEARS AGO, and Lily James was just coming into the world.
Let’s move on. Emma Watson, who will play Belle in the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, was only a one-year-old when the animated version came out in 1991.
Which means she too was not yet born when the world was introduced to Ariel in The Little Mermaid which, again, was 27 YEARS AGO. We’re sending her VHS tapes ASAP to catch up.
Er, we mean DVDs. Or a streaming platform? We give up, you knew we were old at the mention of VHS tapes. It should be noted that kids who watch Disney Princess movies today will literally think you made up a word when you say, “VHS.”
On another note, Bradley Pierce, the child actor who voiced Chip in Beauty and the Beast at the age of 9, is now 33 years old.
We can’t imagine this ever being possible so we’ll move along.
In 1991 when you were singing along with Belle about adventure in the great wide somewhere, you had no idea where to post about it on social media, because IT WASN’T INVENTED YET.
Facebook wouldn’t be invented for another 13 years. Twitter wouldn’t launch for another 15 years. Snapchat wouldn’t be created for another 20 years … and its founders were only a year old in 1991.
Ready for more? Of course you are. Pocahontas will have its 21st anniversary this year. Kids who were born that year are getting ready to finish up college.
We hope they at least know how to paint with all the colors of the wind.
In 1998, Shang was teaching you how to be a man in Mulan. The kids born in that year are now about to graduate high school.
That means Mulan was released 18 YEARS AGO. She’s all grown up and saving China!
The Princess and the Frog is the first Disney Princess movie to come out since Cameron Boyce WAS BORN.
You might also feel old if you don’t know who Cameron Boyce is. He’s in a little* Disney Channel Original called The Descendants and plays Cruella de Vil’s son, Carlos. Second one from the left here:
*By little, we mean huge hit. Ask the kids to tell you about it.
Another fun fact: none of the stars of The Descendants could have seen Aladdin in theaters in 1992 because THEY DIDN’T EXIST YET.
Okay, shifting gears, Tangled came out six years ago and Brave only came out four years ago, so that doesn’t make us feel as old.
Except if we think about the fact that the kids who were born when those movies came out are now in Kindergarten and will never know the joy of opening up a fresh copy of Disney Adventures featuring their favorite Disney Princess.
We can lend some to them. Not that we are old enough to have the entire original collection …
And lastly, some facts to actually make you feel young again:
Next year, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will celebrate its 80th anniversary and Sleeping Beauty will celebrate its 57th anniversary.
We were not around for either of these films being released, which makes us feel less old.
One of the hit songs in the U.S. in 1950 when the animated version of Cinderella came out was called “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” by The Andrews Sisters.
We have never heard of this song, and this makes us feel young.
As Walt Disney himself said, “Adults are only grown up kids, anyway.”
What do you think of these Disney Princess facts? Let us know in the comments!