NOT a Disney Girl: strong female characters who are not Disney’s

Here are just a few strong, badass, and generally awesome female animated characters who are NOT from the House of Mouse:

Anastasia/Anya from Anastasia

She’s street-wise, sassy, and smart, as well as beautiful in both hand-me-downs and dresses. She broke the idea that “princesses can’t be tough” before Merida even got a shot. What more could you ask for?

Kayley from Quest for Camelot

She rides a horse, uses a sword, and goes on a quest to save Camelot. She becomes the first lady-knight, and she was sporting the tunic/leggings combo before it was a thing.

Tzipporah from The Prince of Egypt

This movie is full of strong women, but Tzipporah was always my favorite. She’s sexy, strong, clever, and doesn’t put up with anybody’s sh*t. Don’t believe me? Go watch it again.

Chel from The Road to El Dorado.

She uses all her assets to get what she wants. Shady, sexy, and smart–she can hold her own in a scam. Far from the goody-good-doing princesses of Disney.

Akima from Titan A.E.

Steampunk, kick-ass, beautiful pilot who stole my heart when the “Steampunk” genre was still in its infancy. Also, she’s Asian and she has purple hair. I wanted that hair, guys… I wanted it so bad.

I’m glad Disney is choosing to portray more empowered female characters–but they’re not pioneering this movement. Notice that these movies are mostly from the 90′s and 00′s.


Before the Emma Watson’s Beauty and  The Beast, there was another movie, much more interesting, enchanting, visually stunning AND the best: not a Disney Movie. 

In case you didn’t know about its existence, please have the time and decency to watch an amazing movie. You won’t regret it.

“LA BELLE ET LA BETE”(2014) Lea Seydoux, Vincent Cassel.

5 Unappreciated Animated Films


An American Tail (1986)

Everything Don Bluth is under-appreciated, but this movie taught all us kids some American history too.

The Swan Princess (1994)

This movie is the reason why Disney hasn’t done their own version of Swan Lake–it’s too perfect.

Balto (1995)

Not only did Kevin Bacon’s voice make Balto sexy, but this heroic tale teaches kids (albeit subversively) to combat racism. If you don’t believe me, watch it, and imagine the animals as humans. 

Anastasia (1997)

A solid story, great animation, and so many great voice actors (Meg Ryan and John Cusack? Yes Please!) Plus, a kick-ass song during the end credits.

The Iron Giant (1999)

 A kid finding and befriending an alien robot? So much yes.