tzipporah

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.crystal princesses collection (part 2)

after the official disney princesses i started to draw my favorite girls from my favorite movies :3 some are disney, some are not :) if you think your fav is missing please don’t yell at me “you forgot xy!!!” as i did not, just these are the ones i like :) but i do take commissions if you would like to see her in this style, feel free to write me a pm :)

.please do not use without permission~

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THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, 1998, dir. Brenda Chapman and Steve Hickner

This is a film which 100% deserves to be called powerful, and that is in no small thanks to the wonderfully written/acted women within it. The animation and music work together to create such stunning characters.

I get chills just thinking of Yocheved’s brief appearance at the beginning of the movie, as she sends away her youngest son so he may be saved. I am touched remembering the Egyptian Queen’s relationship with Moses (”when the Gods send you a blessing, you don’t ask why it was sent”). I am inspired by Miriam’s untraditional strength - she is not the Strong Female Character Of The ‘90s; her strength is her faith in her brother, her faith in God, her faith in people. She is determined and unafraid to speak what is on her mind. Tzipporah does slide a little bit into the Strong Female Character archetype (sassy, hip-swaying, Ahead Of Her Time), but the movie allows her to mellow out when she no longer feels threatened. And that in itself is something - she is allowed to portray that she feels threatened and the movie does not make it out to be an overreaction on her part. She has to be strong to survive, but when she’s somewhere she feels safe, she is calm and happy and still strong.

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.