The goal of this blog series is to factually prove or disprove rumors, myths and misconceptions in the Disney-verse. Tonight we here on TMSM Mythbusters want to tackle a mythconception that shocked me as a child, so tonight we bring you “Princess Voices Sing and Speak”
Princess Voices Sing and Speak
When I was younger I believed that the same person who created the voice of a Disney Princess also provided the singing voice for that character. It seems I am not the only person who shared that thought process, but the thing is somewhere along the way, I learned that my belief was in fact a mythconception. As a matter of fact, three Disney movie princesses actually have the same personal providing their musical talents! Can you guess which three before reading the list below that shows what ladies lent their voices to the speaking and singing talents of the Disney Princesses? To keep this from being miles long, we will only be looking into the Official Disney Princess merchandise Princesses, and the girls from Frozen and Moana.
Cinderella: Cinderella ‘s singing and speaking voice were portrayed by Ilene Woods.
Sleeping Beauty: Aurora’s singing and speaking voice were portrayed by Mary Costa.
The Little Mermaid; Ariel’s singing and speaking voice were portrayed by Jodi Benson.
Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s singing and speaking voice were portrayed by Paige O’Hara.
Aladdin: Jasmine’s singing voice is portrayed by Lea Salonga, and her speaking voice was portrayed by Linda Larkin.
Pocahontas: Pocahontas’s singing voice was portrayed by Judy Kuhn, and her speaking voice was portrayed by Irene Bedard.
Mulan: Mulan’s singing voice is portrayed by Lea Salonga, and her speaking voice is portrayed by Ming-Na Wen (Agents of Shield).
The Frog Princess: Tiana’s speaking and singing voice are portrayed by Anika Noni Rose.
Tangled: Rapunzel’s speaking and singing voice are portrayed by Mandy Moore in the full length movie and new Disney Channel series.
Brave: Merida is voiced by Kelly Macdonald, but interestingly the movie breaks Disney Princess traditional and is not a musical.
Frozen: Anna’s speaking and singing voice are both portrayed by Kristen Bell. Elsa’s speaking and singing voice are portrayed by Idina Menzel.
Moana: Moana’s speaking and singing voice are both portrayed by the wonderful Auli’i Cravalho.
As you can see at least three Disney princesses use the talents of two lovely actresses to help them tell their story, but the rest only require one lovely actress to help them, making this mythconception plausible!
And as an added bonus, for those of you who are addicted to the new Princess Elena of Avalor on the Disney Channel, like me, Elena’s speaking and singing voices are provided by Aimee Carrero and her sister Princess Isabel speaking voice is provided by Disney Channel’s Stuck in the Middle lead, Jenna Marie Ortega.