What makes Jasmine a Disney heroine

What makes Jasmine a Disney heroine

What makes Jasmine a heroine is an ongoing discussion at Disneysites. Some say she isn’t because she stood there while Jafar took over Agrabah but others see that as heroism because she didn’t stand a chance again the powerful ruler at that time and waited for the right moment. That came, as we all know, when Aladdin returned. But it was Aladdin who out smarted Jafar and not Jasmine. Personally I think she might eventually find a way to defeat Jafar on her own, but that’s more because I regard Jasmine as a very smart girl then there’s actual proof in the movie. So let’s leave the movie Jasmine for now and move forward to the TV series Jasmine.
I believe because Jas is older, worldlier and the girlfriend of the local hero in the series she is confident to take matters into her own hands. A few situations come to mind.

Her most heroic act is when she defeated Mozenrath single handed by using his magic against him in

Jasmine defeats Mozenrath single handed
The Secret of Dagger Rock. Did she take risks? Some, Mozenrath could’ve killed Aladdin before she let him fall but Aladdin was likely to out run him anyway. Jasmine might’ve died if Mozenrath zapped Carpet in his fall.

Jasmine

Jasmine has an idea to defeat the smoke creature
defeated that smoke creature by cleaver thinking. She lured him outside the city right above a water well that put out his spark.

Then the situation with the Galifemes who requited Princess Jasmine for their female army Jas escaped twice I believe and when that failed she used the phrase ‘if you can’t defeat them. Join them.’ Jasmine added ‘then defeat them.’ Meanwhile Aladdin was struggling against the female warriors who where too much for the hero of Agrabah. And the Sultan at the end took the spotlight by rescuing his daughter.


Jasmine gives her life for someone else
Jasmine proved she is a true princess in “Bad Mood Rising” when she was willing to give up her life with Aladdin to stay with that spoiled brat King Mamoud. Lucky for her Aladdin found a way to and take Jasmine back to Agrabah with him and please the king.

Like I said these are only a few examples of Jasmine’s heroism there are more but the examples above proof my point. It’s regretful that Jasmine’s role in the two sequels was smaller and more a damsel-in-distress.

Disney Christmas Fantasy On Ice



Katarina Witt performing on Beauty and the Beast

Years ago I taped a Disney on Ice TV show with songs from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. I transferred some footage to my PC and uploaded the songs to my YouTube account this year. I had no idea what the name of the program was just the skating was good specially the Beauty sequence tonight I stumbled on the program again and finally learnt its name Disney Christmas Fantasy On Ice is a made-for-TV ice show with professional (former) Olympic skaters made in 1992. I always suspected the show wasn’t made recently even though it was in the 21th century I saw it.

Katarina Witt performing on Beauty and the Beast

The premise goes like this a little girl and her uncle visit the Magic Kingdom during the Holiday Season and she wishes it would show in Disneyland. Her uncle tells her a story about how Mickey and friends made it show in Disneyland. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto plus their friends Chip & Dale, Roger Rabit, Snow White, Dopey, Belle and Beast go to Jack Frost who tells them they need the six pieces of a magic snowflake plus a little girls wish to make it snow. In pairs the Disney characters head out into the Ice World. There a cast of highly professional ice skaters perform on ice on various musical pieces from Disney films and Christmas music. Afterwards they give a piece to the characters. At the end of the hour-long show a miracle happens, it snows in Disneyland.

The skaters are

  • Kurt Browning
  • Brian Boitano
  • Peter Carruthers
  • Kitty Carruthers
  • Ekaterina Gordeeva
  • Sergei Grinkov
  • Scott Hamilton
  • Nancy Kerrigan
  • Katarina Witt

Brian Boitano skating on 1992 Disney on Ice TV special

Kurt Browing rang a bell, he would play Aladdin in the Disney on Ice TV special Aladdin on Ice 3 years later. The 1995 Aladdin on Ice show also shares the co-producer Sandra Bezic and Micheal Seibelt as choreographer in the credits. However Kurt doesn’t skate on AWNW in Christmas Fantasy on Ice that honor goes to the Ekaterina Gordeeva and her former partner and husband Sergei Grinkov. Who would tragically die 3 years later at the age of 28. Instead on Aladdin’s theme Kurt did a cur on The Nutcracker inspired by Fantasia. The stars of the show are Katarina Witt and Brian Boitano she as Belle and he as Beast/Prince while the “real” Belle and Beast watch them. There’s another video of their performance with better sound then mine though I intend to get the newly recorded up in the future.

Brian Boitano skating on transformation