21 Disney Prince Facts You Never Knew as a Kid
Cinderella married a man without knowing his actual name, and apparently Pocahontas is the only princess with a thing for blonds. We know pretty much everything there is to know about the Disney princesses, but what about the leading men in their lives? We found some juicy facts about the princes — both the official and the unofficial (but still as beloved) Disney princes — that will change the way you see the knights in shining armor you know and love.
Cinderella's Prince Charming's name — or lack thereof — is a matter of major dispute.
Although he officially has no name other than Prince Charming in the original Cinderella movie, Disney France has since claimed that his name is Henri, and the new 2015 live action Cinderella dubbed him "Kit." Kit?
Prince Eric is the only official prince who doesn't sing.
Some of the "unofficial" princes forego singing as well, but Eric's the only one in the official lineup who skips out on this traditional Disney duty.
Flynn Ryder aka Eugene Fitzherbert is the only prince to have facial hair.
Unless you count the Beast. But we're talking princes in human form here.
Prince Eric is the first prince to be saved by his (future) princess.
Ariel saves his life by rescuing him from drowning during a terrible storm.
The second prince to be saved by a Disney princess is Li Shang.
Mulan basically saves an entire empire . . . but she also individually saves Li Shang's ass a few times, too.
Prince Naveen is the only prince to have a non-American accent.
He is from the fictional kingdom of Maldonia, and voice actor Bruno Campos ad-libbed the accent as a combination of Portuguese and French.
Aladdin is the only official Disney prince with a titular role.
The animator of Tarzan was inspired by his skateboarding son.
Glen Keane drew inspiration from his teenage son, Max, who "loved performing fearless skateboarding stunts and watching extreme sports, such as snowboarding. Thus, Tarzan seemed to 'surf' through the trees."
John Smith is the only blond Disney prince.
You think he had more fun?
Scott Weinger — aka Steve from Full House — voiced Aladdin.
Weinger snagged the role of Aladdin the same year he started his stint on Full House. And he's not the only familar face to play a Disney prince!
Prince Phillip is named after a real prince.
Prince Phillip is said to have been named after Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. The royals had been married for 12 years at the time of Sleeping Beauty's release.
Aladdin's animation was inspired by Tom Cruise.
Tom Cruise, and shirtless Calvin Klein models, apparently.
Only three princes have seen snow.
Prince Adam (the Beast), Li Shang in Mulan, and now Kristoff from Frozen, who definitely saw his fair share thanks to Elsa.
Prince Hans is the only Disney villain to have a duet with a Disney princess.
Boo, Hans. BOO.
Mel Gibson took on the voice acting AND singing role of John Smith.
In many cases, Disney characters are voiced by two actors — one to do the speaking parts and one to do the singing. Mel Gibson did both the singing and voice acting for his role as John Smith in Pocahontas.
Li Shang is the only prince who doesn't kiss his love in the first film.
Mulan and Li Shang don't technically get together until the very end of Mulan, and since she was pretending to be his male soldier most of the movie, the two didn't get too much action in the first film.
John Smith is the only prince based on a real person.
While the real story differs greatly from Disney's version, the basis is still in fact.
When Aladdin lies, the feather in his hat falls in his face.
It's a tell-tale sign that he's fudging the truth.
Flynn Ryder (along with Rapunzel) attends Elsa's coronation in Frozen.
Check out the lower lefthand corner of the GIF.
John Smith is the only prince to not end up with a Disney princess by the end of the original film.
An injured John Smith sails back home while Pocohontas remains with her people. Sorry, Smith.