Admit it: you always dreamed of having the kind of “happily ever after” portrayed in our beloved Disney movies. Luckily, we can apply the principles Disney couples teach us to our own relationships with others (pixie dust and fairy godmothers not required) so our love can go on and on.
Belle & the Beast
In a classic tale of the most unlikely man getting the unsuspecting, pretty girl, Beauty and the Beast truly is a “tale as old as time.” Through the movie, this timeless couple teaches us how to find the beauty within others. Belle learns to see the Beast’s true character as she sings this song:
Beast’s true character as she sings this song:
There’s something sweet
And almost kind
But he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined
But now he’s dear, and so unsure
I wonder why I didn’t see it there before
-Belle (in “Something There”)
The first time this unlikely couple met, Belle saw the Beast as a monster. But as she gets to know him, she realizes there’s more to him than his rough exterior. She had to look past his flaws in order to find his strengths and his true self.
We can also learn from the Beast’s love and devotion to Belle:
Beast: I want to do something for her . . . but what?
Cogsworth: Well, there’s the usual things: flowers . . . chocolates . . . promises you don’t intend to keep . . .
The Beast taught us that we can show our love in unique ways (although the usual ways aren’t bad either). After all, he gave Belle an entire library because he knew she loved to read.
Pocahontas & John Smith
Yes, these two don’t end up together in the long run, but they do teach us that we leave a piece of ourselves with those we give our heart to. Just take a look at this touching exchange:
Pocahontas: It would’ve been better if we never met. None of this would’ve happened.
John Smith: Pocahontas, look at me. I’d rather die tomorrow than live a hundred years without knowing you.
Pocahontas: I can’t leave you.
John Smith: You never will. No matter what happens to me, I’ll always be with you, forever.
Relationships offer good and bad memories. Although we learn much through all types of relationships, the truly good ones change us for the better. As Pocahontas says:
You’ll learn things you never knew you never knew. -Pocahontas (in “Colors of the Wind”)
The longer you are in a relationship, the more quirks and other things you learn about your significant other that you didn’t know were there before. As we stay open-minded to these little discoveries, we can use all the colors the changing wind of relationships bring us to paint a beautiful life together.
Tiana & Prince Naveen
The irresponsible prince and the hardworking waitress teach us to include our significant other in our dreams and make compromises when necessary. Tiana counters what we usually think about love when she says:
It serves me right for wishing on stars. The ONLY way to get what you want in this world is through hard work. -Tiana
Sorry Disney, but simply wishing on a star won’t get us “anything [our] heart desires.” If we do get that prince or princess we dream of, we have to work every day to keep our happily ever after.
Mr. Incredible & Elastigirl
This super couple taught us that a strong relationship doesn’t take special powers. Mr. Incredible tells his wife:
You are my greatest adventure, and I almost missed it. -Mr. Incredible
Mr. Incredible showed us what can happen when we take our loved ones for granted. True love is the most powerful thing in the world. We shouldn’t give that away or risk losing it for anything.
Carl & Ellie
And speaking of adventure, all of our hearts melted with the wordless love story of Carl and Ellie from Up. Even when life didn’t go as planned, they worked together to create something wonderful out of the life that had been given them.
Thanks for the adventure. Now go have one of your own! -Ellie
Love is an adventure we get to share with others. Adventure is out there; we just need to know where to look.