Pandora UK has analysed Google search data and ratings from IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes to reveal the UK’s most loved Disney princes – just in time for Disney Week 2021 (August 16th – 22nd).
The research has unveiled Aladdin as the UK’s favourite Disney prince, followed by Robin Hood and Hercules.
The research also reveals:
The films Hercules, Robin Hood and Mulan have seen the greatest increase in popularity.
Aladdin and Robin Hood saw the biggest spike in online searches, due to remakes of the films.
UK’s TOP DISNEY PRINCES
|Rank||Prince||Film||Year||Search Volume Prince||Search Volume Film||IMBD Score||Rotten Tomatoes Score|
|2||Robin Hood||Robin Hood||1973||60,500||9,900||7.6||54%|
|4||Prince Eric||The Little Mermaid||1989||3,600||1,600||6.8||93%|
|5||Prince Florian||Snow White||1957||390||210||7.6||98%|
|6||Simba||The Lion King||1994||405,000||2,400||8||93%|
|12||Prince Adam||Beauty and the Beast||1991||590||2,900||7.1||94%|
|14||Prince Philip||Sleeping Beauty||1959||480||1,300||7.2||89%|
|16||Prince Naveen||The Princess and the Frog||2009||2,900||480||7.1||85%|
The Disney films that have seen the greatest increase in searches
Hercules (33,1000 – June 2020)
Although, overall, the allure of Disney princes and films has performed strongly over the last five years, there have been surges in interest at certain times and across different UK regions. The biggest nationwide spike in interest for any film was for Hercules in June 2020, when Disney announced a live-action remake that caused a big surge in online fan debate and searches that topped over 33,000 in just one month.
Robin Hood (27,100 – April 2020)
Robin Hood caused the second highest search spike, in April 2020, when it was announced that Disney was remaking the classic movie as a live-action film for Disney+. With interest in Nottingham’s prince renewed, curiosity in the film surged with more than 27,000 searches in one month.
Mulan (27,100 – September 2020)
Mulan is the film that showed the biggest increase in interest between 2017-2021 with an increase in searches of 687%. The popular 1998 release also matched Robin Hood for search interest in September 2020 with 27,000 searches, when the beloved Disney classic’s remake went live.
The Disney princes with the biggest spike in searches
Aladdin (1,500,000 – May 2019)
The most popular prince on our list, Aladdin, had the biggest spike in interest in May 2019, followed by another big spike in January 2020. In 2019, Guy Ritchie’s remake of the Disney classic starring Will Smith caused monthly searches to soar to 1.5M, followed by sequel rumours causing a second surge in interest for the movie.
Robin Hood (301,000 – November 2018)
Robin Hood had the second biggest surge in interest, in November 2018, with more than 300,000 monthly searches caused by the Otto Bathurst’s new movie, starring Rocketman’s Taron Egerton as Robin of Loxley, Ray’s Jamie Foxx as John and Bridge of Spies’ Eve Hewson as Maid Marion.
Aladdin (246,000 – January 2020)
The list of princes and heroes were sourced from this Disney Prince Fandom page. Only those who were well known enough to have search volume, and also starred in at least one Disney film were included.
Google search data for 16 Disney films and their respective princes were analysed for the period between 2017-2020, as well as monthly search volumes to identify the most searched for prince in 16 UK cities.
The same films were also analysed for consumer and critical acclaim through ratings on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. A weighted score was then allocated based on all four data sets combined.
The data set on princes and films was broken down further into 14 cities across the UK to analyse search fluctuations over time and draw comparisons between regions.
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