The Princess and the Pauper

Theatrical release poster

Directed by Mike Gabriel
Produced by Dan Rounds
Narrated by Steven Wright
Voices by

Jennifer Hale
Rob Paulsen
Jim Cummings
Susanne Blakeslee
Blake Clark
Tom Kenny

Music by Carter Burwell and Alan Menken
Screenplay by Ron Clements and John Musker
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date(s) June 16, 2013
Running time 25 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Princess and the Pauper is an animated short film directed by Mike Gabriel and starring Jennifer Hale as Briar Rose/Princess Aurora, inspired by the Mark Twain story of the same name. It was Disney's final use of the Xerox process, which the studio had used for three decades. The film was released on June 16, 2013, before Frozen.


For many years, there was a good and wise king, who ruled with peace and compassion in every corner of town. The people of London prospered and were very happy. Until one day, the good king fell ill, and darkness fell on England. As the King grew weaker, his captain of the guard,Maleficent, a ruthless and greedy man, plundered and terrorized all of England, and worst of all, he did it in the name of the king. Until one day...

Briar Rose, Jaq and Pongo, are three beggars trying to get money for some food. Briar Rose and Pongo try selling firewood for the winter, while Jaq sells flavored snow, but they are all unsuccessful.

After singing a song expressing their dreams of "living like a king", Captain Maleficent's carriage passes, having stolen much food from the people of London, and burying the three heroes in the snow. The hungry Pongo sees a sausage stand out from the carriage and begins to chase, pursuing it into the castle of the king. Briar Rose knocks on the door to get his dog back, and one of the soldiers opens the door and lets him in, mistaking him for the Princess.

Maleficent scolds the soldier for letting anyone in, pointing out where the real Princess is color pink dress. : taking his classes with his boring teacher, Tigger. The teacher teaches the Princess about trigonometry, while the latter looks out the window at the children playing in the snow. The Princess, being discovered by his teacher, is mocked by his valet,White Rabbit. The Princess plays at provoking White Rabbit, while the teacher is distracted while writing on the blackboard, to the point that White Rabbit hits, unwittingly, the teacher, resulting in the teacher sending White Rabbit out of the room, returning both to their boring studies. But the Princess soon hears a commotion outside: it is Captain Maleficent, who is roughly handling Briar Rose and Pongo. The Princess orders them to be brought to him right away. Maleficent kicks Aurora through the door, and kicks Pongo out of the castle.

Briar Rose, astonished to be in the king's palace, inadvertently knocks over many suits of armor, with one of the helmets falling on both his and the approaching Princess's heads. The two Aurora's are surprised to see that they are entirely alike in appearance. The Princess tells the beggar that he is bored with his life: getting up early, studying all day, with every night parties and banquets and then go to bed early. So, when looking at the two in the mirror and realize that they can exchange a costume and take the role of the other, the Princess reassures the beggar saying that to rule that requires only two things: "What a splendid idea, good thing I thought of it!" and "Guards, seize him!", and if there are any problems, everyone will recognize the true Princess with his real ring. The Princess, disguised as a beggar, down the window, fooling the Captain Maleficent, who believes he is the beggar. Maleficent throws the "beggar" out with a catapult. The Princess meets Briar Rose's friend Jaq and Pongo, but does not recognise them at all.

Meanwhile, Briar Rose is challenged with the Princess's studies, such as chemistry, where the formula explodes in White Rabbit's face, and falconry, where he is chased by the falcon. While the Princess is trying to make a Dog play with him by throwing a Bone bone, all that does is make a group of dogs chase him in anger. After getting away, the Princess sees a couple of soldiers trying to steal a Chicken from Belle and her two children, saying it is for the king. But the Princess in disguise orders them to return the chicken. The soldiers throw a pumpkin over him for a crown and leave, not believing he is the true Princess. Children help him get up and explain that for years the soldiers take away their food and belongings in the name of the king. But a carriage, which carries food stolen from the village, goes by, and the Princess stops it, showing the real ring. All bow to the Princess as he returns their food. But the soldiers, who had been called by the man driving the carriage, try to stop the Princess, accusing him of fraud. The Princess escapes with a little help from the other commoners, especially Jaq. Meanwhile in the castle, one of the soldiers tells Maleficent that one of the beggars had the royal ring. Maleficent is alarmed knowing then that the Princess was cast out, and may see the corruption and theft going on outside. The soldier mocks Maleficent saying that he (Maleficent) is going to be punished dearly for it, but Maleficent answers that he won't if the Princess never returns.

The beggar, dressed as the Princess, is called by Tigger and told that he must see his "father", who is now dying. Briar Rose enters the room of the dying king, but does not have the heart to tell him that he is not the real Princess. Instead, as the sick king tells him he must take his royal birthright and become king, he sadly promises. Shortly afterwards, the king dies. Aurora knows the true Princess must be found as quickly as possible, but Captain Maleficent arrives behind him, and threatens Briar Rose to be crowned king at his orders, revealing that he had captured Aurora's dog Pongo as a hostage.

Meanwhile, the true Princess hears the bells announcing the death of his beloved father. Knowing that he should be king, the Princess decides to return immediately to the palace. But Maleficent appears and manages to capture him and puts him into the jail along with White Rabbit, while the coronation begins. The beggar does not want to be king, but behind the curtain Maleficent is strangling Pongo. The Princess orders the guard to let them leave, but he refuses to obey. A dark figure walks up the stairs: a hooded man armed with an axe. The guard believes the man is the executioner, but the man trips and accidentally knocks out the guard. Then he removes the hood: it is Jaq. Jaq tries to figure out which key opens the cell while the other soldiers arrive. In a panic,White Rabbit finds the key for the cell, and the three flee to the coronation chamber.

The beggar, struggling not to be crowned, finally stops the archbishop, and orders the guards to arrest Maleficent. But Maleficent defends himself by pointing to the beggar as an impostor.

The Princess arrives in time before they kill the beggar and makes his entrance. The Princess and Captain Maleficent duel as many other soldiers are defeated by Jaq's clumsiness and White Rabbit's cowardice. Finally, the Princess cuts Captain Maleficent's trousers loose, causing them to fall down and reveal Maleficent's underpants: a frilly, lacy pair of white panties with red heart prints. Maleficent tries to hold his trousers up during his attempt to escape from a large chandelier that has fallen and entangled some soldiers, but is tripped up by Briar Rose and the Princess, causing him to fall down. With his trousers down and his ruffled panties fully displayed, Captain Maleficent becomes entangled with the soldiers in the fallen chandelier that ends up rolling out of a large glass window and dropping down out onto the streets below.

Briar Rose and the Princess then cheer because of their successful collaboration in defeating Captain Maleficent. The archbishop is confused and does not know who to crown, until Pongo recognizes the beggar, and the Princess shows his ring.

The Princess is crowned King of England, and with Briar Rose and Jaq at his side, rules for many years with justice and compassion for all


Main castEdit

Voice actor Character Role
Jennifer Hale Briar Rose Erika
Jennifer Hale Princess Aurora Princess Anneliese
Rob Paulsen Jaq Max Canty
Jeff Bennett White Rabbit Great Duke
Jim Cummings Tigger Teacher
Susanne Blakeslee Maleficent Captain Guards
Tom Kenny Maleficent's Goons Guards
Jeff Bennett Maleficent's Goons
Maurice LaMarche Maleficent's Goons
Blake Clark Maleficent's Goons
Jim Cummings Maleficent's Goons
Julie Nathanson Belle Peasant Mother
Blake Clark King Hubert Dying King
Blake Clark Fagin Man in Street
Blake Clark Humbert the Huntsman Pig Driver
Elan Garfias Pinocchio and Flying Gaucioto Kids no.1
Nicky Jones Kids no.2
Blake Clark Wiggins Peasant
Nonspeaking Grumpy
Nonspeaking Mr. Smee Old Man
Tom Kenny Rabbit Archbishop


  1. ‘‘Like a King’’ Briar Rose and Jaq

Armor Knight Guards Crash Sounds EffectsEdit


Coming Soon to Cinema June 16, 2013Edit

  • Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville
  • Orlando Florida
  • Montreal
  • Hollywood
  • Beloeil
  • St-Basile-Le-Grand
  • Granby
  • Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu
  • Boucherville


10 minutes

  • Frozen

Disney All StarsEdit

  1. Sleeping Beauty
  2. Cinderella
  3. The 101 Dalmatians
  4. Alice In Wonderland
  5. Pinocchio
  6. The Aristocats
  7. Make Mine Music
  8. The Fox and the Hounds
  9. Song of the South
  10. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  11. Lady and the Tramp
  12. The Three Caballeros
  13. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  14. Melody Time
  15. Peter Pan
  16. Saludos Amigos
  17. Beauty and the Beast
  18. Fun and Fancy Free
  19. Aladdin
  20. Robin Hood
  21. Dumbo
  22. The Lion King
  23. Pocahontas
  24. Hercules
  25. Mulan
  26. The Jungle Book
  27. Tarzan

Recycled Disney AnimationEdit

  1. Melody Time Jaq Money Ice Creams
  2. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Child Playing the Snow Penny from The Rescuers, Cody from The Rescuers Down Under, Children from Aladdin and Chip from Beauty and the Beast
  3. The Prince and the Pauper Armor Knight Guards Crash Wolf Arrowmen from Robin Hood, Armor from Beauty and the Beast, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, 101 Dalmatians and Cinderella
  4. Lady and the Tramp Bird Look Window Bird from Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Bambi
  5. Fantasia 2000 Briar Rose the clean floor and smiled at her reflection. say Hello there
  6. Pinocchio Jaq Foot In Boiler Water
  7. The Lion King Briar Rose The Gold-haired teenager looked at
  8. Aladdin Briar Rose say Wow
  9. Bambi? Briar Rose She then let out a little giggle.

The First MeetingEdit

  • Inside the castle, Briar Rose looked around the hall of armor in amazement.
  • Briar Rose: Wow.... this is amazing...
  • The Gold-haired teenager looked at the clean floor and smiled at her reflection. She then let out a little giggle.
  • Briar Rose: Hello there.
  • She then polished the floor a bit with her shoe, and soon began to sing a little song.
  • Briar Rose: (singing) I'm just a little guy Give me a-
  • Just then, Briar Rose yelped as she began to slip, then tumbled right into a suit of armor. Many of them clanged as a helmet fell and got stuck on her head.
  • Briar Rose: Oof! Oh, dear...
  • More armor kept tipping over as Aurora came out.
  • Aurora: What in the name of Hades is going on out here?
  • Just then, another helmet got onto her head.
  • Aurora: (frowns) Oh, White Rabbit! If you are behind this, I'd-
  • She wobbled a bit and then tripped on a fallen leg armor until the two bumped to one another.
  • Both: Oof!
  • They fell on their rears. Then, the two looked at one another for a moment, lifting part of the helmet to see clearly. Then, the two removed the helmets, looking at one another.
  • Both: AHHHH!!
  • They fell back down again. The two then got up, circling each other, then touched each other's hair, feeling if they were real. After that, the two girls held three fingers to one another, and then they began to stutter.
  • Both: Ahhh! You look just like-I thought you were-
  • Aurora: Now, hold on. Just a minute now.
  • She looked interested at Briar Rose as the former circled around the latter as Briar Rose tried fixing the armor.
  • Aurora: Now, who are you? And who is your tailor?
  • Briar Rose: (stutters) Uh, my-my name's Briar. Briar Rose, your royal highness.
  • The black headband. then picked up the princess's tiara as she placed it on Aurora's head.
  • Aurora: Ah, a scullery maid. You may call me Aurora. My fairy godmothers sometimes call me Rose.
  • She helped Briar Rose up as she continued.
  • Aurora: I must thank you for saving my life.
  • Briar Rose: (confused) Saving your life?
  • Aurora: I was dying of boredom when you interrupted my lesson with Tigger. I have to thank you for that.
  • The two entered Aurora's bed chambers as she continued.
  • Aurora: Do you have any idea what it's like to be a princess?
  • Briar Rose, however, was paying attention to the warm fire as she started warming herself up.
  • Briar Rose: (smiles) Oh, it must be wonderful.
  • Aurora: I never have a moment to myself.
  • She sighed as she continued with Briar Rose looking at Aurora.
  • Aurora: Breakfast at 7, lessons 'til lunch, dancing 'til tea time...
  • She went toward the drawers, pulling out clothes as Ariel, who was looking around, was piled in them.
  • Aurora: ...and every night, banquet after feast after banquet.
  • Briar Rose looked at the royal clothes with surprise.
  • Briar Rose: Wow...
  • She pulled them off herself before Aurora continued.
  • Aurora: And at 9 o'clock, bedtime.
  • She patted the velvet cushion, smiling.
  • Briar Rose: Beddy bye...
  • She laid her head on it for a moment. Aurora only sighed as she looked at a mirror with Briar Rose going near her.
  • Aurora: Oh, how I envy your freedom.
  • Briar Rose: Oh, uh, well...
  • Aurora: Playing all day long, studying for no books, staying up late as you like, and eating junk food.
  • Briar Rose came to the mirror as she looked at her reflection as well.
  • Aurora: Oh, if I could take your place for just one day...
  • Just then, the golden-haired princess realized something as she grinned.
  • Aurora: Oh, that's it!
  • She then took Briar Rose's black headband, placing it on herself after removing her tiara and placing it on Briar Rose's head.
  • Aurora: What a splendid idea.
  • The princess then looked at the Gold-haired girl.
  • Aurora: Don't you see? It'll be perfect!
  • She then took Briar Rose through the dressing curtain. In an instant, their clothes had switched: Aurora now wore Briar Rose's grey skirt, a black bodice, and a cream-colored blouse. She also wears a purple shawl. Later, she wears a hooded blue cloak. and Briar Rose wore Aurora's royal dress and shoes.
  • Aurora: I'll take your place in the streets of Paris, and you'll be the princess.
  • Briar Rose just looked shocked as she adjusted the crown she now wore.
  • Briar Rose: A princess!? I-I-I can't be a princess! How do I act? What do I say?
  • Aurora then took a fencing sword from the armor as she spoke.
  • Aurora: It's nothing to worry about. To govern, you need to say one of two things.
  • She then tapped the armor.
  • Aurora: "That's a splendid idea, I'm glad I thought of it." (grins) And "Guards..."
  • She then flinged the blade to a portrait of Maleficent.
  • Aurora: "Seize him!"
  • She then took out a bottle from a drawer, then poured it on her and Briar Rose's heads. In an instant, Aurora's hair became Gold and Briar Rose's became golden blond, stunning her
  • Briar Rose: What did this do?
  • Aurora: This lets one or the other change the color of the hairstyle to any color it wished. I desired mine to be yours and yours to be mine, and voila.
  • Briar Rose looked at the mirror, looking at her golden hair.
  • Briar Rose: Amazing, but what about your father?
  • Aurora: (fixes herself) I'll be back in a wink of an eye, and if there's any trouble...
  • She then placed on the ring with the royal family crest.
  • Aurora: All may know me by this.
  • Briar Rose looked at the ring in amazement.
  • Briar Rose: Wow. But still... I'm not too sure about this.
  • Aurora: I'm sure you'll do fine, Briar Rose. After all, you're already looking more royal than you were minutes ago.
  • Briar Rose: (smiles a bit) Really?
  • Aurora: You could tell whom I was, even by changing who I am, couldn't you?
  • Briar Rose: She told me to let you know after all.
  • Aurora: Goodbye, Briar Rose.
  • Briar Rose: Well, I'm not sure won't forget to come back now, will you?
  • She then sighed as she looked at the departing Aurora.
  • Briar Rose: Goodbye


  • Opening street scene
  • Hermes, Mr. Darling, and The Townpeoples, Run Away Scrams
  • Baby Tarzan, and Hera, Help Mother
  • Ares, Walking Man
  • The Townpeoples street scene
  • Ben and Lon, Geppetto, Bongo, Alice, and Hercules, Man Street Food 01
  • LeFou, and Aladdin, Man Street Food 02
  • Closing King scene
  • Wardrobe, Pooh, Baloo, Meeko, and Zeus, Look King England 01
  • Lumiere, Owl, Roquefort, Iago, and Smitty the Bully, Look King England 02
  • Apollo, Tod, Brer Rabbit, Beast, and Timon, Look King England 03

Animator 2-DEdit

  • Glen Keane animator : Briar Rose, Princess Aurora and Jaq
  • Duncan Marjoribanks animator : White Rabbit and Wiggins
  • Ruben Aquino animator : Maleficent, King Hubert, Humbert the Huntsman, Rabbit, Belle and Fagin
  • Mark Henn animator : Maleficent's Goons 01 and 05, Tigger, Pinocchio and Flying Gaucioto

Voix québécoisesEdit

  • Amélie Marcotte as 2 Princesse Aurore
  • Hubert Gagnon as le Lapin blanc et Paysan
  • François Sasseville as Jaq et Passant
  • Daniel Picard as Tigrou
  • Sophie Faucher as Maléfique
  • Luis De Cespedes as Le Roi mourant et Maléfique casseurs 01, 02, 03, 04 et 05
  • Denis Michaud as L'Archevêque Coco Lapin
  • Hugolin Chevrette as 1er garçon
  • Claudia-Laurie Corbeil as 2er garçon
  • Violette Chauveau as Belle