- “You’re living in the past, this is the 14th Century!”
- ―Prince Philip, in response to his father about his arranged marriage.
Philip was the first Disney prince to be given a proper name and a developed character. He is said to have been named after the prince that Americans knew of best at the time, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Elizabeth II. The idea of him being captured by Maleficent was a discarded idea originally meant for the Prince from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as the animators at that time had problems drawing a realistic human male.
Philip is known to be brave and heroic. On the other hand, he appears to be fairly easygoing. At times, he is able to subtly persuade people to do as he wants. Examples include Philip bribing his horse with food so that he could find the source of the singing he heard, and manipulating his father into agreeing that he should marry the girl he loves rather than the princess he is betrothed to.
Philip has brown hair and brown eyes (his eye color though is hard to distinguish due to the animation style of the film). He appears to be several years older than Aurora, as he was a young child while she was still an infant. Philip is generally seen wearing a tan tunic over a black shirt, with brown pants and boots that frame tightly around his slim, but fair built a physique. He also is seen wearing a red cape and hat at times. Philip also carries a dagger sheathed at his left hip, but never uses it during the events of the film.
Young Philip and his father King Hubert were both invited to the christening of Princess Aurora, the newborn daughter of King Stefan and Queen Leah, because King Hubert and King Stefan were best friends. At Aurora's christening, it was decided that Philip would one day marry Aurora to unite their fathers' respective kingdoms. The two were betrothed. Philip presents a gift to the baby Princess, but ironically is less than impressed when he sees her. However, at the Princess' debut to the public, Maleficent came inside the castle, and young Philip was afraid of her. She cursed the princess on her birthday with the spindle of a spinning wheel, so the Three Good Fairies make a deal with Stefan and Leah to take Aurora into the forest to raise her for her own safety.
Many years later, a grown-up Philip is riding in the forest when he hears a young girl's voice singing, and orders his horse Samson to take him there, but on the way, Samson goes too fast and accidentally knocks Philip into the water. After falling into the water, Philip hangs his wet cape, hat and boots on tree limbs to dry, and wonders about the girl's voice, which sounds familiar, but then he turns around and notices that some forest animals have taken his clothes. When he follows the forest animals, he finds the girl who is singing (Briar Rose, alter ego of Princess Aurora), and he starts dancing with her. She tries to run away, but he continues to dance with her, and says that they have met before in "Once Upon a Dream". By the end of "Once Upon a Dream", they have fallen in love, and Philip asks the girl what her name is, but she realizes that she must go home, so she runs off. Still not knowing who the girl is, Philip asks when he will see her again, to which she tells him to meet her at the cottage this evening, and gives him directions to the cottage as she leaves. Philip is entirely unaware that the girl he has fallen in love with is actually his betrothed, Aurora, so he assumes her to be a peasant girl. Later, when speaking to his father, Philip tells Hubert that he has fallen in love with a peasant girl, to which Hubert is dismayed, due to the betrothal, but Philip manipulates him into agreeing that he should marry the girl he loves.
That evening, Philip goes to the cottage as promised by the girl he has met earlier, but he unknowingly walks into a trap set by Maleficent as her Goons pin him down, tie him up, and gag him with a white handkerchief upon entry. Maleficent and the Goons take Philip away to her domain, the Forbidden Mountain, where she imprisons him in the dungeon.
Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, after learning from King Hubert that the girl Philip has fallen in love with is Briar Rose, fly to the cottage to fetch him, but when they arrive, they find his hat, making them realize that Maleficent has captured Philip. They decide to go to the Forbidden Mountain to rescue him.
At the Forbidden Mountain, Philip, while chained to the dungeon walls, is visited by Maleficent, who taunts him with the knowledge that Briar Rose, the girl he has met in the woods, is actually Princess Aurora and revealing that she has fallen under a curse of ageless sleep that can be broken by love's first kiss. Maleficent plans to keep Philip locked up for 100 years and then release him. He will be an old man, if not dead, while Aurora will still be a 16-year-old girl. Philip is angered and struggles against his chains, but Maleficent chooses to leave him with the "happy" thoughts.
After Maleficent walks away and returns to her tower, the good fairies fly into the dungeon to release Philip and melt the lock. They arm him with the mighty Sword of Truth and Shield of Virtue, which they state to be weapons of righteousness that will triumph over evil. As the fairies and Philip leave the dungeon, they are confronted by Diablo, who summons the Goons to recapture the prince. The fairies thwart the Goons' attacks on Philip with their magic as Philip and the fairies make their way out of the Forbidden Mountain. On their way to Stefan's castle, Maleficent, who have been awakened by the constant cawing of Diablo (who is turned into a statue by Merryweather) and realized that Philip has escaped from the dungeon, unleashes some lightning to stop Philip, but to no avail. Maleficent then causes a maze of thorns to grow around the castle and block his way. Philip bravely hacks through the thorns using his sword and manages to get through, enraging Maleficent. Maleficent appears before him, blocks his entry to Stefan's castle and transforms into an enormous dragon, intent on killing the prince. Philip engages the creature in a battle but is driven backward by the dragon's powerful flame blast. He retreats up the cliff, with the dragon in hot pursuit. As Philip is cornered at the cliff's ledge, Maleficent blasts Philip's shield off, rendering him defenseless, but the good fairies, under the direction of Flora, magically empowers the sword. Philip immediately throws the sword into the dragon's chest but is forced to dodge Maleficent's final attempt to devour him as she collapses onto the ledge. Philip narrowly escapes for his life as the dragon's enormous weight cause the ledge to crumble upon impact, sending the evil enchantress falling to her demise below.
With Maleficent gone for good, Philip enters Stefan's castle to find the entire population asleep. He heads up the stairs to the castle's tallest tower, where he finds Aurora, still in her ageless sleep. He bends over to give Aurora true love's first kiss, which finally awakens her from her eternal slumber. The princess smiles as she learns that her love and her betrothed are the same person. After the others in the castle, including King Hubert, King Stefan, and Queen Leah, awaken from their sleep, Philip then heads downstairs with Aurora, arm in arm, and meets Aurora's parents and Philip's father. The two then share a dance together and share another kiss, with the final words in the book, below the illustration of the couple kissing, reading "And they lived happily ever after."
Philip is one of the many Disney characters who appears as a guest in the TV series House of Mouse. In the episode "House of Genius", he is seen in the lobby with Princess Aurora, waiting to be welcomed by Donald, who was sleeping on his job. Philip was also seen alongside Aurora during the finale song in Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse.
In Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, Philip is one of the characters from Sleeping Beauty to make an appearance. At the beginning of the "Keys to the Kingdom" segment, Philip is set to leave the kingdom along with his father and Aurora's parents for two days for a Royal Conference, leaving Aurora to reign over it in their absence. Before departing, Philip encourages Aurora to do a good job while in charge of the kingdom and tells her to look at the brightest star at night, as he will be doing the same. Philip returns at the end of the segment and is part of the celebration for Aurora's duty.
Philip appears as a recurring character in the popular ABC series Once Upon a Time. He is portrayed by Julian Morris.
A handsome and kind-hearted Prince of a kingdom within the Enchanted Forest, he falls in love with the beautiful Princess Aurora (played by Sarah Bolger), the daughter of King Stefan and Queen Briar Rose, and becomes betrothed to her, which brings them both great joy. The day before his wedding to Aurora, however, the evil fairy Maleficent, (portrayed in this iteration by Kristin Bauer van Straten) descends from her fortress atop the Forbidden Mountain and enacts a curses upon the Princess, placing her in a sleeping death, as vengeance against the maidens parents, with assistance from The Evil Queen Regina. To ensure that the fair maiden remains in her eternal sleep, and the King, Queen and kingdom miserable, she curses Philip into the form of a fiery beast known as a Yaoguai and sends him to a land far away to prevent him from delivering true love's kiss.
He remains in this form for quite some time. Unable to control his actions, yet fully aware, he despairs as his monstrous new form terrorizes an innocent village. During this time he is constantly hunted by various warriors, yet is unable to communicate his predicament. That is until the day a young bookworm named Belle, comes to the village. Belle hunts him throughout the town and douses him with water. She then notices how Philip writes something on the ground in a strange language. Due to her extensive knowledge of her love of reading, she is able to translate the phrase into "Save Me." Belle uses fairy dust gifted to her by the Dreamy, to help him, and turns him back into a man. Philip thanks hers for her assistance and she introduces him to her companion Mulan (played by Jamie Chung).
After the introduction Belle leaves them to seek a way to help her true love, Rumplestiltskin. Mulan, shortly after, agrees to help him in his rescue of Aurora. However around this time, the Evil Queen enacts her dark curse upon the Enchanted Forest, and the two are among those within Cora's protection. While this saves the two of them being transported to the Queens horrible "Land Without Magic", the two are frozen in time for 28 years. When Emma Swan, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, breaks the curse in Storybrooke, they awaken and continue their search for Aurora.
After searching far and wide Philip and Mulan find their way to Stefan's ruined Kingdom. There he finds his sleeping Aurora, and finally, he is able to awaken her with True Love's Kiss. The blissful reunion is cut short however by the arrival of a creature called a Wraith. Philip bravely fights the creature in defense of his love and his friend, but in doing so, he is marked to be killed by the emblem by its medallion. When Philip, Mulan, and Aurora set up camp in the forest, he sneaks away to face the Wraith alone.
Mulan and Aurora follow him to stop him, but before the Wraith sucks out his soul, Philip says "I love you", but it is unclear if he said it to Aurora or Mulan. He seemingly dies in the arms of both women and is taken back to the same resting place where Aurora slept. Cora later captures Aurora and tries to use her to get useful information by telling her that Philip's soul has traveled to another world. Later, Aurora escapes and tells Mulan that Philip can be saved.
He returns in the second season finale, somehow revived and assumed to have wed Aurora at some point. He, Aurora and Mulan find to their surprise an unconscious Neal Cassidy washed up on the shoreline. They bring him to their palace and Philip, Mulan and Aurora help Neal gain his health back and offer whatever assistance in finding Emma and Henry they can. Aurora traverses the dream realm and tells Neal that his family is untraceable. Neal, however, is resolved to help them, and Mulan leaves to assist him in finding his way back to them. Philip and Aurora wish them well.
It is later revealed that Philip and Aurora are expecting a baby. Some time later, while trying to surprise his pregnant wife with a lovely picnic, Philip and Aurora encounter everyone who was sent to Storybrooke by the Dark Curse. They reveal they have returned to the Enchanted Forest to escape the second curse, and Aurora and Philip offer Snow White and Prince Charming, and all of those from Storybrooke shelter within their kingdom. However, after everyone politely declines the offer, the two bid them farewell, yet Aurora reminds Philip that they must tell the Zelena the Wicked Witch of the West that Storybrooke's residents have returned. If they do not give her this information, she will take their child.
However, Aurora and Philip break their deal with a revelation to Regina, Belle, Snow White and Charming on the primal goal of the witch on Snow White's baby. Angry, the Wicked Witch transforms them into flying monkeys. After the Wicked Witch is defeated, Leroy reveals that Aurora and Philip became human again. Aurora later gives birth to their child Philip II and reveals that the two are still having trouble adjusting to life in the modern world.
He plays a less active role in the film but does meet Aurora, and the two fall madly in love. When Aurora falls into her deep slumber by the curse, Maleficent finds Philip and takes him to the castle, hoping his brief meeting with her will be enough to wake her. Unfortunately, it does not, but Maleficent's own motherly love to Aurora as a daughter is enough to wake her.
He is last seen witnessing Aurora being crowned the new Queen of both the human and fairy kingdoms, and the two look at one another and smile. It is implied that this officially starts his strong blossoming romance with her after the movie.
Philip's role in the game starts out much like his role in the original film. Philip has had a dream of his betrothed Princess Aurora since before their encounter in the forest, although he was unaware of her identity at that time. Aurora readies to flee home, but Philip asks to see her again, and she tells him to meet her at her cottage. That night, he visits the cottage and falls right into Maleficent's trap after the princess's curse came true.
Sometime later, Aqua, a Keyblade master, becomes captive as well. The three fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather descend to rescue the prince and the Keyblade master after Ventus released Aurora's lost heart from Maleficent's clutches. Together, they transcend to King Stefan's castle to awaken the princess from the spell. However, Maleficent appears before them, and engages them in battle, in the form of a monstrous dragon. Aqua and Prince Philip come together to fight the witch, but when Aqua gets blocked by a wall of flames, Philip is forced to face her alone. The fairies enchant his sword, allowing him to defeat Maleficent. With Maleficent's magic weakened, Prince Philip makes his way to the princess and breaks the spell with true love's kiss.
During the ending credits of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, the prince is seen dancing with Aurora in the audience chamber of the castle. Disapproved by their respective colors, Flora and Merryweather continuously change the colors on Aurora's dress with magic.
At the Disney theme parks, Philip appears as a rare meet-and-greet character. He is usually seen with Aurora in events. For meet and greets, Philip is sometimes found at the Disneyland Resort in California and mostly in Disneyland Paris.
Philip makes a cameo appearance in World of Color during the "So Close" sequence. Philip is also seen in the Jubilation! parade and the show One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On!, and also a brief scene with him and Aurora dancing on a cloud in Disney Dreams!.
Philip has his own spell card known as "Philip's Enchanted Sword" in the attraction Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
In Disney's Hollywood Studios' version, Philip is seen in the water projector during the Princess Melody. At the end of all versions of the show, Philip can be spotted with Aurora.
Philip was an attendant of the castle party as one of Mickey Mouse's special guest, and enjoys a waltz with Aurora and other Disney couples. Philip later appeared at the end, taking part of the finale.
- Prince Edward's animated form in Enchanted is based on Prince Philip's design.
- Philip is the first Disney Prince to have been given a proper name.
- He was named after Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, since he was one of the few real princes familiar to the animators.
- Unlike the first two princes from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella, Philip is a more active character and has more speaking lines. In fact, Philip is the first Disney Prince to be an active character.
- Like Aurora, he is also mute for the second half of the film. Despite this, he still had more lines and screen time than the previous two princes. However, Aurora, had less dialogue and screen time than the previous two princesses.
- In the original French story (not by Disney), the prince was from another family from the sleeping princess after the 100 years and that his mother was from a race of ogres and had been married by the prince's father for her wealth.
- In the original Disney Princess: Follow Your Dreams, Aurora was going to celebrate Philip's birthday. In this same movie, it was going to be revealed that his birthday is on August 18th.
- It is unknown how many years older Philip is than Aurora, but he seemed about 4-6 at the beginning.
- Prince Philip (via the film Sleeping Beauty) is listed as an example of an ideal Paladin upon which to base one's character according to The Complete Paladin's Handbook, an Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (2nd Edition) supplement. He was perhaps the only character in a Disney film to receive this honor until Joan of Arc was referenced in Frozen.
- The young Prince Philip has blond hair, but the adult Philip has brown hair. However, it is known that many Caucasian children are born with blonde hair, but changes as they mature.
- Prince Philip's mother was not seen or mentioned in the movie, which means she could have passed away.