Princess Tiana Brings New Orleans Flavor To Disney
Most of us are use to seeing Disney princesses with fairly light skin, straight hair that appears to be silky (that’s quite different from yaki) and with really European aesthetics. This time around, Disney draws their first African American Princess. Aren’t we excited?
Not only is she brown with curlier hair and beautiful ethnic facial features, but she sounds like she’s been drinking tea down by the Bayou. The southern dialect is in full effect.
Two days ago in New York and Los Angeles, Princess Tiana made her debut in Disney’s The Princess and The Frog.” The film is scheduled to be in theaters throughout the U.S. on December 11, 2009.
The story takes place in New Orleans, LA and fuses the celebrations of Mardi Gras and Jazz with the colorful cultural aspects of southern living.
According to Wikipedia, the film is based on, “E.D. Baker‘s novel ‘The Frog Princess’ and the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale ‘The Frog Prince’.”
This is the first time in 70 years that Disney is bringing forth a princess of African descent. I’m sure an African American Princess will be just fine in the midst of Jasmine and Cinderella.
With Oprah being the voice of Tiana’s mother, Eudora and Tony Award winning singer and actress, Anika Nonie Rose playing Tiana, things seem a little progressive and cool. Check out the original Tiana below.
With this being Disney’s 9th princess since the 1930s, Tiana is sure to represent all the millions of princesses throughout the world who have style, spice and pizazz. Check out the trailer:
F.Y.I.: There has been backlash about the first African American Disney Princess by references to racial cartoons made by Disney in prior decades as well as some perceived “stereotypical” approaches in the film.