About That Princess And The Frog Spoiler…

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If you watched the new trailer for Disney's "black princess" movie which was posted Monday, you already know a major plot point, which for some, is a major problem. Spoilers ahead.

As seen in the clip, Princess Tiana kisses a frog… and turns into a frog. She then, according to reports, "spends a significant chunk of the movie not as a black princess at all but as a frog." Guest contributor Shannon Prince has brillliantly articulated what's wrong with this, on Racialicious.com:

After decades of waiting, would it be too much to actually see an hour and a half of a black princess on the screen? I can't help but think that Disney would never hide a non-black princess away in animal form for a large part of a film – maybe because they never have. This is a fairy tale with a white prince and a black princess who, for much of the movie, isn't a black princess at all. Perhaps in the scenes where Tiana is hopping around in her toady body whites in the audience will forget how melanin-endowed she was in the movie's opening and identify with her. Still, I can't help but wonder […] if this was Disney's way of saying to white audiences, "Yes, Tiana's black, but not really."

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When you add this to the toothless firefly sidekick, the fact that Tiana was originally a maid named Maddy (to close to mammy?) and the lack of a black man as a hero (but a black man as a villain; the bad voodoo "magician,") do you get the feeling Disney should have spent some more time at the drawing board?

The Princess And The Frog And The Critical Gaze [Essay] [Racialicious]

Earlier: Disney's First Black Princess Is A Little Green
The Princess And The Frog: First Look
Why Has It Taken So Long For Disney To Create A Black Princess?
An Early Look At Characters From Disney's Black Princess Movie
Why Is Disney's First Black Princess Such A Challenge?

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thequeenofstartingover-old
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Um...I thought New Orleans was known for being a racially mixed state? Where the appearance of mixed blood lines exists heavily? Cause I totally thought that the prince was a light skinned brotha. Have we forgotten that Black people come in ALL SHADES?

Also when was Disney ever a playground of sunshine and non-racial stereotypes? I mean we can go far back to all the stereotypes with the Uncle Remus animations, the crows from Dumbo and so on. So this doesn't surprise me, but still at least we have reached this point, I mean they could've just used another blonde and blue eyed princess for this and set it in New York, and if that had happened, nobody would be saying ANYTHING.

I must be viewing it different from others but I can't get behind why some folks are analyzing a cartoon.