Sunday, 10 May 2009

It's about time...

So... The latest I've heard is that there is to be a new hand-drawn animated feature-length film from the powerhouse that is Disney.

So far Disney's fairy tales have starred mainly caucasion princes and princesses. Then Pocahontas (Native American) and Aladin and Princess Jasmine (Arabian) came along, closely followed by Mulan (Chinese) [my favourite - BLATES].

The Princess and the Frog, however is the first Disney fairy tale to star a black princess. It's about bloody time I say.

Anika Noni Rose, who played Lorrell Robinson in Dreamgirls, is literally playing a part in Disney history as she voices the first black starring role. Apparently, she beat Jennifer Hudson, Tyra Banks and Alicia Keys to the job.

Looks quite good to me...


:)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's true that this is a pretty big deal for Disney, even though they have used black characters in TV shows and minor parts in films (I'm thinking HSM), to have a black princess will be sending a big message out there to kids and young girls who, at some point, all want to be a princess. However even though this character is voiced by a black woman and is dark-skinned, she notably still has caucasian features! And, what's with the use of a french frog- talk about racial stereotyping! But for a company that has its roots in racism i guess this is a step forward...