TRAILER: Walt Disney's First Black Princess

June 12, 2014

With all the flack Disney is getting while trying hard to come out with this film I'm surprised to see a trailer so soon.  The animated film is set to debut sometime in 2009 titled “The Princess and The Frog”. Originally called The Frog Princess, its heroine was to be a chambermaid called Maddy working for a spoilt white debutante in 1920s New Orleans. But it sparked a backlash from critics who claimed it reinforced prejudice and demeaned black people.

As a result the title of the musical, which has yet to be released, was changed to The Princess and The Frog and the princess will now be called Tiana.

Among the concerns were the New Orleans setting, the portrayal of voodoo and the overtones of slavery.  continue reading