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Re: Disney's first black "princess" in film
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2007, 09:45:29 am »
Took them long enough.

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Re: Disney's first black "princess" in film
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2007, 10:06:17 am »
Dang, I wanted to beat them to it, but it's all good.  Glad they finally figured it out.  They have been trying for a while (I know they had been working on AIDA for some time).

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Re: Disney's first black "princess" in film
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2007, 12:30:05 pm »
Dang, I wanted to beat them to it, but it's all good.  Glad they finally figured it out.  They have been trying for a while (I know they had been working on AIDA for some time).

hmm.. maybe we've got a BET black princess film on the way?  Neat! looking forward to whatever comes--   :)
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Re: Disney's first black "princess" in film
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2007, 12:55:32 pm »
They did have an Arab princess with Jasmine in Aladdin.

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Re: Disney's first black "princess" in film
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2007, 02:14:07 pm »
yeah... they brought her up in the msn story.

*looks at Reggie Reg*

Is this unannounced nonexistant black princess movie Disney-like or Xena-like?

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Re: Disney's first black "princess" in film
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2007, 02:24:33 pm »
Dang, I wanted to beat them to it, but it's all good.  Glad they finally figured it out.  They have been trying for a while (I know they had been working on AIDA for some time).

Posted by: JLI Jesse  

They did have an Arab princess with Jasmine in Aladdin.


And an Asian heroine with Mulan, a Native American heroine with Pocahontas and a  Pacific American heroine in "Lilo and Stich".

They've been moving in this direction for a while now.

AIDA's right up Disney's alley, once they figure out how to give it a happy ending. ;) In the linked photo it looked the character design was hand drawn rather than CGI.

That's another reason to celebrate right there. The kind of hand skills that can create a Aladdin or a Beauty and the Beast was rapidly becoming obsolete due to Pixar's ascension in the industry.

Good news on all fronts.

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Re: Disney's first black "princess" in film
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2007, 09:59:36 am »
Randy Newman on the piano.

NEW ORLEANS - The Walt Disney Co. has started production on an animated musical fairy tale called “The Frog Princess,” which will be set in New Orleans and feature the Walt Disney Studio’s first black princess.

The film, set for release in 2009, also is the first hand-drawn film Disney has committed to since pledging last month to return to the traditional animation that made it a worldwide brand.

“The Frog Princess,” a musical scored by composer Randy Newman, is “an American fairy tale” starring a girl named Maddy who lives in the French Quarter in New Orleans, said John Lasseter, chief creative director for Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

Another character concept drawing.



I can't believe I may  finally  see black characters in a Disney animated feature film. Yes, I know 'Songs of the South' was considered a milestone but it wasn't exactly flattering. It is also a movie the Disney company would want to strike away from thier records, but what is done ...is done

I'm sure with the positive influence of Bruce W. Smith on the Disney payroll helped opening up new possibilities and dynamics in Disney feature films because I absolutely loved 'The Emporer's New Groove'. Mr. Smith was supervising animator for the Pancha character. If Eartha Kitt was Disney's first black (among a number of 'firsts') villainess in Groove, she was damned good!


Say, Mr. Hudlin... You've worked with Mr. Bruce W. Smith before on 'Bebe Kids', Is there any chance you'd work with him again?

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Re: Disney's first black "princess" in film
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2007, 10:22:11 am »
Honestly, this is the best kind of film Disney could've put out for me and my family.  My wife is VERY conscious of the lack of black faces on the Disney stuff that's all over the baby/infant/girls sections of store we go to.  She wouldn't let me buy the Cinderella/Snow White wall clings or the Cinderella crib set.  I understand where she's coming from because she wants our child to see faces that look like hers and this Frog Princess movie is right up our ally.  Come on Reg!!  Get BET in gear on a series or series of movies like this...we're a HUGELY untapped market waiting to spend these dollars on stuff like that!!

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Re: Disney's first black "princess" in film
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2007, 10:34:19 am »
Honestly, this is the best kind of film Disney could've put out for me and my family.  My wife is VERY conscious of the lack of black faces on the Disney stuff that's all over the baby/infant/girls sections of store we go to.  She wouldn't let me buy the Cinderella/Snow White wall clings or the Cinderella crib set.  I understand where she's coming from because she wants our child to see faces that look like hers and this Frog Princess movie is right up our ally.  Come on Reg!!  Get BET in gear on a series or series of movies like this...we're a HUGELY untapped market waiting to spend these dollars on stuff like that!!

I just don't hope you deny your kids these movies.  They might not look like them, but Snow White and Cinderella are classic movies for all kids!

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Re: Disney's first black "princess" in film
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2007, 11:53:46 am »
This is going to be a hot, sh*tty mess. And my children won't be exposed to lily-white women sitting on their asses wishing for their princes to come, either.
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Re: Disney's first black "princess" in film
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2007, 11:54:41 am »
i knew jenn would be showing her support for this project.
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Re: Disney's first black "princess" in film
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2007, 12:06:44 pm »
This is going to be a hot, sh*tty mess. And my children won't be exposed to lily-white women sitting on their asses wishing for their princes to come, either.

jenn,

I know we do this dance all the time, but whats wrong with a story about Cinderella, someone who is basically an indentured servant and treated like crap, finally getting her chance to shine and finding love?  She's not sitting on her ass, she's trying to make the best of a crappy situation.

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Re: Disney's first black "princess" in film
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2007, 12:30:12 pm »
Honestly, this is the best kind of film Disney could've put out for me and my family.  My wife is VERY conscious of the lack of black faces on the Disney stuff that's all over the baby/infant/girls sections of store we go to.  She wouldn't let me buy the Cinderella/Snow White wall clings or the Cinderella crib set.  I understand where she's coming from because she wants our child to see faces that look like hers and this Frog Princess movie is right up our ally.  Come on Reg!!  Get BET in gear on a series or series of movies like this...we're a HUGELY untapped market waiting to spend these dollars on stuff like that!!

I just don't hope you deny your kids these movies.  They might not look like them, but Snow White and Cinderella are classic movies for all kids!


I guess that's a matter of opinion.

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Re: Disney's first black "princess" in film
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2007, 02:03:17 pm »
---no disrespect to Randy Newman.. But considering the film is set in New Orleans.. I would have thought they'd bring in one or more of the Marsalis Brothers for the music..  also the Neville Brothers...
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