THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG Review

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Disney’s 2D animated musicals never wore out their welcome.  Some studio buffoon just figured that maybe kids didn’t want singing in their animated films any more.  And then that studio buffoon decided that because 3D animated films were succeeding and a recent string of 2D films had flopped that no one wanted hand-drawn animated movies any more.  This is why the last Disney 2D animated musical was Mulan in 1998.  11 years later and Disney, with the support of Pixar chief John Lasseter, has brought back hand-drawn musical movies with The Princess and the Frog.  But this isn’t a return of Disney animation; it’s a rebirth.

Walt Disneys The Princess and the Frog movie image (3).jpgSet in 1920s New Orleans and playing on the fairy tale of the princess kissing a frog to turn him into a prince, the film centers on Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) who doesn’t have time for princes or frogs or kisses as she works non-stop so she can afford to open her own restaurant.  Unfortunately, she ends up kissing Prince Naveen (Bruno Campos) because he’s a talking frog prince and, mistaking her for a princess, asks her to make him human again.  This would be fine (and a very short movie) except the popular fairy tale fails to mention that if you’re not a princess and you kiss a cursed frog-prince, you’ll turn into a frog too.  It’s that damned magical legalese.  The two are forced to travel across the bayou together to find voodoo priestess Mama Odie (Jenifer Lewis) in the hopes that she can turn them human again.  The proceedings are decorated with fun music and amusing supporting characters.  This is the Disney animated movie you know and love, but even better.

Before you smite me for blasphemy, let me explain that I will always love the animated Disney films I grew up with: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King.  But within the first twenty minutes of The Princess and the Frog, I knew I was entering a whole new era due to the advances in animation, creative freedom for animators, and a positive message which is both universally empowering and socially responsible. It’s no slam against the older Disney movies, and I’m not saying they’ve aged poorly or that they’re secretly bigoted (although I’m pretty sure that Pumba was an anti-semite).  It’s just that The Princess and the Frog has the benefit of progress combined with filling the 2D animated musical void of the past eleven years.

Walt Disneys The Princess and the Frog movie image (2).jpgOf course, this also comes with heavy pressure of being a “test case” to see if audiences will accept this “old-school” animation after the dominance of 3D.  It’s likely that young children who see this movie will have never seen a 2D animated movie on the big screen before, but The Princess and the Frog should have them hooked for life.  It’s funny, the characters are memorable, most of the songs are catchy, and the animation is stunning.  2D had something to prove and Disney stepped up to meet that challenge in a big way.  Once you see the film’s first musical number, “Almost There”, any irrational doubts you had about 2D animation and the will be washed away and filled with an appreciation of the creative freedom Disney animators now have.  “Almost There” actually changes art styles during the musical number.  Again, I love the Disney musicals I grew up with but none of them ever came close to doing that.

Not only will these kids have the privilege of seeing creative diversity in their hand-drawn animation, but they’ll also gain an appreciation of cultural diversity.  From its announcement, one of the big draws of The Princess and the Frog is that it would feature Disney’s first black princess.  Like the animation, it’s a lot of pressure to get it right but screenwriters Ron Clements, John Musker, and Rob Edwards absolutely nail it.  It gives the black characters room to be characters as well-developed and unrestrained as any white animated character while still conscious of what’s empowering and respectful towards African-Americans.  More incredible, the movie accomplishes this without ever coming off like it’s walking on egg shells and it turns what could be perceived as an obstacle into an opportunity.

Walt Disneys The Princess and the Frog movie image (4).jpgSome may scoff at the socially-conscious subtext and see it as pandering to an overly P.C. culture, but allow me to ask this question: how many mainstream movies and TV shows are out there for kids that feature a strong black female lead character?  Moral lessons can come from any race, but why should only white kids be able to have the same ethnic background as their heroes and heroines?

While I relish a conversation about the role of media in perceptions of race in modern American society, you know what I like even more? Catchy showtunes!  A musical can’t survive without quality music and while it’s the one part of the film that’s not quite as good as the earlier Disney musicals, Randy Newman has a strong selection of songs with “When We’re Human” and the closing theme, “Never Knew I Needed” as the standouts.  Hopefully with their next animated musical Disney will bring back Alan Menken who not only provided the music for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, but 2007′s Enchanted so that guy’s still got it.

The Princess and the Frog honors past Disney hand-drawn animated musicals by recalling their work (the film has past Disney princesses as Easter eggs), reaching their level of quality, and then surpassing it to usher in an exciting new era of hand-drawn animation.

Rating —– A minus




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  • Chandra Stewart

    HATED IT! HANDS DOWN! Ridiculous amount of voodoo, way more than any movie that Disney has done in the past. The characters were insulting at best. I get it! We all get it! Tiana stressed the value of hard work and ethics (as she should)! Disney, for a FIRST fairy tale about an African American little girl who one day becomes a princess, the ONLY two black male characters (of any significance) in the entire movie were her father (who was is poor he is nearly a slave) and voodoo con man (who dies and goes to hell at the end)?

    What problem does America have with a successful, handsome, sweet Black prince??? What problem does Disney have with that??? Disney wanted to bring this movie up to modern times, we all understand that. While at the same time using 2D animation, we get that. What the whole world wants to know is why these characters could not be portrayed in a more positive light? Then, even the Indian prince is a lazy, shiftless buck, who went from one woman to another.

    What about the sexual undertones? There are those of us who are trying to keep our young women PURE: in heart, in mind and indeed. This is supposed to be a CHILD’S movie, Disney! You do remember the children, don’t you!!! Some of the crap in this movie was MUCH TOO MUCH for a young mind to comprehend, from the perverted undertones, the voodoo, and the demons, to the transitions in the movie… so much raw sewage, it stinks!!!

    I am not usually one to write reviews at all, but I read some of them from time to time. This time, I was compelled to write, yet I find that there are no words I can think of to effectively express my disappointment and anger over how Disney has chosen to develop this film.

    I don’t know why we are so surprised… It has taken Disney all these years to finally come out with a black princess. This movie is nothing more than a depiction of what Disney, their friends and supporters REALLY THINK ABOUT PEOPLE OF COLOR!!! Let me say this for the record, I am NOT racist!!! And I am NOT playing the race card or pushing a Black racist agenda. I am not one of those people who think of everything in terms of color by accusing White people of constantly trying to “keep the black man down” and all that! That is NOT AT ALL what my anger, hurt and disappointment is about! Please don’t misinterpret my point. My point is that we live in a world of color, may beautiful colors, and different races and cultures of people. We all have SOMETHING of value from each culture to add to one another. Difference does not equal deficit, and yet so often it is portrayed that way. Every race has some types of people in it that one would rather not have representing the entire race. And it seems that at every opportunity the majority are forced to take a hit just by association and ultimately portrayed negatively by a few who don’t even know and don’t care to know, the rest of us! It is hurtful!

    As for me and my hard-earned money (as well as my community and my friends) Disney is HISTORY! We are not buying NONE of DISNEY’S CRAP, none of it! I don’t know who they are going to sell those toys, movies, stickers, dresses, whatever to, but we are NOT BUYING THAT GARGAGE! NONE OF IT!!! If Disney does not care about my Black babies, then it certainly does not deserve want my green money!

    • Akira

      Did you even ask what your daughter felt of the film? (That is assuming you have one) I guarentee that she didn’t see anything you pointed out, not one racial comment, not one negative outlook. She just saw a hard working young woman who grew up and realized her dream. All she saw was an array of inspiring characters regardless of their ethnicity or features… This is what Disney was trying to accomplish, and this is what Disney succeeded in doing. They did not make this movie for you and your critical outlook, they made it for CHILDREN. Children who don’t see in color as you do, who don’t look for racial faults in everything as you do. The only thing you are doing is depriving your daughter of a beautiful story that would have encouraged her to follow her dream.

      By the way, I am a 15 year old African-American, and I obviously have more knowlege in the matter than you do. Perhaps you should have thought about what it was you were saying before you posted it on the internet.

      • Joann

        My daughter was so bored with the fact that Tiana (who does not play a princess….notice the bait and switch) and the Prince (Who sings about being with countless women, all white but some are blond, red heads or brunettes) were frogs 80% of the time. My four year old lost interest pretty fast and kept begging me to leave with her but I told her she’ll be a princess soon and it seemed as soon as she married the prince (while still frogs), kissed him and turned into a princess for the first time in the whole movie the credits started rolling. My daughter also kept asking me what the scary shadows were about. There were lots of references to “The Dark Side” but not one reference to a light side. I was disgusted with this movie and I wish that we as people of color would stop getting excited over every little hand out given “down” to us ( like so many demeaning Madea movie’s) and show some self respect.

      • Katie

        Yes, this is the first black princess, I have no recollection of anybody making this big a deal out of Mulan or Pocahontas when it first came around. Who knows, maybe I was too young. But to me, an 18 year old female, this movie made me cry from the sheer beauty of the animation and the loveable characters. I could watch this movie over and over again and never get tired of it. I don’t care if the characters are black, white, purple, or yellow; it is a fabulous piece of art.

        As for her turning into a princess near the end of the movie, I only have one question. Have you seen the Beauty and the Beast? Belle doesn’t become a princess until the end of the movie when she professes her love for the beast. Yes she lives in a castle and has servants and blah blah blah….Excuse the writers for putting a more realistic take on a modern day princess. Pardon them for showing that you don’t need to live in a castle and wear poofy dresses to be looked up to and a role model.

        In short, I adore this movie, the color doesn’t make a difference to me, the artwork blows my mind, and it will always have a special place in my heart.

    • Kovi

      I have read through the comments on this page, and it seems to me, of the people who disliked the movie, the main topics are of the religion of voodoo and the racial ethnicity of the movie. let me first reply to the voodoo comment. I do not understand why you do not like the usage of a grown religion, as said by one of the commenters, as this is a nation built on the fact of religious freedom. If the morals of the story happened to be morals of the teachings of Jesus and how that would save you from the curse (or something of the sort, excuse me for I am not a great writer), people would not complain. If you are going to say, that this is because the USA is a Christian country, I would like to state that you are incorrect. The country’s morals were built on the belief in god, but not the Christian god. It was in fact the Quaker god of Pennsylvania that the United States was founded on. So, if the country was built on the principle of religious freedom, which includes the religions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Voodoo, and etc., why would you be outraged at the fact that a child’s movie is built on the social equalities of the nation. Now to the topic of the black race. I am just outraged to see that people are complaining at the fact of the races in this movie. For people who wanted a black prince with the princess, SO WHAT!? You think that just because everything doesn’t go towards the black race means that it does not accept the race. I don’t care whether you are black or not, the meaning of the movie’s racial, economic, and social diversity is to teach those lessons to their children, and if you commentators are parents of these so called children, I am sorry for them that they must grow up under a roof in which racism, inequality, and prejudices are taught. As for Disney, just because they are smarter than you and know how to interpret all things together into one movie, doesn’t give one reason to you to make fun of them.

    • Izzy

      I’m a teenager who LOVES this movie. This is my favorite Disney princess movie. I think that the racial problems of this movie are non-existent according to the time period this movie is set in; I believe that this movie shows that you need to work hard in your life to accomplish your goals, but it isn’t a bad idea to go and have fun once in a while. Another thing Disney focused on in this movie was the setting: New Orleans, LA during the 1920′s Jazz-age. As for the Civil Rights Movement, it didn’t start until the early 1940′s, so the equality issues in this movie are most likely not as harsh as they were back almost 9 decades ago. The voodoo problem you stated is relevant to this movie, b/c it was very popular among African- Americans in Louisiana in the 1920′s.

  • Chandra Stewart

    HATED IT! HANDS DOWN! Ridiculous amount of voodoo, way more than any movie that Disney has done in the past. The characters were insulting at best. I get it! We all get it! Tiana stressed the value of hard work and ethics (as she should)! Disney, for a FIRST fairy tale about an African American little girl who one day becomes a princess, the ONLY two black male characters (of any significance) in the entire movie were her father (who was is poor he is nearly a slave) and voodoo con man (who dies and goes to hell at the end)?

    What problem does America have with a successful, handsome, sweet Black prince??? What problem does Disney have with that??? Disney wanted to bring this movie up to modern times, we all understand that. While at the same time using 2D animation, we get that. What the whole world wants to know is why these characters could not be portrayed in a more positive light? Then, even the Indian prince is a lazy, shiftless buck, who went from one woman to another.

    What about the sexual undertones? There are those of us who are trying to keep our young women PURE: in heart, in mind and indeed. This is supposed to be a CHILD’S movie, Disney! You do remember the children, don’t you!!! Some of the crap in this movie was MUCH TOO MUCH for a young mind to comprehend, from the perverted undertones, the voodoo, and the demons, to the transitions in the movie… so much raw sewage, it stinks!!!

    I am not usually one to write reviews at all, but I read some of them from time to time. This time, I was compelled to write, yet I find that there are no words I can think of to effectively express my disappointment and anger over how Disney has chosen to develop this film.

    I don’t know why we are so surprised… It has taken Disney all these years to finally come out with a black princess. This movie is nothing more than a depiction of what Disney, their friends and supporters REALLY THINK ABOUT PEOPLE OF COLOR!!! Let me say this for the record, I am NOT racist!!! And I am NOT playing the race card or pushing a Black racist agenda. I am not one of those people who think of everything in terms of color by accusing White people of constantly trying to “keep the black man down” and all that! That is NOT AT ALL what my anger, hurt and disappointment is about! Please don’t misinterpret my point. My point is that we live in a world of color, may beautiful colors, and different races and cultures of people. We all have SOMETHING of value from each culture to add to one another. Difference does not equal deficit, and yet so often it is portrayed that way. Every race has some types of people in it that one would rather not have representing the entire race. And it seems that at every opportunity the majority are forced to take a hit just by association and ultimately portrayed negatively by a few who don’t even know and don’t care to know, the rest of us! It is hurtful!

    As for me and my hard-earned money (as well as my community and my friends) Disney is HISTORY! We are not buying NONE of DISNEY’S CRAP, none of it! I don’t know who they are going to sell those toys, movies, stickers, dresses, whatever to, but we are NOT BUYING THAT GARGAGE! NONE OF IT!!! If Disney does not care about my Black babies, then it certainly does not deserve want my green money!

    • Akira

      Did you even ask what your daughter felt of the film? (That is assuming you have one) I guarentee that she didn’t see anything you pointed out, not one racial comment, not one negative outlook. She just saw a hard working young woman who grew up and realized her dream. All she saw was an array of inspiring characters regardless of their ethnicity or features… This is what Disney was trying to accomplish, and this is what Disney succeeded in doing. They did not make this movie for you and your critical outlook, they made it for CHILDREN. Children who don’t see in color as you do, who don’t look for racial faults in everything as you do. The only thing you are doing is depriving your daughter of a beautiful story that would have encouraged her to follow her dream.

      By the way, I am a 15 year old African-American, and I obviously have more knowlege in the matter than you do. Perhaps you should have thought about what it was you were saying before you posted it on the internet.

      • Joann

        My daughter was so bored with the fact that Tiana (who does not play a princess….notice the bait and switch) and the Prince (Who sings about being with countless women, all white but some are blond, red heads or brunettes) were frogs 80% of the time. My four year old lost interest pretty fast and kept begging me to leave with her but I told her she’ll be a princess soon and it seemed as soon as she married the prince (while still frogs), kissed him and turned into a princess for the first time in the whole movie the credits started rolling. My daughter also kept asking me what the scary shadows were about. There were lots of references to “The Dark Side” but not one reference to a light side. I was disgusted with this movie and I wish that we as people of color would stop getting excited over every little hand out given “down” to us ( like so many demeaning Madea movie’s) and show some self respect.

      • Katie

        Yes, this is the first black princess, I have no recollection of anybody making this big a deal out of Mulan or Pocahontas when it first came around. Who knows, maybe I was too young. But to me, an 18 year old female, this movie made me cry from the sheer beauty of the animation and the loveable characters. I could watch this movie over and over again and never get tired of it. I don’t care if the characters are black, white, purple, or yellow; it is a fabulous piece of art.

        As for her turning into a princess near the end of the movie, I only have one question. Have you seen the Beauty and the Beast? Belle doesn’t become a princess until the end of the movie when she professes her love for the beast. Yes she lives in a castle and has servants and blah blah blah….Excuse the writers for putting a more realistic take on a modern day princess. Pardon them for showing that you don’t need to live in a castle and wear poofy dresses to be looked up to and a role model.

        In short, I adore this movie, the color doesn’t make a difference to me, the artwork blows my mind, and it will always have a special place in my heart.

  • CapDickComin

    Around various media outlets from throughout the country I have read mixed to poor reviews of “Princess and the Frog”. I took my daughter to a matinee yesterday & in only a 2/3 to 3/4 full theater, after the movie the crowd gave the film a standing ovation & there wasn’t a dry “adult” eye in the house. If the previous post is interested to know, 80% of the crowd was white. Not that this impacts the plot line, but there are African American descendants of royalty still alive in the U.S. Maybe you should check out Dr. Terry Alford’s book “Prince Among Slaves” or view the hour-long documentary of the same name based on the book from PBS.org – at the end of that film you will see that dozens of Prince Abdur Rahim’s descendants still live in Mississippi. What is striking is the royalty (his family) as well as his royal lieutenant that he had to leave behind because they were slaves. Do you have how many African Americans are descended from royalty, nobles, chiefs, & military personnel from Africa? You know, only the best of quality Africans were sold into slavery. On top of that, where “Princess & the Frog” is set in New Orleans, this is the place where creole Haitian royalty migrated to in the 19th Century when Jean-Pierre Boyer overthrew the monarchy & converted it back to the 2nd oldest republic in the hemisphere. Please get your history right and go to “Princess & the Frog”!!!

  • CapDickComin

    Around various media outlets from throughout the country I have read mixed to poor reviews of “Princess and the Frog”. I took my daughter to a matinee yesterday & in only a 2/3 to 3/4 full theater, after the movie the crowd gave the film a standing ovation & there wasn’t a dry “adult” eye in the house. If the previous post is interested to know, 80% of the crowd was white. Not that this impacts the plot line, but there are African American descendants of royalty still alive in the U.S. Maybe you should check out Dr. Terry Alford’s book “Prince Among Slaves” or view the hour-long documentary of the same name based on the book from PBS.org – at the end of that film you will see that dozens of Prince Abdur Rahim’s descendants still live in Mississippi. What is striking is the royalty (his family) as well as his royal lieutenant that he had to leave behind because they were slaves. Do you have how many African Americans are descended from royalty, nobles, chiefs, & military personnel from Africa? You know, only the best of quality Africans were sold into slavery. On top of that, where “Princess & the Frog” is set in New Orleans, this is the place where creole Haitian royalty migrated to in the 19th Century when Jean-Pierre Boyer overthrew the monarchy & converted it back to the 2nd oldest republic in the hemisphere. Please get your history right and go to “Princess & the Frog”!!!

  • Jessica

    Wow, “Chandra”. Your real name initials wouldn’t happen to be GB and rhyme with Len Eck, would it?

    Great review Matt. Can’t wait to see this movie as my last favorite Disney animated musical was Aladdin.

    • Edna Kendrick

      Two words the Bomb. his movie was awsome. And if any notice the theme was not in the year 2009 so Chandra please give me a break it is a fairy tale. I love cartoons and i love disney movies. This movie was well done for a Disney movie. This movie was not suppose to deplict african history just a story. Now i admit the there was a lot of voodoo but that is the only negative thing i see in this movie. I believe the story line is great a great movie to enjoy with the family. This is one movie that will be on my shelf once it is release.

  • Jessica

    Wow, “Chandra”. Your real name initials wouldn’t happen to be GB and rhyme with Len Eck, would it?

    Great review Matt. Can’t wait to see this movie as my last favorite Disney animated musical was Aladdin.

    • Edna Kendrick

      Two words the Bomb. his movie was awsome. And if any notice the theme was not in the year 2009 so Chandra please give me a break it is a fairy tale. I love cartoons and i love disney movies. This movie was well done for a Disney movie. This movie was not suppose to deplict african history just a story. Now i admit the there was a lot of voodoo but that is the only negative thing i see in this movie. I believe the story line is great a great movie to enjoy with the family. This is one movie that will be on my shelf once it is release.

  • Kriiki

    Why is the voodoo seen as a negative. WHen white folks shows magic/witchcraft, no one cringes, but Voodoo is part of AFrican heritage.

    It has been made to be a negative thing, so lots of Black folks are embarrassed, but anyone who knows AFrican history/culture knows that Voodoo is part of that culture.

    Voodoo is neither good nor evil, it can be used for both.

    If these characters were White and the Voodoo religion a White one, no one would think of it in such a low manner.

  • Kriiki

    Why is the voodoo seen as a negative. WHen white folks shows magic/witchcraft, no one cringes, but Voodoo is part of AFrican heritage.

    It has been made to be a negative thing, so lots of Black folks are embarrassed, but anyone who knows AFrican history/culture knows that Voodoo is part of that culture.

    Voodoo is neither good nor evil, it can be used for both.

    If these characters were White and the Voodoo religion a White one, no one would think of it in such a low manner.

  • Freddie

    Ok, before she became a Princess…she served food.
    After she became a Princess…..she is STILL serving food.

    When was the last time you seen a “Princess” at the end of a movie serving food to people? Snow White, Cinderella? Have you ever seen a “broke” PRINCE in any other DISNEY movie????? Come on people…give me a break. It could have been written a little better or at least screened with open comments before going all out with a nonsense script. The entire movie she was a frog. Great….outstanding. I am little anxious to become a frog Princess.

    • Keola

      I have not seen the film but from a few clips and TV spots she says always dreamed of opening a restaurant. So technically wouldn’t serving people be apart of that business? at least until she hired some employees? Now like I said I haven’t seen the film but unless that was some false advertising I don’t get the point of you saying….

      “Ok, before she became a Princess…she served food.

      After she became a Princess…..she is STILL serving food.”

    • http://collider.com/ Matt Goldberg

      She’s now serving the food she cooks in her own restaurant meaning the profits go to her.

      • Freddie

        Matt Goldberg. I am sorry brother but that still doenst make any since. Profits??? Serving food in “her” owned restaurant? Are you serious? that is part of writing a good scripted product in the first place. Did Ariel ride off on the ship with her Prince? -Yes. Did Belle live in a Fat Ass Castle with her Prince?-Yes. Did Jasmine Marry in Bliss? -Yes. Does either one of the previous stories from Disney involve a Prince and his wife having to go outside and paint their own business and WORK?!-No. I get that it is a different movie but the basic feel of the magic is not present. There was death. There was the orginal position of the poor girl…but everything else is just jacked up. I agree with Chandra. Disney is not getting anymore of my money and I think there will be a backlash from the people on this project.

        By the way, does this new Princess even have a castle? Or should we consider the Restaurant her fairy castle in disguise. My answer to your answer is………grrrreeeeat.

    • Jo

      Most of the classic Disney animated movies are based on medieval stories that have been told for centuries. Tiana’s story wasn’t based on the usual “Cinderella” type plot line. Tiana’s IS a princess in the sense that she works hard for her dreams to come true and that she is the princess of her restaurant and to her loving husband. She is a women of strength and an excellent role model for girls of any colour. Every little girl is a princess.

      A fantastic, heartwarming and stunningly beautiful film.

  • Freddie

    Ok, before she became a Princess…she served food.
    After she became a Princess…..she is STILL serving food.

    When was the last time you seen a “Princess” at the end of a movie serving food to people? Snow White, Cinderella? Have you ever seen a “broke” PRINCE in any other DISNEY movie????? Come on people…give me a break. It could have been written a little better or at least screened with open comments before going all out with a nonsense script. The entire movie she was a frog. Great….outstanding. I am little anxious to become a frog Princess.

    • Keola

      I have not seen the film but from a few clips and TV spots she says always dreamed of opening a restaurant. So technically wouldn’t serving people be apart of that business? at least until she hired some employees? Now like I said I haven’t seen the film but unless that was some false advertising I don’t get the point of you saying….

      “Ok, before she became a Princess…she served food.

      After she became a Princess…..she is STILL serving food.”

    • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

      She’s now serving the food she cooks in her own restaurant meaning the profits go to her.

      • Freddie

        Matt Goldberg. I am sorry brother but that still doenst make any since. Profits??? Serving food in “her” owned restaurant? Are you serious? that is part of writing a good scripted product in the first place. Did Ariel ride off on the ship with her Prince? -Yes. Did Belle live in a Fat Ass Castle with her Prince?-Yes. Did Jasmine Marry in Bliss? -Yes. Does either one of the previous stories from Disney involve a Prince and his wife having to go outside and paint their own business and WORK?!-No. I get that it is a different movie but the basic feel of the magic is not present. There was death. There was the orginal position of the poor girl…but everything else is just jacked up. I agree with Chandra. Disney is not getting anymore of my money and I think there will be a backlash from the people on this project.

        By the way, does this new Princess even have a castle? Or should we consider the Restaurant her fairy castle in disguise. My answer to your answer is………grrrreeeeat.

    • Jo

      Most of the classic Disney animated movies are based on medieval stories that have been told for centuries. Tiana’s story wasn’t based on the usual “Cinderella” type plot line. Tiana’s IS a princess in the sense that she works hard for her dreams to come true and that she is the princess of her restaurant and to her loving husband. She is a women of strength and an excellent role model for girls of any colour. Every little girl is a princess.

      A fantastic, heartwarming and stunningly beautiful film.

  • Kiley

    I think everyone jumped down Chandra’s throat a little bit too much. I read the other posts, and no one else mentioned their ethnicity. I wonder, is it because all the other reviewers were white? I’m white, and I was very interested to read Chandra’s opinion on the movie. I agreed with a lot of what she said, too. It REALLY bugged me that the prince wasn’t black, though after I thought about it, it probably had to do with the era the movie was set in–it’s not right and it’s not fair, but the blonde heiress probably wouldn’t have been allowed to follow the same plot line with a black prince and still be at ALL historically accurate. I will say this: I think Disney is TRYING. It is PAST time for an African-American Disney Princess, but the first movie was going to be difficult no matter what. Well, it will still be difficult in the future, but I hope that it gets to the point that having a black heroine occasions no comment.

  • Kiley

    I think everyone jumped down Chandra’s throat a little bit too much. I read the other posts, and no one else mentioned their ethnicity. I wonder, is it because all the other reviewers were white? I’m white, and I was very interested to read Chandra’s opinion on the movie. I agreed with a lot of what she said, too. It REALLY bugged me that the prince wasn’t black, though after I thought about it, it probably had to do with the era the movie was set in–it’s not right and it’s not fair, but the blonde heiress probably wouldn’t have been allowed to follow the same plot line with a black prince and still be at ALL historically accurate. I will say this: I think Disney is TRYING. It is PAST time for an African-American Disney Princess, but the first movie was going to be difficult no matter what. Well, it will still be difficult in the future, but I hope that it gets to the point that having a black heroine occasions no comment.

  • Kiley

    BTW, I thought your last line, Chandra, was really clever. :)

  • Kiley

    BTW, I thought your last line, Chandra, was really clever. :)

  • Malika

    I think everyone is loosing sight of who this film is targeted for. Yes, we may understand what the intents of the movie were but we are adults. I went to see the movie and while I do believe that overall the film was good, I must say that I wasn’t impressed. I agree with Chandra that the voodoo was a bit much in the film, the children who were with me were terrified once they saw the shadow man and the demons. I understand that voodoo is a part of New Orleans but at the same time, they could have kept the voodoo limited, the demons were a bit too much. The overall message of the film was good but I believe that African Americans could have been portrayed a little better! This was supposed to be the first African American princess movie but the African Americans in the movie were very limited. The movie had more negatives than positives.

    • Katie

      Carly, you are my hero.
      I am also an 18 year old white female and i couldn’t agree with you more.
      I also made a lot of comparison to the Beauty and the Beast with this movie. I think it was fantastic and extremely reminiscent of the older disney movies we grew up with.
      I agree with every single point you have made.
      Thank you for showing me there are still some level headed people in this world. :D

  • Malika

    I think everyone is loosing sight of who this film is targeted for. Yes, we may understand what the intents of the movie were but we are adults. I went to see the movie and while I do believe that overall the film was good, I must say that I wasn’t impressed. I agree with Chandra that the voodoo was a bit much in the film, the children who were with me were terrified once they saw the shadow man and the demons. I understand that voodoo is a part of New Orleans but at the same time, they could have kept the voodoo limited, the demons were a bit too much. The overall message of the film was good but I believe that African Americans could have been portrayed a little better! This was supposed to be the first African American princess movie but the African Americans in the movie were very limited. The movie had more negatives than positives.

    • Katie

      Carly, you are my hero.
      I am also an 18 year old white female and i couldn’t agree with you more.
      I also made a lot of comparison to the Beauty and the Beast with this movie. I think it was fantastic and extremely reminiscent of the older disney movies we grew up with.
      I agree with every single point you have made.
      Thank you for showing me there are still some level headed people in this world. :D

  • Carly

    Okay, with all respect, i think people are getting a little bit worked up over this. honestly, some people will just never be pleased. I saw the film and LOVED it! Growing up with movies like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast and the like i was sooooo ready for another Disney 2D musical. And Tiana is by far one of my favorite Princesses, im 18 but im pretty sure i’ll still end up buying some doll version of her :)

    ok, so, the whole voodoo issue- i would like to point out that voodoo was not presented ONLY in a negative way. Mama Odie also practiced voodoo and she was not the bad guy.

    also, i dont think the demons were too much. Disney is notorious for having scary material. you’re saying the battle on the roof in beauty and the beast isnt terrifying to a child? mufasa’s death wasn’t scary? the wicked queen’s transformation into the hag didnt freak you out as a kid?

    I didn’t personally notice anything offensive about the black characters. unless you consider traits like hard working, loving, hopefull, or ambitious offensive. the Shadow Man was cast in a negative light, yes, but that is because HE WAS THE VILLIAN!! no one gets upset about Lady Tremaine from Cinderella, or the evil Queen from Snow white reflecting negatively on white women. why should they? THEY WERE THE VILLIANS!!!

    ok ok, so Naveen wasn’t black. so what? i mean, really, we live in a world where we are constantly trying to teach children that color doesnt matter, but people are pissed that the black girl didn’t marry someone of her own race? i actually think it’s better that he wasn’t black, i think it’s nice that they were a mixed couple. and anyway, he wasn’t white either. and yes, he was lazy and hopping from woman to woman. the beast had anger issues and almost clawed belle’s head off when she snuck into the west wing!! Naveen is not the first Prince to start off as a less than reputable man. the point is he transforms into a kind, giving individual.

    now, here’s something to think about: the frog catchers were white and dumb as all hell. the spoiled, rather unintelligent rich girl was white. and no one has said poo about any of that, no one’s getting worked up that those characters might be offensive white southern steryotypes. and why should they? it’s a MOVIE people, disney doesnt mean anything by it, and as a white woman, i found those characters hilarious and took no offense. and you know what? children wont either. children will find nothing wrong with Tiana and Naveen, or Mama Odie or Lottie.

    that’s the point, isnt it? we as adults over analyze everything and find fault where sometimes there is none. not so with children. i grew up with Dumbo, and it wasnt untill i was older that its racist themes were brought to my attention. now, im not defending disney’s choices back then, but hear me out here. when people first told me it was a racist movie, i didn’t see it, didn’t get it. you know that part when they’re setting up the tents in the begining? and they’re singing a song and some of the lyrics go like “We work all day, we work all night
    We never learned to read or write,We’re happy-hearted roustabouts?” well, people said that was racist, and i didnt get it, and they said it was because black people were singing it and it illustrated how black people were looked upon as dumb, less that human, workers. well, my first reaction was to pause, think about it and say “but…the workers weren’t black! so how can that reflect negatively on black people? i thought it was just a song about men who worked for the circus, whatever.” so i went back and watched it again. growing up i always thought they were just men in the dark. well, after watching it again, yeah, it was pretty obvious that they were african american. so i saw how it was racist. BUT I DIDNT WHEN I WAS A KID! im not defending Dumbo, i see now that it’s offensive, trust me, but the important thing is that as a child that movie did not scew my view of the black community, and NOTHING in The Princess and the Frog is NEARLY that bad, no matter what your complaints about it are. i dont think there’s anything racist about this movie at all. people need to learn how to chill.

    and, you know what? OPRAH was in it. she’s a proud blakc woman and i cant see her being involved in ANYTHING she found morally wrong or offensive. i rest my case

    • Freddie

      Carly, you lost me when you said, “and as a white woman, i found those characters hilarious and took no offense. and you know what? children wont either.” Actually…you lost me when you said “and as a white woman….” Have you ever been to New Orleans? In the sticks of the Swamp? Those people exist and they played those characters well. Yes they were funny but did you notice the southern Belle with the big boobs? Yes, yes, she was white AND did you notice she was the “original” princess of the dance/ball with her richy dad John Goodman? Mmm, I dont remember Jasmine ever having another Princess taking her spotlight for the majority of the movie.

      Yes we analyze alot because some of us put alot of money into Disney and when people take their Mexican or Black daughter’s in the store to buy a doll….the relative play factor becomes clear – (but you wouldnt have that problem….because you have always had a white princess on the shelf). No one is pulling out the card anymore because we have a half black president, but for some people this movie feels like a slap in the face.

      My wife is white and she saw all the undertones. My family name is still in the South and I think they will all be offended by the quality of the story. Maybe you should sit back and watch the movie with a room full of black people and erase the fact that you were only 3 years of age when the Lion King came out. (a story betraying all animals) THEN you may see something different or you can just keep saying…” i dont think there’s anything racist about this movie at all. people need to learn how to chill.” Answer me this…has your grandmother ever worked, cooked, or took orders from an “all white country club” in the south? – Mine has…Brewton, Alabama hun. Or answer me this…was your father killed while serving in the Army or Marines? Vietnam, Camp Lejeune, NC. Both of those tones were in the movie. Black people notice that and it is unlike other Disney movies.

      Do me a favor and watch THE VIEW….last week Whoopi Goldberg ask the lead actress was she disturbed by playing a frog the majority of the movie or not having a black father figure. I am sure people will talk about this one. I am glad that the movie didn’t “scew” any view you have about the black community. Heaven help us on your current view…..

      • Akira

        Freddie, you’re forgetting this movie wasn’t made for you! It was made for CHILDREN! Did your child get all of these racial undertones you keep mentioning? As Carly proved, children don’t care about this stuff, they just see the great story. By the way Carly, I thought your review was perfect. Everything you said made perfect sense and was completely right. And I am African American.

      • Phantomchick101

        Freddie, I think it’s unfair that you question my “current view” on the black community. My sister, her husband and my nephew are african american and I love them incredibly. Aric, my nephew, says this movie is his favorite to watch with me. And my sister found nothing racist about this movie. And no, I have not been to New Orleans, but you know what? We all have our crosses to bear, and you haven’t dealt with things I’ve had to deal with. Stop making things personal and step back for a moment. I’m not trying to be offensive, I’m trying to illustrate how we should all just come together instead of SEPARATING OURSELVES.

  • Carly

    Okay, with all respect, i think people are getting a little bit worked up over this. honestly, some people will just never be pleased. I saw the film and LOVED it! Growing up with movies like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast and the like i was sooooo ready for another Disney 2D musical. And Tiana is by far one of my favorite Princesses, im 18 but im pretty sure i’ll still end up buying some doll version of her :)

    ok, so, the whole voodoo issue- i would like to point out that voodoo was not presented ONLY in a negative way. Mama Odie also practiced voodoo and she was not the bad guy.

    also, i dont think the demons were too much. Disney is notorious for having scary material. you’re saying the battle on the roof in beauty and the beast isnt terrifying to a child? mufasa’s death wasn’t scary? the wicked queen’s transformation into the hag didnt freak you out as a kid?

    I didn’t personally notice anything offensive about the black characters. unless you consider traits like hard working, loving, hopefull, or ambitious offensive. the Shadow Man was cast in a negative light, yes, but that is because HE WAS THE VILLIAN!! no one gets upset about Lady Tremaine from Cinderella, or the evil Queen from Snow white reflecting negatively on white women. why should they? THEY WERE THE VILLIANS!!!

    ok ok, so Naveen wasn’t black. so what? i mean, really, we live in a world where we are constantly trying to teach children that color doesnt matter, but people are pissed that the black girl didn’t marry someone of her own race? i actually think it’s better that he wasn’t black, i think it’s nice that they were a mixed couple. and anyway, he wasn’t white either. and yes, he was lazy and hopping from woman to woman. the beast had anger issues and almost clawed belle’s head off when she snuck into the west wing!! Naveen is not the first Prince to start off as a less than reputable man. the point is he transforms into a kind, giving individual.

    now, here’s something to think about: the frog catchers were white and dumb as all hell. the spoiled, rather unintelligent rich girl was white. and no one has said poo about any of that, no one’s getting worked up that those characters might be offensive white southern steryotypes. and why should they? it’s a MOVIE people, disney doesnt mean anything by it, and as a white woman, i found those characters hilarious and took no offense. and you know what? children wont either. children will find nothing wrong with Tiana and Naveen, or Mama Odie or Lottie.

    that’s the point, isnt it? we as adults over analyze everything and find fault where sometimes there is none. not so with children. i grew up with Dumbo, and it wasnt untill i was older that its racist themes were brought to my attention. now, im not defending disney’s choices back then, but hear me out here. when people first told me it was a racist movie, i didn’t see it, didn’t get it. you know that part when they’re setting up the tents in the begining? and they’re singing a song and some of the lyrics go like “We work all day, we work all night
    We never learned to read or write,We’re happy-hearted roustabouts?” well, people said that was racist, and i didnt get it, and they said it was because black people were singing it and it illustrated how black people were looked upon as dumb, less that human, workers. well, my first reaction was to pause, think about it and say “but…the workers weren’t black! so how can that reflect negatively on black people? i thought it was just a song about men who worked for the circus, whatever.” so i went back and watched it again. growing up i always thought they were just men in the dark. well, after watching it again, yeah, it was pretty obvious that they were african american. so i saw how it was racist. BUT I DIDNT WHEN I WAS A KID! im not defending Dumbo, i see now that it’s offensive, trust me, but the important thing is that as a child that movie did not scew my view of the black community, and NOTHING in The Princess and the Frog is NEARLY that bad, no matter what your complaints about it are. i dont think there’s anything racist about this movie at all. people need to learn how to chill.

    and, you know what? OPRAH was in it. she’s a proud blakc woman and i cant see her being involved in ANYTHING she found morally wrong or offensive. i rest my case

    • Freddie

      Carly, you lost me when you said, “and as a white woman, i found those characters hilarious and took no offense. and you know what? children wont either.” Actually…you lost me when you said “and as a white woman….” Have you ever been to New Orleans? In the sticks of the Swamp? Those people exist and they played those characters well. Yes they were funny but did you notice the southern Belle with the big boobs? Yes, yes, she was white AND did you notice she was the “original” princess of the dance/ball with her richy dad John Goodman? Mmm, I dont remember Jasmine ever having another Princess taking her spotlight for the majority of the movie.

      Yes we analyze alot because some of us put alot of money into Disney and when people take their Mexican or Black daughter’s in the store to buy a doll….the relative play factor becomes clear – (but you wouldnt have that problem….because you have always had a white princess on the shelf). No one is pulling out the card anymore because we have a half black president, but for some people this movie feels like a slap in the face.

      My wife is white and she saw all the undertones. My family name is still in the South and I think they will all be offended by the quality of the story. Maybe you should sit back and watch the movie with a room full of black people and erase the fact that you were only 3 years of age when the Lion King came out. (a story betraying all animals) THEN you may see something different or you can just keep saying…” i dont think there’s anything racist about this movie at all. people need to learn how to chill.” Answer me this…has your grandmother ever worked, cooked, or took orders from an “all white country club” in the south? – Mine has…Brewton, Alabama hun. Or answer me this…was your father killed while serving in the Army or Marines? Vietnam, Camp Lejeune, NC. Both of those tones were in the movie. Black people notice that and it is unlike other Disney movies.

      Do me a favor and watch THE VIEW….last week Whoopi Goldberg ask the lead actress was she disturbed by playing a frog the majority of the movie or not having a black father figure. I am sure people will talk about this one. I am glad that the movie didn’t “scew” any view you have about the black community. Heaven help us on your current view…..

      • Akira

        Freddie, you’re forgetting this movie wasn’t made for you! It was made for CHILDREN! Did your child get all of these racial undertones you keep mentioning? As Carly proved, children don’t care about this stuff, they just see the great story. By the way Carly, I thought your review was perfect. Everything you said made perfect sense and was completely right. And I am African American.

  • Margie

    LOVED IT! I am a black woman and I thought the movie was absolutely adorable. I saw it with my husband, a black man, who was not the least bit offended that the prince wasn’t black. We thoroughly enjoyed this movie.

    I liked that Disney showed two strong black parents. Yes, they worked. They worked hard! What’s wrong with that? Tiana’s father was shown as a hard working man who was ambitious, faithful, and loving. A fantastic role model.

    Yes, there was voodoo. I was initially annoyed when I heard the angle Disney was taking with this but my anxieties were erased once I saw the movie. I agree it could be frightening to little kids but many of the Disney movies had frightening scenes. That octopus woman in the Little Mermaid nearly scared my daughter out of her socks! At eight years old now, she loved it, and she usually shies away from anything even remotely scary.

    Prince Naveen was fairly useless in the beginning of the film, but he rose to the occasion when necessary. By the end of the movie he was willing to take two or three jobs to see that Tiana realized her dream. He could have married a wealthy princess and continued to do nothing but carouse all day. Instead, he married Tiana and worked right along side her. He learned the value of hard work and sacrifice.

    But he wasn’t black. Hmm? Well, I’ve taught my daughter that she should marry a man who is good to her. And if he lights her fire, I don’t care if he’s green with pink polka dots!

    As for his finances, he wasn’t always broke. He was a spoiled prince from a wealthy family who was financially cut off. His parents’ appearance at the wedding showed that they sanctioned the marriage. I’m sure they were quite pleased with the change in him and, in my chosen ending, he’s once again in line for the throne.

    Tiana’s dream was to own a restaurant. She loved to cook. She worked and sacrificed to realize that goal. Would she have been happy giving up that dream to live in a palace? I don’t think so. I can’t imagine she would have been happy sitting on the veranda while the servants served her tea and crumpets. In the end she got her prince, her restaurant, and her happily ever after.

    Finally, I have to agree with Carly, above. If anyone should be offended, it should be southerners. The frog catchers were straight out of Deliverance and the white heiress, although funny, was spoiled and shallow. And yet, they too were adorable.

    I thought the movie was very well done. There was diversity in the black characters in that most were hard working and some were charlatans. A couple of them were into voodoo but most weren’t. Tiana was ambitious to a fault while her friends liked to have a good time. I’ve always wanted Hollywood to show that all black people aren’t the same. Some of us are good and some of us aren’t. Disney did that very well and I applaud them.

    I urge everyone to see this movie with an open mind. I laughed and smiled through the entire film. Even my 14 year old step son, who hates Disney movies, liked it. It is truly a feel good movie. I can’t wait for the DVD to be released. I’ll be first in line to get it.

  • Margie

    LOVED IT! I am a black woman and I thought the movie was absolutely adorable. I saw it with my husband, a black man, who was not the least bit offended that the prince wasn’t black. We thoroughly enjoyed this movie.

    I liked that Disney showed two strong black parents. Yes, they worked. They worked hard! What’s wrong with that? Tiana’s father was shown as a hard working man who was ambitious, faithful, and loving. A fantastic role model.

    Yes, there was voodoo. I was initially annoyed when I heard the angle Disney was taking with this but my anxieties were erased once I saw the movie. I agree it could be frightening to little kids but many of the Disney movies had frightening scenes. That octopus woman in the Little Mermaid nearly scared my daughter out of her socks! At eight years old now, she loved it, and she usually shies away from anything even remotely scary.

    Prince Naveen was fairly useless in the beginning of the film, but he rose to the occasion when necessary. By the end of the movie he was willing to take two or three jobs to see that Tiana realized her dream. He could have married a wealthy princess and continued to do nothing but carouse all day. Instead, he married Tiana and worked right along side her. He learned the value of hard work and sacrifice.

    But he wasn’t black. Hmm? Well, I’ve taught my daughter that she should marry a man who is good to her. And if he lights her fire, I don’t care if he’s green with pink polka dots!

    As for his finances, he wasn’t always broke. He was a spoiled prince from a wealthy family who was financially cut off. His parents’ appearance at the wedding showed that they sanctioned the marriage. I’m sure they were quite pleased with the change in him and, in my chosen ending, he’s once again in line for the throne.

    Tiana’s dream was to own a restaurant. She loved to cook. She worked and sacrificed to realize that goal. Would she have been happy giving up that dream to live in a palace? I don’t think so. I can’t imagine she would have been happy sitting on the veranda while the servants served her tea and crumpets. In the end she got her prince, her restaurant, and her happily ever after.

    Finally, I have to agree with Carly, above. If anyone should be offended, it should be southerners. The frog catchers were straight out of Deliverance and the white heiress, although funny, was spoiled and shallow. And yet, they too were adorable.

    I thought the movie was very well done. There was diversity in the black characters in that most were hard working and some were charlatans. A couple of them were into voodoo but most weren’t. Tiana was ambitious to a fault while her friends liked to have a good time. I’ve always wanted Hollywood to show that all black people aren’t the same. Some of us are good and some of us aren’t. Disney did that very well and I applaud them.

    I urge everyone to see this movie with an open mind. I laughed and smiled through the entire film. Even my 14 year old step son, who hates Disney movies, liked it. It is truly a feel good movie. I can’t wait for the DVD to be released. I’ll be first in line to get it.

  • Joshua

    WOW, you guys analyze this shit too much.

  • Joshua

    WOW, you guys analyze this shit too much.

  • aazo000

    Must’ve been white writers.

  • aazo000

    Must’ve been white writers.

  • aazo000

    @ Joshua: Of course people, especially black people, are going to over analyze shit. If anything has anything to do with black people, you can rest assure black people are going to take that and run with it.

  • aazo000

    @ Joshua: Of course people, especially black people, are going to over analyze shit. If anything has anything to do with black people, you can rest assure black people are going to take that and run with it.

  • Brittany

    Check out the clip of Anika Rose who talks about the significance of the movie.

  • Brittany

    Check out the clip of Anika Rose who talks about the significance of the movie.

  • Shaine

    I AM A BLACK FEMALE.
    Why does that have to be a bad thing! Why do so many people like to sit around bicker, nag, and complain? There are so many white Disney movies that have spells, witches, ghost, and evil spirits.

    In Cinderella, she was a maid for half of the movie until the very end where she was allowed a chance to meet the prince and he married her! If she had been black, we would’ve complained about the fact that she was a maid the entire time!

    GET OVER IT PEOPLE! Be happy about princess Tiana and let your daughters see a beautiful black princess on television and buy her dolls and give them a positive role model to look up to. Please don’t complain about all that is wrong with princess Tiana and leave them with another negative view of black people bought on by your own delusions and self-hatred. Black people who are happy and content with themselves understand that not all black people are the same and can sit back and enjoy the movie for what it is….A MOVIE!!!!

    • Carly

      THANK YOU!
      :D that’s all. you succinctly said all that needed to be <3

  • Shaine

    I AM A BLACK FEMALE.
    Why does that have to be a bad thing! Why do so many people like to sit around bicker, nag, and complain? There are so many white Disney movies that have spells, witches, ghost, and evil spirits.

    In Cinderella, she was a maid for half of the movie until the very end where she was allowed a chance to meet the prince and he married her! If she had been black, we would’ve complained about the fact that she was a maid the entire time!

    GET OVER IT PEOPLE! Be happy about princess Tiana and let your daughters see a beautiful black princess on television and buy her dolls and give them a positive role model to look up to. Please don’t complain about all that is wrong with princess Tiana and leave them with another negative view of black people bought on by your own delusions and self-hatred. Black people who are happy and content with themselves understand that not all black people are the same and can sit back and enjoy the movie for what it is….A MOVIE!!!!

    • Carly

      THANK YOU!
      :D that’s all. you succinctly said all that needed to be <3

  • Dayonara

    I AM A HUMAN BEING…I can’t wait until I take my daughter to see The princess and the frog…she loves disney princesses…I take her to disney world atleast 3 times a month..just so she can see the princess…LOL..Her 4th bday theme was princess tiana…and she been begging me to take her to the theatres to see it…I myself can’t wait to see it…….

  • Dayonara

    I AM A HUMAN BEING…I can’t wait until I take my daughter to see The princess and the frog…she loves disney princesses…I take her to disney world atleast 3 times a month..just so she can see the princess…LOL..Her 4th bday theme was princess tiana…and she been begging me to take her to the theatres to see it…I myself can’t wait to see it…….

  • Bette

    Thanks for the comments, everyone. I am a white grandma with black granddaughters wondering if I should take them. Generally I hate Disney for over-merchandizing everything, and taking good stories and making them trite. After reading the reviews, I think I will skip the movie, as I am pretty sure it will be too scary for my grandkids, who are still very young. I’ll rent the DVD and let them watch it when they are a bit older. However, I am very glad that Disney has finally got a black princess, I am glad Disney is evidently endorsing interracial marriage, and I am really glad to hear that the animation quality is back. My granddaughters have an awesome black dad, so I hope some future princess of any color gets to marry one of those. Nothing against Randy Newman, but I also can’t help wondering, with all of the amazing black musicians who have come out of New Orleans, why Disney had to go 100% with such a white Hollywood guy. Like Chandra, I do not think we will be making Disney any richer rushing to buy the spin-off junk, undoubtedly all made in China by girls who will not see their dreams come true.

    • Bree

      Kids of many ages were in the theaters when I went to watch the film…none of them were too scared. The most frightening thing was a couple of shadows. Please, do not make up your mind based on these posts. The film was not nearly as racial as people are forcing it to be. It’s a great story. I laughed, I nearly cried, and I danced along. The soundtrack is catchy, like most Disney classics. And, I felt good after the film.

      If you go into the film looking for racial slip ups, or over-analyzing the characters, then you’re ALWAYS going to find something that is not to your liking.

      However, if you go into the film in the mindset that you are about to see a Disney classic, then you’ll be very impressed. Your money will have been well spent. As for the merchandising…if you don’t agree with what Disney creates, then just don’t buy the toys for your grandkids. There’s nothing wrong with that.

      I assure though…if you go, it will be money well spent, and your little girls will enjoy their time.

      As for that image of an awesome black dad….Tiana’s dad was amazing. I wanted to hug him. If your grandkids have an awesome black dad, they’ll see their father in him…and, therefore, also see themselves in Tiana…which would be a great thing since she is a hardworking, beautiful, intelligent black woman who accomplishes her goals and realizes her dreams.

      (Not that it matters, but I am a 21 year old black woman, who after seeing the film will take my young bi-racial sister and brother to see it)
      So, I totally get it if you want to see the film before taking them to see it.

  • Bette

    Thanks for the comments, everyone. I am a white grandma with black granddaughters wondering if I should take them. Generally I hate Disney for over-merchandizing everything, and taking good stories and making them trite. After reading the reviews, I think I will skip the movie, as I am pretty sure it will be too scary for my grandkids, who are still very young. I’ll rent the DVD and let them watch it when they are a bit older. However, I am very glad that Disney has finally got a black princess, I am glad Disney is evidently endorsing interracial marriage, and I am really glad to hear that the animation quality is back. My granddaughters have an awesome black dad, so I hope some future princess of any color gets to marry one of those. Nothing against Randy Newman, but I also can’t help wondering, with all of the amazing black musicians who have come out of New Orleans, why Disney had to go 100% with such a white Hollywood guy. Like Chandra, I do not think we will be making Disney any richer rushing to buy the spin-off junk, undoubtedly all made in China by girls who will not see their dreams come true.

    • Bree

      Kids of many ages were in the theaters when I went to watch the film…none of them were too scared. The most frightening thing was a couple of shadows. Please, do not make up your mind based on these posts. The film was not nearly as racial as people are forcing it to be. It’s a great story. I laughed, I nearly cried, and I danced along. The soundtrack is catchy, like most Disney classics. And, I felt good after the film.

      If you go into the film looking for racial slip ups, or over-analyzing the characters, then you’re ALWAYS going to find something that is not to your liking.

      However, if you go into the film in the mindset that you are about to see a Disney classic, then you’ll be very impressed. Your money will have been well spent. As for the merchandising…if you don’t agree with what Disney creates, then just don’t buy the toys for your grandkids. There’s nothing wrong with that.

      I assure though…if you go, it will be money well spent, and your little girls will enjoy their time.

      As for that image of an awesome black dad….Tiana’s dad was amazing. I wanted to hug him. If your grandkids have an awesome black dad, they’ll see their father in him…and, therefore, also see themselves in Tiana…which would be a great thing since she is a hardworking, beautiful, intelligent black woman who accomplishes her goals and realizes her dreams.

      (Not that it matters, but I am a 21 year old black woman, who after seeing the film will take my young bi-racial sister and brother to see it)
      So, I totally get it if you want to see the film before taking them to see it.

  • Bree

    Wow…people are seeing color way too much in this film. It is NOT about a black princess and an Indian prince…it is about a woman who works hard to make her dream come true and a prince who has never had to work for anything. The two cross paths under the most unlikely circumstances, and she teaches him how to work for what you want, while he teaches her how to have fun once in a while.

    Tiana was an inspiring princess…when children look at the film they’re going to see a woman who stuck with her dreams and worked hard to make them a reality. They’re not going to see all of the racial stuff that you all are creating in the piece. The film didn’t even mention race, nor did it make any commentary on race. The characters were simply one race or another, and that had no bearing on their personalities.

    Do me a favor, watch the film with your color-blinders on, and then tell me what you think.

    As for the “there’s too much voodoo”…the story takes place in New Orleans, of course the evil is voodoo.

    I thought it was a great film…but, then again I didn’t go there looking for racial slip ups. I just went to see a Disney film.

  • Bree

    Wow…people are seeing color way too much in this film. It is NOT about a black princess and an Indian prince…it is about a woman who works hard to make her dream come true and a prince who has never had to work for anything. The two cross paths under the most unlikely circumstances, and she teaches him how to work for what you want, while he teaches her how to have fun once in a while.

    Tiana was an inspiring princess…when children look at the film they’re going to see a woman who stuck with her dreams and worked hard to make them a reality. They’re not going to see all of the racial stuff that you all are creating in the piece. The film didn’t even mention race, nor did it make any commentary on race. The characters were simply one race or another, and that had no bearing on their personalities.

    Do me a favor, watch the film with your color-blinders on, and then tell me what you think.

    As for the “there’s too much voodoo”…the story takes place in New Orleans, of course the evil is voodoo.

    I thought it was a great film…but, then again I didn’t go there looking for racial slip ups. I just went to see a Disney film.

  • Rhonda

    I just wanna say, that since Disney has such a history with Racism (song of the south and the black zebra servants in fantasia and I’m sure many other incidences) I think this movie was beautiful. Of course, people are always going to have something to say, black people for sure. DO you all realize how big this is? Look how far Disney has come, were we not the ones who DEMANDED a black disney princess? Everybody else got their turns the native americans with Pocahontas, The Middle eastern people with Aladdin, The Indians with the jungle book, and the Chinese with Mulan. I don’t know how much THEY all complained but I bet it wasn’t nearly as much as we do. We’re always so quick to play the race card that I’m sure Disney could’ve done everything the way the angry black demographic who are disappointed with this movie would’ve liked it to be done and they still would have some negative stuff to say. The prince Naveen thing didn’t bother me one maybe because, I, myself, am a black woman in an interracial relationship so I see nothing wrong with her marrying a prince OF COLOR *he wasnt white! he was an ambiguous race of some sort, but he was not white. But just because he wasn’t a black prince (which by the way, naturally a prince of african descent would be from AFRICA and i’m sure all you angry ass black folks out there would have a WHOLE LOT of stereotypical shit to say about that!) Let you retards tell it, the plot wouldv’e had so many holes in it. But like I said, people always have something to say. Why don’t you all pull your heads out of your asses and appreciate the movie for what it was? There was so much sugar coating and whatnot that went into the making of this film, did you expect a black family in new orleans in the 1920s to live in a big ass house made of marble? get over yourself, at least the small house tiana had was nice inside- this is historically the truth and disney didn’t add the GINORMOUS element of racism into the movie that would have been undoubtedly present at the time. Please people, just try and appreciate a disney movie and a beautifully 2d animated masterpiece for what it is and stop being stereotypes and playing the race card every chance you get. Grow up.

  • Rhonda

    I just wanna say, that since Disney has such a history with Racism (song of the south and the black zebra servants in fantasia and I’m sure many other incidences) I think this movie was beautiful. Of course, people are always going to have something to say, black people for sure. DO you all realize how big this is? Look how far Disney has come, were we not the ones who DEMANDED a black disney princess? Everybody else got their turns the native americans with Pocahontas, The Middle eastern people with Aladdin, The Indians with the jungle book, and the Chinese with Mulan. I don’t know how much THEY all complained but I bet it wasn’t nearly as much as we do. We’re always so quick to play the race card that I’m sure Disney could’ve done everything the way the angry black demographic who are disappointed with this movie would’ve liked it to be done and they still would have some negative stuff to say. The prince Naveen thing didn’t bother me one maybe because, I, myself, am a black woman in an interracial relationship so I see nothing wrong with her marrying a prince OF COLOR *he wasnt white! he was an ambiguous race of some sort, but he was not white. But just because he wasn’t a black prince (which by the way, naturally a prince of african descent would be from AFRICA and i’m sure all you angry ass black folks out there would have a WHOLE LOT of stereotypical shit to say about that!) Let you retards tell it, the plot wouldv’e had so many holes in it. But like I said, people always have something to say. Why don’t you all pull your heads out of your asses and appreciate the movie for what it was? There was so much sugar coating and whatnot that went into the making of this film, did you expect a black family in new orleans in the 1920s to live in a big ass house made of marble? get over yourself, at least the small house tiana had was nice inside- this is historically the truth and disney didn’t add the GINORMOUS element of racism into the movie that would have been undoubtedly present at the time. Please people, just try and appreciate a disney movie and a beautifully 2d animated masterpiece for what it is and stop being stereotypes and playing the race card every chance you get. Grow up.

  • Christina

    A complete disappointment. Disney should have stuck with the original story of The Princess and the Frog and made the characters whatever color. Nothing to do with the racial issue but the movie was ridiculously scary. Not for children. I was shocked as a parent of two little girls taking them to see a movie with so much voodoo, demons, and making deals with the devil etc. My 3 year old was really scared. Previous movies like Snow White have scarey “moments” like in the beginning where she’s running through the forest. Or the end with the witch and the dwarfs. However, with this movie it was horribly scary the entire time. I would not see it again and because of all the voodoo and where he finally goes to hell I dont think its anything we’ll be buying either. Which is sad, becuase the princess is so beautiful and this was something my girls and I were very much looking forward to seeing. As a WHITE woman I can competely understand the upset about the movie. I felt awkward watching it. Yes it is historically correct so all i can do then is question which person thought it was a good idea. Are they going to make a new Irish princess going thru the potatoe famine, or a historically correct Jewish princess family getting killed??? I did not go to watch the history channel. I went to watch a new Disney Princess film, of what i thought was going to be a pretty story and the princess happened to be black.

  • Christina

    A complete disappointment. Disney should have stuck with the original story of The Princess and the Frog and made the characters whatever color. Nothing to do with the racial issue but the movie was ridiculously scary. Not for children. I was shocked as a parent of two little girls taking them to see a movie with so much voodoo, demons, and making deals with the devil etc. My 3 year old was really scared. Previous movies like Snow White have scarey “moments” like in the beginning where she’s running through the forest. Or the end with the witch and the dwarfs. However, with this movie it was horribly scary the entire time. I would not see it again and because of all the voodoo and where he finally goes to hell I dont think its anything we’ll be buying either. Which is sad, becuase the princess is so beautiful and this was something my girls and I were very much looking forward to seeing. As a WHITE woman I can competely understand the upset about the movie. I felt awkward watching it. Yes it is historically correct so all i can do then is question which person thought it was a good idea. Are they going to make a new Irish princess going thru the potatoe famine, or a historically correct Jewish princess family getting killed??? I did not go to watch the history channel. I went to watch a new Disney Princess film, of what i thought was going to be a pretty story and the princess happened to be black.

  • Ann

    I have not seen the movie yet… I might wait until its on demand to see it. (I’m not a movie theatre kind of person.) I’m also 20 and I’m more of a classic Disney person… My only thought really on this movie is that, yes, I believe they should have stuck to the original tale of “The Princess and The Frog.” Why? I’m glad there’s a black princess, but since she’s a green frog half of the time, it kind of intrudes on that…

    I don’t know if my kids would like it, because I’m 20 and don’t have any to take… I’ll see if my aunts too my cousins and chat with them, as I tend to be the child watcher at the reunions…

    But yeah, props to Disney for making a new movie after so long and doing their best to please the audience with a black princess. Yes, I’m sure it could have been ‘better.’ But they tried. I know some people love it and I know some who don’t. It all comes down to a personal opinion in the end… There’s nothing we can do about this movie now. It’s out. People will see it and it will be marked for the rest of our children’s life as one of the disney princesses.

    Personally, when I have kids, I’ll either stick with the classic disney, as that is what I grew up on and will know which I think are proper for their age and understanding, or I’ll just not let them see any of them. Ha… Who knows.

    A lot of things are going to come in the future. Many movies, many games, and most likely one or two more disney princess/prince movies. We as people just need to relax a little and try not to ‘push’ our thoughts on others. It’s okay to share our opinions about this movie, but to try and force, and I do mean FORCE these thoughts onto others…that’s a worse example for kids in my opinion than any movie. If you kid liked it and you didn’t, don’t try and tell them all that’s bad about it. And if they hated it, perhaps try and point out some good things about the film too so they don’t see only the negative…

    As for race? Well, I don’t think its blacks who will complain more or whites who will complain more. I’ve heard both complain and both appreciate.

    Anyways. That’s my thoughts on the matter… I’m happy for those who enjoyed the and happy for those who did not.

    Oh, and if you didn’t like it, or your child didn’t, go get the book (Or movie if they have one) of the real story and share it with your kid instead. ^_^

    Okay. Bye now. -Waves to all.

  • Ann

    I have not seen the movie yet… I might wait until its on demand to see it. (I’m not a movie theatre kind of person.) I’m also 20 and I’m more of a classic Disney person… My only thought really on this movie is that, yes, I believe they should have stuck to the original tale of “The Princess and The Frog.” Why? I’m glad there’s a black princess, but since she’s a green frog half of the time, it kind of intrudes on that…

    I don’t know if my kids would like it, because I’m 20 and don’t have any to take… I’ll see if my aunts too my cousins and chat with them, as I tend to be the child watcher at the reunions…

    But yeah, props to Disney for making a new movie after so long and doing their best to please the audience with a black princess. Yes, I’m sure it could have been ‘better.’ But they tried. I know some people love it and I know some who don’t. It all comes down to a personal opinion in the end… There’s nothing we can do about this movie now. It’s out. People will see it and it will be marked for the rest of our children’s life as one of the disney princesses.

    Personally, when I have kids, I’ll either stick with the classic disney, as that is what I grew up on and will know which I think are proper for their age and understanding, or I’ll just not let them see any of them. Ha… Who knows.

    A lot of things are going to come in the future. Many movies, many games, and most likely one or two more disney princess/prince movies. We as people just need to relax a little and try not to ‘push’ our thoughts on others. It’s okay to share our opinions about this movie, but to try and force, and I do mean FORCE these thoughts onto others…that’s a worse example for kids in my opinion than any movie. If you kid liked it and you didn’t, don’t try and tell them all that’s bad about it. And if they hated it, perhaps try and point out some good things about the film too so they don’t see only the negative…

    As for race? Well, I don’t think its blacks who will complain more or whites who will complain more. I’ve heard both complain and both appreciate.

    Anyways. That’s my thoughts on the matter… I’m happy for those who enjoyed the and happy for those who did not.

    Oh, and if you didn’t like it, or your child didn’t, go get the book (Or movie if they have one) of the real story and share it with your kid instead. ^_^

    Okay. Bye now. -Waves to all.

  • Patti

    Wow! Some of these comments are quite thought provoking. My 7 1/2 year old loved this movie! She said mommy we have to get this movie. She enjoyed the storyline very much and the fact that the princess have he own business at the end. In the past Disney protrayed the princess as weak and helpless. However, the princess in this story was far from weak. She believed in herself to the very end. Never lost site of her goals. Her dream became a reality because she believed in herself. She was not dependent on the prince. Today, that is the type of story every young girl needs. Because it today’s society women have to be stronger. You can’t count on prince charming to be there forever. I think that is where Disney got it right. Even though she was a frog for 80% of the movie, she was more of a princess than the other one portrayed in the movie. GOOD JOB DISNEY!!! I am a black female and this movie made me smile. I left it with a good feeling that anything is possible no matter what color you are.

  • Patti

    Wow! Some of these comments are quite thought provoking. My 7 1/2 year old loved this movie! She said mommy we have to get this movie. She enjoyed the storyline very much and the fact that the princess have he own business at the end. In the past Disney protrayed the princess as weak and helpless. However, the princess in this story was far from weak. She believed in herself to the very end. Never lost site of her goals. Her dream became a reality because she believed in herself. She was not dependent on the prince. Today, that is the type of story every young girl needs. Because it today’s society women have to be stronger. You can’t count on prince charming to be there forever. I think that is where Disney got it right. Even though she was a frog for 80% of the movie, she was more of a princess than the other one portrayed in the movie. GOOD JOB DISNEY!!! I am a black female and this movie made me smile. I left it with a good feeling that anything is possible no matter what color you are.

  • Patti

    Resending this message with corrections.

    Wow! Some of these comments are quite thought provoking. My 7 1/2 year old loved this movie! She said mommy we have to get this movie. She enjoyed the storyline very much and the fact that the princess had her own business at the end. In the past Disney portrayed the princess as weak and helpless. However, the princess in this story was far from weak. She believed in herself to the very end. Never lost sight of her goals. Her dream became a reality because she believed in herself. She was not dependent on the prince. Today, that is the type of story every young girl needs. In today’s society women have to be stronger. You can’t count on prince charming to be there forever. I think that is where Disney got it right. Even though she was a frog for 80% of the movie, she was more of a princess than the other one portrayed in the movie. GOOD JOB DISNEY!!! I am a black female and this movie made me smile. I left it with a good feeling that anything is possible no matter what color you are.

  • Patti

    Resending this message with corrections.

    Wow! Some of these comments are quite thought provoking. My 7 1/2 year old loved this movie! She said mommy we have to get this movie. She enjoyed the storyline very much and the fact that the princess had her own business at the end. In the past Disney portrayed the princess as weak and helpless. However, the princess in this story was far from weak. She believed in herself to the very end. Never lost sight of her goals. Her dream became a reality because she believed in herself. She was not dependent on the prince. Today, that is the type of story every young girl needs. In today’s society women have to be stronger. You can’t count on prince charming to be there forever. I think that is where Disney got it right. Even though she was a frog for 80% of the movie, she was more of a princess than the other one portrayed in the movie. GOOD JOB DISNEY!!! I am a black female and this movie made me smile. I left it with a good feeling that anything is possible no matter what color you are.

  • Jenny

    Yes, all Disney movies have magic moments and scary moments. People die. Animals die. Fairy godmothers wave their magic wants. Yes, voodoo may be both bad and good. The problem here is what the magic was used for. Calling demons out of hell and using them to carry out a plot to sell the souls of New Orleans’ citizens? Wow. That’s serious stuff, people. The voodoo doctor gets sucked into a grave at the end of the movie and he goes to hell. Do you know the implications of going to hell? It’s eternal torment with the devil. Not something to be taken lightly.

    It also seems that most of you who liked this movie did not attend with children. I took my two boys. The seven year old was old enough not to get too scared. My five year old thought the demons were “monsters”. After we left the movie, they both wanted to know what happened to the bad guy. Now I’m supposed to explain to two children that he got put in a grave and sucked into hell? Nice family moment there. If you’re thinking of letting your kids see this, please take the time to go see it yourself and make an informed judgment call.

  • Jenny

    Yes, all Disney movies have magic moments and scary moments. People die. Animals die. Fairy godmothers wave their magic wants. Yes, voodoo may be both bad and good. The problem here is what the magic was used for. Calling demons out of hell and using them to carry out a plot to sell the souls of New Orleans’ citizens? Wow. That’s serious stuff, people. The voodoo doctor gets sucked into a grave at the end of the movie and he goes to hell. Do you know the implications of going to hell? It’s eternal torment with the devil. Not something to be taken lightly.

    It also seems that most of you who liked this movie did not attend with children. I took my two boys. The seven year old was old enough not to get too scared. My five year old thought the demons were “monsters”. After we left the movie, they both wanted to know what happened to the bad guy. Now I’m supposed to explain to two children that he got put in a grave and sucked into hell? Nice family moment there. If you’re thinking of letting your kids see this, please take the time to go see it yourself and make an informed judgment call.

  • Magnolia

    Freddie:
    I don’t know where you are from or how much you know about New Orleans, but restaurants are like palaces in NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana). In fact, there are some New Orleans families who are “restaurant nobility” so to speak, owning several or more fine dining establishments where top chefs cook stellar meals. Furthermore, there are close to a 1000 non-chain restaurants in New Orleans and many cookbooks, newspaper articles, websites, blogs, and TV shows dedicated just to Creole and Cajun food. Therefore, Tiana being from New Orleans, it makes perfect since for her palace to be her own restaurant. In New Orleans such a restaurant would be respected and the center of much socializing and merrymaking and be seen as a sign of success and wealth (as many new orleanians have made fortunes from the food industry). Also, in the final scene I remember her definately taking on an ownership role, leaving to go dance on the roof as she pleased.

    • Via

      You bring up a wonderful point! What disney princess owned her own palace that originally didn’t belong to her husband or her father?

  • Magnolia

    Freddie:
    I don’t know where you are from or how much you know about New Orleans, but restaurants are like palaces in NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana). In fact, there are some New Orleans families who are “restaurant nobility” so to speak, owning several or more fine dining establishments where top chefs cook stellar meals. Furthermore, there are close to a 1000 non-chain restaurants in New Orleans and many cookbooks, newspaper articles, websites, blogs, and TV shows dedicated just to Creole and Cajun food. Therefore, Tiana being from New Orleans, it makes perfect since for her palace to be her own restaurant. In New Orleans such a restaurant would be respected and the center of much socializing and merrymaking and be seen as a sign of success and wealth (as many new orleanians have made fortunes from the food industry). Also, in the final scene I remember her definately taking on an ownership role, leaving to go dance on the roof as she pleased.

    • Via

      You bring up a wonderful point! What disney princess owned her own palace that originally didn’t belong to her husband or her father?

  • Suzanne

    Disappointed with all the Voodoo theme throughout the movie…scaryghosts, tarat cards, masks, doll with pins, etc…My husband I took our 4 year old and 7 year old daughters to it yestersday and we were very disappointed with Disney’s “villain”…we understand that all princess movies must have a villian but we didn’t appreciate this satanic theme…and very difficult to explain to a 7 year old afterwards:(. We would not recommend this to our friends.

  • Suzanne

    Disappointed with all the Voodoo theme throughout the movie…scaryghosts, tarat cards, masks, doll with pins, etc…My husband I took our 4 year old and 7 year old daughters to it yestersday and we were very disappointed with Disney’s “villain”…we understand that all princess movies must have a villian but we didn’t appreciate this satanic theme…and very difficult to explain to a 7 year old afterwards:(. We would not recommend this to our friends.

  • Jen

    Did you ever think that maybe Disney dragged their feet in creating a black princess because they knew it would be construed as racist no matter what?

    What’s wrong with Tiana becoming a restaurant owner in the end? Her other option was giving up her dream to become someone’s “princess”. What kind of message does that send our daughters?

    Yes, the movie had voodoo. It is the magic of New Orleans. Every princess movie had magic and villans. Is this magic worse because it is somehow more evil or less Christian? I think that putting your faith in a fairy godmother or the magic of fairies is just as blasphemous. If you have always had dialogue with your children on right and wrong and God then really, no question is too big.

    Get over it people, it’s a movie. There is a willing suspension of disbelief.

  • Jen

    Did you ever think that maybe Disney dragged their feet in creating a black princess because they knew it would be construed as racist no matter what?

    What’s wrong with Tiana becoming a restaurant owner in the end? Her other option was giving up her dream to become someone’s “princess”. What kind of message does that send our daughters?

    Yes, the movie had voodoo. It is the magic of New Orleans. Every princess movie had magic and villans. Is this magic worse because it is somehow more evil or less Christian? I think that putting your faith in a fairy godmother or the magic of fairies is just as blasphemous. If you have always had dialogue with your children on right and wrong and God then really, no question is too big.

    Get over it people, it’s a movie. There is a willing suspension of disbelief.

  • babygirl

    COME ON PPLS. ITS NOT THAT SERIOUS. US AS BLACK PPLS DNT COMPLAIN ABOUT ANY OF YALL WHITE PRINCESS MOVIES. GO HEAD AND ADMIT YALL JUS MAD BC DISNEY HAS MADE A BLACK PRINCESS FOR ONCE. I AM PROUD OF THE MOVIE AND I HOPE THERE ARE MORE 2 COME. MY 2 YEAR OD LOVED IT.

  • babygirl

    COME ON PPLS. ITS NOT THAT SERIOUS. US AS BLACK PPLS DNT COMPLAIN ABOUT ANY OF YALL WHITE PRINCESS MOVIES. GO HEAD AND ADMIT YALL JUS MAD BC DISNEY HAS MADE A BLACK PRINCESS FOR ONCE. I AM PROUD OF THE MOVIE AND I HOPE THERE ARE MORE 2 COME. MY 2 YEAR OD LOVED IT.

  • Carolyn

    I watched the movie with great anticipation and was saddened by the mis-representation of the life as an African American! Have you pondered why New Orleans was chosen as the origin for the movie. A place known for dark secrets, witchcraft, voodoo and spiritual warfare. Why not Africa – A place where kings, queens, princesses and great wealth is known to have come from. People we have to be mindful of the ideology that we chose to accept and even more so the ideology that we subject our chidlren to. We are a “great” people, and until we begin to believe it, and value ourselves as a people we will never receive the true respect that we deserve from others.

  • Carolyn

    I watched the movie with great anticipation and was saddened by the mis-representation of the life as an African American! Have you pondered why New Orleans was chosen as the origin for the movie. A place known for dark secrets, witchcraft, voodoo and spiritual warfare. Why not Africa – A place where kings, queens, princesses and great wealth is known to have come from. People we have to be mindful of the ideology that we chose to accept and even more so the ideology that we subject our chidlren to. We are a “great” people, and until we begin to believe it, and value ourselves as a people we will never receive the true respect that we deserve from others.

    • karla

      I didn’t like this either and was confused by it. Disney obviously did not make a good choice w/ the plot and backround of the movie. They could have done much better!

  • Meme305

    I want a refund for my tickets LOL.My 9year old niece was upset by some of the scenes and some of the comments a little boy made in the movie. When it was said that the prince was broke and wanted to marry this rich white girl for her money. A little boy next to us said. Thats just like a black man. Cant get a job for some money he want to use the white girl. And I’m trying to ignore the comment because its a kid. Until his mom started laughing said yup maybe he should rap. I’m like WTF LOL. Oprah know she and the woman who played the princess should have suggested something better or even refused the part. What was they thinking as they created this piece of sh**.I mean wow plantation type house. Ariel, Cinderella, etc they all seem to stay in nice homes and have big dreams. But a restaurant owner…The voodoo sent me over the top. I mean really the vile with a skull head and blood in it. I mean as the adults we all knew what it was but was it really needed for the character in the movie to let the children know what it was.

  • Meme305

    I want a refund for my tickets LOL.My 9year old niece was upset by some of the scenes and some of the comments a little boy made in the movie. When it was said that the prince was broke and wanted to marry this rich white girl for her money. A little boy next to us said. Thats just like a black man. Cant get a job for some money he want to use the white girl. And I’m trying to ignore the comment because its a kid. Until his mom started laughing said yup maybe he should rap. I’m like WTF LOL. Oprah know she and the woman who played the princess should have suggested something better or even refused the part. What was they thinking as they created this piece of sh**.I mean wow plantation type house. Ariel, Cinderella, etc they all seem to stay in nice homes and have big dreams. But a restaurant owner…The voodoo sent me over the top. I mean really the vile with a skull head and blood in it. I mean as the adults we all knew what it was but was it really needed for the character in the movie to let the children know what it was.

    • karla

      Well not all us “white” people are like that or feel that way…. there are good and bad of all color! That boys comments are truely the comments of a child raised by ignorant and shallow minded people. To begin w/ they couldn’t even distinguish that the prince wasn’t black! The thought of a few stupid white people seem to overrule the majority of us that don’t feel that way. I know quite well that there are people of that nature in all races!

  • shay

    the film is filled with anachronisms and could have been set in a more modern time, who in the hell was named tiana in 1920? that name did not exist..why does she have to work so hard? the other princesses didnt. why is her prince someone who is trying to marry another woman for money rather than a hero like the other princes…is wasnt even legal for us to marry outside of our race back then..stop accepting crumbs just because its whats offered…so what its made for kids, are you letting your kids think that black women have to work in order to become a princess? i call it the frog princess because that is what it is…all the simple people who accept it are disney’s market lemmings…i have no problem with disney per se..but they messed this up…big time…big time…the animation is beautiful, the story lame, sad and racist…no other princess has spent most of the film as a creature.NONE OF THEM..in the original, the grimm bros did NOT have her change into a frog…i’m all for poetic license, but they could have gone a whole other route..i’m writing to whoopi as i speak…

  • shay

    the film is filled with anachronisms and could have been set in a more modern time, who in the hell was named tiana in 1920? that name did not exist..why does she have to work so hard? the other princesses didnt. why is her prince someone who is trying to marry another woman for money rather than a hero like the other princes…is wasnt even legal for us to marry outside of our race back then..stop accepting crumbs just because its whats offered…so what its made for kids, are you letting your kids think that black women have to work in order to become a princess? i call it the frog princess because that is what it is…all the simple people who accept it are disney’s market lemmings…i have no problem with disney per se..but they messed this up…big time…big time…the animation is beautiful, the story lame, sad and racist…no other princess has spent most of the film as a creature.NONE OF THEM..in the original, the grimm bros did NOT have her change into a frog…i’m all for poetic license, but they could have gone a whole other route..i’m writing to whoopi as i speak…

  • Mark

    OK:::this movie was amazing it was just another disney hit…the fact that people are ridiculous enough to trip over the lil voodoo is very childish and you know its not about that when it all comes down to it its still about color that is why people grab the negative facts…what about the lady who try 2 posion snow white that was a matter between life and death but no body makes a big deal out of that but let a African American do it and its a hold nother story and its very sad that grown ups are really igornat torwards the fact. All kids want 2 do is enjoy the exciting features, do you think the kids care about color or voodoo and i am a White Male and the fact that i wrote this should make you grown folks more aware, and grow up

  • Mark

    OK:::this movie was amazing it was just another disney hit…the fact that people are ridiculous enough to trip over the lil voodoo is very childish and you know its not about that when it all comes down to it its still about color that is why people grab the negative facts…what about the lady who try 2 posion snow white that was a matter between life and death but no body makes a big deal out of that but let a African American do it and its a hold nother story and its very sad that grown ups are really igornat torwards the fact. All kids want 2 do is enjoy the exciting features, do you think the kids care about color or voodoo and i am a White Male and the fact that i wrote this should make you grown folks more aware, and grow up

  • Guest

    DEAR Chandra Stewart you should be very ashame first off the movie wasnt for you second think about the kids not yourself i bet your one of those people who HAte to look at the positive in African American well NEWS FLASH you share this world with them weather you like it not.Then they say its not about race or color NO its all about RACE and COLOR now what if these people where WHITE…voodoo is apart of a culture who are you to judge ONLY GOD CAN…VOodoo can be torward good or evil but when it all comes down to it it really hurts to see the reaction of how people are treated just by the color of there skin and remember this and dont you ever forget it if it wasnt for have the black people today and back in the day the world wouldnt have most of the things they do now why would GOD put us on this earth its just another fact from life…but you no I’am a 16 year African American WOMEn and im very proud,proud of the people who keeps the change coming and this is what this movie ask i thank God that im Black because how can you really judge a black person when you havent walked a day of life in there shoes but you no what i respect you and it goes for everyone else who agrees with you but i love the fact when a African American get to shine even though its not me i like to see somebody get out there and show people like you different…but it kills me when one black person does wrong the media has to tear them down but its all good…OBAMA…

  • Guest

    DEAR Chandra Stewart you should be very ashame first off the movie wasnt for you second think about the kids not yourself i bet your one of those people who HAte to look at the positive in African American well NEWS FLASH you share this world with them weather you like it not.Then they say its not about race or color NO its all about RACE and COLOR now what if these people where WHITE…voodoo is apart of a culture who are you to judge ONLY GOD CAN…VOodoo can be torward good or evil but when it all comes down to it it really hurts to see the reaction of how people are treated just by the color of there skin and remember this and dont you ever forget it if it wasnt for have the black people today and back in the day the world wouldnt have most of the things they do now why would GOD put us on this earth its just another fact from life…but you no I’am a 16 year African American WOMEn and im very proud,proud of the people who keeps the change coming and this is what this movie ask i thank God that im Black because how can you really judge a black person when you havent walked a day of life in there shoes but you no what i respect you and it goes for everyone else who agrees with you but i love the fact when a African American get to shine even though its not me i like to see somebody get out there and show people like you different…but it kills me when one black person does wrong the media has to tear them down but its all good…OBAMA…

  • Anonymous

    good

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  • Anonymous

    DEAR Chandra Stewart you made a very good point and to all the haters you should be very ashame first off the movie wasnt for you second think about the kids not yourself i bet your one of those people who HAte to look at the positive in African American well NEWS FLASH you share this world with them weather you like it not.Then they say its not about race or color NO its all about RACE and COLOR now what if these people where WHITE…voodoo is apart of a culture who are you to judge ONLY GOD CAN…VOodoo can be torward good or evil but when it all comes down to it it really hurts to see the reaction of how people are treated just by the color of there skin and remember this and dont you ever forget it if it wasnt for have the black people today and back in the day the world wouldnt have most of the things they do now why would GOD put us on this earth its just another fact from life…but you no I’am a 16 year African American WOMEn and im very proud,proud of the people who keeps the change coming and this is what this movie ask i thank God that im Black because how can you really judge a black person when you havent walked a day of life in there shoes but you no what i respect you and it goes for everyone else who agrees with you but i love the fact when a African American get to shine even though its not me i like to see somebody get out there and show people like you different…but it kills me when one black person does wrong the media has to tear them down but its all good…OBAMA…srry bout the first post i messed up i was so angrey and i didnt reread

  • Anonymous

    DEAR Chandra Stewart you made a very good point and to all the haters you should be very ashame first off the movie wasnt for you second think about the kids not yourself i bet your one of those people who HAte to look at the positive in African American well NEWS FLASH you share this world with them weather you like it not.Then they say its not about race or color NO its all about RACE and COLOR now what if these people where WHITE…voodoo is apart of a culture who are you to judge ONLY GOD CAN…VOodoo can be torward good or evil but when it all comes down to it it really hurts to see the reaction of how people are treated just by the color of there skin and remember this and dont you ever forget it if it wasnt for have the black people today and back in the day the world wouldnt have most of the things they do now why would GOD put us on this earth its just another fact from life…but you no I’am a 16 year African American WOMEn and im very proud,proud of the people who keeps the change coming and this is what this movie ask i thank God that im Black because how can you really judge a black person when you havent walked a day of life in there shoes but you no what i respect you and it goes for everyone else who agrees with you but i love the fact when a African American get to shine even though its not me i like to see somebody get out there and show people like you different…but it kills me when one black person does wrong the media has to tear them down but its all good…OBAMA…srry bout the first post i messed up i was so angrey and i didnt reread

  • Heart

    I haven’t even seen it yet but all you yuppie parents bitching about how it scared your precious babies… Hey; they need to learn sooner or later.
    Real life is scarier than some voodoo.
    It looks great to me.

    • karla

      Obviously for you to make a comment like that you do not have children! Yes children need to know reality but they don’t need to have the crap scared out of them by demons!!! That is not real life. How many “dark shadows” and “demons” have you seen running the streets! and then their is age appropriateness! Do you think a 3-4yr old needs to have sex explained to them because it’s a part of life and they will know sooner or later, ugh no! They don’t need this kind o’ crap in their cartoons as they get enough of it in real life. Definetely not one of Disney’s finest for sure!

    • karla

      Obviously for you to make a comment like that you do not have children! Yes children need to know reality but they don’t need to have the crap scared out of them by demons!!! That is not real life. How many “dark shadows” and “demons” have you seen running the streets! and then their is age appropriateness! Do you think a 3-4yr old needs to have sex explained to them because it’s a part of life and they will know sooner or later, ugh no! They don’t need this kind o’ crap in their cartoons as they get enough of it in real life. Definetely not one of Disney’s finest for sure!

  • Heart

    I haven’t even seen it yet but all you yuppie parents bitching about how it scared your precious babies… Hey; they need to learn sooner or later.
    Real life is scarier than some voodoo.
    It looks great to me.

    • karla

      Obviously for you to make a comment like that you do not have children! Yes children need to know reality but they don’t need to have the crap scared out of them by demons!!! That is not real life. How many “dark shadows” and “demons” have you seen running the streets! and then their is age appropriateness! Do you think a 3-4yr old needs to have sex explained to them because it’s a part of life and they will know sooner or later, ugh no! They don’t need this kind o’ crap in their cartoons as they get enough of it in real life. Definetely not one of Disney’s finest for sure!

  • kathy

    Its the year for the “African Americans”, black president, black princess… This is just the beginning, people get over it, and get over yourselves.

  • kathy

    Its the year for the “African Americans”, black president, black princess… This is just the beginning, people get over it, and get over yourselves.

  • kathy

    Its the year for the “African Americans”, black president, black princess… This is just the beginning, people get over it, and get over yourselves.

  • karla

    Well not all us “white” people are like that or feel that way…. there are good and bad of all color! That boys comments are truely the comments of a child raised by ignorant and shallow minded people. To begin w/ they couldn’t even distinguish that the prince wasn’t black! The thought of a few stupid white people seem to overrule the majority of us that don’t feel that way. I know quite well that there are people of that nature in all races!

  • karla

    Well not all us “white” people are like that or feel that way…. there are good and bad of all color! That boys comments are truely the comments of a child raised by ignorant and shallow minded people. To begin w/ they couldn’t even distinguish that the prince wasn’t black! The thought of a few stupid white people seem to overrule the majority of us that don’t feel that way. I know quite well that there are people of that nature in all races!

  • karla

    I didn’t like this either and was confused by it. Disney obviously did not make a good choice w/ the plot and backround of the movie. They could have done much better!

  • karla

    I didn’t like this either and was confused by it. Disney obviously did not make a good choice w/ the plot and backround of the movie. They could have done much better!

  • maria

    hi!!

    Well I hate to say that but I think some of you have been waiting too much from a kid´s movie. And Also I think that you got quite a predjudice about what a Disney movie has to be. I did a research about disney and the femela form and belive I analised very well the characters, roles and stories, I love Disney but I can criticize.

    Seriously, Did you want a silly, stupid and dependent princess as role model of your kids?
    Some princess who laid half dead waiting for a man to save her?
    Some princess wose bigest success is to marry a rich man and be able to live with out work?
    Some princess whose stepmother has stole her inheritence from and who prefers to clean after that bitch in spite of go to the authorites and fight for her rigths?
    Do you want that role model?
    I would prefer a working woman whose independt and strong and does not need any man to succed that any of the classic princesses. And Tiana is like that.

    To much Voodoo? Demons are scary? And what about the nice blind old lady? Wich kind of magic does she prectises? The Irish one? No is Voodoo. Good Voodoo.
    The Villian is too dark? Is too hard for kids to know that some people belive in a Heaven and a Hell? I´m sorry to say that eternal pushiment is the base of the Christianism. Since the Begining. Why would be the Salvation so important if there were not a hell.
    Maybe is hard to explain but belive what your kids watch in TV is worse because some of tha things are real.

    About the racism, well I think in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME gipsies got it worse than Tiana. They were portray as thiefs, con men, prostitutes, and killers. And I find the Villian more scary because is was a priest, a pious man that burn people alive, and I´m afraid that was a fact in Europe and America. Nobody has proved that Voodoo has done something bad.It´s a religion, a beliving and nothing more. So why complain? I think that the story is not perfect but is not that bad.
    Someone said that the story should be placed in Africa. Well I live in Africa, and I the only cultures in Africa who were able to make palaces where the arabians, the nubians and the egyptians, and sadly we dont have good remains of the nubians buildings. So if you wanted a story placed in Africa they probably placed in the jungle, and we will b talkin about a tribal princess. The Villian could be a white man, but that could be a hate speech and I thin we shoul make brigdges between races. So that left an enemy tribe, cannibals maybe?
    Could you imagine the uproar if they choose something as awful as that?
    I think 1920´s New Orleans was a better set, not only because of the city, but for the music, the culture…..
    She is a frog the 80% of the film?? well and the Beast a beast the 95%, Cinderella a maid the 80%, The Sleeping Beauty a commoner the 80%, Mulan has to cross dress the 80%.
    Aladdin lied the whole time because he wanted to live in a palace and marry the princess so he lied to everybody, Kuzco in THE EMPEROR´S NEW GROOVE is a llama the 90% of the film and he is nasty as emperor.
    And you know what, only Mulan is a strong woman who fights and rebels against the men rules to save her loves ones. Really, I prefer a daughter whose a real woman than a daughter whose like a vase, beautiful but hollow.

    Maybe you will prefer a classic princess but that is like to say that you prefer a subject housewife to a Medicine Doctor or a Bussiness Woman.
    Also I think that explain difficult things is a parents job, the only things your kids are gonna be scare of are the things you left in shadows. If they are scare confort them, tell them that the movie is just a FANTASY, is not real and dont look anxios because they could misunderstood you.

    The Princess and the Frog is just a Movie, a fairy tale like all the others. And say that Naveen is a bad prince because he is not black…..doesn´t that ring a bell? The racism one maybe?
    And before I finish let me say this, Tiana is a princess, because even when she is from a “humble” background ( she has a nice house doesn´t she?) she has good values, she is brave, and good person and Naveen is a frog not because he has been turn into one, but because he is frivolous, vane and egoist. The change of Naveen thanks to his ralationship with Tiana is the most important thing.

    Finally I did a research about disney and the femela form and belive I analised very well the characters, roles and stories, I love Disney but I can criticize, so dont think that my review is made from a cold point of view.

  • GE0RGiA

    Well said Akira, and Carly too. I'm black and took no offence to the film simply because I knew it was for children, and a very decent attempt from Disney to revert to it's roots and classic story telling. I think the problems people have on this film, as petty and nit-picky as they seem, is rooted deeply in, as Carly said, our own grown-up views. Everyone must remember the controversy this film gained from the beginning of its production, constantly forcing the writers and producers to change details in the storyline, characters etc. just to suit the politically correct way it should have been done. I believe this is what made Disney choose to portray Tiana and the rest of the characters the way they did. 10 years ago viewers weren't as concerned about the possible negative undertones a certain character or story was giving, they instead focused on HOW the story was told, and that there my friends was where the magic lay. If we didn't live in such an objective and judgemental society, leaving those in industries such as Disney alone, maybe this would have been a more outstanding feature. Nevertheless, they've done what they could, and made it work. I just don't seem to understand why some black folks complain about not having a strong heroine figure amongst those with the likes of other mainstream figures, and then complain further about the inadequate depiction of that heroine once she is created…I mean, dang it people, under those circumstances, noone can win??

  • CJ

    My 6 year old and I love the movie. She didn’t see the color of the characters. She loves all of the Disney Princesses. If you remember, Cinderella was a maid before she met the Fairy Godmother. My African American daughter just loves princesses and not the color of them. True a majority of them are white but she has a poster of them all and it includes those of different ethnicity. People would have criticized if Tiana was talking like a Malibu chick and if the story didn’t seem real for a black person. They would have criticized if the story was based in Atlanta or if she acted ghetto. She had an accent but I truly believe the story was wonderful. Each of the Princess stories has its own feel to it. You never know they may do a sequel like the other stories. Cinderella, Mulan, the Little Mermaid and a few others have 2nd and sometimes 3rd stories. I did kind of wish they would have shown more of them as humans but overall I was satisfied. My daughter did cry when the Shadow Man stepped on Ray though but I had to explain to her that he was with his Evangeline. She has seen this movie at least 10 times already.

  • Anonymous

    ok, I am a white woman, the ONLY reason that I say that is because there is such a racist issue… I do Not find myself racist and raise my children in that way as well. I was NOT impresses with “THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG”. I keep hearing everyone say that this film is “for children” and duh… i get that. But would you want your children to watch it?? They learn from what they watch and my 5yr old isn’t dumb in anyway!! I am confused on the points that I seen… Why do they have to make the “black” family poor and the “white” family rich? (all the poor families were poor in little houses and the rich people living in town in big houses!) why do they make it a point to show the difference in their homes. Why does her mom have to be a seamtress and her father a very hard working man who rides to work on the back of a truck (pointed out in the end of the movie). Why does the prince only want the rich “white” girl and Only falls in love with her when she is a frog and they are equal?? And why too did there have to be so amny comments to how many women the prince had been with?? And I understand that Voo-doo is part of the culture but did it have to be so much and keep talking bout “the other side” and demons?? And in referance to Mulan and Pocahontas… in NO way were they put down for their culture or race. They thrived and were loved because of it. Did we all forget when the realators tell Tiana that she was out bid on her building and say ” a girl of your back ground.” Why did they have to damean this girl before she bacame a princess?? I could go on and on but i wont… i will say again that I was Not impressed with this movie and believe it could of done better.

    • Kiley

      Okay, Lacey, there were quite a few things about your post that bugged me. First, the house issue: would you have been happier if they had totally disregarded all historical accuracy? In 1920, it was, as stated in the song “Down in New Orleans”, the “stately homes and mansions” all belonged to the “sugar barons and the cotton kings”. It’s not fair that they attained their wealth through the suffering of others, but that’s what happened.
      I think that Tiana and her family were strong, loveable characters BECAUSE they were hard workers. The world needs more people like them, and I don’t care what race they are.
      Obviously Prince Naveen is lazy and spoiled at the beginning of the movie, and wants to marry the rich girl (I don’t think it mattered what race she was, BTW, only that she was rich) because he didn’t want to have to work. His character changes dramatically throughout the movie for the better. To me, that just shows a good example of overcoming your weaknesses.
      Now, about the Voo-doo. I’m pretty certain that Snow White’s stepmother was using ‘black magic’. Come on, she sent her hunter out to kill Snow White and bring her heart back! When that didn’t work, she used her magic to try and kill Snow White again! And the villain in the Little Mermaid can be compared to the devil! I think everyone is upset because Voo-dooism is tied to being black, but that’s just plain silly. Every culture has a rich and varied history, and while it isn’t always pretty, pretending something didn’t happen is completely illogical. We should learn from the past–incorporate the good into our lives and try never to make the same mistakes twice. Frankly, the ‘other side’ etc just made the shadow man a better villain, and a better villain makes a better hero/heroine. Which Tiana was, BTW. I loved that she took charge of her life and overcame all of the obstacles in her path.
      The Realtors were not so obvious a villain because they didn’t dress in black etc, but they and the comments they made stood for some of the worst obstacles Tiana had to deal with. NO ONE thought Tiana could fulfill her dream–because she was a woman, because she was black, because she was poor, etc. Well, she showed them! And that is what was wonderful about this movie. It’s message is that of perseverance, hard working, and never letting anyone get in the way of your dreams.

      • Anonymous

        Last time i checked i went to the movie to watch a fairy-tale. Not the history channel! And Im pretty sure thats what my daughter had in mind. And in being historically correct were there ALWAYS talking frogs and animals living in New Orleans?? And yes there is evil in all Disney movies… that is how they do it. But in this one it is very scary and talked about more than in detail/often than in the others. In Snow White, they didnt mention the fact that he wanted to cut her heart out every other line… And I understand what you say about proving that she was a strong woman who over came alot. I get that. Never said I didnt. But there is a time for a child to see how far we have came in the “RACE” fight. Right now she knows that there is not a differance in people of any color, shape, and size. And I really dont need a movie to point out the differance and the way it was in “1920″. My daughter just started understanding the differance in today, tomorrow, yesterday, last year, etc. You really think she is going to understand that this film is set in the 1920′s? Probably not…

  • TheMan

    i liked the movie. The movie did have themes that might not be suited for a 5 year old. To hard to understand for them. Like i said i like the movie but my daughter fell asleep half way through the film.

  • white rabbit

    Just saying, Disney managed to follow the kid safe story line of all the other original princess stories, so why couldn’t they with this one? In the Frog Prince fairy tale, the girl starts off as a princess and remains so, not turns into one at the very end.

  • Gabby

    I personally agree with carly!
    This movie was fantastic I really loved it!
    Like honestly I was so shocked on how good it was!
    I wish people would stop complaining about the voodoo.
    Sure it’s not the best thing, but neither is mystical creatures
    Or magic and stuff. It’s a movie and it was entertaining it wasn’t
    Meant to send out some wrong messages to children.
    It’s freaking Disney.. Come on.

  • Gabby

    I personally agree with carly!
    This movie was fantastic I really loved it!
    Like honestly I was so shocked on how good it was!
    I wish people would stop complaining about the voodoo.
    Sure it’s not the best thing, but neither is mystical creatures
    Or magic and stuff. It’s a movie and it was entertaining it wasn’t
    Meant to send out some wrong messages to children.
    It’s freaking Disney.. Come on.

  • Gabby

    I personally agree with carly!
    This movie was fantastic I really loved it!
    Like honestly I was so shocked on how good it was!
    I wish people would stop complaining about the voodoo.
    Sure it’s not the best thing, but neither is mystical creatures
    Or magic and stuff. It’s a movie and it was entertaining it wasn’t
    Meant to send out some wrong messages to children.
    It’s freaking Disney.. Come on.

  • TheOriginalBlackBarbieDoll

    Your so right. I'm also 15 and my mom, sisters, and even cousins all had bad reviews. I didn't even look at the movie that way. I was just glad she was black. I'm redecorating my whole room because I'm happy there's finally a black princess.

  • TheOriginalBlackBarbieDoll

    Your so right. I'm also 15 and my mom, sisters, and even cousins all had bad reviews. I didn't even look at the movie that way. I was just glad she was black. I'm redecorating my whole room because I'm happy there's finally a black princess.

  • illiniguy

    Maybe Disney will rethink before trying to create another movie toward africans n America. (This is not a slam against African Americans. Some AA’s appreciate what this country has to “OFFER” and not just what this country should “GIVE” them.
    Instead of appreciating the story, the charachters and the sound a child laughing; so many want to turn it into a race issue. Maybe Disney should have just stuck with the white princesses. At least they weren’t being boycotted.
    Oh, I’m I white male that took my 4 year old white daughter to see this movie and she loved it. She laughed, she asked why the girl was sad, she wiggled in her seat to the music, she clung to my arms during the scary parts and was beaming a gigantic smile at the end. I think that’s what makes Disney movies so great; You experience ever emotion. So thank you Disney, now my daughter has at least one princess doll of color.(Which she calls Niki, her AA friend from daycare.)

  • nolalily

    What's wrong with serving food? I live in New Orleans and those in the food business hold a certain degree of prestige. But….let's not lose site of why she serves food. It was a common love shared between her father and herself. So, I ask you again, what's wrong with serving food?

  • nolalily

    I agree with your comment. I don't know if you're from New Orleans or not but I am and maybe I can shed some light on a few things that I found really great in he film from a “nola” point of view.

    First, I've heard some “she serves food” comments here as if that is a low way to make a living. It is not – especially in New Orleans and it is quite believable that her goal in life was to own a restaurant.

    Second, Voodoo was brought to New Orleans after the Haitian Slave Revolt in the early, early 1800s. It is still practiced by some and has become integrated. If you live in New Orleans, you are educated on voodoo whether you ever practice it or not. We all know that voodoo is not used just for bad things. It is an acceptance of the “nature” and of “natural things” that lives in us all. By the way, I am a practicing Protestant.

    In addition, one finds many people of color in New Orleans where pinpointing someone's race is difficult. I think Prince Naveen represents that group and is akin to our upper and middle Creole class. This group is comprised of people with mixed heritage and who have been “free people of color” since New Orleans was, well, New Orleans.

    I loved it that Tiana's parents were loving and hardworking and that she was able to dream a big dream and accomplish it. The children in the audience were enraptured. As my husband and I were leaving the theater, he turned to me and, “I don't know why but I kept finding myself tearing throughout the movie.”

  • nolalily

    Well, Newman is from New Orleans. However, I will tell you, as an adult, I saw some of this movie as trite. But kids don't get nuance too well and the moral of the story was well worth it. So often, kids stories don't really dig very deep. This one made it's point in a way that children will get it. In fact, I'd say that this movie will have a lasting effect on some kids.

  • http://www.tarjeta-r4-ds.es/ cheap dsi r4

    I’m so glad that Disney finally created an African American Princess. I would have preferred that it was based in Africa after the many African Princesses like Hatshepsut, Amina, Njinga, Tata Ajache, Taytu Bethul, and Elizabeth of Toro.

  • Hu

    I’ve read the Princess and the Frog story, the princess in that story is rude and refused to keep her promises. Everybody “loved” her just because she’s pretty and she’s a princess and probably because her father is a good man (he kept reminding her and “forcing” her to keep her promise to the frog)…so I think it’s good that Disney changed character of the “princess” in the story and made her a better role model than the one in the original story.

    • BunnFlunn

      Maybe, but I think the story would have been a lot better if they had more balls at Disney. They used to have balls. Watch Steamboat Willy, animal cruelty all over. The part where Pinocchio is drinking and smoking. In the end very moralistic but they were not afraid to show it. The evil stepmother of Cinderella. She is an evil, nasty, bi***. That is what drives me nuts with Disney, they are so afraid to show bad things. You can show bad things or you can be suggestive but it seems that they are not using the conventions of film and animation. They can do so much more, they have the money, they only need to hire some good scriptwriters and to stop to protect their audience.

    • BunnFlunn

      Maybe, but I think the story would have been a lot better if they had more balls at Disney. They used to have balls. Watch Steamboat Willy, animal cruelty all over. The part where Pinocchio is drinking and smoking. In the end very moralistic but they were not afraid to show it. The evil stepmother of Cinderella. She is an evil, nasty, bi***. That is what drives me nuts with Disney, they are so afraid to show bad things. You can show bad things or you can be suggestive but it seems that they are not using the conventions of film and animation. They can do so much more, they have the money, they only need to hire some good scriptwriters and to stop to protect their audience.

  • BunnFlunn

    Spoiler Alert.

    I’m not going to be the next one who is complaining about her race or about the white people. People before me have already said some good things and some bad things about it.

    Yesterday, me and a bunch of fellow animation students saw this movie.
    I enjoyed the beginning of the film before they we’re turned into frogs. The animation part where Tiana and her mother fall singing into this fantasy about her new restaurant is great. I loved it, I wished the whole film was in this style. After that you have Lottie, the sweet stupid rich girl. The part where she is going to tell Tiana about the prince, FANTASTIC CHARACTER ANIMATION, when I can download this movie I will go straight to that part and watch it frame-by-frame. But after that the movie goes downhill. I hated the prince, his humor was so bad and annoying it made we want to animate extra scenes in the same style where he suffers in painful situations. I thought the Shadowman was not evil enough, he was not that scary and his ending was going too fast. There was no real struggle. I liked the shadows though. The part where the shadowman squashes the firefly probably had to give him more an evil touch but they should have done something like this in the beginning to set the tone of the character. Overall nice character animation. When they go into the bayou, they meet the fireflies and firefly Ray. Actually his only purpose was to guide them to the VooDoo lady and after that he should have been gone. Because, the alligator too had the task to guide them to Mama Odie, but he needed a little help along the way. To me it seemed the only reason that firefly was there, was to have a big contrast between a small, cute, little firefly and a big, lumpy, alligator. But cute, lil’ old Ray was getting horny over that freaking firefly in the sky. And here comes a little hint to the Lion King where first Tiana says that is it is a ball of gas just like Pumba in the Lion King and when Ray is dying he gets big pupils and looks up at the sky and his light goes out. Then the camera turns to the sky and !!!Oh My God!!! there is a second star shining next to his loved one and everybody is giving it a big hand. And another hint to the Lion King. Where Timon says that those lights are fireflies who are stuck in that big blue-ish black thing. To me it just looks like Disney has trouble with killing there darlings. They probably wanted that stupid firefly in there so they can make a reference to a previous Disney movie because that was one of there little marketing strategies. Can you find all the references, so it will be more fun to watch the movie and as a viewer you will feel very smart when you find them and others didn’t. And if you didn’t cached all of the references you might want to see the movie again or even buy it. At that moment a part of my soul died and turned black and I turned around in my future grave of pain, disgust and my toes crawled up. And oh dear, they were too late with the kiss but she loves him anyway and they decide to marry. But jee-golly-wiz if they marry, Tiana becomes a princess and so the spell will be broken. I would like to thank prince charming for explaining that to us in the end. Small children are not the smartest people around, they don’t get anything. I thought there were too many songs and after the film we decided we too should get into a singing frenzy whenever we have an emotion. I agree with the fact that the voodoo in this film has too much negativity around it. I know that Mama Odie is practicing it in a positive way but the balance between those too is unequal, because the Shadowman is always there, evil characters are more fun to look at and story-wise it is more exiting.

    But the moral to the story is (and it is very true & cheesy)….
    Just be yourself and the whole world will smile at you.

    • BunnFlunn

      And I know it was meant as an animated musical and the Lion King had a lot of songs too but the timing whenever a song started was a lot better.

    • BunnFlunn

      And I know it was meant as an animated musical and the Lion King had a lot of songs too but the timing whenever a song started was a lot better.

  • BunnFlunn

    Spoiler Alert.

    I’m not going to be the next one who is complaining about her race or about the white people. People before me have already said some good things and some bad things about it.

    Yesterday, me and a bunch of fellow animation students saw this movie.
    I enjoyed the beginning of the film before they we’re turned into frogs. The animation part where Tiana and her mother fall singing into this fantasy about her new restaurant is great. I loved it, I wished the whole film was in this style. After that you have Lottie, the sweet stupid rich girl. The part where she is going to tell Tiana about the prince, FANTASTIC CHARACTER ANIMATION, when I can download this movie I will go straight to that part and watch it frame-by-frame. But after that the movie goes downhill. I hated the prince, his humor was so bad and annoying it made we want to animate extra scenes in the same style where he suffers in painful situations. I thought the Shadowman was not evil enough, he was not that scary and his ending was going too fast. There was no real struggle. I liked the shadows though. The part where the shadowman squashes the firefly probably had to give him more an evil touch but they should have done something like this in the beginning to set the tone of the character. Overall nice character animation. When they go into the bayou, they meet the fireflies and firefly Ray. Actually his only purpose was to guide them to the VooDoo lady and after that he should have been gone. Because, the alligator too had the task to guide them to Mama Odie, but he needed a little help along the way. To me it seemed the only reason that firefly was there, was to have a big contrast between a small, cute, little firefly and a big, lumpy, alligator. But cute, lil’ old Ray was getting horny over that freaking firefly in the sky. And here comes a little hint to the Lion King where first Tiana says that is it is a ball of gas just like Pumba in the Lion King and when Ray is dying he gets big pupils and looks up at the sky and his light goes out. Then the camera turns to the sky and !!!Oh My God!!! there is a second star shining next to his loved one and everybody is giving it a big hand. And another hint to the Lion King. Where Timon says that those lights are fireflies who are stuck in that big blue-ish black thing. To me it just looks like Disney has trouble with killing there darlings. They probably wanted that stupid firefly in there so they can make a reference to a previous Disney movie because that was one of there little marketing strategies. Can you find all the references, so it will be more fun to watch the movie and as a viewer you will feel very smart when you find them and others didn’t. And if you didn’t cached all of the references you might want to see the movie again or even buy it. At that moment a part of my soul died and turned black and I turned around in my future grave of pain, disgust and my toes crawled up. And oh dear, they were too late with the kiss but she loves him anyway and they decide to marry. But jee-golly-wiz if they marry, Tiana becomes a princess and so the spell will be broken. I would like to thank prince charming for explaining that to us in the end. Small children are not the smartest people around, they don’t get anything. I thought there were too many songs and after the film we decided we too should get into a singing frenzy whenever we have an emotion. I agree with the fact that the voodoo in this film has too much negativity around it. I know that Mama Odie is practicing it in a positive way but the balance between those too is unequal, because the Shadowman is always there, evil characters are more fun to look at and story-wise it is more exiting.

    But the moral to the story is (and it is very true & cheesy)….
    Just be yourself and the whole world will smile at you.

  • n2thetruth

    I just went to see the movie last night with my 4yr old granddaughter and am glad that I only paid 1.75 to see it. It was a screaming hot MESS!! I totally agree with Chandra the movie had way too much voodoo, demonic undertones & witchcraft in it!!!! But what do we expect with our society now embracing all of that mess tatoos, tarot reading, psychics horoscopes instead of truth…totally away from all of the values our country was found upon. The sign of the times is upon us and those who take all of the natural disasters that are happening in the world as nothing..trust and believe one day all we see where people call wrong, right; people animate evil as harmless; and cover & twist sin all will be accounted for…so sad for all that go along with it like it is okay and pity those who are totally fooled into the belief that it is nothing wrong with it all……..MAY THERE BE MERCY ON ALL WHO ARE IN DARKNESS!

  • Chelsea

    I thought this movie was fantastic. Regardless of colour the movie achieved what it was aiming for. People are over analyzing it way to much, Disney makes Fairytales and Fantasy, it is up to us to see the reality and the morals of the story, those being that if you want something enough and you work hard then you can acheive anything, black, white or any other colour you may be. Tiana was a girl who dreamt big and worked damn hard to make sure her dreams came true. I think this is one of the most realistic movies Disney has made as it doesn't just suggest that if you wish upon a star all your dreams will come true.
    I agree that children will not pick up on any of the racial undertones that some people seem to have noticed although i have to say i didn't spot them.
    With regards to the voodoo, yes there was a lot, but it wasn't all bad (Mama Odie). All Disney movies have some scary elements to them, you can't have a fairytale without a villian!
    I am a white 18 year old female who has grown up watching classic 2D animated Disney movies and i wouldn't have had it any other way!

  • sarahgletty

    hey that is a grate movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • mjlee

    I loved it!!!!!! I thought it was sweet and I loved the fact that was in New Orleans!

  • danielle33

    Not for anything, but with a lot of people complaining that the prince wasn't African-American I have to wonder: Did anyone of you complaining about that stop and think about the significance of the first interracial Disney prince/princess couple? I certainly think that is more progressive than a “matchy-matchy” couple.

    And for the people complaining there weren't enough African-American male leads, how many characters DID you want in the movie? Jeesh! Should they have just added characters just so there were more African-Americans in the movie and disregard making a good, concise plot line with necessary characters? I don't believe the white/black ratio was terribly one sided. I don't understand why people ALWAYS have to find something to complain about. This movie was OUTSTANDING! Stop picking apart every little thing in it just so you have something to complain about! Find something better to do with your time. This movie was not made to just appeal to YOU and what you wanted to see.

    Also, for the people who are annoyed she was a working princess at the end of the movie and none of the other princesses worked, well, did you actually pay attention to the movie at all? That was her dream. Her dream was never to be a Princess and sit around in a castle. That was what she wanted and she got it. That was the whole point! And the Prince learned that hard work was rewarding and to not be a lazy prince anymore. Welcome to this century people! Women don't wait around for Princes anymore – again, an IMPORTANT plot line in the movie!

    My overall point is, this is an amazing movie with important plot lines that correspond to THIS century. And not for anything, but from my point of view, Tiana could have been purple and I would have loved this movie. Who cares what color she is? It's another princess movie and I am happy they are back. I didn't see her as a color and neither do children who are raised in racially tolerant households. Enjoy it for it's amazing animation and wonderful story – STOP PICKING IT APART! I guarantee that if you want to find something that offends you in anything in life, you will – stop wasting your time looking and learn to just take things for what they are; And in this case that would be an entertaining movie!

  • danielle33

    Not for anything, but with a lot of people complaining that the prince wasn't African-American I have to wonder: Did anyone of you complaining about that stop and think about the significance of the first interracial Disney prince/princess couple? I certainly think that is more progressive than a “matchy-matchy” couple.

    And for the people complaining there weren't enough African-American male leads, how many characters DID you want in the movie? Jeesh! Should they have just added characters just so there were more African-Americans in the movie and disregard making a good, concise plot line with necessary characters? I don't believe the white/black ratio was terribly one sided. I don't understand why people ALWAYS have to find something to complain about. This movie was OUTSTANDING! Stop picking apart every little thing in it just so you have something to complain about! Find something better to do with your time. This movie was not made to just appeal to YOU and what you wanted to see.

    Also, for the people who are annoyed she was a working princess at the end of the movie and none of the other princesses worked, well, did you actually pay attention to the movie at all? That was her dream. Her dream was never to be a Princess and sit around in a castle. That was what she wanted and she got it. That was the whole point! And the Prince learned that hard work was rewarding and to not be a lazy prince anymore. Welcome to this century people! Women don't wait around for Princes anymore – again, an IMPORTANT plot line in the movie!

    My overall point is, this is an amazing movie with important plot lines that correspond to THIS century. And not for anything, but from my point of view, Tiana could have been purple and I would have loved this movie. Who cares what color she is? It's another princess movie and I am happy they are back. I didn't see her as a color and neither do children who are raised in racially tolerant households. Enjoy it for it's amazing animation and wonderful story – STOP PICKING IT APART! I guarantee that if you want to find something that offends you in anything in life, you will – stop wasting your time looking and learn to just take things for what they are; And in this case that would be an entertaining movie!

  • http://twitter.com/ofwolfanddan Dan Vincent

    I almost never reply to discussions appending articles like this, but after reading these responses, most of which are completely moronic, I felt compelled to educate the lot of you who insist on creating controversy where there need not be any.

    I agree with Danielle33. The overall theme of the movie is as clear as day: Tiana shows Naveen that hard work is what you need to succeed, and Naveen shows Tiana to pepper her life with some free spirited fun. They love each other for what, at least by themselves, have trouble finding. As the catch phrase of the movie goes, “You're the best thing I never knew I needed.”

    I'm excited by the fact that Disney is expanding it's repertoire of Princesses, and Tiana is a fine example of a contemporary take on a classic fairy tale. If any of you idiots complaining about her having to work had bothered to use your brains a little bit, you would understand that the story is set in America during the 1920's–a deliberate choice by the filmmakers to not only introduce the first black princess, but to also create the first American fairy tale. This isn't “Once Upon a Time, Far Far Away.” This is, once upon a day in 1920's New Orleans.

    Great movie, strong messages of tolerance and acceptance, likable characters, creepy villain (I loved Facilier) and it treats the issue of race as an afterthought–as it should.

  • KitKat

    I’ll be simple:
    If it wasn’t for that little firefly’s funeral scene it wouldn’t been a fantastic movie. The music, the colors, the jazz-like age; it’s wonderful!
    But as me and my mum were watching it and got to that funeral seen we scoffed at how it was so… gay. Haha, there I said it.
    Sure it was to console the kids but really it was over-done.
    Anyways, loved the villain and his “friends”.
    For the romance between Tiana and the Prince- it seemed unusual how he would fall for her when they were both in FROG form. And it seemed to have been a thrown-in one-sided love as well.
    That’s all I’ll say I guess.

  • Karin

    First off, let me say.. Y’all are all crazy!! Haha really? The movie wasn’t my favorite. It can’t compare to Beauty & the Beast, Snow White, etc. BUT my 4 year old niece LOVED it. We’re from New Orleans (and yes, we’re black!!) She didn’t care that he prince wasn’t black, nor did she notice. Oh yeah, he wasn’t the only poor prince. Aladdin was poor as well, and he became a prince at the end. Does that count?
    Y’all wonder why they never made a black princess? It’s because of this crap.
    Oh and the voodoo thing, it’s a part of New Orleans culture, it’s still practiced. So really, it goes along with the story.

    Thanks for reading

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  • Izzy

    I\’m a teenager who LOVES this movie. This is my favorite Disney princess movie. I think that the racial problems of this movie are non-existent according to the time period this movie is set in; I believe that this movie shows that you need to work hard in your life to accomplish your goals, but it isn\’t a bad idea to go and have fun once in a while. Another thing Disney focused on in this movie was the setting: New Orleans, LA during the 1920\’s Jazz-age. As for the Civil Rights Movement, it didn\’t start until the early 1940\’s, so the equality issues in this movie are most likely not as harsh as they were back almost 9 decades ago. The voodoo problem you stated is relevant to this movie, b/c it was very popular among African- Americans in Louisiana in the 1920\’s.

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