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?

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