After all the controversy about the Princess' significant other, Prince Naveen
, being too light and wavy, the movie poster and trailer has finally been released for The Princess and the Frog
. This is the first Disney movie to feature an African-American princess, which stars Tony winner and Dreamgirls
star Anika Noni Rose
. The animated film includes voices from Jenifer Lewis,
and Oprah Winfrey
as the princess' mother.
On the movie poster, Disney has no depiction of race and I don't blame them. Originally, Disney was slammed for Princess Tiana's original name, which was Maddy -- some claimed it sounded too much like "mammy," a term widely used during slavery and Jim Crow.
Then, another controversy brewed when there were complaints that Prince Naveen resembled too much El Debarge
and needed to be more chocolate. Now, in the trailer, (I'm sure Disney is trying to avoid any more racial backlash), when Prince Naveen is shown, he looks like he got a lil' more color. I don't know -- maybe that Louisiana sun made him a bit more butter pecan!
Either way, the storyline for this Disney flick seems interesting. I am looking forward to seeing the movie and haven't anticipated a Disney film in ions. But, I'm sure after these "racial" controversies Disney is going to stick to plot lines with characters who look like Barbie!
Check out the trailer and let us know what you think!