New Princess in the Works
The other day, husband and I are flipping channels and we end up on that animated television show based on The Emperor's New Groove. Remember The Emperor's New Groove? No? Know who else doesn't remember? America.
Anyway, we start going through the different races that Disney used in their animated films back in the day. Mayan. Chinese. Native American (in the loosest sense of the term). Hawaiian. Yet with the exception of bit characters, where was the animated Disney film with a black hero or heroine? The Lion King was the closest that scaredy-Disney ever got, and even then you're dealing with Matthew Broderick and Jonathan Taylor Thomas (pretty good that I could come up with the name, huh?).
Well, that was before I read this headline:
Disney shows first black princess
Disney's next animated fairy tale, The Frog Princess, will feature the studio's first black princess.
How are they pulling this off without an animation studio, I wonder. Maybe they can rebuild one by 2009 (the film's release date).
Finding Wonderland gives an excellent encapsulation of all the fears surrounding this project. I think they could even be summarized thusly: There's voodoo, a singing crocodile, and (here's the kicker) the music is being written by Randy Newman. Randy. Newman. Think about it.
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