Thursday, December 10, 2009

Are You Ready for Princess Tiana?

After many months and many blogs hyping up the movie, the United States will finally be able to see The Princess and the Frog this Friday! While the film is already out in New York and Los Angeles, Friday will be the first time the rest of the country gets to watch Disney history as they return to hand-drawn animation with what’s being hailed as “the best Disney movie since The Lion King.” It’s truly an exciting time for the Disney Company and for Disney fans everywhere. The Disney theme parks have already been in Princess Tiana mode with tons of merchandise and Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee at the Magic Kingdom. Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Princess Tiana, was recently at Epcot’s Candlelight Vigil to tell the story of Christmas to thousands of Disney fans—it’s only the beginning of Tiana mania!

Any newspaper article you read is talking about the importance of this film both socially and historically for Disney. If you know anything about Disney history, their movie Song of the South was locked away in a vault for being racially insensitive and it’s banned in America. Now Disney is taking their films into modern times and showing Tiana, Disney’s first African-American princess, as a heroine for African-American girls and girls of all backgrounds. She isn’t waiting for any prince to come and sweep her off her feet, she takes her life into her own hands and follows her dream of owning her very own restaurant.

Set in the Jazz Age of New Orleans, the film is also being well received by the city which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. They feel the movie has brought back the magic Katrina took away and will hopefully renew the world’s interest in the beautiful city loaded with history. This Friday is going to be big for Disney fans of all ages and backgrounds, it could mean the return of hand-drawn animation to the Disney lineup and the return of the Disney Princess…something we haven’t seen since Mulan back in 1998! Here at we will definitely be catching The Princess and the Frog on the big screen and we hope you will too!


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