I’ve been a lover of Disney from way back in the day. I even did a stint as a “Wardrobe Tech” at Disneyland itself, and loved every minute that I was on the job. So it is with a heavy heart that I tell you: I’m not impressed with the new movie, “The Princess and the Frog.”
As an African American woman, I wanted to jump for joy when I heard that they were promoting their first black princess. It was all my girlfriends and I could talk about. And Disney certainly did their best to let us ALL know how cool and great they were by celebrating cultural diversity. But now that the movie is out, I’m extremely disappointed that the black princess spends hardly anytime at all in fact BEING a Princess. Don’t worry; I’ll try to make my point without ruining the movie for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m disappointed that it’s not Disney’s best animation efforts. I’m upset that they placed it so far in the past. And, in my ultimate act of cynicism, I feel that Disney purposefully made the film look “older” so that when stacked up against their other movies, it looks like they were “progressive” enough to feature a black Princess years ago, when they really weren’t. Conspiracy theorist, you call me? Then I guess I’ll take that badge for now. I ran my theory past my mother in law and since she didn’t kick me out the family, I must not bet THAT crazy, yet.
I want to make sure to get other people’s opinions on this though, so if you live in the Twin Cites and would like to go to the movie with your little one, or even with a girlfriend if you feel so inclined, please leave me a comment including your e-mail address and I’ll send you a pass to see Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” good for any AMC Theater in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
I’m looking forward to someone restoring my faith in Disney. Please, someone help me feel more like a Princess and less of a Frog. Ribbit, ribbit, ya’ll.