Racism In The Princess And The Frog

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In recent years, there has been a movement for Disney animations to reach out to previously underrepresented audiences (e.g. Moana, Pocahontas). However, the films were not always received how the producers had originally intended. The Princess and the Frog was a Disney princess animation released in 2009, based off The Frog Princess. The story is a young African American waitress living with meager funds, working towards her dreams of opening a restaurant. When Prince Naveen who has been turned into a frog kisses her, thinking her a princess, turns her also into a frog. The two go on an adventure to break the curse, along the way they make friends with an alligator (Louise) and a firefly (Ray). The story is set in New Orleans, all the characters speak accented English (i.e. African American Vernacular English and American Southern English). Princess and the Frog is an exemplary case of how Disney presents African Americans in their animation films. In the animation The Princess and the Frog, all characters speak with a certain dialect associated with New Orleanians. “You ain 't never gonna get…show more content…
Yet, it isn 't clear if African American viewers see that as a negative or as a positive. That Disney chose not to mention such an important factor of the history, or that if they did, to portray it wrong or in an offensive way. Another factor would be connecting coloreds to voodooism shown through the Shadow Man. The film could be seen as hiding racism through a portrayal of an unrealistic images. Any rendition of an African American princess is refreshing and progressive in terms of mirroring cultural values and ideologies, however, it could be seen that Princess Tiana is rather a misreport of African Americans, which could have damaging effects. The disturbing truth emerges that our history is so filled with racism, that it has caused Disney to have a lack of emphasis on racial issues in films such as
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