February 12, 2007

Disney's First Black Princess

My youngest daughter grew up with a strong attachment to all of the Disney princesses. Her room was decorated with Disney princess books, sheets and such. They also have some strong female characters like Mulan. But, they never had a strong sister in the mix until now.

Disney announced that its next animated princess, Maddy, will be a sister of color! The film that she will appear in will be "an American fairy tale" according to company officials. However, the film won't be available in theatres until 2009.

The downside is that my youngest daughter will probably be at an age in 2009 that seeing Maddy won't be "cool" any longer.

There are other more sinister and serious downsides about this Black princess. Jennifer Daniels previewed the story line and shares her concerns in an article entitled, 'Froggies & Voodoo & Maids, Oh No!

Care to comment on your favorite Disney character when you were growing up? Are there examples of Black characters on camera that caused more damage than good for our community?

5 comments:

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Wow, that is absolutely beautiful.

And it's about time us BAPs were recognized by Disney!

silentsurfur said...

Hey thank you for the visit......

Well I like Donald Duck....I Like his voice.....

kweenkong said...

This is very good on Disney's point, but wonder why they're only now taking a diverse character approach. Better late than never, though!

Evorgleb said...

Yeh I just blogged about this over at Highbrid Nation, check it out if you get a chance. Anyway, it really is about time Disney gave little girls a black princess to look up to. Its long overdue. I also think its great that the film will take place in New Orleans. I'll definately have to take my neice to the Frog Princess.

Villager said...

Hat tip to Kyra Hicks for pointing out article by Jennifer Daniels laying out concerns about Maddy. Check out article --> '
Froggies & Voodoo & Maids, Oh No!
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