[...] most posts on Disney princesses, look here, here, here, here, and here.  Two other great posts include this rejection letter (”we don’t hire [...], I believe the manner in which promotional items are packaged and distributed also play an important role regarding "integration" and "segregation". (The fact that this was considered Eleanor's problem to deal with is interesting in and of itself.). Charlotte is one of my favorite side characters in the film. “Not bad for a 197-year-old blind lady.” – Mama Odie 18. Kids movies are the only thing redeeming about America, It just seems that Sarah is way off base with the reality of society. I think the witch doctor character is problematic. Of course race is part and parcel of that particular region, but things like voodoo, the fly that people seem to be taking so much objection to (who isn't necessarily black, and is in fact, most likely not a black stereotype, but a Cajun one -- which may be just as bad), the hot sauce and gumbo aspect of the video game, and even the idea of imagining the main character as a maid originally. It's a lot like Buffy - in which witches were presented as being capable of good and capable of bad. Anyway, I think gwen is to stuck in his/hers own mindset and preconcived notions to see otherwise and the lot of you supporting this view is just as bad. I've noticed from reading this site that the race topics tend to turn into a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" sort of situation, especially here. The noteworthy aspect of this film, aimed at a mainstream audience, is that the female protagonist is African American. The main example. In most Disney movies I have seen, there are many types of ethnic groups that have not yet come to stand out in Disney. African American women were stuck with jobs as maids a lot longer because of job discrimination. Why don't they just add the fried chicken & watermelon?? This is a double standard. He clearly had a fake one because his words weren't slurred enough in a rough manner. She is voiced by Jenifer Lewis who played Flo in Cars. Charlotte is one of my favorite side characters in the film. I love her and Tiana! Mama Odie is a kindly visually-challenged old voodoo priestess who lives deep in the swamps of Louisiana. But I feel like the opposing side is getting to the point where it's -too- touchy. 1 Background Read more…, CC Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike, Race and Gender in “The Princess and the Frog”. There absolutely is. By using this site you agree to our privacy policy. Why do the characters have to talk with a "black" dialect? The problem is that there isn't enough princesses of color in the first place. The Princess and the Frog was the first film to be traditionally hand drawn after a string of CGI films from Disney Animated Studios. At the same time, he tries to make the two realize that they are meant for each other. Oh no! Mama Odie is an eccentric, humorous, and kindly voodoo priestess who despite having great power, encourages people to “dig deeper” and doesn’t use her power to grant wishes. If there's a black person anywhere, they get upset about any little perceived stereotype. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. New Orleans is a Creole area, not a Cajun area so that's a historical inaccuracy but that's not really that important compared to other inaccurate historical issues that Disney has created. One of the many reasons I love their friendship. The Princess New Orleans? Now Disney comes along with its first black female protagonist, once who is recognized as a -princess- (which has me scratching my head; is she really a princess? She gets upset at this and later those racist characters get a mild comeuppance (mild because it's Disney, so, you know.). There are some interesting gender and racial elements. While I have zero clue as to wether or not these two will be making an appearance in the parks in any way, (Charlotte is part of a show on Disney Cruise Line) it would really be wonderful to see these amazing characters brought to life in the parks. You can take a look at Philander’s full Instagram post here: Since Tiana is heading on over to the back west side of the park, I think it’s time for more characters from her film to make an appearance and I couldn’t think of two greater choices than Charlotte and Mama Odie! See went to the calendar with the six princesses. …based on this trailer, the other things that Black people get to do are voodoo shit, playing jazz and dancing, and making jokes about their butts. So many childhood memories tainted as soon as I got old enough to think critically about what I was seeing on screen! )…” And Leontine says. Why does the prince have to be non-black? Disney has a long, long history of racism. Is there anyting to be said about the stereotype of the libidinous french 'frog' character? The kindly old voodoo priestess is eccentric and spunky, but also a fantastic sage, more than willing to give out advice in her own creative ways to those in need. Rebekah R. pointed out a deck of promotional cards handed out at Comic-Con (also at io9). How fun would that be? Ray (short for Raymond) is a character from Disney's 2009 film The Princess and the Frog. This seems to be one of those "damned if you do, damned if you don't" scenarios where no one can win. Christ...So by the logic of 'gwen' you can't even portray black people as maids, heroes, villians, stereotype them or anything in a movie, especially not a family movie ala Dizney? - "It's not in yo' cards": the "yo'" is addressing a Louisiana (New Orleans? The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 Disney animated feature set inNew Orleans, Louisiana. Mama Odie, a two-hundred-year-old blind Bayou Fairy Godmother who lives deep in the Louisiana bayou with her "seeing-eye snake" Juju. 1 Background 1.1 Personality 1.2 Powers and abilities … What I loved about this is that the Cajun stereotype is presented (probably because people would not recognize a "subtle" Cajun, unfortunately) not as a backwoods hick, but as a strong, smart, resourceful character who fights off some serious bad guys on his own and is an extremely helpful guide - who just so happens to be missing teeth. Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important. My brain works better at putting together a coherent argument some days than others. Still a definite downturn. It is simply a means of communicating a fuller idea through a simpler form of description. At 16/17 I started watching Disney movies again (after maybe a decade) because I started babysitting my goddaughter. Mama Odie is a well-known woman throughout the bayou; Louis the Alligator refers to her as the "Voodoo Queen of the Bayou". One of those is the stereotypical image. Their “all over the place” energy would be perfect for interactions with children and adults by the new attraction. Now we do. The crossword clue possible answer is available in 4 letters.letters. We’re here for you. As you may know, Disney has a movie coming out later this year called “The Princess and the Frog,” a retelling of the story of the princess who kisses a frog that then helpfully turns into a handsome prince for her to marry. That Fantasia had some elements of racism in it is to be expected. I just realized this isn't the trailer I was talking about...no big butt jokes. It's not a big deal that Fiona from Shrek spends a small part of the movie as an ogre when there are plenty of other white princesses that do/are other things. “Ooh! I thought that was the most blatant stereotype, however, whether or not this is offensive to French brings up further issues of white privilege. I saw the film last night. But I think they're setting this "fairy-tale" to far forward in time to hit that particular time-span. She also had a recurring role as Aunt Helen on the sitcomThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. You and the rest of CLUELESS WHITE AMERICA!!! My daughter's response: "No, she is not a princess. The Princess and the Frog (2009) Mama Odie Extended clip for The Princess and the Frog courtesy of MySpace . Is it that you feel the African American community should shut up and just be glad that they finally got a character on the big screen? I love that little lightening bug.”. I went to Tiana and showed my daughter the new princess. Set in the lively city of New Orleans, the tale follows Tiana, a young woman who is working very hard to open her own restaurant. […] Pages, T. (n.d.). “You gotta have Ray Ray in there too,” one commenter wrote. I think the question we need to be asking isn't if this role would be offensive if we switched her out with a white person; rather the question is why can't we find black Disney characters in this genre that aren't stereotypes? An eccentric, sunny, wise woman who has great power and does not use it to grant wishes. 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