Monday, August 11, 2008

The Frog Princess Redux

Wassup, Y'all!

Regular readers will remember that ol Ty had a couple words to say about Disney's plan to *finally* roll out an animated movie featuring a southside shorty as its main character. As ol Ty suspected, Disney's 'The Frog Princess' got called out for what many perceived was undercover racial stereotyping. To it's credit, Disney revamped the entire concept to come up with a kinder, gentler story, even going as far as to update the title from 'The Frog Princess' to 'The Princess and the Frog'. Ol Ty has to give it up to Disney for listening to and accepting such feedback, yet I still have to wonder what chance the film will have given their decision to render it via old school 2D animation vs. the much more mainstream 3D animation that kids now expect?

Check out the trailer to 'The Princess and the Frog' and then hold that up against Disney Pixar's recent movie 'Wall-E' or an upcoming movie like 'Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa'. I'm not feelin' the love but I guess you can't have everything. Once the movie drops, at least little biddy-bop southside shortys will have the ability to walk into a store and finally see a princess that looks like they do, they'll have the option to dress as her for Halloween and have their parents spend a bunch of money to have their rooms done in a Princess Tiana, old school New Orleans motif - that's good stuff.



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