The Princess and the Frog

Friday, December 11, 2009
By Abbey Khan
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The animated musical comedy The Princess and the Frog takes place in New Orleans, where a beautiful girl named Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), and a frog prince (Bruno Campos), who desperately wants to be human again, engage in a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.

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At a recent press conference, Anika Noni Rose and Terrence Howard talked about the cultural and racial barriers that have been broken through this film. “When I saw it for the first time, I couldn’t even breathe, I started to cry,” Rose said about seeing her face as the first African American Disney princess for the very first time. “It was amazing and awesome, I don’t even know I have real words for it. I didn’t dream of being a princess, I could have been a dandelion and I would have been really happy. So this is like when your dreams take off and become bigger than what you had imagined.”

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Howard, who plays the role of Tiana’s positive father said it was one of the easiest roles he’s ever done because of his own little girls. “I have two daughters who are my princesses. They (the writers) gave us the words of what we needed to say but the inspiration of how to say it came from a natural inclination to teach my own children. I hope this movie will set a precedent for other culturally diverse films.”

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Rose also gave her thoughts on what this film will mean to the African American community. “I think it will mean different things to different people as they sit in that theater. It will mean different things depending on what time they grew up in. For my nephew, it will be the norm, he will think nothing of it. It will be his first princess– period. For my mother, it will be something she’s been waiting for and her child, no less. For my grandmother, it’ll be something she never thought would have happened. Each person that sits in that theater will have a different journey that they’re bringing to the story and it will make the story different for them. Disney is Americana and we have simply opened a new chapter in Americana, something that’s been here for a very long time, but hasn’t necessarily been shared. It’s another step in the completion of the story of what America is in this fantasy world.”

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The Princess and the Frog marks the return to hand-drawn animation. It is a Walt Disney Animation Studios film and opens in theaters nationwide December 11, 2009.


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