Discovering Disney Through The Princess and The Frog

From Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs to the recently released movie Moana, Disney has immensely changed how they detect their characters. Here is a few examples of stereotypes that have either been continuing into or have finally been settled within The Prince and The Frog.

Continuing Stereotypes:
~Tiana, whose race is african, is also one of the only main characters who is poor. It may have just been the cause of the Great Depression for New Orleans, but that should mean that it also should have affected Charlotte’s family as well. Sadly, Tiana and Charlotte are different races, and it just happens that Charlotte was part of the race that became rich.

Little known fact, Though they were different races and classes(meaning privileged not school), Tiana and Charlotte were best friends. This can be noticed by the nicknames that only the two use with each other; Tia and Lotte.

~Charlotte’s dad, Mr. La Bouff, is known for his power, influence, and money. To best describe this, it would be best to see how he wasn’t even shocked when he was elected king of the Mardi Gras for the 5th time. (first 15 seconds of the video)

~Shadow Man was the lowest of low because he was an african who messed around with voodoo. Though it may just be that he was messing with voodoo, they could have easily had a white man play the shadow man.

Fun Fact
When Prince Naveen and Lawrence were at the shadowman’s place, they got to see three cards. Prince Naveen’s ending card has him laying on a lily pad made of money and Lawrence’s last card had Prince Naveen wearing green, which if you could tell are two most common characteristics of a frog; green and a lily pad.

Settled Stereotypes:
~Tiana has less known feminine characteristics and more masculine characteristics. Such as her strength, rationality, and independence. An example of her rationality is when she knows that in order to get her restaurant she has to work hard.
~Prince Naveen is the main guy character and the typical ‘prince is the hero’ is not in place during this movie. The prince is the one needing the guidance and help of Tiana. This including cooking food and finding the solution.
~The main character is of a different race and not the typical white perfect feminine princess. Tiana is actually not even a princess until the end.

These were just some examples of the stereotypes that occur, or don’t, within The Prince and The Frog. Though there is less stereotypes within this movie, there is still a controversy based around the fact that Disney lost out in having their first black prince. By this, I mean that Prince Naveen is not the same race as Tiana, but actually from a made-up country that has french in it’s background. Not only did this controversy happen, but I also heard of another one.

This controversy was based around the fact that though the main character is a different colour/race, they found a way to hide it. By this, I mean that for only part of the movie(the beginning 30 minutes and ending 10 minutes) Tiana is still human and can show her race, but for the main part of the movie Tiana is a frog. This causing her to no longer show that she actually is a different race and you can only tell based on her accent. Some had said this was a creative way to show young kids that other races can be the main character and the hero.

Though the movie has some stereotypes, it is also a great movie that Disney made that went against a lot of typical stereotypes. They made one movie that had broken stereotypes and this causing a huge step towards more movies braking even more stereotypes. Including every movie after The Prince and The Frog; Tangled, Brave, Frozen, and Moana.

That’s all I have to write about Disney. I hope you learnt at least one new fact from my post.

~Day Dreamer


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