When the teaser for Disney's The Princess and the Frog made the rounds earlier this year, it certainly raised a few eyebrows. For one, it's a return to the classic, grand, purely animated Disney kid flicks of yesteryear. But it's also the first in the studio's history to feature a black princess in the lead, and the New Orleans-y setting worries some critics who fear racial insensitivity, stereotyping or worse. There also are plans for a video game, in which "players dress up Princess Tiana and other characters from the movie, cook recipes and collect Mardi Gras beads to trade for dresses and recipes." Yesterday, the House of Mouse released the first full trailer for the film, due this December, and with that, Cinematical blogger Jenni Miller poses this question:
...as much as feminists shudder at yet another Disney princess on the big screen and people of all backgrounds cringe at the voodoo daddy, the hilarious crocodile named after Louis Armstrong, and so much more, will it make its target audience young African-American girls happy to see themselves finally represented on the big screen?"