A New Kind Of Royal Couple

16 Nov

Disney’s most recent animated princess movie, The Princess and the Frog, is achieving a lot of firsts, it is the first traditionally animated film Disney has made since 2004’s Home on the Range, it features the companies first African American princess, and features one of the first interracial couples for Disney animated films. 

Prince Naveen has a French accent and a tan complexion while Tiana is African-American. The race issue is not mentioned in the movie, which is a good thing because by drawing more attention to it makes it seem as though there is something wrong or different with an interracial relationship.

 In a Newsweek article, A Frog of a Different Color, it addresses the issue about how race is still somewhat of an issue to African-American women, who still prefer to have relationships within their race. 

“Since the 1960s, marriages between black men and white women have been steadily increasing–14 percent of all black men are now married outside the race. Yet only 4 percent of black women do the same. Why? Black women, for better or worse, have always seemed to maintain a loyalty to the ideal of the black family unit.”

While it is easy to say, “Let’s do what the fictional Disney princess does” the portrayal of an interracial couple will allow little girls to be open-minded when it comes to love. It sends the message that race is not an issue and not something to be inhibited by. Disney is sending a positive message to not think about color when they are looking for their Prince Charming.

 

Samuels, A. (2009). A Frog of a Different Color. Newsweek, 154(22), 56. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.

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3 Responses to “A New Kind Of Royal Couple”

  1. afertel689 November 22, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    I can’t believe it has taken this many years to introduce an African-American princess. And she still hasn’t officially joined the ranks of Cinderella, Belle and the rest of the gang. Interesting that Tiana’s prince seems to be of a different race. I agree that it is good that the story didn’t dwell on that, it made an interracial relationship seem very normal, which it is. I hope young girls do learn something from seeing a happy mixed-race couple, and don’t inhibit themselves from finding happiness outside of their own race.

  2. DisneyInfluence November 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    I completely agree with the comment above. I think that its great that there is finally an interacial realtionshp but it does surprise me that it took so long because Dinsey had made almost every other ethnicity into a princess. I actually found advocacy groups that were against Disney because they did not portray their race in an appropriate mannor and almost did it stereotypically. Also, I do wonder why this couple is not as popular as other Disney princesses. I think that its good that Diseny is showing interracial relationships because finally, in childrens movies and shows we are seeing couples of different races sending the right messages to children that you can have a relationship outside your own race.

    • ljcosta November 23, 2010 at 9:45 am #

      Very good points… it is very sad that it took this long for Disney to create an African American princess and an interracial couple, but I’m happy they did it. When I was growing up Pocahontas was the only non-Caucasian all-American princess. Even as a young girl I took notice how she was the only “different” one and because of that, sadly, never wanted to be her when playing dolls, barbies, house, etc. More princesses of different cultures needed to be created in order for it to be more natural and more of a norm. Did Disney just think that they succeeded and did there job by placing one “different” princess in theaters? As it turns out, they were only making the differences more apparent by doing so in my opinion.

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