Just thought I'd get you all updated on the Princess And The Frog as they come along. I hope you all are having a great Summer so far...well, those of you on the Northern Hemisphere...as Winter is just beginning in the Southern Hemisphere.
I'm SO enjoying my time off from work. Don't get me wrong, I love kids...it's just they can be so tiring!
I got to give it up to mothers....you guys have to deal with those little balls of energy practically 24/7. My respect to you.
I just hope I can deal with it if I become a mom one day.
Anyway, nothing much else new with me. I managed to who 2 whole months WITHOUT getting sick!!
I know, I know, it might not mean much to you, but believe me, going 2 months without having to be rushed to the emergency room is a big milestone for me.
Okies then, on to The Princess And The Frog news:
There are 5 new high resolution still from the movie:
The first pic is Naveen and Tiana in frog form, dancing to which I'm SURE is a musical number in the movie. Smooth Naveen, really smooth! [link]
The next one is Tiana and Naveen again with Louie, the lovable trumpet playing alligator who dreams of being a human. There's a rumor that he DOES get turned into a human, but we'll just have to wait and see. [link]
The third is of Tiana on her way to work, (another musical number, I'm sure), with Dr. Facilier watching her in the background. He certainly looks dastardly to me! [link]
The fourth one is of Tiana as a little girl with her mother (played by Oprah Winfrey) and her father (played by Terrence Howard). Tiana is SOOOO cute!! [link]
The last one is of Tiana and Naveen on their way to Mama Odie to see if she can turn them back in to humans. Heh, I love Tiana's expression, she SOOO wants to smack Naveen with her oar. [link]
Hope you enjoyed them. I certainly did.
The next updates is that Tiana has officially been added to the Disney Princess line, and now has her own page on the official site!
You can check it out here:[link]
Just click on Tiana standing in the middle. It's an awesome site, but....the voice over is kind of creepy.
The next news is that The Princess And The Frog will be a video game soon. You can read a bit of the article here:
"Disney Interactive Studios today announced The Princess and the Frog video game, a new game title inspired by the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated comedy adventure film, The Princess and the Frog. Scheduled for release this fall exclusively for Wii and Nintendo DS, The Princess and the Frog video game features favorite moments from the film and new challenges for Tiana, the storys main character.
Unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, The Princess and the Frog video game takes players on an exciting journey through New Orleans with characters from the film, including Tiana, Prince Naveen, Dr. Facilier, Ray, Mama Odie, and many others. Reminiscent of classics like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Aladdin, the feature film marks the return to the magic of the Disney musical. The video game brings the magic to life on Wii and DS.
The Princess and the Frog video game is a fun, delightful adventure containing characters and themes that will resonate with people everywhere, said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. The Princess and the Frog exposes families to a rich, cultural world of music, cooking and customization set in the enchanting locations of New Orleans and The Bayou.
The Princess and the Frog for Wii includes more than 25 mini-games designed for 1-4 players so that the whole family can join the fun and interact with all the main characters of the movie as they help Tiana pursue her dreams. Players can make The Princess and the Frog their own with customization activities that include performing and dancing to music, cooking New Orleans style and dressing up Tiana in multiple outfits.
On Nintendo DS, players master the art of platforming as Tiana and Ray jumping, swinging and soaring their way past obstacles to advance through multiple levels and solve exciting environmental puzzles. Gameplay includes collecting ingredients and recipes, cooking dishes, and performing music with 1-4 players. Players can also collect real recipes and save music in the games jukebox. The Princess and the Frog video game for Nintendo DS also includes DGamer - the online community exclusively for Disney gamers. Players can customize unique 3-D avatar, create a persistent profile, chat with friends, share themed accessories, earn in-game honors and unlock exclusive Disney content.
The Princess and the Frog is the only video game inspired by the studios tentpole release where players can experience Tianas exciting world in an aspirational way together with family and friends. Both games can be played in English, Spanish and French. Amaze and Griptonite Games developed The Princess and the Frog video game. © Disney. Release dates, platform availability, and/or visuals shown are of product currently in development and may be subject to change."
*Source: The Wall Street Journal.
There's also a recent article that once again talks about the impact The Princess And The Frog will have on not just Black American girls, but in fact the whole country. You can read some of it here:
"The Princess and the Frog does not open nationwide until December, but the buzz is already breathless: For the first time in Walt Disney animation history, the fairest of them all is black.
Princess Tiana, a hand-drawn throwback to classic Disney characters like Cinderella and Snow White, has a dazzling green gown, a classy upsweep hairdo and a diamond tiara. Like her predecessors, she is a strong-willed songbird (courtesy of the Tony-winning actress Anika Noni Rose) who finds her muscle-bound boyfriend against all odds. Finally, here is something that all little girls, especially young black girls, can embrace, Cori Murray, an entertainment director at Essence magazine, recently told CNN. To the dismay of Disney executives along with the African-American bloggers and others who side with the company the film is also attracting chatter of an uglier nature. Is The Princess and the Frog, set in New Orleans in the 1920s, about to vaporize stereotypes or promote them? The film, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, two of the men behind The Little Mermaid, unfolds against a raucous backdrop of voodoo and jazz. Tiana, a waitress and budding chef who dreams of owning a restaurant, is persuaded to kiss a frog who is really a prince. The spell backfires and poof! she is also an amphibian. Accompanied by a Cajun firefly and a folksy alligator, the couple search for a cure.
After viewing some photographs of merchandise tied to the movie, which is still unfinished, Black Voices, a Web site on AOL dedicated to African-American culture, faulted the princes relatively light skin color. Prince Naveen hails from the fictional land of Maldonia and is voiced by a Brazilian actor; Disney says that he is not white. Disney obviously doesnt think a black man is worthy of the title of prince, Angela Bronner Helm wrote March 19 on the site. His hair and features are decidedly non-black. This has left many in the community shaking their head in befuddlement and even rage. Others see insensitivity in the locale. Disney should be ashamed, William Blackburn, a former columnist at The Charlotte Observer, told Londons Daily Telegraph. This princess story is set in New Orleans, the setting of one of the most devastating tragedies to beset a black community. Also under scrutiny is Ray the firefly, performed by Jim Cummings (the voice of Winnie the Pooh and Yosemite Sam). Some people think Ray sounds too much like the stereotype of an uneducated Southerner in an early trailer. Of course, armchair critics have also been complaining about the princess. Disney originally called her Maddy (short for Madeleine). Too much like Mammy and thus racist. A rumor surfaced on the Internet that an early script called for her to be a chambermaid to a white woman, a historically correct profession. Too much like slavery. And wait: We finally get a black princess and she spends the majority of her time on screen as a frog?
Because of Disneys history of stereotyping, said Michael D. Baran, a cognitive psychologist and anthropologist who teaches at Harvard and specializes in how children learn about race, "people are really excited to see how Disney will handle her language, her culture, her physical attributes." Mr. Baran is reserving judgment and encourages others to do the same. But he added that the issue warrants scrutiny because of Disneys outsize impact on children. "People think that kids dont catch subtle messages about race and gender in movies, but its quite the opposite," he said. Donna Farmer, a Los Angeles Web designer who is African-American and has two children, applauded Disneys efforts to add diversity. I dont know how important having a black princess is to little girls my daughter loves Ariel and I see nothing wrong with that but I think its important to moms, she said. Who knows if Disney will get it right, she added. They havent always in the past, but the idea that Disney is not bending over backward to be sensitive is laughable. It wants to sell a whole lot of Tiana dolls and some Tiana paper plates and make people line up to see Tiana at Disney World. Few people outside the company have seen footage of the movie. Among them are consultants like Oprah Winfrey, whom Disney asked for input on the racial aspects of the film and was cast as Tianas mother. (Movie theater owners and members of the N.A.A.C.P. have also been shown scenes, and the reactions, according to a Disney spokeswoman, were extremely positive." ) Rather, fueling the debate are photos of related merchandise taken from a toy industry event, a one-minute teaser trailer and Disneys enormous cultural impact.
The company wants to vanquish once and for all the whispers of racism that linger from stumbles in the past. Yes, Dumbo traded in black stereotypes in 1941 with its band of uneducated, pimp-hat-wearing crows. All the animals in The Jungle Book from 1967 speak in proper British accents except for the jive-talking monkeys who desperately want to become real people. More recently, Aladdin ran into trouble in 1993. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee labeled certain song lyrics defamatory (Where they cut off your ear/If they dont like your face/Its barbaric, but, hey, its home" ). The company responds that criticism of such well-worn examples particularly of films from the 60s and earlier applies a 21st-century morality to movies made in sharply different times. The United States barely had a Civil Rights Act in 1967, much less a black president. Disney executives think people should stop jumping to conclusions about The Princess and the Frog.
A producer of the film, Peter Del Vecho, said: We feel a great responsibility to get this right. Every artistic decision is being carefully thought out. Ms. Rose, familiar to movie audiences for her role in Dreamgirls, has also defended Disney. There is no reason to get up in arms, she told reporters at a recent Los Angeles Urban League dinner. If there was something that I thought was disrespectful to me or to my heritage, I would certainly not be a part of it. Ms. Winfrey declined to comment. A spokesman for the N.A.A.C.P. said the organization had no immediate comment. Disney often gets criticized no matter how carefully it strives to put together its television shows, theme-park attractions and movies. For years, Disney has been lambasted by some parents for not having a black princess. Now, some of those same voices are taking aim at the company without seeing the finished product. (Officially, the princesses are Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel of The Little Mermaid, Belle of Beauty and the Beast and Jasmine of Aladdin all white except for Jasmine, who is Arabian. The leads from Mulan and Pocahontas are sometimes sold with the Princess merchandising line.) Mr. Del Vecho said the idea for a black princess came about organically. The producers wanted to create a fairy tale set in the United States and centered on New Orleans, with its colorful past and deep musical history. As we spent time in New Orleans, we realized how truly it is a melting pot, which is how the idea of strongly multicultural characters came about, Mr. Del Vecho said. He described Tiana as a resourceful and talented person and the rare fairy tale heroine who is not saved by a prince. Once the decision was made to make the lead black, he added, We wanted her to bear the traits of African-American women and be truly beautiful.
Getting The Princess and the Frog right is of enormous importance to Disney. The company needs hits, as evidenced by a recently announced 97 percent drop in quarterly profit. The Disney Princess merchandising line is a $4 billion annual business and the company has plans for Tiana to be everywhere. Get ready for Tiana dresses, elaborate dolls and Halloween costumes. The movie also marks a return by Disney to traditional hand-drawn animation. A failure could be the final nail in the coffin of an art form pioneered by Walt Disney himself. In the last 20 years, Disney has made huge strides in depicting race. In 1997, the companys television division presented a live-action version of Cinderella with a black actress, the singer Brandy, playing the lead. In 1998, Mulan was celebrated as a rare animated feature that depicted Chinese characters with realistic-looking eyes; most animated films (even those from Japan) had Westernized versions of Asian people until that time. THE debate surrounding The Princess and the Frog illustrates how difficult it is to deal with race in animation, experts say. Cartoons by their nature trade in caricatures. Mainstream producers have largely avoided characters of color for fear of offending minority groups, although black producers have been creating cartoons featuring stereotyped characters since the days of Fat Albert.
Disney can take some comfort in a backlash to the backlash. This is one of those situations where I am ashamed of the black community, Levi Roberts said in a YouTube video. Are we being racist ourselves by saying this movie shouldnt have a white prince? Perhaps the final word for now should come from somebody who is African-American and a former Disney animator. Overly sensitive people see racial or ethnic slights in every image, wrote Floyd Norman, whose credits span from Sleeping Beauty to Mulan, in a 2007 essay on the Web site Jim Hill Media. And in their zeal to sanitize and pasteurize everything, theyve taken all the fun out of cartoon making.
*Source: NY TIMES
In October 2009, the storybook version of The Princess And The Frog will be officially available for sale. You can also preorder it on Amazon. The first few pages of the book has been release, and you can now view them here:
The last page is an advertisement for a movie projector based on the movie. It's cute, I actually like it. [link]
And last but NOT least, the international versions of the trailer is slowly starting to leak out. The official Italian and French trailers have been released, and you can view them here:
The next trailer isn't the OFFICIAL Dutch trailer...it's dubbed, but hopefully the official one will sound just as cute as the dub.
Check it out here:[link]
Alright, that's about it for me then. I hope you all liked the updates so far. I'll definitely be back with more movie reviews and updates. Take care all, and I hope you all have a wonderful Father's Day with your dads if you can!