Yes, I know, two months without a single word. Awful me.
But seriously, I HAVE been wanting to update my journal. But every time I try, things get in the way, like my mom calling me to come over to her house, cleaning, paying bills, and all that rut. Luckily I didn't get sick enough to go to the hospital again. Again, just a bit of the sniffles here and there, and a stomach-ache, but otherwise fine. I don't have a REAL excuse...I'm just trying to enjoy my time off from work and fill in as much things as possible before going back.
Anyway, I do have quite a few Princess And The Frog updates, if you haven't seen them already. First up, according articles, actress Anika Noni Rose, the official voice for Tiana, has officially introduced Princess Tiana to a press conference, where an actress dressing up as Princess Tiana will make appearances in Disneyland's New Orleans's Square and in parades coming up. You can read all about it here: [link]
Next up is a clip from the movie, showing Tiana and Charlotte as little girls. Charlotte, of course, is dreaming about her prince.
It also shows Charlotte's father and Tiana's mother. You can see it here:[link]
They are SO cute as little girls!
Alright, coming up next, is a rough black and white clip of the movie, mostly focusing on Tiana and Naveen as frogs and their adventures through the Bayou, trying to find Mama Odie, and more on Dr. Facilier. The background is instrumental music from the movie. Check out the clip here:[link]
There will also be a calender based on the movie, and the pic of it just came out. Here is the front of the calender:[link]
And here is the back:[link]
The official German trailer for The Princess And The Frog has come out, and it was so interesting to hear it in German!
I loved it, and I hope to be able to see this movie in other languages too. You can see it here:[link]
And last but not least, here is an official full clip of the movie, in which Naveen..in frog form, tries to convince Tiana to kiss him, and Tiana of course freaks out.
I love it, I think I would have kissed myself, even if he was a frog!
Check it out, you'll definitely fall in love with it as I did!:[link]
Alright, with all the hype about The Princess And The Frog, something has been on my mind since news of this came out. Princess Tiana is said to be Disney's "First Black princess", which is cool and all, but...if we think back, wasn't there already a Black Disney princess? If not Black, then at least "colored" or "ethnic". In late 2001, early 2002, another Disney princess movie came out that I fell in love with, and gave me my fave Disney princess. It was Atlantis: The Lost Empire. From since I saw that movie, I was awed and amazed that Disney finally came out with a dark-skinned princess, a princess like the girls I grew up with in New York..well, minus the white hair.
I'm talking about the lips, the cheekbones, and the overall features of a Black person. I know that this may cause a lot of debate, and everyone is entitled to have their opinion, but while Princess Tiana will be Disney's first African or Black AMERICAN princess, in my heart, Kida will be the first Black or at least "ethnic" animated princess.
Remembering seeing the movie and looking at pics on the internet, I was really disappointed that not a lot more people think so, and that she is barely mentioned. Looking at the pics, I can see Kida IS dark-skinned..darker than the explorers that came to Atlantis, and wears clothing similar to African cultures, as you can see here:[link]
You can also see the difference between Kida and the others here:[link]
When the travelers first meet the Atlanteans, they are wearing masks, and they are slightly similar to African masks that you can see here:[link]
As well as here: [link]
Wouldn't that suggest some African influence? I know a lot of you would say "Just because they are dark-skinned doesn't mean they are Black!" Actually, there are quite a few people who are not from Africa, but are still very dark-skinned and considered Black.
In the East Indies, there are the people from the Solomon Islands, who when Europeans first saw them, they were considered the "Blackest people on Earth". You can take a look for yourself on a group of Solomon girls who are the tribal singers: [link]
Here is an article of the Solomon Island people, describing them as NEGROID and Austaloid:[link]
Here, in this pic, you can see a group of Solomon Island children, very dark-skinned, and some of them even having blonde hair: [link]
Not only the Solomon Islands, but people from the exotic Fiji Islands are considered Black or Negroid too, even though they are not from Africa. Here is a Fiji woman: [link]
Another pic shows a group of Fiji Island children, just as dark:[link]
Last is a pic of a Fiji man, dressed in traditional clothing: [link]
According to research, the people of the Solomon Islands and Fiji are descended from the Melanesia, who is turn ARE descended from people from Africa and mixed with other races, and called the island of "black-skinned people", as stated here:[link]
According to theorists who think Atlantis might have existed, Atlantis might have been anywhere from the Caribbean to near the Canary Islands, near Africa. If this was true, and Atlantis was so close to Africa, wouldn't the Atlanteans have been at least mixed with the Africans? If Africans can reach all the way to the East Indies...the Solomon and Fiji Islands, couldn't they have made it to Atlantis? It's a possibility..if Atlantis had existed. I think Disney did quite a bit of research and realized this, and thus made the Atlanteans darker than other Disney characters to show that. From what I read so far, Kida was not added to the Disney Princess line because Atlantis: The Lost Empire didn't do too well in the box office, and didn't really get a lot of promotion for some reason.
Anyway, I'm not doing this to start an argument. I'm just stating what I've noticed, and I would really like to hear from others who also think Kida could be the first colored...or rather "ethic" princess. I don't want this to be a heated debate, just a discussion, so please, so mean comments or flames and such. Just let me know what you think. Well, I've rambled on enough. I hope everyone had a great Independence Day in America. Thanks for your time, and please take care!