The Princess and the Frog: Traditional Disney Animated Movie.

I’m sure you might have known the news…

Disney is releasing later this year it’s first African-American princess, and the first official one in quite a few years. Not only that but thankfully it’s actually 2D animation like the good-ole days of yore. *HAND ANIMATED CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?* Hopefully it’ll be classic as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Lion King in quality, songs, art and character. Hell I want to see it in theaters!

The style: It’s set in New Orleans. Involving jazz, frogs, voodoo and all that stuff that is much different than the usual European-royal fare of the majority of Princess movies of Disney. Course we have in similar vein the Arabian tale of Aladdin. Definitly not set in white-man’s culture. 😀 We actually have a black princess!

And then comes the villain. MY GOD. I found an article with new pictures of the characters and…like…wow…I’m so glad he’s so dark looking. Seriously, it’s been a long, long, painful while since we’ve had a movie that appears to harken to the days when cartoons were dark and violent in the 80’s and 90’s…and kids liked it. WOW. I HAVE CHILLS DOWN MY SPINE and it’s only a painting we have and nothing else.

First look at the characters.

IMDB archive.

I am giddy with excitement. And even also the beautiful, grand project of Rapunzel that they’re working on. *unfortunately pink mostly*

It’s a big, beautiful step for animation.

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2 Responses to “The Princess and the Frog: Traditional Disney Animated Movie.”

  1. Perhaps you’ve already seen it, but then again if you had I’m pretty sure you would have mentioned it somewhere on your site…

    One of the darkest AND most beautiful hand-drawn movies came out in ’78/’79. Watership Down. This was THE animated film that traumatized Generation X as kids. Yes, it’s about bunnies. Lots of bunnies & lots of blood. There’s even a Rabbit Grim Reaper in the film. Therefore, up your Goth-cred a notch and check it out. 😉

    But be warned: you _will_ need a black-lace hanky at the end. 😥

    • I actually have seen the novel, AND the book. 🙂 When I was 13 I read the novel and its sequel, and upon being in the library saw clips of the movie being played. So I checked it out. Its very nice and as good a political allegory as the novel, and I’m quite happy they did not skip out on the violence and style like modern cartoon movies would do, thinking about making money and doing ‘happier’, not politic-structures for children. It is definitely darker than ‘The Secret of NIMH‘ but those two movies are un-comparable: one is a dark children’s story with a classic adventure element, one is adapting a famous allegorical mostly-political novel.

      I did cry by the end, as I did for the novel, which of course is superior as well.

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