With their upcoming film The Princess and the Frog, Walt Disney Pictures is making a return to classic hand-drawn animation. And, get this, the film’s central character is an African-American princess. Let me say that again, African-American princess. Is Hollywood beginning to show signs of progressive thinking when it comes to its characters and stories?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Some posit that the appearance of a toothless firefly with a Cajun accent hints at Song of the South-style characterization. Then again, it’s only a teaser trailer, and in my humble opinion, this seems to be a huge step in a positive direction. The jazz-era musical is set in New Orleans, and is written and directed by the folks that brought us The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, two certified Disney classics, so I’ve got high hopes. Holler at the jump to catch the teaser.
Cute. The film is slated to open in December 2009.