Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Disney Finally Lets Black People Be Magical

Hey guys guess what?? RACISM IS OVER! Because in case you hadn't heard, Disney is finally getting around to making a movie with a black princess. It's called The Princess and the Frog, it's slated to come out next year, and Oprah's gonna be in it! It takes place in New Orleans, during the Jazz Age. At least it won't be playing into tired stereotypes of black culture, like having "a soulful singing crocodile, voodoo spells and Cajun charm at every turn."

Oh, wait.

Here's the trailer. I'm not saying that any movie starring black characters about voodoo and jazz and gap-toothed, sort-of-articulate firefly sidekicks is racist, necessarily, but I do think it's a little strange that the first Disney movie to feature a black princess is about...this. But then, I don't think Oprah would sign on to a racist project, right? Besides, this has to be a step up from Disney's past efforts to integrate black culture into its magical kingdom.

-Josh

1 comment:

Mazi said...

I think the bigger problems here is the late timing, no one bothers with non-pixar disney films. Once they started that disney vault business, everyone knew the magic was over.