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A black princess? It's about frickin' time.

Post by LittleDollClaudia » Tue Mar 13, 2007 4:26 am

Along with news about its first black princess and return to hand-drawn animation, the Walt Disney Co. last week told shareholders gathered in New Orleans that its executives would be back in Louisiana next month to lend a helping hand.
Fifty execs will build a playground, refurbish a basketball court and donate sports equipment to the Slidell Boys & Girls Club, which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Fresh off New Orleans meeting, Disney execs to build playground
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The announcement was made during the company's annual shareholders meeting. The company said it has donated more than $3 million to Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts, including $1 million to rebuild 16 Boys & Girls Clubs that were destroyed.

Disney chief executive Robert Iger told shareholders that the company decided to hold the meeting in New Orleans to show support for the city.

"No city in the United States has endured hardships like New Orleans has," Iger said.

During last week's meeting, Disney also said it has started production on a new animated movie called The Frog Princess, which will be set in New Orleans and feature the company's first black princess, Maddy.


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Re: A black princess? It's about frickin' time.

Post by Buggy » Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:01 am

Return to hand-drawn animations? It's about frickin' time.



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Post by DLRFantasmic!Dan » Tue Mar 13, 2007 6:19 pm

I thought Einser got rid of the Animation department??? I thought it would be all computer 3D animation from now on.


Now, all they need now is an asian princess, and Mulan don't count!! :D: She ain't a princess.


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Post by darph nader » Tue Mar 13, 2007 7:11 pm

She's still a heroine,does that count? :confused:



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Post by PattyA » Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:14 pm

darph nader wrote:She's still a heroine,does that count? :confused:

I hope so!



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Post by hobie16 » Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:59 pm

DLRFantasmic!Dan wrote:I thought Einser got rid of the Animation department??? I thought it would be all computer 3D animation from now on.

What's old is new. Lassiter has lots of ideas.


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Post by LittleDollClaudia » Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:02 am

Pretty sharp for a guy who made a lamp move on its own to roll a ball once upon a time. ;)


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Post by mechurchlady » Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:26 am

Time: 1920's Jazz Age
Where: New Orleans
Title: The Frog Princess

Maddy is an African Amercan dressed as a flapper.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0c/Frog_princess_maddy.jpg
She is a 19 year old chambermaid who falls in love with a frog prince.


Finally some ethnic leads.


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Post by Zazu » Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:54 am

mechurchlady wrote:Finally some ethnic leads.
I suppose it depends on how you define "ethnic", but there is *some* prior history....

Snow White, German
Pinocchio, Italian
Saludos Amigos/Three Caballeros, Hispanic
Song of the South, African American (or "Colored", as they were called in 1946)
Cinderella, French
Sleeping Beauty, French
Jungle Book, Indian
Rescuers/Rescuers Down Under, Hungarian
Beauty and the Beast, French
Aladdin, Arab
Pocahontas, Native American
Hunchback, French
Mulan, Chinese (well, technically Phillipina, but nobody mentions that)
Emperor's New Groove, Native (South) American

The rest being American, English, or animal.

If you want to claim that Europeans and Hispanics aren't "ethnic" there are still half a dozen films left. Considering when the list began, I'm not sure this is all that far out of proportion.

Maddy certainly *won't* be the first, in any event.

Not like that will stop either the press, fans, or Disney from claiming so. After all, Disney introduced "the first Audio Animatronic attraction" not less than three times.


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Re: A black princess? It's about frickin' time.

Post by hobie16 » Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:01 pm

Zazu wrote:After all, Disney introduced "the first Audio Animatronic attraction" not less than three times.

The marketing guys can spin anything.


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