Semi-Trailer Blazer: 'The Princess and the Frog'
The first official (and short) (and not very telling) trailer for The Princess and the Frog is online. This’ll be the first Disney movie to feature a black princess, “Tiana.” She was originally supposed to be called “Maddy,” but Disney changed her name and occupation (chambermaid) after apparently feelin’ the heat from parties concerned that the character was playing to African-American stereotypes. Huh? The story’s set in 1920s New Orleans, but “Tiana” sounds awfully 2008, no? I’d also kind of like to squash that jive-talkin’ firefly, but this movie has old-school Disney potential: It’s being directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (who did The Little Mermaid and Aladdin), and it’s the first 2-D Disney movie since 2004’s Home on the Range (which I know did not exist). Get psyched — only 17 more months to go!