The Walt Disney Co. finally went and did it! They are coming out with a movie that will feature their first black princess. The movie is slated to come out in 2009, and I am predicting that it will lay a royal bomb.
“The Frog Princess” is set in New Orleans (strike one) and is written by John Lasseter (strike two) who is the chief creative officer for Disney and Pixar. The movie will be scored by the very talented Randy Newman (strike three).
In an era that worships diversity, this move by Disney is basically scripted. Maybe I am jumping the gun, but so far the only thing black in the project is the picture of the black princess. Token. Perfunctory.
Where is Quincy Jones? Are there no black writers at Disney? Will these very white guys (who have crazy talent) be able to capture the imagination of Americans of African Descent?
Please don’t misunderstand. I am not calling for affirmative action at Disney. I’m just asking: In 2007, is it enough to just have a black face and a black voice? How about some black talent behind the project?
I hope that I am wrong, but so far “The Frog Princess” looks like a toad.