Friday, June 13, 2008
Update on upcoming Disney movie
The Princess and the Frog, a currently-in-development fairy tale, is being closely watched, not only because it is said to represent Disney's first 2D-animated feature since 2004's Home on the Range, but it is also the first with African-American characters! The animated feature will be a musical set in 1920s New Orleans. The lead characters are said to include 19-year-old heroine Tiana (voiced by Dreamgirls' Anika Noni Rose); Charlotte La Bouff, a spoiled 18-year-old southern debutante (Broadway veteran Jennifer Cody); villain Dr. Facilier, a voodoo magician and Mama Odie, a 200-year-old voodoo priest.
In a departure from the norm, three of the four are African American characters. No release date has been set, but traditionally animated films have traditionally taken about four years from first news to reaching the big screen, making this unlikely to show up until 2010 at the earliest.
It's about time Disney!!!