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2012

DePaul University

Black womanhood

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Almost There, Indeed: Disney Misses The Mark On Modernizing Black Womanhood And Subverting The Princess Tradition In The Princess And The Frog, April Callen Mar 2012

Almost There, Indeed: Disney Misses The Mark On Modernizing Black Womanhood And Subverting The Princess Tradition In The Princess And The Frog, April Callen

College of Communication Master of Arts Theses

The Walt Disney Company released The Princess and the Frog in 2009 to much anticipation and equal antagonism; the movie features the princess franchise’s first Black princess. In the spirit of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, the studio touts the movie as a throwback to the classic era of Disney, but with an updated spin. Disney suggests that the marriage of classic and modern speaks to a return to hand-drawn animation and unlike the original story The Frog Prince, this princess becomes a frog, as well. This project argues, however, that framing The Princess and the Frog within the ...