I used to hate the Disney princesses because I grew up a tomboy. I preferred playing football and running around pretending I was Spiderman and Indiana Jones. I was 16 when Princess and the Frog was released and my mother took me to see it because I got got stood up by a friend. That was the best thing to happen to me because now I see the value in Disney princesses. And though I love them all now, Tiana will always be my favorite.
I feel like I missed out on disney a little. I’ve always loved the movies but I grew up poor in australia…I never had disney channel or princess dolls or other toys because it was all too expensive. I’m never going to get to go anywhere near a disney land. I take solace in characters like cinderella and tiana who came from nothing and hope maybe one day I can see all the disney movies and shows and get merchandise.
We’re reading A Streetcar Named Desire in English. The teacher made me read for Blanche’s lines. I imitated Lottie from the Princess and the Frog to get in character and the teacher liked it so much, she even raised my grade!
I always get annoyed when people put down The Princess And The Frog because it personally influenced me, showed me how to realistically work for and aspire towards big dreams. It gave me hope that a happy ending is possible if you believe it can be. It’s not a perfect movie, but it has its own charm and I wish there was more positivity about it.
I’m still salty about The Princess and the frog, the Facillier (Bawon Samedi) character and that they made her a frog for most of the movie. It was also a missed opportunity for a black disney prince! I hope Tiana walked so Princess Sadé can run! I hope this redeems Disney.
The Princess and the Frog really peaked my interest in voodoo and witchcraft, especially given that I have family from the south. But the thing is that I’m white and apparently there’s a stigma against non-poc practicing voodoo. So I’m not super open about my studying it, but I still get a huge rush whenever the voodoo scenes from the movie come on.
“I admire the fact that Tiana was able to work both a night shift & morning shift without blowing up at people. As someone fired from a coffee house chain (I flew off the handle at a customer working a double shift during finals week) I’m trying not to lose my current job by channeling my inner Tiana.”
“I sometimes wonder why I’m not good enough to be an actress. But whenever I sit down and watch Princess and the Frog, it makes me feel so good to know I can still reach my goal by working hard.”