“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 dressed up as Tiana to a fantasy event. I was a bit scared for negative reactions to walk around, since I’m a white girl, but they never came. I met a wonderful girl who was also dressed up as Tiana, and a couple of small girls who were also wearing Tiana’s green dress. It turned out te be an amazing day
As an animation student, I had sketches in the front of my autograph book that I handed to Tiana and Naveen for their signatures. They flicked through the book to find a blank page, and saw the sketches, and started talking about my art with me for ages. They spent just as long with me, as a 20 year old, as they did with all the kids. It was honestly the best character interaction I’ve ever had. I’ll always remember that in my low times and it picks me up a little bit.
I’m going to be moving across the country this fall to go to my dream college and escape my abusive family. Listening to Almost There and I Am Moana makes me feel like I can handle the change and it will all work out for the best. Moana and Tiana inspire me and I watch their movies at least once a week. I’m so grateful these wonderful, strong characters exist to help give me hope when things are bad.
I love Dig A Little Deeper. In some ways, I relate to both Tiana and Naveen, and Mama Odie pointing out their flaws and giving them direction reminds me of how my mom always does that for me. PaTF was also the first Disney movie I ever talked my mom into seeing with me, so whenever I rewatch it, it just gives me all kinds of warm family feelings. I wish there was Mama Odie or Naveen merch; I’d love to have something to wear or own that gives me that feeling, too.