The Princess and the Frog, the new animated musical by Walt Disney Pictures, finally made its highly-anticipated debut this weekend in theaters everywhere. The heavy buzz surrounding the film dates back to 2006, when Disney announced the fairytale would be its first production to focus on the story of an African-American princess as the lead character.
That announcement came as a pretty big deal and was especially smiled upon by many black Disney fans who, no doubt, likely grew up fascinated with beloved fairytale characters that looked nothing like them, nor any of the real-life characters in their world. (To add historical context, the first Disney animation, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was produced in 1937.)
So, of course, the initial excitement about the film's creation was followed by not-so-subtle questions of, what took them so long to come up with a black princess?
But it looks like all the buzz — grumblings included — paid off. The Princess and the Frog won the box office, grossing an impressive $25 million opening weekend. (The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock, came in second with a weekend gross of $15 million.)
The Glitterati Factor
The movie is also getting a boost from lineup of Hollywood heavyweights, who lend their voices to the characters — Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, John Goodman and Anika Noni Rose, to name a few.
Tomorrow, the moms in our weekly parenting conversation offer a review of the film and discuss whether Disney "delivered" by including relevant cultural themes to compliment the characters. You'll also hear how the film resonated with some general (non-black) moviegoers.
And join the conversation. If you've already seen the film — or made a conscious decision not to — tell us more. We're interested in your thoughts ...