Elliotanimated wrote:I left a bit off.
And no - I'm not American.
But I live there.
I've also lived in Europe and it is true that they are can be a prickly bunch in some places (especially London).
But Europeans are far more embracing of a broader cultural view than most other folks.
I'm actually Australian, which, according to most Londoners means that I am automatically racist.
Really? I didn't know that Australians were considered more racist than others o.O thats a shame :\ well I'm sure your not. And yes I want my children to have role models that don't include Disney Princesses... that doesn't mean they don't need to feel some form of acceptance when their 3, 4, 5... 9. I'm sorry but most children watch cartoons, especially Disney movies, and they won't be able to really look up to someone until they are a little older. So yes, when a little 5 year old African American girl wants to find a Disney Princess or some other significant character and can't find one that looks like her... it will have an impact on her psyche.
This is less to do about children finding a Disney Princess to relate to, and more about a large and influential corporation finally recognizing a race that they have excluded sense the time of their conception.
Don't mistake that I think Disney influences everything and thats what makes this a huge deal... but it is one of the last places in entertainment that has yet to truly recognize this race of people. The Princess and the Frog will be a step.. and it's a shame that they can't use a story that has more to do with the real African American experience... but NONE of the other movies are true stories that really have to do with the White American Experience. So why should a story involving African Americans only be considered significant if it deals with something more realistic? None of the other princess and non-princess animated movies were realistic or based off true heppenings. So having black characters in a movie that could have any race in it somehow makes it less important? I don't think so.
jmad72 - Thank you! I'm not very good at getting my point across and you explain much better than I